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Working Online in 2019: 6 Careers to Consider

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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.

Web Developer

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.

Writer

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.

Data Entry

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.

Virtual Assistant

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.

Transcriber

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.

Online Tutoring

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.

Side Gigs

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!

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I Have Been Bullied Both At School and At Work. Here's What It Taught Me

Starting with a little background, I am an anti-bullying advocate and have recently graduated from The Parent Leadership Training Institute, where as part of our studies we were asked to come up with a community project close to our hearts and put it into action. My cause was bullying, and I began a blog and Facebook page to address issues pertaining to all forms of bullying. Implementing this project was followed by a thre- minute speech to my peers, and, after all this, here is what I have learned about bullying.


Bullying makes people feel bad about themselves, leading to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and even physical symptoms. The repercussions of bullying can cause people to miss school or work as well as countless other negative side effects.

I have been bullied both at school and at work, and I know of others who have suffered the same plight. It is not fun!

My first bullying experience was in seventh grade as a young teen. There was a group of three "mean girls" who harassed me and, I later found out, several of my friends; they thought it was funny to pick on others about their clothes, their looks or whatever else they could come up with (who knows). It felt awful at the time. Supposedly, I was chosen to get picked on because they claimed I bought my clothes at the Goodwill. That wasn't true, but really who cares? Why they were picking on me was never really the point. Luckily, after a while, the meanies went on to the next victim(s) like a never-ending cycle. I tend to think once a bully, always a bully, which goes to show how good a lifestyle that is, because those "mean girls" never amounted to much. In hindsight, I feel sorry for them. Watch the movie The Gift if you're really curious about what happens to bullies when they grow up.

And bullying was not just an issue when I was a teen, since then nothing much has changed. My own nephew was bullied in eighth grade, and he recently talked to me in depth about of how the bullying took a toll on him. Especially because I had the same experience, I could relate to him in ways that some others couldn't. Like reliving my own memories, I was incredibly broken up to hear how it made him feel.

Even worse than that, bullying does not end in the school yard. Employees are being bullied on the job at an alarming rate. When you are bullied on the job as an adult, it taken an even bigger toll. Further it doesn't just go away like those middle school "mean girls." Unless you can quit your job, you might just be stuck. There are all kinds of physical symptoms, stomach pains, migraines and even panic attacks. Beyond the physical, people's mental and emotional state is extremely sensitive to bullying, and as a result work performance might suffer. Furthermore, it might feel like there is no recourse, no one to believe you. You can hope that the HR Department is willing to listen and do something about it, but the whole process can be so disheartening. And in the hierarchical corporate environment, sometimes the bully seems to get ahead and you are left lagging behind in a subservient position. This is what happened to me as a victim of workplace bullying. It started with me being told by a co-worker that my boss was following me to the bathroom, staring down the hall whenever I left my desk to make sure I came right back to my seat. Then it was standing over me as I typed, ordering me to get in a car with them, not allowing me to sit somewhere if it wasn't within their sight. The list of offenses could go on endlessly. There were times I felt like I couldn't breathe. And then, the bully torturing me got a promotion. Like the character of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, the classic bully is revered by her peers, despite the fact that all of her employees are terrified of her. Yet, she is in a role of high stature and praised as a bully. We live in a culture that is not only complacent in the existence of bullies, but one that actively allows them to thrive.

It makes you realize how unfair life can be. Of course, no one said that life would be fair; maybe you just assumed that bad people would not get ahead. But, they do. Even now, I cannot help but to shake my head in disbelief. I often wonder what makes a person feel the need to laud their power over another. Are they insecure? Were they bullied themselves? They must feel bad about themselves in some way? Do they feel the need to do this to make themselves look good? Whatever the reason, it certainly isn't nice at all. I have found myself at different times in my life standing up for people who have been bullied around me. And I certainly do not allow anyone to treat me in any way that I find disrespectful. I truly believe in karma, and I tell myself that at some point in time, the bullies will get it back in some way. I have seen it happen, and in the meantime, I just say to myself "What goes around, comes around."

Bullying shows no sign of slowing down, and in this day and age, it's even worse than I have experienced in the past. Cyber bulling, rumors, fist fights, knifes, guns and other forms of both mental and physical cruelty, it truly sickens me. I know that I cannot save everyone, but I try to be an advocate as much as possible and encourage others to do so as well. NO ONE SHOULD BULLIED! It is disgraceful to say the least. You should always practice grace as much as you can. With every person who chooses to do so, the world gets a little bit better. I will be writing more on this topic on a regular basis; I feel it helps to talk about this subject aloud and spread the word. and, if nothing else, be kind.