15 Jobs That Let You Work Anywhere, Anytime

The Freelance Apocalypse is upon us, with huge growth in the remote working industry hitting record highs.

According to Forbes, remote workers now account for 12.7% of all employees, with 28.2% using a hybrid model. Many may ask, “How do I get in on that?” Thankfully, there are pathways into the remote lifestyle for various job types.

Disclaimer: only self-starters should apply, and be aware their job may one day go to an algorithm.

1. Graphic Designer

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According to Colorlib, digital artists can command reasonable fees for their skills, and 90% of graphics designers prefer the freelance lifestyle. Demand is expected to grow by 3% over the next seven years, with Fortune 500 companies accounting for 17% of graphic designers’ employment. Like any fruitful independent career, building a portfolio and keeping a client list is the hardest part.

2. Photographer

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Getting to the professional photographer level requires years of practice, but once there, it’s a flexible job, depending on the person’s niche. In such a highly competitive field, making money can be challenging. Still, Illya Ovchar of Fstoppers believes a good method for success is to take photos as if there is no competition and forget about the other millions of pros out there — they all got there the same way you did.

3. Film Editor

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Naturally, if you are contracted with a production, your editing will rotate around that project, but freelance editors have more flexibility. Professional editors can build a great client base using platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr. Freelance film editor Gavin Hoare of Deadbolt Films works for various clients and explains current feelings. “All projects are different, sometimes there’s hours and hours of raw footage to go through that can take forever,” says Gavin. “The pros are that it can be easy work following a brief; the cons are that you can’t be as creative as you would like — you’re essentially what AI has become.”

4. Data Entry Writer

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Another consultant-style ambiguous job description is data entry. These jobs are best left to dextrous-fingered typists with great attention to detail, good time management, and research abilities. Companies will always need data entry, whether you are a transcriptionist, legal data entry clerk, or a virtual assistant. There is bad news, however. For data entry lovers, extensive language modeling puts data entry professionals at the top of the AI threat list.

5. Freelance Writer

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I am living proof that you can have a flexible writing career. Though I choose my hours, it is anything but the digital nomad’s dream trope of lying on a hammock, sipping a flat white as I type away to the rhythm of the sea. I am blessed to live in sunny Spain, but the hours of unbroken concentration needed are often broken up sporadically throughout the day. I attend midnight Zoom meetings, and I often don’t see weekends as the week’s end but two more days when I can work.

6. Consultant

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This job title is one of the more vague out there, sitting alongside Olivia Pope, Winston Wolfe, and Michael Clayton in their “fixer” capacities. A consultant might work in design, programming, or retail. Usually, consultants branch out into this sphere following a career specializing in a certain field, such as foreign exports. These consummate pros have a good client list and a skill that pays well. As Heath Ledger’s Joker once said, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

7. Research Specialist

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Surprisingly, artificial intelligence has yet to acquire the research industry fully. And we can be thankful the need for accuracy cannot be outsourced to Skynet just yet. There are multiple research-oriented careers, many of which have an on-site tilt, but a freelance book researcher or remote research associate will have more remote opportunities.

8. Illustrator

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Digital nomads flee to the far corners of the world, seeking the best tax breaks, the lowest cost of living, and picture-perfect backdrops for their free lifestyle. As long as your client-finding skills are on point, there’s no reason why an illustrator can’t join the digital nomad diaspora. “I personally have found illustration projects are not that heavy with meetings and so can usually workaround any timezone issues with the odd early or late shifts,” says professional illustrator Jasmine Hortop.

9. Rideshare Driver

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While we’ve all seen the dashboard cam footage of Uber and Lyft drivers being attacked, those who choose smaller cities or large towns may rest assured not all of America is like that. The truth is that gig economy drivers need to operate near a large population center to make a successful career. Still, smaller urban centers can offer an augmented lifestyle for other full-time workers.

10. Online Retail Entrepreneur

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Many dream of owning their own website selling in-demand, high-markup goods and raking in sweet passive income. While it would be easy to focus only on success stories, for every Jeff Bezos, 100 online retailers fail. However, for those who crack the formula, find a desirable niche, and grow a loyal client base, remote freedom is theirs.

11. Translator

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Yes, dozens of translation apps on the market have already put many people out of work. However, thanks to pesky human beings, translation software still can’t grasp the nuances of non-literal syntax. It’s impossible to translate directly between any two languages. Working in literature or artistic-based texts may be a good move for any language specialist considering a career in translation.

12. Blogger

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Like a freelance writer, a blogger has complete agency over their entire working day. If they decide to take a day off, they can, but it will mean their website isn’t pushing content. There are several routes to becoming a blogger. Being a good writer is a start, and understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is essential. However, most blogs of value contain the same things: knowledge and experience in a given field. If you have years of experience in steam combustion engineering, Star Wars, or boxing and have literacy skills, chances are you could be a blogger.

13. Language Examiner

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Across the world, the English language-teaching industry is alive and well, thanks to English’s growth as the Internet’s go-to language and the rise in testing candidates. Of course, this goes for all languages, although none come close to the international language of commerce and social media. Experienced testing specialists can now conduct all writing and speaking grading from anywhere. Some examiners only grade speaking exams, all of which are done through recordings in a remote setting.

14. Web Developer

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Some might say being a web developer or coding specialist is the pinnacle of remote work in that demand will always outstrip supply. Coding specialists at Codingame conducted a 2023 study on remote software employment trends, showing how recruitment has plateaued compared to the post-pandemic rates but is still rising. The good news for those working in this field is how companies cited “finding qualified candidates” as the biggest challenge.

15. Online Influencer

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There is a scene in As Good as It Gets when Melvin Udall overhears a waitress talking about studying acting. “Just what the world needs,” scoffs Udall, “another actor.” Some of us have a similar outlook about online influencers. But let’s be honest: if you can carve a niche offering helpful insight for a broad audience base, why not capitalize on it? It will bring more dignity and joy than endless videos of twerking or binge eating.

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Author: Ben Rice

Title: Journalist

Expertise: Food, music, parenting, education, culture, and film

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Raised in England and with a career background in international education, Ben now lives in Southern Spain with his wife and son, having lived on three continents, including Africa, Asia, and North America. He has worked diverse jobs ranging from traveling film projectionist to landscape gardener.

He offers a unique, well-traveled perspective on life, with several specialties related to his travels. Ben loves writing about food, music, parenting, education, culture, and film, among many other topics. His passion is Gen-X geekery, namely movies, music, and television.

He has spent the last few years building his writing portfolio, starting as a short fiction author for a Hong Kong publisher, then moving into freelance articles and features, with bylines for various online publications, such as Wealth of Geeks, Fansided, and Detour Magazine.