With current economy and market, it’s never been easier to make money in a way that is both convenient and flexible based on your goals and lifestyle.
Whether you’re an undergraduate looking to make some extra income, a parent making ends meet, or someone who is just looking to make a little extra on the side, the Internet now affords you the chance to make money online from the comfort of your own home.
Here are six skills that allow you to make money online – controlling your time, geography, and, in some cases, even how much you’re paid in the process.
Is there something you’re an specialist in that you can teach or give information on? Perhaps you have a set of skills most people are unfamiliar with. For example, do you have a few years of marketing or teaching experience or are you a nutritionist or personal trainer?
Believe it or not, consultancy work has exploded in recent years. With the world being more connected than ever, businesses and individuals have turned to hiring consultants to guide their decisions in everything from marketing and branding to health and education.
As a consultant, you can find jobs online via a number of freelancing websites and even work your way up to starting your own business if you choose. You can also be an online tutor to college students or even K-12 through sites like Tutor.com and WyzAnt.
The opportunities that a writer has available have increased tremendously since the invention of the Internet.
Today, you can be paid online for doing any shape or form of writing you can imagine, from fiction writing to copywriting, resume writing, blog writing, and anything else you can think of (or have experience in). In addition, you can find jobs for things associated with writing such as being a proofreader or editor.
And if you don’t have any experience, don’t worry. You can work your way up as a press release or cheap blog writer, build a resume and experience, and move on to bigger and better jobs as you go if that’s something that interests you.
3. Social media
Your hours spent on social media can now be a valuable skill, especially for brand holders. SMM (social media management) can be a ton of fun because it encompasses many different things.
Your job can be simply throwing up a few posts each week for a few local restaurant clients or it can be something more complex such as helping launch products through strategic social posts and giveaways.
If you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat frequently and like the idea of communicating over social for a living, check out sites like Upwork.com to get a feel for the different industries that tend to request social media management help and what they’re looking for.
Looking for something easy and straightforward? Transcription services might be a good fit for you.
As a transcriptionist, you’ll convert video and audio recordings into written form for use in everything from blog posts to podcasts.
With the explosion of podcasting over the past several years in addition to video being more popular than ever, transcription services are at an all-time high. Great sites for finding transcription jobs include TranscribeMe, Rev, and Tigerfish.
We’re not saying art is easy (creative skills may take years to develop depending on talent) but it does make things less complicated if you’ve got a little bit of design sense in you due to sites like Canva.com and Picmonkey.com.
By learning your way around a site like Canva, you can create high-quality blog images, logos, PDF designs, posters, social banners and post images, and other designs without the need for expert knowledge or experience.
If you are a professional individual in the creative industry, a great site for such job can be found in Fiverr.com. However, check out the freelance sites listed above once you get some experience under your belt for higher-end jobs.
If you’re good at managing and organising, you might want to use these set of skills to become a virtual assistant. How is it different from a personal assistant?
Well, the role is basically what it sounds like, with the only difference being that virtual assistants tend to have an expertise or primary task they help their client with such as data entry, email or accounting.
The basic idea is that you’ll be handling the tasks which said business owner or executive needs to get off their back so they can focus on creating product, designing, leading and other tasks which they have a critical role in.