Have you ever toyed with the idea of delving into the world of work-at-home jobs because you are sick of having to get on your car even on a blustery winter morning or a blistering hot afternoon to report for duty? Or you want to be more hands-on with your kids that you can’t commit to a full-time job outside your home?
The good news is, you can now ditch the daily commute and start earning a living sitting from where you are right now. The Internet has opened a new avenue for a wide variety of work-at-home opportunities--this is what allowed Impressa Solutions to be born! And we know others want to work from anywhere too, but how do you pull that off? Not everyone can work for us!
You can start with websites such as Freelancer, oDesk, Guru, Craigslist, and Elance. These will be your best friends in your search for an online job. But you need to actually do something to get paid! But what? Here are just five of the most popular careers you can try online.
1. Virtual Assistant
The “girl Friday” job has taken the Internet world by storm! Popularized by The 4-Hour Workweek, many small businesses hire virtual assistants to do back-office tasks for them because they are more affordable and convenient than hiring a permanent employee. Before embarking on this career, determine what services you can offer. To become more successful, you can take classes to broaden your skill set to boost your chances of getting hired.
2. Freelance Writer
This is how Julie and most of our team started! An ocean of opportunities awaits a talented and skilled writer. You can work as a freelance writer for online magazines or blogs. There’s a hot demand for people who write e-books, sales letters, and website content. You need to have samples to provide your prospective clients a flavor of your writing style, so consider starting your own blog and using that to build a portfolio.
3. Call Center Agent
If you have a good telephone voice and don’t become flustered with multitasking, becoming a call center agent is the right career path for you. Call center companies require that you have the right equipment such as a landline phone, headset, computer, and an Internet connection.
4. Medical Transcriptionist
A career as a medical transcriptionist is right up your alley if you have a good typing speed and a familiarity with medical terminology. But if you are not so familiar with medical jargon, you can undergo specific training. Although you basically listen to and type up doctor’s audio recordings, this can be a very demanding job because some doctors have difficult-to-understand accents.
5. Web Developer/Designer
Web developers and designers are maybe the most in-demand jobs nowadays in the online world. They are in charge of creating the website’s visual elements, thus technical know-how and aesthetic skills are important elements for this job. You will probably need some additional training for this one, but they pay could be well worth it.
Go get 'em!
Landing a gig in the world of freelancing and making it your bread and butter is not difficult at all. Once you discovered your talent and what you can offer, sign up for sites. You will find your groove and your income will start to roll in. With the right skills under your belt, you will surely have some level of freelancing success.
But be careful for Internet scammers luring people with get-rich quick schemes. Don’t fall prey to their trap and always keep your guard up. Avoid those asking for a signup money because I can bet my bottom dollar that after you sending them cash, they will vanish in thin air.