Whether you want to take your first foray into working from home full-time, or you simply want to supplement your income with a few online gigs, now is a better time than ever to take advantage of the countless income opportunities that the internet offers us in this day and age.
While working online comes with its potential pitfalls, such as job security and a lack of benefits, there are many reasons why it's a non-negotiable career path for many people. For example, most gigs don't require a Master's degree in exchange for minimum wage, something that's becoming terrifyingly popular in the American job market.
In fact, just about every side-income opportunity and most full-time online careers require little more than proof of your competence, such as a sample of past work. Couple this with flexible hours, no commute times, a stress-free environment, being able to work in your pajamas, and you have yourself a rather compelling way to pay the bills!
Of course, it's worth noting that the internet is still infested with plenty of "opportunities" that are simply too good to be true. For this post, we'll steer clear of those and focus on jobs that are dependable, lucrative and most importantly, legitimate. So, without further ado, here are six online careers worth considering in 2019 and beyond.
Aside from the average person who wants to have one for their own reasons, every business needs a website. This keeps the skills of a web developer in high demand at every level of proficiency. With the plethora of learning material, community forums and web development courses available online, you don't need a degree to get into this field either.
For example, you can find web development courses here on findcourses.com with information on the length, location and cost (if there is one) for each course. Once you've obtained a marketable level of skills, you can either start applying to work for a company or simply work for yourself as a freelancer. Either way, web development can be highly lucrative career.
Depending on your skills and creativity, writing can be one of the easier online careers to get into - though this largely depends on the route you choose to take. For example, writing eBooks to sell online can be extremely profitable, but only if you're able to write and market a story that stands out.
On the flip side, writing web content can prove lucrative even for beginners. In the content writing industry, experience is usually valued above qualifications. So, in order to land your first few clients, you can build a portfolio and gain some experience at the same time by writing content for yourself.
There are many different paths to take when becoming a writer. If you don't feel like hunting for clients yourself, you can head to job boards such as Upwork and Freelancer. Alternatively, you could start your own blog, earning money from ad placements, sponsored posts and affiliate commissions.
The median salary for a data entry worker in the U.S. sits at just over $30,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While this puts it at a lower level than some other work-from-home careers, data entry is the type of job anyone with a computer and decent typing skills can get into.
This makes it ideal for people who want to leave their nine-to-five and get a taste for what it's like to work for themselves. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the flexible terms and work in data entry during your spare time. Countless data entry jobs are posted daily on websites such as SimplyHired and Reddit's /r/ForHire subreddit.
The job of a virtual assistant is very similar to that of a personal assistant in a regular office building, with the obvious difference being that everything is done on a computer from home. Typical duties involve tasks such as bookkeeping, editing, handling emails, data entry, customer service and so forth.
Generally speaking, most virtual assistants obtain clients through word-of-mouth. But starting off, you can find VA gigs on websites such as Freelancer and Upwork. As for earning expectations, it varies greatly depending on your responsibilities. Some VA's make $20 per hour, while others earn upwards of $70 for their hourly efforts.
To be a transcriber (or transcriptionist, which is used for more technical work such as medical transcription), you'll need little more than a good command of the English language, good typing skills and an eye for detail. Your job will involve listening to dialogue in audio or video files and then typing it out in a specific format.
This type of job is in high demand as content creators feel a greater need to use different mediums to communicate with their audience. For example, someone who has their own podcast may want a written version of it for record keeping or publishing purposes.
It's worth noting that transcribing has a rather significant learning curve to get over before you can churn out a decent hourly wage. However, some people are naturals at this and can earn over $25 per hour. While it's not recommended that you resign from your job and start transcribing today, it's worth considering as a good side-gig.
If one were to be brutally honest about "work abroad opportunities" that ship you off to the East to teach English, they're not as glamorous as they seem on the surface. Many aspiring teachers reported coming back home with serious health problems due to the pollution in the countries where they worked.
A good alternative for those who want to teach for a living would be to tutor online from home. Earning expectations will vary depending on your educational background, but most tutors make upwards of $20 per hour. An online TEFL certificate is usually the only qualification you'll need in the case of teaching English to foreigners.
Listed below are a few side gigs that you can take up in your spare time to get a taste of what it's like working from home. Few, if any, will make a massive dent in your bottom line, but it's always good to have a spare dollar here and there, so they're worth checking out.
Surveys: There are countless websites where you can earn money for filling out simple surveys. Provided you pass the screening test that determines whether you're the demographic they're looking for, you'll need nothing more than your computer to earn some extra cash.
Amazon MTURK: Run by the online retail giant, Amazon Mechanical TURK offers anyone in the U.S. the opportunity to earn money for completing simple tasks such as data entry or internet research. It'll take some time to get a grasp of the system, but many people report earning upwards of $1000 per month.
UserTesting: This is a platform where users are paid to review their experience using a provided website or app. It takes around 20 minutes per review, and while the pay isn't particularly glamorous, it's a fun and simple way to earn some extra cash.
With a bit of experience and creativity, you could forge your own path to success using the opportunities that the internet provides today. It's all up to you to put in the necessary time and effort - so start now!
Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!
You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!
Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.
Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.
One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:
What worked? What were my successes?
Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?
Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.
If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?
Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?
Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?
Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.
While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.
Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!