“Don’t let your inability to go to work become an inability to earn!”
Not able to go to office to work? Thanks to technology and facilities, there are several jobs you can apply for sitting right from your home. Yes, there are alternative ways to earn – via work-from-home jobs.
Whether you’re looking for a respite from your 9 to 5 jobs, are unable to commute to work, are a stay-at-home parent, or have some other constraint that prevents you from finding a full-time job, there’s no need to waste your earning potential – here’s what you can alternatively do to get a work-from-home job:
Entrepreneurs, professionals and small teams often need assistance with various administrative tasks. These could include scheduling meetings, getting in touch with clients and investors, following up on orders, creating business documents like PowerPoint presentations and Excel sheets, managing blogs and websites, etc. Virtual assistants (VAs) work remotely with such clients, managing the aspects of their business or practice that they are too busy to handle themselves. You can just sign up on sites such as Elance (https://www.upwork.com) and Zirtual (www.zirtual.com) and start looking for work as a VA.
One of the most popular freelance jobs is content writing. There is always an enormous demand for well-researched and well-written web content, and recruiters are constantly on the lookout for professionals who can create fresh content that attracts traffic. If you have a good grasp of grammar, an engaging writing style and are interested in researching diverse topics this is the job for you.
Although this line of work is seriously threatened by automation, there are still plenty of data entry jobs available in India. It is one the simplest jobs you can do online, and requires no special skills. You just have to have a computer, and Internet connection, fast typing skills, and the ability to pay attention to details. Most freelancing websites list these jobs, and you can sign up on any of them to start working. The client provides printed or scanned sheets of data that needs to be entered into a digital format.
If you are bilingual or trilingual, this might be the opportunity for you. While being fluent in English and one or two Indian languages might serve you well enough, taking a language course can add significantly to your earning potential. Several international businesses, scholars and authors would be willing to enlist your services for their translation needs if you can prove your proficiency. To start earning, enlist on a popular freelancing site like www.fiverr.com or www.upwork.com, listing the languages you are proficient in.
Making YouTube videos
If you’re not camera shy or are good with a video camera, Youtube might be the right platform for you. Choose a category that you want to make videos on and get started, but make sure it’s a topic that’ll interest a lot of people. You don’t even need to have professional equipment or a proper set-up to record videos – a mid-range smartphone will suffice. You have to create a YouTube channel, which works on a similar model as a blog – as you make your channel popular and the number of subscribers grows, so will your earning potential.
Selling products online
Whether you have a penchant for crafts or making candles, there is definitely a market for your products. Once you decide on what you want to sell, create an inventory and set the prices. To sell these items, you can register on the website of any popular online seller, from Amazon and eBay to smaller portals like Indiebazaar. These portals charge a small fee for hosting your products. Once you receive an order, package your products and keep it ready for the logistics partner to pick it up and deliver it. You will receive the payment in five to seven days.
Over the past decade, blog monetization has gained momentum. To monetize your blog, you can sign up for Google Adsense, which will allot you ads to place on your blog. After this, it’s a waiting game to see if your account is approved. If it is, you can continue to receive ad placements and earn a steady, if not large, income from it. Adsense pays on the basis of clicks and views the ads receive. Alternatively, you can take up affiliate marketing or product sales through your blog to turn it into a money-making venture. If your blog already attracts traffic, you could enlist blog sponsors, which includes selling ad space on your blog.
And, there’s an added advantage of working from home – everything is better in pajamas ? !!
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