Moving abroad. It sounds equal parts terrifying and intoxicating.
For those with insane wanderlust, living abroad is a great (and less expensive way) to see the world.
But how do you get a job abroad? That is the holy grail.
For young internationals, a working holiday visa is a good option. Or if you work for a multi-national company you can ask for a transfer. But for the rest of us… it might seem out of reach.
Enter: remote work. Thanks to the internet, working from home is ever more possible. And as more companies adopt corporate policies to make telecommuting easier, some are more open than others to having folks log on from anywhere in the world.
“I started looking for remote work because I knew with my husband’s career that we would end up moving a lot,” said Danielle Sturgeon, a business support specialist at Boldly, a premuium subscription staffing company for remote work. Sturgeon recently moved to Italy with her husband, who is in the military. She says,“Moving is stressful but when you add finding a new job into the mix, the stress level increases dramatically.”
“I work from my computer, so there is no reason that I have to live in one place,” said Caroline Lupini, a freelance writer and nomad who is based between Michigan and Colorado, when she’s not on the road. “I love meeting new people, learning about different cultures and trying all kinds of food.”
As Lupini pivoted from engineering to freelance writing, she found spending time in less expensive countries was a great way to build her career so she could build her portfolio while living cheaply. Since her cost of living was less than in the US, she could afford to take jobs that didn’t pay as much.
According to FlexJobs, a website that specializes in professional and remote job postings, these are the most common flexible jobs that can be done from anywhere in the world.
Best Remote Jobs For Moving Abroad
Social Media Manager:$16/hr
An ethical social media strategist and content creator, Dorothée Lefering has lived abroad for 8 years in London, Melbourne and Berlin, where she’s now based.
“Until I moved abroad I held permanent positions in advertising agencies, and in sales and marketing at manufacturers. That changed when I moved abroad,” said Lefering. “ Being able to work remote gives you a certain amount of independence and freedom.