I’ve watched video after video, read blog after blog, trying to figure out how people worked remotely while living in a different country.
How were they able to afford this lifestyle?
Don’t you need a lot of money to travel, right?
After watching my favorite vloggers reveal what they did and how they did it, I knew for sure, without a doubt, I couldn’t and didn’t want to do what they were doing.
I want to live a nice and soft slow life. A life filled with low capitalism just enjoying my existent and the people around me. I didn’t want to learn a brand new skill, especially a skill I didn’t care about.
I was at a point in my life where I only want to do things that aligned with my soul purpose..or close to it.
Most digital nomads I have come across works in the tech industries. They are either website designers, coders, or software engineers.
I am honestly was just burnt out and did not feel or want to learn a new skill. I was just so ready to go and LIVE and I know you are feeling the same too.
So, How to become a digital nomad with no experience or skills? Well, this is what I did.
I wrote down what was already working for me and what skills do I already have and decided to expand on those skills. In the spirit of adulthood….I made a list.
So for me, I thought of which path would be the easiest and one of least resistant. I don’t want to work hard, I want to work smart and stay in alignment.
I picked teaching English online to start my digital nomad journey. If you want to become a digital nomad but have no experience, Then teaching English online is the easiest option.
How To Teach Online and Travel the world?
You do not necessarily have to teach English you can teach anything you feel you have more knowledge than the average person!
You can teach English, Art, Math, and/or Yoga.
What Are The Requirements to Become an ESL Teacher?
ESL stands for English as a Second language. As an ESL teacher, your job is to teach or tutor kids, teens, or adults in the English language.
As an ESL teacher, you can specialize in different areas. Depending on which company you pick, you can teach grammar or conversational English, or both.
I prefer teaching conversational English, to be honest, grammar wasn’t my favorite subject in school but I don’t mind writing ..weird I know.
Anywho, I try to stick with companies that focus mainly on conversational English.
In general, the requirement are:
- Native English speaker ( no worries, nonnative English speakers there are tons of companies that hire nonnative speakers, click here )
- Bachelors degree ( no worries here, I have a list of companies who do not require a BA degree, click here )
- Tefl Certificate ( Most companies require this but there are a few that can provide one for you )
- Teaching Experience
As an online ESL teacher, you are an independent contractor, Which is a huge perk for me!
You aren’t required to work 40 hours a week to keep your job and you can create your own schedule!
Benefits of Becoming an Online English Teacher
My favorite benefit of teaching online English is time freedom. The flexibility in the ESL industry is GREAT.
You can pick your hours and work when you want. I like to split my day up, work 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours at night or do 8 hours a day at once or 5 hours Tuesday and make the rest up another day. It is completely up to you.
How Does Teaching Online work?
You will be teaching children, teens, or adults English through an online platform. This could be within the company system ( my fav ) or via zoom or skype.
Next, You set your hours of availability and just show up! It is super easy, 99% of the time the company provides a lesson plan for you so no planning or prepping. Just review the lesson make sure you understand and teach it!
If you aren’t feeling too comfortable with teaching do not worry, once you are hired there will be training and there are also a lot of youtube videos showing you how to teach online.
Most classes range from 10-45 minutes and this is determined by the ESL company you decided to go with.
You will also have the option of one-on-one teaching vs group.
In short, the company you pick matters. There are so many ESL companies hiring, I would try to find one or two that is more closely related to what you want.
For me, I realize I prefer teaching adults in conversational English. There aren’t that mainly platforms for adults and the pay isn’t as great as the children platforms so it is best to work for at least two platforms.
Go to the platform that pays the highest and you like.
My favorite platform to teach adults is Engoo. You get to have an intellectual conversation if you’re into that and learn about your student culture.
My favorite teaching online platform for children is Education First, EF, because literally 95% of the work is done for you!
You are basically just reviewing what the child has already learned in class. The students were already taught the material prior to you, so all you have to do is just do a quick 25-minute revision.
Oh, and out of all the online teaching platforms, this is perfect for introverts ( if you aren’t into buying props and being weirdly outgoing ). I speak about the whole process here.
How Much Do Online ESL Teachers Make?
The pay ranges for teachers, from$10-25 an hour depending on your qualifications.
Teaching children is where the big bucks are. Some companies offer a flat rate for teaching while others have metrics or bonuses you can achieve to increase your pay.
For example: Look at EF pay structure :
It is possible to make a living by teaching English online. I love the flexibility it provides and I believe this is the perfect job for anyone who wants to become a digital nomad or simply want another side hustle.
