More and more people than ever are increasingly resorting to online jobs. Working online from home comes with many advantages, and perhaps, this is the reason people are choosing online jobs.
In this post, you will find out about the benefits of online jobs and also learn about the various types of these jobs that you can do at the comfort of your couch.
What are the benefits of online jobs?
You can work from home
This is one of the major benefits of online jobs. Working from home means you have more time with your friends and family.
This is especially very helpful to women who have babies or small children who make the balance between family and work difficult. Online jobs make it easier for them to earn and still take care of the family.
You only need your laptop or desktop, reliable internet connection, and of course, time and you are good to go.
You can work from anywhere at any time. You don’t need permission from anyone. You are your own boss; you set your own working hours.
Very low or no start-up costs
Setting a brick and mortar store requires a lot of capital which is not the case for online jobs. For instance, if you want to start an online store, you can get a website for $10 or less and a hosting plan for $100 or less per year.
Again, unlike setting up a physical shop, starting a business website takes a few hours. In case you want to do simple online tasks like freelance writing, you do not need any capital to start you off.
You only need to sign up for free on a freelance website and start working and make money.
You decide how much you earn
There is a tremendous earning potential in online jobs. Unlike day jobs where the salary is fixed, you decide your income limits when working online. This depends on the number of hours you are working or the number of tasks you complete.
At home, you have more time to yourself to do as much work as you want. You also have the opportunity to work day and night to boost your income.
Working from home saves you money
Working from home doesn’t involve you putting on those fancy suits or uniforms. It doesn’t involve commuting and having to eat your lunch out.
If you are a mom, you will be with your baby or child, meaning no more day care. You will a save hundreds of dollars every month working from home.
The various ways of making money online
Several online jobs can give you enough money to make you quit your full-time day job entirely. If you don’t intend to quit your job, there are also jobs that can work as a side hustle for some passive income.
Examples of these online jobs include completing small tasks like surveying, website and app reviews, copywriting, translation, freelance writing, data entry services, etc., blogging, and e-commerce.
Completing online tasks
There are several websites on which you can get paid for completing various tasks some of which have been listed above.
How does it work?
It depends on the type of task you are required to do, but most the time, it is very simple. Often, you will visit the website offering the jobs, create a free account, and start working. Some sites (like iWriter.com) will require you to take a simple test that takes less than 20 minutes. Again, the questions are often very simple, so you don’t need to fret about this. Most of these websites pay you through PayPal. Here are examples of tasks you can do online and how much money you can earn on average;
– Website testing (you can earn between $7-$11 per test)Websites offering this task include UserTesting, Whatusersdo, Enroll, UserTest, Analysia, Userlytics, UTest, Amazon Mechanical Turk, TryMyUl, TestingTime, among others.
– App testing (earn an average of $10 per test)Check out UserTesting, Upwork, BetaFamily, Ferpection, UserFeel, UserLytics, TestBirds, among other sites.
– Paid surveys (make between $1-$5 per survey)Check out Toluna, Swagbucks, Vivatic, Onepoll, Ipsos i-Say, MySurvey, YouGov, Global Test Market, Populus, Survey Bods, New Vista Live, Mind Mover, etc.
– Freelancing. Freelancing involves various tasks like content writing, designing, web developing, SEO services, photography and filmmaking, programming, editing, among other things. If you have skills on any of these niches, then you can make a lot of money on freelance websites.
The amount of money you can earn varies depending on the type of job and skills required to do it. For instance, if you have a way with words and you can create outstanding content, you can earn as much as $40 for a 700-word article on dotWriter or up to $100 for a 2000-word article on iWriter.
Some of the best freelance sites include Freelancer, Elance, iFreelance, iWriter, PeoplePerhour, Guru, Upwork, Fiverr, Toptal, among others.
– Data entry jobs. You can work online or offline and make between $200-$1000 a month. The income you earn here depends on your typing speed, the time you invest, and the type of data entry task you take.Sites offering this job include Freelancer, Elance, VirtualBee, CapitalTyping, ClickWorker, AccuTran, and Skillpages.
Advantages of jobs involving completing simple tasks
I. The jobs provide flexibility. Not only can you do them at whatever time, but you can also take on various tasks so long as you have the time and perhaps, the skills.
II. The jobs bring in a good income. You can make up to $2000 or more per month. It only depends on your hard work.
III. Payments are prompt.
IV. You work from home.
V. Some tasks like taking surveys do not require any skills.
VI. No start-up costs. In most cases, you register, log in, take a task and make money.
I. Some tasks may be time-consuming leading to isolation from friends
II. There may distractions at home from, say, children, neighbors or the news. These may be very disruptive.
III. Some websites pay beginners very little. For instance, some survey websites pay as low as $0.02 per survey.
Create a niche blog
While you will not start making money right away like when doing online tasks, blogging can bring in as much as $50,000 or even more every month once you become an established blogger. So how does it work? Here is how;
Decide what niche to take on.
