Inspiration December 12, 2016
It’s time for work but you don’t bother getting out of your pajamas. Your computer desk also acts as your office. Sound like a sweet gig? Welcome to the world of Internet jobs.
Thanks to the Internet, more people are able to self-employ, grow their businesses and earn money on the side. Depending on your budget, your past experience and skills, these jobs jobs might not pay enough for you to quit your day job. However, the following six jobs could bring in money from the comfort of your computer chair.
If you’re looking for occupational freedom, look no further than freelance work. Freelance editors, writers and graphic designers, among others, can make money online if they know how to network and reach a large audience.
One of the main advantages of working as a freelancer is the flexibility. According to The Balance, “While clients can offer specifications to the work, a freelancer works similar to an independent contractor, in which he’s free to control how the work is completed.”
To succeed as a freelancer, you must craft a social media presence that can increase awareness of your awesome work and draw in future customers. As long as you have a knack for self-marketing you can freelance nearly any type of skill – whether making tattoo designs or upgrading another person’s social media accounts.
Who wouldn’t want to play arts and crafts for a living? Plenty of customers on sites like Etsy and Handmade at Amazon will pay a little extra for homemade items like jewelry, clothing and crafts. If you enjoy knitting, crocheting or calligraphy, there’s a market for each on these sites.
While sites like Etsy are easy to set up and can reach a wide audience, Cratejoy explains the site is a “double-edged sword.” For instance, “Although you can potentially, as a seller, reach a massive target audience, you can also get lost in a great sea of crafting genius, handmade mediocrity and worse.”
Despite these obstacles, selling your homemade items online is a great baby step toward starting and building a small business that can generate profit and earn loyal customers who keep coming back for more.
While fashionistas may benefit most from this tip, scoping out thrift shops and second-hand stores and selling some of your newfound treasures can bring in more money than you might think. The Work at Home Woman says, “Yard sales, thrift stores, auctions, and tag sales are all places that you can find bargains.”
Creating a re-selling empire might be difficult if you don’t know where to buy quality clothes, antiques or dishes for cheap. However, if you’re a reformed hoarder, you can even start by selling clothes or household items you don’t want anymore. You could start by selling on sites like eBay, but starting your own site would work too.
As you’ve probably discovered after spending your whole lunch break watching cat videos, YouTube can be addictive – but it also be monetarily rewarding. How much money you earn as a YouTube creator depends on your subscriber count, views per video and several other factors. However, no one can deny that you can profit from YouTube – it just might take awhile.
In fact, many YouTubers make money on the side by accepting sponsorships or promoting products in their videos. According to Bustle, sponsors can pay $600 or even thousands of dollars for each sponsored video. In addition, YouTubers with large followings can make money by selling merchandise such as posters, t-shirts or even magnets.
Keep in mind that although a successful channel could bring in plenty of money, creating videos can turn into a full-time job; you’ll constantly need to create, edit and upload new content, keep up with social media and build a name for yourself.
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If you’ve always wanted to be involved in the television industry but have no desire to appear on the screen, transcribing might be your perfect side gig. Although not many people looking for an online job think of transcribing, it can earn you a decent amount of money from the comfort of your home.
If you are a fast and accurate typist and know how to use technology such as a word processor, recording software and large file transfers, you could be successful as a transcriber. If you have a great attention to detail and can type fast, networks that need TV shows and interviews transcribed will look to you.
Although vlogs (video blogs) are arguably more popular these days, blogs can also generate revenue from companies that want ads or products placed on the site. For example, if you have a blog focused on reviewing books, you could request books from publishers to review early.
However, blogging is not just writing; The Muse explains your success depends on your ability to attract readers. The website suggests “focus[ing] on getting your personal blog out there: Network with other bloggers , participate in social networks, and attend industry or blogger events.”
Once you gain enough page views, social media followers and credibility within your online field, you could also receive monthly subscription boxes from publishers wanting to highlight new releases. Lifestyle and travel blogs are especially popular, and bloggers could receive compensation ranging from clothing to beauty products to hotel stays.
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