I know many IL readers would love to start their “move abroad life” on the next jet bolting from the closest runway.
But if you need to keep earning an income, it may seem like there is no way to make it happen.
Don’t worry—more and more North Americans have figured this out. You can, too.
Just don’t let these “working abroad” myths discourage you. Here are the ones I hear most often:
Myth #1 – It is difficult for North Americans to work abroad because of visa restrictions.
Most countries around the world are justifiably protective of the jobs their citizens hold. They don’t want a flood of newcomers putting the local population out of work.
Hence immigration and visa rules and regulations.
But there is a loophole…
In most countries, if you do work over the Internet and the money you earn never goes into the local currency and you are (for example) paid in your home country—you can steer clear of the problems you might have if you try to go to work in your new home town abroad.
This is a breakthrough! In most countries, a wide variety of work over the Internet is a “go.”
(You’ll want to check with an immigration attorney to fully counsel you on this…rules vary widely from country to country…but the news on this is pretty good for Internet workers.)
If you work or have worked with your brain, you are a good candidate for being able to sell your thinking ability, talking ability, human interaction skills, writing skills or knowledge (yes, even medical professionals, engineers) to someone somewhere in the global economy.
Myth #2 – You have to be a technology god to work online.
These days, getting online in most places around the world is fast and easy.
But the real question is: “What kind of work do I do online if I’m not a tech wizard?”
Freelancing is the best choice for the beginner, no question. You can start small, build it up and work as little or as much as you’d like.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of assignments. Proofreading, editing, writing, creating instructional videos, covering a customer service shift, giving advice and just about any other skill you ever heard of (and many you haven’t) are in demand on some “job network” somewhere, right now.
There is a perfect job online for almost everyone right now.
When you start working online you become a citizen of a new world…the online world…and things are a little different.
Working over the Internet was nearly impossible five or six short years ago. The job networks were much smaller, the technology was feeble and there were very few tools to help you get up-to-speed and productive quickly.
Today, job networks are doubling (or more) in size every 12 months, technology is more solid everyday (and now mobile) and there are a host of tools that make worldwide collaboration easier than ever before.
What are you waiting for?
Editor’s note: You can make money from anywhere in the world. Find out more here.