8 Jobs That Are Great If You Move A Lot (And How Much They Pay)


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Do you long for a job that pays you to travel? If you’ve been stuck in the endless nine to five slog for a long time, the idea of traveling the world can seem like a distant and unattainable dream.

However, thanks to the internet and our always-connected world, there are plenty of jobs out there that can offer the freedom and fun of being constantly on the move alongside a regular paycheck. It’s true! Here are just a few of the remote-working jobs that will take you out of the cubicle and into the world.

Web Designer

This classic, on-the-go title is a classic for a reason.

Thanks to the wonderful technology of the internet, many jobs no longer require you to be physically present in the company you’re working for, which has created a generation of people who call themselves digital nomads.

What do web designers do?

Web design is the process of creating websites, from the aesthetics right down to navigation logic and, by its very nature, is done entirely online. This means that if you’ve got a laptop and a good Wi-Fi connection, it usually doesn’t matter where in the world you are.

How do I get started?

There are a number of routes you can take to become a qualified web designer, and because they’re so different, each employer will tend to have their own explicit definition of “qualified” which will often be detailed on a job listing. 

For most employers, entry requirements include skills in visual design, UX, SEO, coding software (like HTML, CSS and Javascript) and design software (like Photoshop and Illustrator). Many websites curate freelance job offerings, like the site Working Nomads, allowing you to make sure you’ve always got another project in the pipeline.

Want to start taking classes? Know that some employers may only be looking for a candidate with a college-level certificate in web design or a multimedia subject.

Once your skill set is up to par, you’ll be greatly rewarded. According to Payscale, entry-level salaries for full-time web designers can start around $33k, but quickly rise to $73k with more experience.

If you’re going freelance, you can set your own rates that reflect your level of experience, how picky the client is, how difficult the project is, etc. According to NJ Creatives Network, the average rate per hour is $59. That’s not bad going if you’re a nomad on the move.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants (VAs) work remotely, and their job is to carry out administrative tasks for various clients. These tasks could be within the professional, technical or creative sectors and could include anything from bookkeeping and data entry to social media management and desktop publishing.

What do virtual assistants do?

Businesses tend to hire VAs because they don’t need someone full-time and in-house to do certain admin tasks. By taking on a VA, this saves the company money on space and providing full-time benefits.

To get started as a VA, you will need a reliable phone and internet connection, and at least five years of experience in a senior admin role within an office environment. If you can’t deal with a PC meltdown on your own, or can barely stay on top of your own to-do list, this may not be the role for you.

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How do I get started?

But if you are an organized person with in-house admin experience and a decent understanding of word processing, email and contact management software, you’re on the right track to becoming a VA. Bear in mind that your prospective clients will want to be sure you know what you’re doing before employing you. Therefore, getting some experience within a VA company, such as Zirtual, is also a good idea before you take the plunge.

Once you’ve learned the ropes, it’s fairly easy to fly solo. First steps include deciding your niche, setting up your brand and website, marketing your services, and getting your kit ready, such as a work phone and laptop.

But you’re not doing this job for free—so you’ll need to decide your rate too. Though the earning potential at a basic level is low, you can make up to $100 an hour for a specialist virtual role, which is why it’s important to seriously consider your niche before you launch your brand, rather than take on any client that needs a hand with admin.

Source: Indeed

The real appeal of being a virtual assistant is working at home, working when you want, and supreme job flexibility. Also, if you find that freelancing as a VA is not working for you, but you love the job, you can always transition agency-side and reap the benefits of a permanent position once again.

Digital Marketer

Digital marketing is another job that perfectly suits remote working, as all you need is a laptop and a café or hotel with a decent Wi-Fi connection.

Digital marketing is a branch of marketing that sits under the umbrella term “online marketing.” Working inside the digital marketing industry involves developing a range of multi-channel communication strategies, such as social media, SEO, PPC, email, mobile marketing, and affiliate marketing. You can work horizontally across all of these things, or you can specialize in a certain vertical.

What do digital marketers do?

As a digital marketer, general duties include, creating and uploading website copy, writing and sending email campaigns, designing website banners, communicating with affiliate networks and partners, and managing contact databases, just to name a few.

How do I get started?

