I'm an American citizen who's been been living in Europe for over a year now making money solely through virtual telecommuting. Most of my cash comes in via US-based Web projects and affiliate programs, and the money gets deposited into my bank account in the US. I withdraw the money in Europe with my ATM card and live off that, meaning that I don't have to work locally in Europe, but still have an income. Welcome to the brave new world of telecommuting in the internet age! This kind of lifestyle is growing in popularity and I'm living proof that it works. Thousands more people are using the interent to work from remote locations around the world, meaning telecommuters are now free to live anywhere in the world where they can access the internet. If you want some tips and pointers on how to jump on the telecommuting bandwagon, read on. To get you started, I've created this page and compiled a list of remote income sources that are worth checking out for anyone interested in this kind of lifestyle.
Employment and Job Opportunities
International Telework Association and Council.
A good listing of telecommuting jobs around the world. Costs $15/yr to apply for any of the jobs listed.
Job listings for telecommuters (must pay to read listings).
FREE Listing Work From Home Opportunities
Free listing of Work From Home Jobs, Home Business Opportunities, Affiliate Programs, FREE Marketing Resources and much more!
A way for emerging and established photographers to sell their photos online. Great idea and well executed site.
This very site is looking for new article submissions from authors anywhere in the world. We compensate authors by allowing them to run their own Google Adsense ads and they get to keep 100% of the revenue their article generates through Google.
A new an highly successful stock photography site offering a way to sell your photos online. Per photo commisions are low, but you can make it up by selling in quantity.
Another stock photography site that allows photographers to sell their photos online. Photo buyers join for a one time fee and are allowed to download multiple photos. Photographers get paid when their photos are downloaded or when the refer new customers.
Get paid for taking surveys
This website has a database of over 550 companies that need ordinary people to give their opinion for marketing research purposes. Membership costs US $24.95 to $49.95.
Hits for Pay
An email marketing program that pays you .02 US for every email that you read. Refer other people and get paid a commision for every email they read too! This doesn't seem like a whole lot of money at first, but it can add up if you've got nothing to do but hang around in an internet cafe.
Affiliate Programs and Web Marketing
If you run one or more web sites, you can add content-specific advertisements on your page(s) and generate profit based on user clickthroughs (as seen on this page, left column). Some people are making several thousand dollars a month doing this. Google sends payments once a month based on your monthly clickthroughs. You can also have your earnings deposited directly into a bank account in up to 15 different countries.
Run Amazon.com ads on your site and receive cash payouts or gift certificates based on customer purchases. Payments are made quarterly and can be direct deposited or used for e-store credit.
Run ads on your site from hundreds of different companies. Linkshare.com runs the largest affiliate marketing network on the web.
Text Link Ads
Sell links on your web sites. You can make several hundred dollars or more per month using this service. Deposits can be made directly to your PayPal account.
Another site for selling links.
Bloggers can get paid to write reviews of other blogs. Get paid money for each review you post on your blog.
Another large affiliate marketing site with programs from many major companies looking to promote their products.
Skype is a free VOIP (voice over internet protocal) service that allows you to use your computer as an international phone and dial other users anywhere in the world. You can also dial out to regular phones (extra cost) and sign up for a land line phone number (extra cost) in many different countries that will ring through your Skype application. It works really wel if you need a land line in one country but live in another or want to talk to other users anywhere in the world for free. PC/MAC compatible.
Gizmo is a newer Skype alternative that is gaining popularity. It doesn't have as many users as Skype but it's more feature rich and offers cheaper calling options. It also doesn't have some of the privacy issues that Skype has. I'm currently using Gizmo more as I prefer its features and interface. PC/MAC/Linux compatible.
Sending and Receiving Faxes Online
A detailed list of free and comnercial services that provide fax services over the internet.
PayPal is probably the best way to receive and send payments through the internet. Money can go straight into your bank account in one country even if you live in another. PayPal supports most European and major Asian currencies. This is a must for international and virtual telecommuters.
Competition between bargain-fare airlines in Europe have made it cheaper to fly to many locations in Europe than it is to catch a cab to the airport. This flight search engine is the best place to find a cheap flight in Europe.