When you take the dive into digital nomad you need every little bit of help you can get. The first challenge you have is coming up with the skills and regular income to fund your life on the road – and that’s not always an easy task.

Luckily there are tons of online resources to help you get the skills you need. There are plenty of offline resources too, of course, but your digital lifestyle is about to revolve almost entirely around the web, so you may as well get into the habit now. And, with that in mind, here are some of the top resources from around the web for budding digital designers, developers, and writers.

Note: There are no affiliate or promotional links in this article – every suggestion is from tools I have used or recommendations from other nomads.


Web Designer

Web design was perhaps first truly ‘rockstar’ nomad career and that’s no surprise. As the internet matured working from anywhere suddenly became a reality and what better way to do it than designing for the web itself.

Where to learn: Udemy, Tuts+ Premium, Treehouse, Lynda

General reading/tips: Web Designer Depot, Tuts+ Web Design, Line25, A List Apart, Smashing Magazine

Where to find the work: 99Designs, Behance, People Per Hour, Smashing Jobs, Programmer Meet Designer, Hex Design, Design Crowd, Envato Studio


Web Developer/Programmer

Where web design goes, development and programming soon follow – that’s just the nature of the game. Which means typing the code in the far corners of the world is just as doable for the modern nomad.

Where to learn: Udemy, Codecademy, Treehouse, Code School, SitePoint Premium, Lynda, Khan Academy

General reading/tips: Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, Six Revisions, CSS Tricks, Specky Boy, One Extra Pixel, Treehouse Blog

Where to find the work: Authentic Jobs, Smashing Jobs, Programmer Meet Designer, Envato Studio, Top Coder


Freelance Writer

An ancient profession compared to the first two we’ve looked at today, the art of freelance writing has been rejuvenated by the rise of content marketing and all things digital. It turns out words are still pretty damn important and that means you can make money anywhere in the world with little more than a laptop and a plane ticket.


Where to learn: Udemy, Class Central, Econsultancy, SEO Copywriting, Kopywriting Kourse

General reading/tips: Copyblogger, Copyhackers, Be A Freelance Blogger, Pro Blogger

Where to find the work: Copyhackers For Hire, Online Writing Jobs, Pro Blogger Jobs, Freelance Writing Gigs, Journalism Jobs, People Per Hour


Okay, so that’s our first three nomad jobs covered, but I’ll be back soon with some more resources for you. And next up we’ll be focusing on the resources you need to get started as a travel photographer, affiliate marketer or online investor.



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