Rob Palmer I have been blogging and living the digital nomad lifestyle since 1999. I help people create an online income so they can go anywhere, do anything and be anyone.

Hiring! Social Media Jobs You Can Do Remotely from Home in 2019

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What You Will Learn: Why social media management is such a fantastic career opportunity (and how to make the most of it); How social media managers are making up to $400,000 a month (that’s not a misprint...read on!); What you need to do to get your share of the action and start a highly-paid and very enjoyable career

Become a freelance social media pro and get paid for doing what you love. Make great money while building communities and sharing.

What You Will Learn

  • Why social media management is such a fantastic career opportunity (and how to make the most of it) 
  • How social media managers are making up to $400,000 a month (that’s not a misprint...read on!)
  • What you need to do to get your share of the action and start a highly-paid and very enjoyable career

A Career in Social Media

Who wants a boring job? Nobody, right? And why would you when you can enjoy a career in fascinating field such as social media.

Better still, this is a market with exploding demand and a shortage of real talent. If you are a smart social media user, there is an opportunity for you to build a career that’s not only lucrative, but a lot of fun, too.

The fact is that in today’s world, social media marketing is an essential part of marketing for millions of businesses worldwide. Every business needs to have a presence online, and to leverage that presence to share their message with that world.

But keeping up with social media is not easy for the average business owner. People have enough to do without worrying about posting content, sharing videos and figuring out how to advertise on social media platforms.

That’s where you come in. If you are familiar with using Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms, then there is an opportunity for you to build a career as a social media manager.

What Do Social Media Managers Do?

The nature of the social media management role will vary from company to company, and larger organizations will have whole teams devoted to this task. But we can say that in general, a social media manager will take on responsibility for:

  • Managing social media accounts on major platforms 
  • Posting content on a regular basis
  • Sharing videos, articles, photos and other material
  • Managing social media advertising
  • Growing followings across all platforms
  • Using social media to drive website traffic

Work from Anywhere, Anytime

One of the big advantages of working in social media marketing is that the work can generally be done remotely. After all, this is very much an online job. Managing social media requires you to be online - and it doesn’t really matter where you are located, as long as you can find a decent Internet connection.

Of course, there are some organizations who still want you to come into the office and work a 9-5 routine. And if you are fine with that, it’s a great career option. But there are also thousands of companies who hire social media managers to work remotely.

In some cases, remote social media managers are still full-time employees, with all the usual company benefits. But very often they act as freelancers or consultants. You can do social media management as a side hustle, or turn it into a full-blown career.

You can start as a freelance side hustler and grow your business into a large social media consultancy that employs hundreds of people. Or you can simply enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working from home - or wherever you may be in the world.

Work from co-working spaces anywhere in the world

Work from co-working spaces anywhere in the world

Do you have an itch to travel? Then being a social media manager may be perfect for you. You can backpack your way around the world, stopping off at co-working spaces to catch up with work along the way.

Nowadays, just about every bar, hotel and guest house has decent WiFi - even in the most obscure parts of the world. So there is nothing to stop you combining your social media career with travel.

Your working hours are generally flexible, too. As long as you get the work done, no-one cares when you do them. If you want to take the afternoon off to relax in the pool, then catch up with some work in the evening, that’s fine.

How Much Can You Make?

Because social media is a fast-moving environment, companies recognize that they need to pay decent money to get good people. So even if you take a regular full-time job in social media management, you can expect above average rates of pay for your geographical area.

But it’s when you start to operate independently that the numbers get interesting. As a freelance or consultant in the social media space, you can have multiple clients in your roster, and each may pay you several thousand dollars a month.

Even smaller local businesses like gyms and car dealerships will pay $1500-$5000 a month to you if you can generate business leads from social media:

So let’s say you have 10 clients paying you $2000 a month (which is a very realistic goal). Now you have an income of $10,000 a month - and that’s money you can make from anywhere.

$10,000 a month goes a long way, even in big cities in the West. But imagine how far it would go if you relocated to a place near the beach in Thailand. You could live like a king (or queen) for less than $1000 a month, and still have $9000 a month (minus taxes) left to save for a rainy day...or invest in growing your new business.

Work from any exotic location

Work from any exotic location

These are very conservative numbers. If you do high-level work such as social media ads management, you may be able to charge higher fees - or a percentage of the ad budget.

So let’s say you have a roster of clients who in total spend $1 million on social media advertising (that’s entirely doable - perhaps with just one client). If you are charging a fee equivalent to 15% of the budget (10%-20% is the normal range), then you will be pulling in $150,000 a month - or $1.8 million a year.

If a couple of million a year is not enough for you, why not ramp it up to $400,000 a month? 

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If a couple of million a year is not enough for you, why not ramp it up to $400,000 a month? That sounds insane, I know, but it’s exactly what Connor Shelefontiuk did. In fact he went from being a broke video game addict to making a fortune as a Facebook ads consultant - all in just over a year. Here’s how he did it:

Could you get by on $4.8 million a year? If so, read on...here’s how to do it:

The Benefits of a Social Media Career

Working in the social media world brings you many benefits aside from the purely financial ones. For many people, a big reason for getting into social media is to escape being trapped in the traditional corporate world.

