Digital Nomad Jobs: And on the eighth day he created digital products.
Digital Nomad Jobs – Product Creation
It’s far to say that not everyone that aspires to become, or is a digital nomad, wants to become a freelancer. You may not have the required skills to do a job you would enjoy or frankly, maybe you just can’t be bothered*. Who wants to spend 4 days out of 7 working when they may not have to right?
Fortunately, if you’re the kind of digital nomad that wants to ‘work a bit and play hard’ there is an option open to you. Create a digital product. Producing and selling your own work is an incredibly rewarding (I’d imagine) way to create residual income and help you see the world on your own terms. Hopefully.
Digital product creation isn’t easy, if it was we’d all be doing it. You wouldn’t be reading this as I wouldn’t have written it. Or I’d have written it but no one would be reading it as I’d be charging for it. Basically, you need to create something that people will want to pay for. It is important that you do some research before devoting hours of your life into a product that won’t sell. You can do this in a few ways depending on how thick-skinned you are, either ask people who you know for their opinions, they are more likely to sugar coat things. Or ask people you don’t know for their opinions online and run the risk of being bullied or having your idea stolen. I’m not a huge fan of either personally. I would be more inclined to have a play around with Google trends or keyword planner. See what people are searching for and try to find your niche. Fingers crossed you will stumble upon your golden ticket idea.
As the most important thing regarding digital product creation is deciding what product you want to digitally create, it’s probably a good time to start thinking of it. Thankfully there are quite a few options for you to choose from covering pretty much all aspects of life. Think of one now. Got one? Good, or bad if you haven’t. Think again… Still stuck? If you are, keep reading for a few ideas that might inspire you.
E-books – We have mentioned e-books before on the site so I’ll keep it brief here. E-books are now a global phenomenon, personally, I prefer traditional paper and ink* but am not too far stuck in my ways to not appreciate the use and practicality of this product. Your book can basically be about absolutely anything, why not a fiction story about a boy wizard (I think that’s been done mind) or an exciting, thrilling tale about worms? If non-fiction is your bag and being a digital nomad is what you are good at, write about it. Think about things that would have been useful for you to know before you set off on your adventures and help others avoid any of the mishaps and mistakes you might have made.
Audiobooks – Maybe you have one of those brilliant voices like John Le Mesurier or Neil Hannon*, if you have and you like the idea of writing an e-book listed above, why not invest a little bit more time and sell it as an audiobook as well. If you think you’d like to tell your story the way you want it told, have a look at this comprehensive guide to recording.
*If you sound like either of these people you should 100% be doing something with it.
Music – Sing it and sell it. You’ll probably need to be good though.
Podcasts – Probably not the easiest world to break in to at the minute, it seems like there is a podcast for everything you can think of. Still, if you think you have a unique take on things that the world has to hear have a look here for a comprehensive how to.
Members-only websites – Maybe e-books aren’t your style, maybe you have an idea that you think could run for years and years? If you have found that killer diet plan no-one else knows yet or developed a sure-fire betting system you wish to share with the world* (for a fee of course) then why not set up your own premium content website. If you can commit to creating content people will want to read consistently then a website may be ideal for you.
*You haven’t, no one ever will, it doesn’t exist.
Premium content websites can be a slow starter as you will need a solid base of content to begin with and more importantly people willing to pay to read it, but can ultimately become a great money earner if membership numbers rise and the advertisers take notice. A basic knowledge of web design will be an advantage although there are sites out there offering tutorials. Popular hosting sites such as iPage, Fatcow and Bluehost offer varying tools and storage space, the choice will ultimately come down to what you want your website to do, research will be key in deciding which host suits you best. Website hosting has become pretty outrageously cheap which can make it an ideal low-cost risk venture for potential digital nomads.
Recipes/food blog – If you fancy yourself as the next Gordon Ramsay (best of luck you f*****r) or maybe Nigella Lawson if you prefer less profanity in your profiteroles why not try your hand at publishing digital recipes on sites like sellfy.com or even on a dedicated food blog. Creating a food blog can (potentially) offer you a unique chance to eat and earn your way around the world! If you are a digital nomad that is spending a week or two in one place why not create a blog offering recipes from around the world, Marrakesh meatballs or Pisa pizza? For a different approach why not try giving detailed reviews for future nomads following in your jet streams? Found a great place for cheap food in China, tell others, build a following and look to develop opportunities for ad revenue online. A bit of internet business sense will be useful here, although if you have the patience you can (I’ve seen it done) teach yourself with a couple of well placed online searches. This digital product may take a while to take off but ultimately can be rewarding, you may even get such a following and online presence that a few free meals might come your way! (Fingers crossed).
Stock images – If a picture is worth a thousand words you may as well try to make it worth a few pounds. If you have a keen eye for a beautiful, interesting photo why not sign up for a site such as istockphoto and sell your pictures online? If you’re on a safari in Africa and spot a lion high fiving a zebra, snap a picture and I guarantee that I personally will buy a digital copy to use somewhere. Stock images can be of (within reason) anything that you think people may wish to use, seen a great burger someone might want to use a picture of? Snap a photo.
Online courses – Maybe you are fantastic at something not a lot of other people are, maybe you really enjoy teaching people. If that’s you and you feel like what you can offer is good enough for others to know sign up with a site like Udemy and spread your wealth of knowledge with the world.
Apps – If you have an idea and a working knowledge of how to create an app do it, it seems to me that people will buy all sorts of useless tat for their phones these days. I will confess to having no idea at all of how to create an app, how it’s published or how it’s sold. It does seem to make people lots of money though so best of luck if you do!
Sewing/knitting pattern selling – You may be more artistically gifted and have a love of designing and creating sewing patterns, if so why not try to turn this talent into a money-maker. Sites such as craftsy.com offer you the opportunity to sell your patterns without taking a fee from you. Providing you know how to do it and people will be likely to buy it there really is nothing stopping you crocheting your way to success. If you are a keen knitter please get in touch, I’ve long been intrigued by the hobby and would to pick your brain sometime.
Videos – If you have a decent camera phone or other hi-tech recording equipment why not try to become the next YouTube sensation. I’m not advocating daft stunts or hideous flash mobs, they’re pretty past it now to be fair but travel documentaries or instructional videos aren’t. If you’re a surfing nomad why not share your skills on how to catch that wave and hang five or whatever it’s called. Travel docs are a great way of showing the world (showing off) what it’s missing and if you can gain a good following advertising money should soon be coming your way allowing you to show off that little bit more in the future!
This list is by no means a full rundown of all of the products you can create, if you have any more ideas you’d like to share with your fellow nomads please do so in the comments below.
PS. Whilst digital product creation can be a great way to fund your travels and lifestyle it’s important to remember that you’re unlikely to strike it rich overnight. You’ll need some sort of contingency plan just in case you don’t set the sales charts alight immediately. It’s probably a good idea to save, save and save a bit more before you set of on your adventures just to give you that little bit of backup should everything not quite go to plan.