Living in Costa Rica is a wonderful daydream, but without a practical plan to make income and earn a living, it remains just that - wishful thinking.
Here’s the good news for all you 9-to-5’ers and corporate slaves out there: the dream is possible. You CAN travel or live anywhere in the world and take your job with you, still making money in the U.S. (or your home country) virtually.
I’m not going to blow sunshine at you at tell you that it’s easy, as it may take a lot of research, planning, and hard work. But it IS possible to live your life by a beach, or on top of a mountain, in a foreign country and still make a living. They even have a name for these new virtual workers – Digital Nomads.
Advances in technology and the prevalence of freelance job portals online like Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com, and Upwork.com have made working virtually easier than ever. In fact, people have been doing it for years, and a U.S. Census report shows that the number of people who work virtually or from home has soared by 41% in the past decade.
The prevalence of virtual and online work has also set us free (geographically speaking) to live abroad or travel like never before, with an estimated 6 million U.S. citizens live overseas. I’m seeing more and travelers and expats working virtually from their laptops, making just enough money to keep their dream alive (especially in some countries where living expenses may be much lower), while others bring in $10,000 or even $20,000 or more every month working virtually.
So, whether you are a stay-at-home mom looking for side work, a college student who wants to backpack around Europe and still make some money, or a 9-5 burnout who gives it all up and lives abroad to be a beach bum (like me), the dream is alive and well.
In part one of this series, I covered 10 of the 50 virtual jobs you can do from the beach (in Costa Rica or anywhere you choose!).
Here are the next 10 jobs you can do from the beach in Costa Rica:
4. Web developer
This is one of the most common live-and-work-abroad jobs, and it does take a technical knowledge of web-building code and platforms, of course, but you can teach yourself or learn online.
9. Video producer and editor
Produce videos for corporations, non-profits, or entertainers.
11. On-line post-secondary teachers
There is a growing trend of online universities, colleges, and also high schools. Additionally, there are a lot of online teaching portals like Udemy.
13. Virtual tax preparer
You can prepare those pesky income tax returns over your laptop.
15. Data entry
Menial and unfulfilling, but who cares if you can do it by the beach?
20. Outside sales
Many sales jobs can be done via the Internet, phone, fax, Skype, etc. and are based solely on commission.
27. Graphic artist
Every company needs a logo, infographic, or other artwork.
36. Educational tutoring
Tutor children in after school programs or learning centers, or college kids in specific subjects.
Manage the books and accounting for any business - from the beach.
50. Life coach
Life coaching and the personal self-help industry is doing huge business, and what better mentor than someone living the dream from the beach in Costa Rica?!
Please note that these are just a sample of the jobs you can do virtually, so by no means is this list exhaustive.
Likewise, there are plenty of jobs you can pick up IN Costa Rica that are popular with foreigners, and many multi-national companies (like resorts!) located in the land of pura vida that are ready to hire.
You’ll find actual listings of these companies, more information on jobs you can do virtually, a special interview I did with the Founder of FlexJobs.com, tips on work visas, and other hacks in the Moving to Costa Rica Handbook's Special Report.
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