When you work as a freelance social media manager, you no longer have to worry about:

  • Wasting hours every day commuting 
  • Being forced to live in a big, expensive city
  • Getting dragged into office politics
  • Having to play the corporate power game 
  • Being underpaid and overworked
  • Spending too much time away from home
  • Feeling that you are missing out on life

Instead, you can look forward to a much better quality of life all round. You can enjoy a future that includes:

  • Making the kind of money you have always dreamed of 
  • Working from home (or from anywhere in the world)
  • Embracing a rewarding and fulfilling a career
  • Having the chance to build a successful business 
  • Working flexible hours that suit your lifestyle
  • Spending more time with friends and family

So how do you make all of this a reality? Let’s dig in and find out. Broadly speaking, the opportunities in social media management can be divided into four areas:

  • Social media rater work 
  • Full-time social media jobs
  • Freelance social media jobs
  • Social advertising consultancy 

Let’s take a look at each of these in turn:

1. Social Media Rater Work

If you are seeking some relatively straightforward work to get started in the social media world, you may consider becoming a social media rater or evaluator. Companies such as Facebook employ raters to help them understand what is quality content and what isn’t.

You can find out more about this kind of work in our article on evaluator jobs here. This perhaps not a long-term career option, but it is social media work that can be done from almost anywhere with minimal skills requirements.

2. Full-Time Social Media Jobs

Getting a full-time social media job is a great way to get into the industry, learn the ropes and get some experience. However, the downside is that the majority of full-time jobs require you to work onsite.

Is it possible to have your cake and eat it, too? Yes, it is. You will find that it is becoming increasingly common for companies to hire full-time team members who actually work from remote locations.

This is particularly true of startups, where the entrepreneurs have a younger profile and have grown up in the online environment. Many companies doing tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue operate entirely on a remote basis.

So where do you start looking? Here are some resources that have proven very useful for finding this kind of work:

Indeed.com

As the biggest jobs aggregator online, Indeed.com brings together a vast number of jobs from around the world. This makes it the easiest place to search for remote social media jobs.

The key here is to include words such as ‘remote,’ ‘freelance,’ ‘contract’ or ‘telecommute’ in your searches. For example, I just searched for ‘remote social media jobs’ and instantly got 1,579 job opportunities back. That’s enough to get you started, for sure!

LinkedIn.com

LinkedIn is not only the primary social media network for business, it’s also a great place to find social media jobs. Many of these can be done remotely. A simple search for ‘remote social media manager’ in the US brought back 368 results:

If you repeat the same search for different geographical areas, you can multiply this to over 1000 jobs. Although LinkedIn forces you to enter a location, most of these jobs can still be done remotely. The geographical area simply shows where the company head office is located.

Angel List

Because startup companies are more likely to hire remote social media managers than established organizations, it’s a good idea to look for work with recently funded companies.

The Angel List is the best place to start. Just create a profile and then start browsing for jobs. You will find lots of great options to pursue, and there is a great chance of landing a plum social media job.

Flex Jobs

This site specializes in flexible jobs, so it’s a natural place to search for this kind of work. There are always lots of full-time and part-time jobs available, most of which can be done remotely.

This site is great because it offers lots of filters you can use to identify exactly the kinds of jobs you are most interested in. With a little careful research, you can find your perfect remote social media job right here.

3. Freelance Social Media Jobs

If you want to make good money without all the corporate nonsense of full-time work, then freelancing may be your best option. But what does a freelance social media marketing manager actually do? Here’s the inside scoop:

If you are ready to go freelance, then there are tons of great resources available to help you find work. Here are some of the best resources for finding this kind of work:

Upwork

As the largest platform for freelance work, Upwork has plenty of work available for social media managers. Whatever kind of work you want to specialize in, you can be sure that people are looking to hire in that niche through this site.

So the difficulty is not in finding jobs (there are lots of them), but rather in wining jobs against stiff competition. Try to stand out from the crowd by creating a strong profile which demonstrates your skills in a very specific niche.

Freelancer.com

Here is another very popular freelance jobs site with lots of jobs for social media managers and other social media professionals.

Once again, the problem lies in getting hired, rather than in identifying projects to apply for. Avoid getting caught in bidding wars that are a race to the bottom. Instead, highlight your strengths so that you attract good clients who are prepared to pay decent money.

Fiverr.com

Fiverr gives you a chance to stand out, because you decide what ‘gig’ you are going to offer in the marketplace. That allows you to choose a very specific positioning, so that you are not just another freelancer.

Think about any special skills you have and leverage those in your gig proposal. Be sure to offer several upgrade options in addition to your basic service, as this is how the real money is made on Fiverr.

4. Social Advertising Consultancy

Are you ready for the big time? Then you should consider setting yourself up as a social media consultant who specializes in managing ads on platforms such as Facebook.

Getting started as a social media consultant is actually much easier than you might think. Here are some tips on getting started:

If you are serious about making money in the social media sector, then this is the way to go. You can start as a solo consultant, and build your way up to a large consultancy business.

Want to make $250,000 a month? Here’s how:

Many thousands of businesses are only just waking up to the potential of social media marketing. They need help getting leads and business from Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media networks.

If you acquire the skills necessary to help them, you are in pole position to build a very successful career as a social media marketing consultant.



Finding Your Career Path

So which of these options is right for you? Only you can decide. Perhaps you will decide to get a full-time job in social media first to test the waters and learn the ropes.

Then when you feel more confident, you can branch out into taking clients on as a freelancer. With a few of those under your belt, you may then be read to grow into ads consultancy, where the big money is.

Others may decide to jump straight in at the deep end and start doing high-level Facebook ads consultancy. That’s almost certainly the fast track to making a million dollars a year or more.

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Others may decide to jump straight in at the deep end and start doing high-level Facebook ads consultancy. That’s almost certainly the fast track to making a million dollars a year or more.

There is no right or wrong way - just go with the career path you feel most comfortable with. But whichever way you decide to go, the main thing is to get started right now.

Take the first step and launch your new career as a social media manager - it may turn out to be the best (and most profitable) decision you’ve ever made.


Rob Palmer I have been blogging and living the digital nomad lifestyle since 1999. I help people create an online income so they can go anywhere, do anything and be anyone.
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