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!
"There are no good men out there," yet another woman my age declared. At 50, I was freshly divorced after two decades of marriage and motherhood. My unhappy marriage had shattered my faith in men and romantic relationships. Based on my ex-husband's opinion of my sexual appeal, I was afraid my naked body would cause future lovers to run screaming from the room. Rather gleefully, I announced to my girlfriends that I was done with men, and sex, forever.
For the first year, I got tangled in my sheets alone every night, overjoyed to have the bed and my body to myself. I felt liberated by divorce—free to be me, skip showering, and make dinner for one. But it bothered me when women decried the scarcity of men, because I'd known so many good ones—college boyfriends, my brother, my best friend from business school, etc. The first of many naked truths gradually crept up on me: I was not going to find my juju again through self-help and yoga. The feminist in me didn't want to admit it, but going for too long without men was akin to starvation.
I didn't want another husband. But I needed men, a lot of them.
The universe signaled its approval by sending Mr. Blue Eyes to me at an airport. He was 29 and perhaps the sexiest man I'd ever kissed. Being with him convinced me, pretty decisively, that men were going to heal me, even though men had destroyed me many times before. I became the female incarnation of a divorced, clichéd older man: I bought a sports car, revamped my wardrobe, and took younger lovers. "I want five boyfriends," I told my best friend KC after that first tryst ended. "Sweet, cute, smart, nice. Enough that I won't get too attached to one." My message from the frontlines of divorce at 50 is that to restore your confidence as a woman, especially in the wake of a crushing breakup, try dating outside your comfort zone, expanding your dating pool to include partners you might never have considered before. It may not be the recipe for a lasting union, but in terms of rebuilding your self-esteem, it can work wonders.
The first thing I noticed—and liked—about dating younger men is that they didn't want to marry me or make babies with me. And I didn't want that either. Frankly, I didn't even want them to spend the night. Since I'd been 11, I'd been taught to seek out and value men who wanted commitment. To my surprise, I found it refreshing, even more authentic, to be valued not for my potential as a mate, but instead for my body, intelligence, life-experience and sexuality.
And the sex! I quickly realized that—warning, blanket stereotype coming—men under 40 are more straightforward and adventurous than older men, maybe since they were raised with the Internet. You hear so often about the scourge of crude, sexist online pornography; and I agree that the depersonalization of women as sexual playthings is deeply destructive to all genders. However, from sexting to foreplay, I found younger men uniquely enthusiastic about getting naked and enjoying sex. Every younger man found my most erotic zones faster than any man my age ever had, with a lack of hesitation men over 50 seemed unable to fathom.
Also, about my big fear of getting naked in front of a younger man? Completely unfounded. I started to shake when Airport Boy took off my sundress in our hotel room. Had he ever seen a woman my age nude? How could I stand to be skin-to-skin with a body far more perfect than mine? I had given birth to eight-pound, full-fucking-term babies. I'd nursed them, too, and at times by breasts looked (from my view at least) like wet paper towels. "You have a spectacular body," he told me instead, running his hand over the cellulite on my stomach that I despised. That night I learned that younger men who seek older women accept our physical flaws—they don't expect perfection in someone 20 years their senior. These men taught me to see my body through a positive, decidedly male lens, to focus on the pretty parts (and we all have them) rather than the flaws that we all have too, whether you're 19, 29 or 59.
I even found the pillow talk lighter, easier and more intellectually stimulating, because a younger man's world view differs so vastly from the pressures of my 20-something kids, annual colonoscopies, 401K balance and mortgage payments. They have simple financial problems, like "Can I borrow a few quarters for the parking meter outside?" or "Do you have any advice on consolidating my student loans?"
Everything feels simpler with younger men. Men under 40 seem less threatened by assertive women; they grew up with them. They like cheap beer instead of expensive wine. They don't snore (as much). Leftovers a 55-year-old would scoff at look good to them. Their erections NEVER last more than four hours. Their hard-ons end the old-fashioned way and 45 minutes later they are ready for more.
But what I enjoy most about younger men is not the sex, or the cliché that they make me feel young again—because they don't. Younger men make me feel old, and to my delight, I like that. I feel valuable around younger men, precisely because I am wiser and more experienced in life, love and between the sheets.
I know I'll never end up with one for good. The naked truth is we don't have enough in common to last. One recently put it exactly right when he told me, "I love this, but there's always gonna be a glass ceiling between us." That lack of permanence, the improbability of commitment and "forever," doesn't mean I can't pick up a tip or two about self-esteem, and enjoy the magic of human connection with younger men. And vice versa. The experience can enrich us both, making us better partners for people our own ages down the road.
*My viewpoint is from the perspective of a heterosexual woman, because I am one. But change the gender identification and/or sexual orientation to whatever works for you and let me know if the same advice holds true. Thank you.