travel and the Welt discover and at the same time Money to earn is a dream for many. The reality often looks different. What do you have to consider to make it work?

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Freedom and independence as a digital nomad?

Role models like Tim Ferris, Online-Entrepreneur and author of the bestseller "The 4-hour week: more time, more money, more life" have shown how it's done. Working independently and freely wherever you are or want to be. No wonder more and more People also want to fulfill this dream of earning money regardless of location. they call themselves digital nomads and are creative on the go, usually online with their laptop.

Digitization has revolutionized the world of work. The trend is increasingly towards one increase the quality of life through home office, location independence and working in the network. What was once a dream is now a reality thanks to the possibilities that Internet offers.

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Many digital nomads work as freelancers or employees, because creative people in particular appreciate the freedom of being able to work at their own pace and not being under supervision. After all, the less the pressure that integration into an open-plan office often entails, the greater the power of imagination. The promise is to skype with friends at work and then get down to work when leisure is at its greatest or when it's igniting Idea is at hand.

But instead of being employed or working as a freelancer, many also set up their own Company. The idea of ​​independence and freedom has already developed in such a way that your own company functions as automatically as possible, so that the profits are as large as possible and the workload is as low as possible. To some, this idea may sound like utopia. For many, however, it is a dream that they have already realized and now they inspire others to do the same.

5 searched dream jobs for digital nomads

But which professions offer the opportunity to work digitally and while traveling? The job search engine Indeed has evaluated their numbers and Trend jobs of the future listed - based on the most common job offers. Many of them are also suitable for digital nomads.

1. Software developers and programmers

The offer of jobs for IoTDeveloper in Germany has increased rapidly in recent years. Programmers and developers usually work on projects they don't have in any Office have to be present. As employees with 100% home office, you can pack up your laptop and go on a trip. Many decide himself too, as a freelancer for various customers to work. For Meetings and consultations are available via Skype and e-mail, so continents and time zones can be easily bridged.

2. Data analysts

Also the demand for Candidates with data science skills will grow at the same rate as companies' big data capabilities. Anyone who combines technical and scientific expertise with the ability to find the important information and stories in a flood of information is in demand.

3. Teacher and online tutor

Working as a freelance teacher or online tutor offers an easy introduction to life as a digital nomad. You don't necessarily have to prove that you have completed a teaching degree, as long as you have absolute mastery of your subject. For example, if you teach a language, you should use that language as a Mother– or speak a foreign language very well. Even those who only speak their mother tongue can work at language schools on the go or give private tuition online. It is becoming increasingly popular to develop your own onlineCourses with videos and to distribute them over the Internet sell.

4. Gig worker

Creative freedom and location independence can be easily combined for so-called gig workers. The job market is becoming more and more fragmented. Many job seekers for whom this model, as a digital nomad, meets the best requirements, are enthusiastic - global interest in jobs in the gig economy has increased. Candidates apply No longer on a full job, but also on individual "gigs". Take a graphic designer or media designer, for example: You work on individual projects or websites while you are out and about, but are otherwise not involved in the processes of a company.

5. Marketing and design

At the latest with the invention of the internet and social media, job descriptions have changed. Bloggers, youtubers and influencers are now the dream jobs of the younger generation. Bloggers write about the topics that excite them and make money through affiliateMarketing and advertisements on their website. Some are also sponsored and paid by companies to feature in their blog posts. Youtubers publish videos in which they report on a topic in which they are familiar. Once they are a big Audience address them, commercials are added to their videos. This is how they make money. They are also often sponsored by companies.

Influencers are often bloggers and youtubers. Influencers include everyone who is very active on social media and has a large number of followers on whom they have an influence (Influence = Influence). If you only have your talent for writing, you can write for Article, Advertising texts and websites work. Orders are received by customers or agencies by email, the texts are then translated and the results are delivered by email.

The dark side of the supposed dream jobs

But the supposed dream jobs also have their downsides. These consist on the one hand in precarious employment and on the other hand in a lack of social security. Often in the press from the modern precariat is the Rede, from that growing group of small self-employed people with little Income and insecure livelihoods.

Because what is often concealed is that there are far from enough freelance jobs for everyone and therefore many flimsy online businesses live: you sell Eg used items on eBay or Amazon or gamble with their meager earnings by going to obscure sites like Play or play NetBet Casino - and often enough the hard-earned money back verlieren.

Pitfalls in tax and social security law

But these sources of income pose a lot of problems: If freelancers sell used equipment such as laptops or cars on Ebay, which you had claimed for tax purposes when buying them, the freelancers become commercial sellers. But freelancers who trade privately on eBay also run the risk of losing their freelance status. Possible consequences: In future, you will also have to pay trade tax for your (previously) freelance income above an exemption limit.

Social insurance for artists is also difficult. Many freelancers are very cheap here insured, but have not taken into account that you can stay abroad for a maximum of 2 years at a time within the framework of KSK insurance. And since companies have been subject to stricter controls as to whether they are subject to artist social security contributions, many companies are very angry. Because someone who commissions a website or distributes PR orders is already subject to the KSK. Around 250.000 companies are even obliged to pay contributions without even knowing it.

Compulsory insurance for freelancers

Finally, Book VI of the Social Code stipulates that all self-employed teachers, educators and caregivers who do not have employees who are subject to compulsory insurance and who generate an annual profit from this activity (also as a part-time job!) that exceed the limit are obliged to take out pension insurance. Any type of teaching is deemed to be teaching activity that is subject to compulsory insurance Background, skills and abilities - i.e. from private tuition to classes at schools and universities, courses at adult education centers and physical education classes to computer training in companies, manager training and trade union seminars. According to judgments by the Federal Social Court, aerobics trainers and childminders also fall under this category engagement.

Either the actual operating expenses can be deducted from the corresponding income or - if it is a part-time lesson at a public or non-profit institution, e.g. a community college - the so-called trainer allowance. You only have to be insured if the remaining profit is correspondingly high. After all, those who are compulsorily insured in the statutory pension insurance are entitled to a Riester pension. Corresponding regulations can only escape those who completely deregister in Germany.

Involuntarily self-employed

Another, not uncommon Problem is the dependence of the self-employed on just one client. Often, these people are also involuntarily self-employed, since jobs are often deleted and the Employees be outsourced, a practice that was recently approved by the Federal Labor Court.. Mine Opinions complaining about doesn't help much here. Appropriate laws would of course be here useful, but companies find others waysto save labor costs. The real scandal for me is that the involuntary self-employed often behave in exactly the same way from now on.

Instead of suffering unhappily from the situation and not having a permanent position, you should make the best of the situation. Because consequently, the involuntary self-employed person would now have to strive for new orders, win customers - and would soon no longer be dependent on his former client.

Become a specialist, determine prices

If he also concentrates on a certain market segment and creates such a market niche, he can possibly become a sought-after specialist and will then have a say in the prices. This offers the greatest possible security, especially for digital nomads who work on the go.

In this case, it is the client who is at a disadvantage: he has to pay more and soon realize that he is losing out with his outsourcingMethod shot himself in the foot, because the balance of power had changed. However, as long as the precariat makes itself so dependent on its former bosses, they will continue the outsourcing practice. So it remains to be hoped that more people will dare to take the step towards freedom and independence.


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