My first experience teaching English online in a foreign country is what motivated me to make this my lifestyle, I was stuck in Thailand and without a job.
I decided to try teaching for Cambly to see if I could do it.
My day was so perfect. I would wake up, get food (pad thai of course with a smoothie), stop by 7 eleven go to Maya mall to do my work, then come back to teach for a few hours on Cambly to make $50 that day then I would go back to the local night market eat the best wings with the best pineapple passion fruit smoothie all for $60 baht.
What are the equipment requirements for Teaching English Online
The equipment requirements vary as well, it is best to review as many ESL companies to see what you match with the best.
In general, the requirements are:
-Laptop, Tablet, or Smart Phone
Most require a laptop but Palfish is one company that allows smartphones. Also, Vipkid you can teach on a tablet or laptop as well.
I Do Not Want To Be An ESL Teacher, What Can I Do?
Good news! There are other platforms for you if you arent interested in becoming an ESL teacher.
The only con is, you have to create the teaching material yourself.
You can become a freelance teacher in any industry.
Pro: You are in complete control of your business
Con: This may not be a con for all, but you have to find your own clients and create a curriculum for them
There are a few online platforms that can help with attracting customers to your business. These platforms are like a marketplace, they bring the potential customers but you still have to market a bit.
Top 3 Freelance Teaching Platforms
Outschool is for kids 3-18 that provides a fun interesting curriculum on many different topics.
You can find people teaching yoga, guitar lesson, unboxing, gardening lesson, dancing, gaming, movie review discussion, anything! To children 3-18. Outschool prefers their teachers to teach a live class but they do have an option called Flex, which allows you to record the class.
Udemy is more of a passive income, similar to Outschool but is cater to Everyone! You just create a course on whatever topic you want and then offer the course on their platform.
Skillshare “classes are authentic, actionable, and designed to help students bring what they learn into the real world. On Skillshare, students watch classes at their own pace, create projects to practice what they‘ve learned, and interact with each other from all around the world”
So there you have it!
There are tons of ways to teach online and it doesn’t have to necessarily be teaching English, it can be anything you are interested in such as a hobby.
This is a great way to become a digital nomad with no experience and create passive income.
This world is crazy!
Can we build a time machine and go back to 2019! Please.
How was your life in 2019?
Lol, Well for me, it was amazing.
I was finally settled in my new life in China and started making friends, learning the language, and planning my Chinese New Year’s trip to Thailand.
Well, the Thailand trip still happened but, so did a worldwide pandemic.
I was fortunately/unfortunately stranded in Thailand for about two months with little savings and just lost my job because China shut most of the schools down.
While I was in Thailand, I meet a few foreigners working there and later learned this term called DIGITAL NOMAD.
I was so impressed with them, they were around my age or younger and enjoying life backpacking around Thailand.
I had a moment to talk to one guy, in particular, who gave me good insight.
He was from New Jersey and is a freelancer, he freelanced his PPC service and supported his self that way.
What he told me in the simplest form is to:
Then bomb! Welcome to Digital Nomad life.
Easier said than done right?
Well, Travel by Dai’s goal is to help you create the life you want and provide the resources, tools, and insight needed for that journey.
Like my favorite author, Paulo Coelho said, “People are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of.”
How To Become a Digital Nomad
First, we have to establish the types of freedoms we should all have, but because of modern civilization, we do not.
In the journey of creating the life you want, you can acquire all three freedoms. The three freedoms are Time, Location, and Financial Freedom.
For me, what is most important is Financial and Location Freedom.
What is Time Freedom?
Time freedom is the ability to do what you want, when you want, and not restricted to a set schedule. You are in charge of your time.
Think of it like a 9-5 job. You are working Monday-Friday, including your commute time to and from work. You are restricted by time on what you can do.
You are indirectly being told what you can do out of 10 hours of your life.
For example, the time it takes you to get to work, the 8 hours of work, when and how long you can eat, how many breaks you can have, and the time it takes to decompress after work.
I know soul-crushing.
While living in China, I realized. I had financial freedom and location freedom( sort of ) BUT waking up at 6:40 am and getting home at 7 pm was getting old, but I did not mind it because my job was still fulfilling my purpose.
Fast forward of me stuck in Thailand, with small savings.
I worked online with Cambly for a few hours, woke up whenever I wanted, grabbed Pad Thai, a smoothie for breakfast, and heading over to the coworking place to work on my blog before the scheduled classes that I picked!