Start by getting some full-time, in-house experience. While employers will take on entry-level professionals with no experience, many seek candidates with a business, marketing, media, or journalism degree. If you lack this certificate, there is a broad range of digital marketing taster courses available online, such as the free courses from Google Digital Garage, which will help boost your skills for the digital world and help you land a work placement.

This time spent boosting your knowledge, ability and experience will eventually pay off. The average entry-level salary is only around $28k, but it quickly raises to at least $50k with a little experience.

Source: Payscale

Online Tutor

Did you know that you can teach online too? There are places on the web where tutoring is a viable job, and it can be a great job to have if you’re moving a lot.

What do online tutors do?

Traditional tutoring involves one-to-one teaching sessions with a student, helping them improve academically. As a tutor, you may go through the class material, homework, or help your pupils improve their note-taking.

Online tutors, or “e-tutors”, conduct the same line of work, but via online media. Sessions are typically carried out through video chat, but also phone calls and email. This means you can be anywhere in the world and still communicate.

How do I get started?

To become qualified, you tend to need a bachelor’s degree in your chosen subject, but be aware that the credentials to teach as a tutor vary from state to state. You need to be aware of homeschooling laws which may interfere with your work, as they are a completely different ball game regarding qualified teacher status.

If you’re inexperienced, it may be worth working for a tutoring company as it will deal with finding your clients and paperwork. Alternatively, you can go solo. Both options involve the potential to tutor on the move.

Online tutoring is well-paid work when you consider how few hours tutoring can take up. Glassdoor reports that the average hourly rate is $12 per hour, but salaries can go up to $55k in certain areas of the U.S.

Freelance Photographer

Becoming a successful freelance photographer requires tenacity as much as talent, and an income is never guaranteed. But travel photographers and photojournalists see some of the most amazing parts of the world, as well as some of the most distressing.

What do freelance photographers do?

Studio photography, product photography, stock photography, nature photography, pet photography … there are as many different types of freelance photography as there are things in the world! There are also some incredible options for travel, and quite often all you need is a camera and a laptop, enabling you to send your photographs to editors across the world in mere moments.

How do I get started?

A photography degree will be useful but not always necessary, as the most important thing is a good eye for a shot and a well-put-together portfolio demonstrating your talent.  

Pricing photography is quite a difficult task for any professional. Put your rate too high, and you may scare your prospect away. Too low though, and you could end up forcing yourself out of business.

Advice from photography expert Rosh Sillars states that if you’re an amateur, you should aim to charge between $25 to $100 an hour. You should go for the higher end if you have an online portfolio or dedicated website for your services.

If you’re a student photographer, shoot for anywhere from $35 to $90 per hour. This should increase to $50 to $160 per hour for semi-pros, and to $75 to $300+ per hour for the seasoned professionals.


Whether you can speak one other language or many, your skills as a translator are invaluable. How invaluable? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this number is currently set to grow 46% by 2020, with the projected workforce of interpreters reaching almost 93,000 strong.

What do translators do?

The work usually involves converting written material from a “source language” to a “target language,” which is done on a computer and doesn’t require you to be physically present.

There is a variety of content that translators work with, including commercial, educational, legal, literary, and scientific, so previous experience or expertise in one area will be necessary, and you will have to do some training in translation before you take on any clients. 

How do I get started?

Translate Media boasts plenty of research for in-house translation opportunities, internships, and yes, freelance translation.

Translators can make a lot of money, especially if you specialize in a more difficult or in-demand language. Most translation agencies allow people to work at home, and freelancing is widespread throughout the industry. Here is a handy map of translation salaries from 2014, ranging everywhere from just under $30 thousand a year, to just over $70 thousand a year.

Freelance Writer

Are you reading this right now? Do you read articles online often? Thank your local freelance writer, and they’re easy to find, as many of them work remotely filling up coffee shops all around the world.

What do freelance writers do?

The internet is made of words, and somebody needs to write them. From copywriting to ghostwriting to content writing, there is an abundance of freelance writing opportunities if you know the right places to look.

How do I get started?

It can be difficult to get a freelance writing career off the ground, as most potential employers will want to see a large portfolio of good quality writing before they agree to give you a gig. But if you’re prepared to start small and put in the effort, this is very achievable.

If you have very little experience, the easiest way to gain some is by contacting small blogs and the websites you love for guest writing opportunities. While you may have to do a small amount of freebie work, it’s the simplest way of boosting your portfolio without enrolling in a course. You just need the drive and basic knowledge of spelling and grammar to succeed.

