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Multitask Travel: How to Run Your Online Store, Travel, and Make Money

By Ryan | Misc

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​If you think you’re the master of multitasking, then ask yourself this question: Can you travel as a digital nomad while earning income all while running an online store? If you can answer yes to that question, then kudos to you! If you can’t but would like to learn how, then you will quickly find out that it’s very possible to have the best of both worlds… in fact, people do it all the time.

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Everyday people go to work and work eight or more hours a day, and for what? 10-14 days worth of paid time off. Not to mention, you may not always get the days off you requested (unless your bosses are awesome and actually care about making sure you’re happy and feel appreciated!). But everybody doesn’t have the luxury of working for a company that cares, so what do you do? You continue going to work and take your vacations as your company will allow you to.

According to a Gallup Poll, 85% of people hate their job.… but the real question to ask is why do they hate their jobs? The answer to that question varies from person to person but lots of people feel unappreciated, feel they’re underpaid, and are overworked. When people start to feel overworked, what does that signify? It’s time for a vacation… but again people aren’t always granted that luxury when they want it, leaving them to be bitter, angry employees.

But to be fair, your sole purpose of going to work isn’t to just go on vacations either. You go to work to make money to take care of your costs of living and expenses… vacations are simply a perk of working… The next question to ask yourself is: if you had the opportunity to ditch your 9-5 office job and replace it with a job that allowed you to live like you’re on vacation and still earn income, would you take that opportunity?

Most people would think to themselves “Absolutely!” but in the back of their minds, they’re thinking “what’s the catch?” because it just sounds too good to be true… Well, the truth is, there is no catch and it’s very possible. And to run your online store, all you need is internet access and internet access is what has made it become easier for travelers to earn money while seeing the world.

Depending on the types of skills you possess and the time you’re willing to put in, you have plenty of opportunities to fund your travels doing the very thing you love. But before you jet off into the sunset, there are two very important things you need to do first.

So First Things First… Before Your Travels

​Get Your Online Store Set-Up

​So, you want to ditch your 9 to 5 and travel the world while running your online store… Before you quit your job, you’re going to want to get your online store established first. You can travel and set up your online store at the same time but ideally, it’s better that you go on and do this first before you start traveling the world.

You’ll need to come up with a name for your business and then use a domain name search tool to make sure it’s even available to use. Once you have your domain name, you can start putting your store together. If there’s something about your site that you don’t understand, don't be afraid to ask for help too. From web design to high-quality photos, you always want to seek help to understand it or hire someone to work out those kinks for you.

The key thing to remember with running your online store is that your customers are the ones who will keep your business afloat whether you’re in the US or in Timbuktu! Your customers are your top priority so everything about your store should be customer-focused and user-friendly.

With running an online store and traveling, one of the biggest issues you’ll run into is determining the types of products you’re going to sell. Will these be handmade products you plan on shipping out yourself or will you be using dropshipping products. If you want to travel, it can get a little hard to tote around your products so it might be easier for you to dropship your products.

Once you have your online store put together and fully operational, you have one more order of business to take care of.

​Figure Out What to Do With Your Home

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​This is the next thing you want to do once you’ve got your online store in-business. In determining what to do with your home, you actually have a few options and all of them allow you to profit from your home… it just depends on whether or not you plan on coming back to your home.

If you don’t plan on moving back into your home, then you’re going to want to sell it...simple as that. If you eventually do plan on moving back into your home, then you want to rent it out to long-term tenants with a 12-month leasing agreement. Then you also have the option of listing your house on Airbnb as well.

Now, the only difference in the two renting options is that one will require you to hire a cleaning company to maintain your home in-between visitors while renting to long-term tenants doesn’t have the cleaning and upkeep responsibilities outside of maintenance repairs. So ultimately, the decision is yours.

As mentioned before, all options are great ways to earn money to fund your travels, in addition to your online store, it’s just that one will be a large lump sum of money you’ll receive while the other options are more of a steady, more consistent flow of income.

While Your Traveling

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You’ve made it over that initial hump of getting your online business started and finding a housing solution, so now you can freely travel and earn additional income to running your business and renting or selling your home.

The question now is what kinds of other jobs spark your interest? There’s all kinds of jobs out there, and remember, as long as you have internet access, you do just about any type of online job. Some of the top online jobs include:

  • ​Web Developer
  • Contributor for Travel Sites
  • Graphic Designer
  • Travel Photography/Videography
  • Teacher
  • Virtual Assistant

​As you can see, you can do just about any type of job as long as you have access to the internet but when traveling, you also will need to figure out what type of traveler you’ll be… will you be living out of a backpack or will you travel in comfort? 

It’s important to figure this out because you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort just to be able to travel… again, you can have the best of both worlds.

Additional Tips on Earning While Traveling

​Figure out how you want to earn while traveling

​There are all kinds of ways to earn while traveling and not just online, either.

You can earn while traveling by doing more physical jobs as well. You just have to decide if you want to sit in front of your computer for most of the day or if you prefer something a little more physical with more contact with people.

​Figure out why you want to earn while traveling

​Figuring out why you’re working while traveling is very important. Are you working while traveling to add to the nice stash of cash you have tucked away or are your working because you’re running out of money?

Working while traveling because you’re running out of money will quickly take the fun out of your travels. When you’re working while traveling to add to your stash, you’re pretty much just working because you can or for the experience… there’s a huge difference between the two.


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About the Author

Hi, I'm Ryan Smith, a solo traveler, and founder of with a bunch of friends. I love going outside, reading books and talking to people.