This gave me flexible time freedom.
An example of absolute time freedom is, picking when you want to work no matter the time of day or choosing not to do anything that day but still receiving an income
What is Location freedom?
Location Freedom is the ability to travel anywhere you want.
Think of this as having a remote job, you can work from home as a remote worker because your work is done on a laptop.
Although most jobs are conducted from home now I am finding they are still a bit limited.
My last job, before I went full-time blogging, was remote. Which I was happy about, but then I emailed HR to see how remote, “remote” is.
The answer was….. No… Only remote within the USA.
The stipulation was, I was able to work remotely within the USA.
I could travel between states but my idea of having a remote job and moving to Thailand was crushed.
TIP: When looking for a job, look for one that is location-independent. These employers do not care where you work as long as you are getting the work done.
What is Finacial Freedom?
Financial Freedom is the ability to experience and afford the lifestyle you want.
I think it is important the aspiring digital nomad know the different freedoms so that you aren’t stuck in a trap of working 12 hours in your dream country that you don’t have the chance to enjoy.
Disclaimer: I just want to say you do not have to achieve all 3 at once. You can work on each one at a time but just remember your goal and stay consistent
Different Way to become a digital nomad
Here we go! What are the different ways to become a digital nomad.
How to find a remote job?
In today’s age, it is extremely easy to find a remote job.
Just type in remote in indeed or Linkedin. The hard part about remote jobs is that most of the time they aren’t location independent.
They are usually remote from within your country but you can not work outside or live outside of your country and do work.
If you plan to just do van life and explore the USA then Remote is perfect
Here are a few websites to use to find remote work and location-independent work
Next, How to find a freelance Job
A freelancer is someone who obtains a skill and is now offering a service.
Freelancing is a good option for digital nomads and the most popular.
It is best to start freelancing as a side hustle until you can develop a clientele. The benefit of freelancing is you can work anywhere and you are your own boss.
The benefit of freelancing is there isn’t a cap on your income. You can charge whatever you want and manage your freelance business how you want to.
As a freelancer, there are a lot of different skills and opportunities you can offer and receive payment for.
If you are unsure of what you would like to offer, a good place to look is on freelancer websites and see what is already working.
Or, look for one that you are naturally drawn to if you do not know how to do any of the skills pick one that you are interested in and then learn how to do it. You can take courses from Udemy, Youtube or Skillshare.
Here are a few websites to get you started:
Last, Become an Entremperenur with an online business.
I know easier said than done and this can take time but the ROI is great!
There are different ways to become an online business owner such as becoming a content creator, start a podcast, dropshipping, blogging, and teaching online to name a few.
You are completely in control of your time and how much you can earn.
These are different sources of income that will help me afford the life I want abroad.
Best Destination For Digital Nomad
The destination is completely up to you but these are things I WOULD CONSIDER :
- Is the cost of living lower than your monthly income?
- Does the lifestyle of the country match your desire lifestyle?
- How is the Internet connectivity?
The most popular digital nomad places are:
- Bali, Indonesia
- Chiangmai, Thailand ( my favorite)
- Daang, Vietnam
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Costa Rica
- Georgia (the country )
Travel Health Insurance to consider:
Visa options :
- Tourist Visa
- Remote Worker visa
- Volunteer visa
- Education Visa
I hope this post helped you on your journey and answered a few questions on how to become a digital nomad in 2021-2022.
Creating a new lifestyle is challenging and there is a lot of planning that goes into it. The things that help me are to, write it all down and create a 6-month plan to moving abroad.
If you are ready to move abroad and want to get organized with your move, then click here, Move Abroad Planner, is what I use to move from the USA to Thailand
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Teach English online with Engoo
I heard about Engoo through these online teaching groups via Facebook. This Facebook group is a really good resource to find a lot of other ESL Teaching Online Positions. It’s also a really good resource for non-native speakers to find employment as well.
What is Engoo?
Engoo, formerly called Bibo International, is an online tutoring company based in Japan. Their student based is Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean. Engoo accepts native and non-native teachers to teach English to their students. They offer 24/7 tutoring service, which allows teachers to create a flexible schedule. The pay ranges they offer are from $2-$5 USD per class. Each class is 25 minutes long. Native English Speakers make $5 per class. So, in all, If you book two classes per hour, the pay is $10 an hour for native English speakers. No prior experience is required.