Your freelance career will take off more quickly if you have a background in writing, such as journalism. Job sites like Upwork are a great place to start getting clients and building your portfolio as you can advertise your services and display your most recent projects.

Most freelance writers charge by project or per number of words. The rate you should choose all depends on your years of experience and your subject matter knowledge. Typically, entry-level freelance writers can earn $30 per 800 words, whereas experienced writers can earn up to $100 for the same project. While you debate your rate, it’s also worth checking out the site Who Pays Writers to see what businesses are willing to pay for your talents.

In other words, that means that the average freelance writer makes .17 cents a word.

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While you’re at it, if you’ve got solid writing skills, setting up a website of your own is a great way to monetize your talents. Blogging is big business.

You might consider running ads on your blog. These “Ads by Google” will appear on your website and reflect the content you post—therefore, they don’t interfere too much with the aesthetic or branding of your blog. Every time a blog visitor clicks on one of these ads, you earn yourself some cash.

You can also monetize your blog by writing affiliate reviews. That means you write a review of a product on your blog. In your review, you insert a link that users can follow to buy the product. If a user clicks that link and makes a purchase, you can receive up to 10% commission. Now that’s easy money for a remote worker.

E-commerce Merchant/”Dropshipper”

One final flexible income route to go down if you move a lot is creating a dropshipping store. That might sound like a bunch of buzzwords, but it’s a lot simpler than it sounds.

What do e-commerce merchants/”dropshippers” do?

This job involves displaying products from someone’s digital store on your site. Once a customer buys one of these products, you place the order with the third-party supplier, and then the supplier pays you, as you’ve just given them extra visibility and a sale. It’s the quickest and easiest way to get set up as an e-commerce seller (other than selling on Amazon using their Fulfillment By Amazon option).

How do I get started?

This is less of a job you seek and more of an additional income if you have the right avenues open to you. But it can be underutilized.

E-commerce is a potentially lucrative market to get into—if you get the product price and value proposition right. Though the initial investment in time and strategy can be hefty, the potential for earning a solid monthly revenue is high:

Just remember to keep innovating and listening to your customers, and e-commerce could be the key to your remote work success.

These eight jobs are just a few of the options available if you’d like to make the leap from desk-bound worker bee to free-flying digital nomad. Especially as freelancing is convenient for the worker and reduces costs for the employer, it is an increasingly popular method of employment, offering you an incredible opportunity to travel while still earning a good salary. That’s what I call a win-win for everyone involved.

Victoria Greene is a branding consultant and freelance writer. On her blog, VictoriaEcommerce, she offers tips on how ecommerce business owners can take advantage of the latest technology in the industry.

Two Jobs, Two Companies, One Major Fail


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[Synopsis: One company did a bang up job moving some artwork. Actually, so did the other.]

Dale Chiluly makes things out of glass. Things like chandeliers that have hundreds of separate parts. Things that people are willing to pay lots and lots of money for.

So when he needs his valuable glass things moved, he calls a company in Seattle that specializes in moving artwork. A company that will take care of everything, from beginning to end.

A company whose movers Chiluly has trained himself.

Check out some of Chiluly’s work, including this amazing time-lapse of them packing an elaborate chandelier. 

Scary, huh? But with the proper instruction, we would probably be all right.

Without it, we’d more likely end up like these guys


And their $280,000 screw-up.

In the Manhattan Supreme Court suit, filed Thursday, Carpenters Workshop Gallery claims they hired London-based company Adam Crease Shipping to move delicate marble console, valued at just over $280,000 USD, into storage on April 4, 2016.

…movers showed up and “tricked” the gallery into signing a document limiting the company’s liability to “60 cents per pound or $50” for any damage sustained, according to the complaint…Adam Crease Shipping is described on its website as a specialist “in the Shipping, Packing and Storage of Fine Art, Antiques.”

Chandeliers and seascapes and seven-foot spears…all made of glass and with hefty price tags. Makes packing a dining room full of china seem like a breeze, doesn’t it?

How Movers Still Make Money When There Are No Jobs


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[Synopsis: When the busy season slows, pick business back up by reaching out into the community.]

