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Are you in need of a job fast, but don’t want to leave your house or aren’t able to? It’s a myth that you need to wake up at 5 a.m. and embark on a 2-hour commute each way just to have a successful career.
Here are some of the best jobs you can do online, from the comfort of your own home.
Freelance writer/web designer/programmer
The rise of freelancing means there are tons of jobs you can do online. If you’ve got a skill that you can sell, chances are that someone will want to hire you on a freelance or part-time basis to do it for them.
Freelance writing is a very common endeavor to do online, either on special online platforms or just independently, from your own website. You can even write e-books to self-publish, via Amazon.
Web-related jobs are also extremely popular, with high demand for web designers and programmers. Especially with every new business needing a website or their own app, the stream of jobs for people skilled in these departments is growing.
Online teaching or instructing
The internet didn’t just change the creative job market, it also changed education. You see, online classes are more and more common, and the internet is more essential to learning than ever before.
What that means is that you can make a living as an online teacher or instructor. Foreign language teachers and English teachers are especially in-demand for this kind of educational avenue. (For example, VIPKid is an easy way to break into online teaching!)
The set-up is simple – you just need a computer with a working webcam, a reliable internet connection, and a quiet room. Then, you can teach lessons to children (and adults!) from all over the world.
This is not only a great money-making venture, particularly for students, but it also helps with the democratization of education. Not everyone has access to a traditional tutor, either because of money or geographical constraints. By choosing online teaching, you are helping these students enrich their knowledge.
If it seems like everyone’s a blogger or an influencer these days, it’s because they are. However, they’re not all successful, and they’re definitely not all making money. But the important part is that it’s possible to make it a lucrative job opportunity.
You just need to do it the right way. Engagement is an extremely important part of the job, but it’s thankfully also something you can do online, even on your phone. Liking and commenting isn’t difficult, but it’s going to boost your following.
Working online can also mean selling products. You don’t need a physical, brick-and-mortar store. If you create hand-made products, such as jewelry, knits, cards, glassware, clothes, artwork, etc. you may wish to sell them via your own e-store.
That also goes for other products you may not be manufacturing yourself but purchasing to sell. Your webshop only requires online supervision and management, which you can do from anywhere. Plus, there are no overhead costs, which makes it much more profitable.
It’s not too late to start
It’s entirely possible to make a living without ever leaving your home – just find an online job. Whether you’re looking to become a blogger, freelance web designer, or online tutor, you can be comfortable and make money at the same time.