Engoo’s instructors explain exactly how they would like their classes to flow. You can find an outline of it here. When conducting class the students can choose between material (usually news articles) or free talk. You have the option to chose between Payoneer or Paypal and will receive the payment once a month on the 20th of each month. The classes are mainly one-on-one
How To Pass Engoo Demo/ Interview Process As A Native English Speaker?
Engoo conducts its training, demo, and interview at the same time. It is between 1-3 hours long. Don’t worry, the time goes by fast and the interview is pretty straightforward. First is a brief overview of the company, training, then a demo/interview.
During this time, please pay attention to what the instructor says because she will explain the flow of the class and this is key to passing the demo. If you can do exactly what the instructor is saying and have a neutral accent you will pass. Also, click here to read how Engoo wants the class to flow. If you do this, you will pass.
Below, I will explain the process it will take to become a teacher to teach online with Engoo. The process takes between 1-3 hours.
– The process starts with attendance, make sure in the Zoom call you write your name in the chatbox to allow the recruit to know you are here.
-Next, The Instructor will provide training on exactly what they want to see and expect each tutor to do in future classes. This part is very important so please write down what they mention and do it in the demo.
After training, they will assign a time for you to take your demo/interview. So, In my experience, after the training, they will send you a message through chat with the time of your demo class that will be conducted on the Engoo site. My demo was scheduled for 10:20 am, it was a 15-minute demo class, then immediately after you find out your results. I had roughly 35 minutes before my demo/interview time to prepare. Do not exit the zoom call, just open another tab and familiarize yourself with the lesson flow and platform.
-Finally, Once your demo is over, you will get an alert in the chat stating if you pass or not. Once you pass, Engoo’s recruitment team will send you a contract to sign. You can leave the zoom call and begin the onboarding process.
Congrats on starting your teaching online Journey!
Once Engoo receives your documents, your account will be activated and you can begin teaching. Here is a Facebook group where other Engoo teachers hang out at
Quick Recap & Tips To Pass Engoo Demo
Here are a few more tips to help you pass your demo:
- Read this article and do exactly what it says.
- Make sure you use the chatbox, at least one time.
- Make sure you end the class at exactly 25 min.
- Make sure you are pacing yourself well so you do not go over 25 min.
- Finish the lesson.
I have attached my feedback from my demo class so you can see what the recruiter said about my demo.
Well, that’s it! I hope this has helped you and if it did please use my referral code. Once you pass and register, there will be a box to enter Tutor’s ID please enter mine, u4460.
Good Luck and Happy Teaching,
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Remote work is becoming increasingly popular.
Working remotely provides a great work-life balance. This is perfect for moms, college students, people without transportation, or those who would prefer a more location independent lifestyle.
The term, Remote Work simply means any work where you aren’t required to commute to an office building.
Remote work is a great fit for people who are wanting to have a location independent lifestyle. This market allows them to live the life they want. Imagine living in your RV and traveling through the U.S while still being able to work your job. All of this is possible because your job allows you to work anywhere in the world as long as you have a WIFI connection.
I create a list of common remote work job titles to understand the different fields you can start with. Also, a list of where you can find remote work.
8 Most Popular Work-from-Home Job Titles
So here it is a list to find work from home/remote work that covers many industries. This list may offer you new ideas for remote-friendly careers
Data entry is the process of entering information into the computer. It is a job where an employee inputs information from forms to a database. This is great for those who are fast typers.
2. Medical Coder
Medical coders review patients’ files and translate information from the file. The coders are translating codes that doctors write to diagnose the patients. The translation is then sent to the insurance company that will process it and bills their clients. This is perfect for those who have medical experience.
Teach or tutor online. You can teach English,Math, Science, etc whatever you are good at you can teach this as a tutor.
4. Teach English As A Second Language
Teaching English as a second language is a common and flexible job any native English speaker can do. Your job is to teach children or adults the English language. This is perfect for this who want to create your own schedule.
5. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is a person who assists another person virtually with any task or specific task that needs to be done. You can be a virtual assistant to any business owner or corporation. Or you can branch out and freelance by creating your own virtual assistant company. Tasks can be social media management, data entry, answering emails, and scheduling appointment.
6. Software Development
Software development is a great option for a remote job. Software development is a broad umbrella of many different fields you can do in computer science. You can be a Java Specialist, UI /UX designer, Front and Backend developer, and more. This career field provides a lot of options for working remotely
Sales Representative sells retail products, goods, and services to customers. Sales representatives work with customers to find what they want, by creating solutions.
