It is no secret that the new norm for the foreseeable future would be to work online. And what jobs are available online? Are your current skills fit for online jobs? It’s time to upgrade those skills and make more money than you ever made in the past. The internet is ripe with opportunities, but only if you have the necessary skills. Because money is difficult these days (when is it not?) and opportunities in the real world are lacking, you should take stock of the skills you have now and create new income streams from them.
When it comes to the internet, some of the most lucrative skills are related to search engine optimization, social media marketing, virtual assistance, web design, web development, and graphics design and animation. You can learn these skills by watching tutorial videos and reading online blogs. You can also attend free workshops and classes by people who pioneered these industries.
You don’t need to finish a four-year course to be hired as a computer programmer. Some of the best programmers are self-taught. As long as you can show the employer that you can program the software they require, they’ll hire you immediately. So, check out what online classes are available and start learning how to write programs.
Are you interested in entering the advertising and digital marketing worlds? You need to learn Google Analytics to earn entry-level positions at digital companies. Through Google Analytics, you can learn about data gathering and analysis skills. If you’re an expert in the non-digital formats of advertising and marketing, know that they are not the same. The principles may be similar, but digital marketing is an entirely different beast.
Linked to Google Analytics is content production. The content a business has on the website determines how marketable its products and services are. Through content writing, you can sell products, boost awareness, and increase web traffic. This is one of the easiest industries to get into when you’re looking for a job online.
If you’re a creative person, you’re in luck. Graphic artists are one of the most in-demand people on the internet right now. Everything you see on the web is somehow created by a graphic artist. From websites to images to animations to company logos to packaging, these are all the work of a graphic artist. Some programs you need to learn how to use are Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. So, tap your creativity and start earning from it.
What are you good at? For example, do you speak a second language? There are plenty of parents looking for second-language tutors on the internet. They want their kids to learn a second language, so they employ the services of someone who’s a native speaker of that language. Learn some tips and tricks on how to teach a language to kids. This job pays particularly well. You can even make a decent living out of it.
As a virtual assistant, you’re basically like an executive secretary. You don’t need a ton of skills or tech knowledge to become a virtual assistant. You’ll do data entry, social media management, light graphic design work, bookkeeping, and service support. Some virtual assistants also manage the other employees working for the client. You’ll most probably be on-call even in the wee hours of the morning (if there’s an emergency) since the client is very reliant on a virtual assistant. Surveys said the pay is good.
Social Media Marketing
Are you a pro on social media? Then, turn that skill into something profitable. You can help a company manage its social media account. You will be tasked to drive traffic to the site, post content, engage with followers, and convert those followers into customers. Social media marketers should know how to work with different platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and many more.
If you’re a natural grammar nerd, then this job is for you. All you have to do is detect inconsistencies in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting. Plenty of people can make a decent living out of proofreading literature, white paper, manuscripts, books, documents, and blog posts before these are published. You can learn proofreading skills online, too. There are plenty of worksheets you can complete to hone your skills in proofreading documents.
Almost all of these skills can be learned on the internet. With enough practice, you should be able to find a job that fits your capabilities. You shouldn’t be afraid of adding to your arsenal of skills, too. Since working remotely is part of the new normal, you should adjust your skills accordingly.