If you’ve ever dreamed of working while travelling Europe, or at least from the comfort of your lounge room in your pyjamas, then you’ve probably also wondered what businesses can be operated from any location. Fortunately, in the digital age, many small businesses can be run from little more than a laptop and an internet connection, offering savvy individuals the potential to earn an income while globetrotting or even sitting at the corner café. If it sounds too good to be true, you’d be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it can be. More and more people are quitting the 9 to 5 and living the dream by working on their own terms from wherever takes their fancy. Read on to discover five careers you can manage from anywhere.
Whether you’re an awesome web developer, have killer writing prowess, or have the knack for online marketing, there are countless opportunities for individuals to set up their own freelancing business and gain clients from all around the world – all you need is to stay connected. There are plenty of job boards including oDesk and Freelancer demanding the skills of freelancers, and these can be a good place to get established before landing more lucrative jobs.
2. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant can mean many different things depending on the needs of the client and allows the VA to work remotely from wherever they would like to be. It may mean taking Skype calls, responding to customer emails, live chat assistance, monitoring and updating social media accounts, data entry, or other administrative tasks. There’s also a lot of potential for flexibility and variety depending on what skills you have and what’s in demand.
3. Telecommunications Company Owner
This one may sound a little lofty but, with technology and the right partnership, you can start your own telecommunications company with just a phone and a computer. Companies such as Telcoinabox (www.telcoinabox.com.au) provide bulk telco products to business owners at wholesale prices, which are then resold for a profit. Opportunities like this allow motivated individuals with the right entrepreneurial skills to grow their customer base and build their very own branded business with plenty of potential for growth and increased earnings as more customers get on board.
4. Online Tutor
Whatever your speciality, your own knowledge can easily be applied to a teaching business venture. Whether it’s teaching a foreign language or maths or science tutoring, teaching through video chat or Skype can replace face-to-face visits. As you establish your skills and reputation as a teacher, there’s also the potential to sell your own training materials or offer subscriptions once you’ve built up a bank of useful learning resources that students could benefit from.
5. Ecommerce Store Owner
Depending on your access to inventory, this one might be a little more difficult to run from the remote jungles of South America with shipping and distribution a challenge if you’re off the grid. That said, if you’ve got something worthwhile to sell, setting up your own website with an ecommerce store will allow you to trade from almost anywhere in the world, netting yourself a tidy little profit.
If it’s your dream to ‘live the dream’ so you can cancel the commute and work from a place you’d rather be, the internet has made this a very exciting reality. What other businesses can be run from anywhere? Comment below.