During these long sweaty peak season days, when you’re packing boxes and wrapping sofas and loading up those oven-hot trucks, thoughts of summer fun creep in, don’t they? Barbeques and cold brews, jumping into the pool or going down to the river, the beach…

We’re going to take a wild guess and say marketing doesn’t come to mind.

The good thing is marketing can be a lot more – and a lot more fun – than posting flyers and making phone calls. With a little creativity, we can use this time to develop a marketing strategy to rival the enjoyment of grilling sausages and catching wide-mouthed bass. Don’t believe it? Take a look at a few of the ideas that our industry colleagues have put into play. Then think about how you can involve your own community during your hard-earned days off.

Boy Scouts and Merit Badges Are Great Exposure


This past spring, Boy Scout Troop 129 of White Rock, New Mexico actually visited a local van line agency. The boys checked out a few of the trucks, got a feel for what the moving industry looks like behind the scenes and scarfed a few doughnuts for good measure. But there was more to it than fun and sugar –  the scouts were able to turn their visit into an opportunity to earn their Truck Transportation merit badges.

The boys walked away with something tangible to represent the things they learned. On top of that, having a list of merit badge requirements to follow gave the moving company an outline for activities for the day, helping them make the most of everyone’s time.

If you don’t have the equipment and facilities needed for the Truck Transportation requirements, don’t despair! Check out the requirements for the Traffic Safety merit badge. While not specifically related to our industry or even trucking in general, traffic safety is something we can all speak about. 

As a bonus, the local paper would probably be happy to cover your event for you.

Know Where to Look for Local Events

shutterstock_313501484 copyCheck out the Touch-A-Truck fundraiser that takes place every year in Milford, Massachusetts. Sitting in the driver’s seat, holding the big steering wheel, honking the horn – this is all big fun for little tykes (Not to mention their parents’ eager cameras.)

But you don’t live anywhere near Milford, you say? There’s no annual Touch-A-Truck event in your area? No problem. Any type of community gathering can become an opportunity to get the guys out and seen.

We’re not just talking about the big events like the County Fair or the State Baseball Championships either. Consider taking one of your trucks to Opening Day or any day of your town’s recreational baseball, soccer or football leagues. There’s a ready-made opportunity for a Honk-The-Horn event. Is there a place in your area for pumpkin picking? Call them up and see if you can go down on one or two Saturdays this October when the crowds would be coming. The added attraction would benefit both parties.

Be on the lookout for town events, church activities…even school or college related functions where you might be welcome to show up and add to the fun. The possibilities are out there.

Movers Make Fundraisers Interesting

fundraisingUgh. Fundraising.

Yes, we know. The word brings visions of standing outside the supermarket cheerily asking people to give you their change from the register and selling over-priced chocolate.

Well, we’ve got some interesting ideas to share, compliments of a few of our colleagues from around the country.

Humboldt Moving & Storage of Boston has a truck pull to benefit the Special Olympics. Granted, it looks like a pretty big production, but how cool would it be to get in on something like this? Or follow in the footsteps of Amazing Moves of Denver, whose employees take an active part in their city’s “Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes”. Jay’s Moving of Indianapolis is involved in all sorts of events – and even as a small, independent mover has received some excellent recognition in the process.

We don’t have to go gangbusters either; Our involvement can be quite simple. Maybe the church could use a hand with their food drive, or the school with their clothing drive, or the soup kitchen with their special Thanksgiving efforts. 

Don’t Forget About Carwashes

carwashEven (especially) during the hot summer, giving the guys a chance to cool down for a few minutes can change a dog day into an afternoon to remember. Got trucks that need to be washed or even some plants or grass that need to be watered? Send your guys out with a hose and let them have at it. 

This is an easy way to get the name out, too. Pick a local charity or cause to raise a few bucks for and call them. Set up your soap shop along a well-traveled road. Play music. Whatever it takes to get visible. This isn’t a new idea, for sure. But it’s easy, fun and great for fending off the lingering summer heat.

Having said all this, we’ll sign off with the idea that the best times sometimes come without any planning or even purpose. This video of a mover putting on an impromptu piano concert in a senior citizens’ home has now scored over a quarter of a million views.

All of this, of course, is just the tip of the idea iceberg. Hopefully, these things our industry colleagues are doing, along with our own bits and pieces, will help spark your own creative engines, get your gears turning as you look for ways to keep your guys active and your trucks visible. Even the busiest, toughest, hottest days can be memorable – for you and for countless others.


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