This is what your blog will be about; what you will be blogging about. For instance, if you have a business, your blog can be related to the products and services you are offering. It is, however, essential that you blog about the things you enjoy so that creating content about it can be drudgery. Be sure to blog about something that has enough room for discussion. Your blog will require content, and you don’t want to run out of topics.
You should be able to establish authority in the niche you choose. There are probably more people than you can imagine blogging in the same niche. So, you have to come with some unique angle to make you stand out.
Set-up your blog
• Choose your blogging platform
There are several blogging platforms including Wix, Blogger, Weebly, Squarespace, and WordPress. While each platform has its strengths and weaknesses, there are reasons many bloggers choose WordPress. It is flexible; it has more than 5000 free and paid themes which you can use to design your blog. WordPress also has a very helpful support forum, besides also having more than 45000 free plugins that will make your blog run efficiently.
Although you may create a blog for free on a free platform, you will have no full control over your blog. Again, there will be no customization, meaning you will not be able to use all the themes and free plugins. If you are serious about blogging, never create a free blog. Instead, you can create a self-hosted blog with WordPress. It will cost you a little, but it will have no limitations.
• Find a host
A host will provide your blog a server space. Without a server space, your site cannot be found on the internet. Consider using Bluehost.com as your host as they have been recommended by WordPress for over ten years. They also offer one-click WordPress Installation. Select your payment plan (the basic plan will cost you $2.75 a month; the plus plan goes at $4.95, and the prime plan at $5.45 per month).
• Pick your domain name
A domain name is a web address like www.silo97.com. Then, enter your account information, enter the billing information and then create your password. Your WordPress site is ready to get started. You can start building your blog by, say, designing it yourself or hiring a web designer.
Create quality content
As noted earlier, your blog will be requiring quality content regularly. If you don’t have SEO skills, you can use niche keyword search tools to find the best keywords for your blog content. Some of these tools include WordStream’s Keyword Tool, Soovle, Ubersuggest, Google Keyword Planner, Competitor Source Code, and AdWords Display Planner, all of which are free. There are also keyword tools like FreshKey which you pay for.
Generate traffic One of the best ways to generate traffic is using SEO. This is often achieved by correctly using the right keywords in your content. You can also create traffic by advertising your blog on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Monetize your blog
There are over 30 ways you can monetize your blog. For instance;- Do affiliate marketing where you partner with, say, an online store to promote their goods and services for a commission for every purchase made as a result of your promotion.
– Influencer marketing. If you are a famous person like a celebrity, you can take advantage of your fame to promote business, or other websites on your blog for a fee.
– Email marketing.
– Google adsense. Make money from your blog by providing space for Googe ads. While Google gets a more significant percentage of the profits, you are sure to make some good money.
E-commerce involves creating an online store from which you will be selling products and services to online shoppers. Starting an e-commerce website is almost similar to starting a blog.
You will first of all need to decide on the niche you want to get into. Will your store be selling kids’ clothes, computer software, or men’s shoes? It is important to research your market to know what your competitors are offering or what they are not offering. Know their marketing methods also.
After finding your niche, begin setting up the store. Choose a good e-commerce platform like WordPress. Determine your website features and start designing it. After this, be sure to begin regulatory and legal processes to ensure you are compliant with the law.
The next thing should be setting up payments, that is, how your customers will be paying you and how the money will reach your bank accounts. This often requires a third-party like PayPal or any other payment platform.
Decide on how you will be shipping your goods and getting them to customers in time. Then, line up the suppliers and begin getting the products.
You might want to consider dropshipping.
Dropshipping might be easier for you especially if you don’t have somewhere to stock the products you are selling. This business model allows you to sell goods that you are actually not stocking.
When a customer buys a product from your store, you will buy the product from a wholesaler and ship it directly to the customer. You only need to partner with a wholesaler supplying the products your store sells.
You can get traffic in your store by using such marketing strategies as coupon marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing. You can also hire influencers and affiliates to promote your products and services on their blogs, websites, and newsletters. Stocking high-quality products and publishing quality content is another great way to create traffic.
Do not forget customer service and customer satisfaction. Satisfied customers will not only make return visits, but they will also spread a good word about your business.
One can write an entire book about the various ways you can make money online. If you are looking for a source of extra income, try one or two of these online opportunities.
You might be surprised some of them can even bring in more money than the monthly salary you are getting at your current day job. So start a blog, freelance, or if you are business-minded, start an online store now.