Whether you’re looking to start a new career or just earn a few dollars on the side, the age of the internet has an enormous range of opportunities available. Yet, despite the possibilities of the internet’s reach and its flexibility, many of us are remain unsure as to what potential this connecting technology represents.
With that in mind, we want to cover some of the best and easiest ways our readers might start earning in the online sphere.
When earning money online, you don’t necessarily have to rely on a tech-focused job. Instead, it is easily possible to earn money from your hobby by reaching out to online customers, as several online success stories have proven over the years. Baking and cooking are a common pursuit in this regard and one which is aided heavily by social media.
Facebook, for example, will almost always have dedicated pages and groups for your local region. Advertising your skills on these pages can help you build a solid online reputation, and all without having to spend a dime on advertising. Likewise, Instagram can be a very useful tool in showing off your creations to the world.
Many traditional hobbies, when given the right approach, can operate similarly. Sewing, photography, dressmaking, painting, writing and even makeup services can all work through online connections, and with a little additional effort.
If you offer work which more directly translates into the online world, then rest assured that there is a wide range of websites that cater to finding work. While the aforementioned social media elements can play a large part here, for more distant tasks, it’s best to turn to a more global option.
For a start, consider building a LinkedIn profile as a basis for your resume. This is an enormous resource for online workers and employers that can be indispensable in building a professional network. In terms of searching directly for a job, you can check out websites like Upwork for international connections, or perform Google searches to find more local services.
So, what jobs can you do online?
The most obvious answers involve programming and website design, but this is only the start. There is an enormous call for any form of digital work over the internet, and this can extend from visual to musical design, as well as the written word. On top of this, there are jobs for digital assistants, translators, social media managers, and call-center representatives, just to name a few.
If you have never worked remotely before, it can be a good idea to take a few smaller jobs first, just so you can adapt to the challenges this new form of work involves. Taking commissions without direct person-to-person communication can lead to situations of misunderstanding, especially if you deal with international clients, so experience on this front can be a lifesaver.
You’ll also need to remember that, just like with more traditional jobs, there will be some people out there who will try to take advantage of you. Always take payment upfront, and be careful to vet offers which seem as if they might be too good to be true.
Keep in mind that the first steps are always the most challenging and that once you have your foot in the door, a new world of opportunities can open themselves to you.