As more Australians return to work in the office, there are tasks you can do remotely.
Australia feels like it’s slowly getting back to “normal”, which is brilliant in many ways. There’s just one little thing people aren’t so excited about: getting back to the office.
In fact, global freelancing platform Fiverr recently surveyed its users, and 50% said they plan to continue traveling and working remotely forever.
On top of that, 75% said the freedom to travel was the best part of their lifestyle. Honestly, no wonder.
Is the dream real, though? Or is earning real money through freelancing quite inaccessible?
According to Sophia Llewellyn, 26, it really is an option. In fact, she started freelancing full-time right out of college in 2018.
While completing a double degree in journalism and international studies, Llewellyn found herself completing her studies at the University of Barcelona.
“Basically I ended up in Barcelona and needed a job,” she told news.com.au. “I signed up on Fiverr two months before I moved there and my profile [had taken] disabled. So I signed up full time… after three to four months, I was earning a living.”
She has now worked as a freelance writer for five years “in various fields” for more than 300 clients – some of whom she found on freelance platforms, others she found on her own – in more than 27 country.
Although, like most people, it was the flexibility that really drew her to remote work, it hasn’t always been easy.
“Working remotely as a writer has allowed me to experience the world,” she said. “[But] rules and restrictions [in] Every country is different, and I’ve done my share of reviewing specific guidelines.
“Not to mention the time it takes to apply and receive a decision for these applications,” she said. “One of my visas took a year to be approved – so it’s best to be prepared and arrive early.”
She also notes that freelancing requires a certain level of financial backing to start, so she acknowledges her privilege.
So, would she recommend it to other college graduates? Llewellyn’s answer is a clear yes.
“Get straight to the point and see where it takes you. I could never have expected the personal and professional success that my freelancing career has brought me, and I believe that everyone has the power to accept freelancing work if they wish.
Freelance graphic designer, writer and animator Luke Giuffrida, 30, agrees. He told news.com.au that he would “absolutely recommend freelancing and remote work to Gen Z”.
“There are too many talented young individuals who finish school and assume they have to seek employment at bigger companies,” he said.
“If you can bring value to these companies, you can bring value directly to customers. Not only that, but you can travel the world while doing it.
Mr. Giuffrida has been working remotely for four years, during which time he has worked in many countries around the world, including Spain, Austria, Indonesia, Malta and the Czech Republic.
“I first studied a bachelor’s degree in commerce,” he said. “After starting a career in the music industry, I noticed there was a range of services in demand – like graphic design, writing services and animation.
“I started selling each of these services for $5 on Fiverr, and I’m now a full-time employee. [freelancer] specializing in logo design and branding.
He was even able to learn his skills “on the go”, without formal training. He started his prices low “so I felt comfortable offering my services as an amateur” and discovered where his talents lay.
While he soon realized that all he needed for his remote work was “a laptop and an internet connection,” he also cautions against the paperwork involved with travel and work.
“It’s important to be aware of different laws in different countries,” he said. “That being said, many countries are more than happy to hire international freelancers and offer great benefits.”
He now earns a decent full-time salary through various jobs, although it took him about three years to get there.
The best careers for remote work:
So where to start ? Not every career lends itself to remote work, but Fiverr’s Small Business Needs Index has identified the four most in-demand areas and gives you the best chance of making real, liveable money. They are:
- YouTube Monetization: help businesses in the Google Adsense Network create ads and place ads in video.
- Google Analytics: help businesses develop and execute digital marketing strategies.
- Shopify SEO Services: help companies increase their visibility and subsequently achieve more sales.
- Web content creation: This one speaks for itself, but it basically helps businesses with the written parts of their website.
So I guess that’s your new career path sorted.