If there’s one thing I’ve learned after meeting so many other digital nomads and remote workers, there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to remote work.
Why? Well, what might be the PERFECT GIG for you can be ENTIRELY DIFFERENT for someone else. Even if you all were looking for the exact same type of work.
To keep things simple, let’s go with the example of language teaching. We’ll assume these 3 people all want to teach a language remotely →
Now you might be thinking…all of them would want the teaching gig that pays the most, end of story. Right?
Well, it’s not quite that simple. Let’s illustrate how the right teaching gig is in fact completely different for each person, based on their situation and background.
Example 1: Alex 👨🏻🎓 is a recent US college grad, and isn’t quite sure what he wants to do with his life. He figures he’ll spend at least a year traveling the world 🗺, staying a month or two in different countries before moving on. He decides English teaching is the way to go, since he won’t have to spend time learning a new “career” skill. So Alex takes an online course to get English Teaching certified ✅..but still doesn’t have any actual teaching experience.
The solid fit for Alex might be Education First. To make sure he gets enough hours (because he doesn’t have any money saved up and still has to pay back those evil student loans!), Alex checks his handy-dandy REMOTE MUCH again and finds LearnLight. Looks promising as well!
Example 2: Now let’s take Kate 👩🦱. She’s Irish, doesn’t have a university degree, and has worked at a bank for the last 20 years. Her kids are all out of the house (finally! freedom!), and she’s desperately looking for a break. Kate has been wanting to explore South America for years 🗿, and now she can finally plan the 3 month trip of her dreams ✈️ with her bff from high school. Yay!!! Although she has a bit of money saved up, some extra cash would really help her make the most of her adventure. Kate can’t commit to regular hours since she’ll be moving around. She just needs an easy, no-brainer way to make a few bucks during her (unscheduled) down time at her hostel or airbnb 🛏.
A good teaching gig for Kate could be Cambly.
Example 3: Jacqueline is a stay at home parent 👩👧👦 who home-schools her lovely children in Paris🗼 . She just wants to make a few extra bucks here and there teaching French. She doesn’t have the patience to put in countless (unpaid) hours needed to start her own business, nor does she have any “regular schedule” she can commit to. Unfortunately she doesn’t have a university degree, nor any “official” teaching qualifications ❌ 📃 … but she has plenty of experience teaching her own kids! 👩🏫
The best fit for Jacqueline would be to offer her skills as a community tutor on ITalki.