8. Customer Service Agent for Virtual Call Center
A customer service agent for a virtual call center are individuals who work as an independent contractor providing customer service via telephone, chat, customer service, or tech support services from their own home offices
Remote Work Job Boards
Finding work from home or remote can be difficult but these websites make it easier. Here’s a great list of websites that curate and post remote jobs.
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That’s it! The 8 Most Popular Work-from-Home Job Titles, I hope this list has provided more insight.
Learn How to Pass Your VIPKID Smart Demo, the first time.
What is VIPKID SMART DEMO?
After successfully completing and passing the basic information section, the next step is the Smart Demo.VIPKID’s smart demo is a quick and easy process. In order to progress to the mock class, you must take this 2-minute demo. The cool thing is, once you pass this demo you in! Yes, meaning you are hired. You just have to pass A 2-minute demo to become a VIPKID
How to take the demo?
Things you will need for Smart Demo :
- Have props
- Study the material in the app
- Take the quiz in
- Watch the Example videos thoroughly repeatedly
- mimic them this is exactly how they want you to teach
First, you have to download the app, this option is only available in the app. If you try to schedule on the laptop you will end up interviewing with a person. The smart demo is a 2-minute recording of yourself going over one slide.
What does it take to succeed?
Props, educational background, TPR, and a smile. For my 2-minute smart demo class, I didn’t have a decorative educational background but I did have props. In my experience not having a decorative background did not hinder my chances of being hired, but I would advise you to get one anyway. Keep in mind, how well your smart demo goes effects your base pay. Also, I would find my relatable props for the slide that is provided. During the process, VIPKID will show example videos of how they would like you to teach. Watch these repeatedly. I watch all of the example videos at least 5 times and mimick exactly what they did. This is like a cheat code, these examples are exactly how VIPKID wants you to teach. So once you have successfully emulated the example video, proceed to take the demo. There will be a timer, don’t worry you have more than enough time to complete one slide.
Make sure you use TPR and speak slowly. I would use a small whiteboard and repeat the vocabulary word at least 3 times. Relax and try to be playful
- Have props
- Study the material in the app
- Watch the example videos repeatedly
- mimic them this is exactly how they want you to teach
Hope this helps! If you would like more information please let me know.
Link Below to Apply:
–Mini Dry Erase Board Paddle or Dollar Tree
–Over the chair organizer for storage, this is great to store your props.
Are you ready to teach English with Cambly online while making money from home or anywhere in the world?
What is Cambly?
Teach English With Cambly is an amazing opportunity. Cambly is a website for adults looking for native English speakers to tutor them in the language.
The students can browse through tutors and select one that they feel will help them advance their English.
Cambly has now offered Cambly kids so this company allows you to teach either adults or children.
So, What’s in it for me?
Teaching with Cambly can help you supplement your income aka easy side hustle.
The cool thing about Cambly is that you can join as a tutor and immediately start tutoring.
I joined Cambly last year, in July. I applied to be a tutor in July 2019 but didn’t teach my first class until February 2020.
Cambly is primarily adults ( they just created kids Cambly) and you can speak to people from different parts of the world in a matter of minutes.
You’ll be able to chat with people from South Korea, Turkey, Brazil, and more. You’ll learn a lot about their cultures, daily life, and themselves!
Cambly pays per minute in talk time which equals up to $10.20/hour and delivers your earnings every Monday via Paypal.
How to get started?
Easy! Click here: https://www.cambly.com/en/tutors?referralCode=daija6. Cambly has Flexible hours, work as little or as much as you want.
You can work anywhere in the world as long as you have a wifi connection.
Cambly is extremely flexible. You can have set hours, once you build your student base or you can sign up for priority hours. Priority Hours in a way are guarantee hours, except you do not know who your student will be.
Think of it as virtual teaching speed dating. You never know who will call you which makes it extremely fun and exciting. Also, it is a great way to gain more students.
The more priority hours you do the more students you come across that will convert into regulars. Having regulars will help with a stable schedule.
Priority hours are really cool and I would recommend doing as many hours as possible.
I worked at Cambly a few hours a day while staying for a month in Chiangmai and Phuket, Thailand.
Imagine working for a few hours a day, grabbing pad thai, and then heading to the beach for sunset.
-You can Teach English with Cambly from anywhere in the world with WIFI
-Cambly has Flexible Hours
-No degree necessary
-Teach adults or children
This is a great way to earn money in your free time to go towards a vacation, saving goals, or pay back debt .. Signup now