Tired and getting frustrated of waiting for an interview to land a job that you are not sure of. Why not create a job for yourself from home? Like they say, no food for lazy man. Self-motivation, discipline, skills and independence are key characteristics for a stay-at-home worker.
Here are a few start-up jobs, you can do from home. Start by perfecting your skills and making yourself known through word-of-mouth, flyers, and the likes. The internet and social media has made it easier to connect to a large group of people. Be your own boss!
Web developer/ Graphic designer
A web developer programs web pages, and is primarily focused on how the website works not how it looks. This job doesn’t require the physical presence of the developer as most of his duties are done on the web. More often than not, developers work/offer their services on a freelance basis.
A writer is basically someone that writes. Anybody that writes is a writer but there is a difference between a skilled writer and an amateur writer. Writers have the ability to work from home because in this global world you can send documents and files via email. A good writer should have a good written portfolio in other to get the job. A writer should also be able to work on the internet.
Data analysts collect, process and perform statistical analyses of data. Their skills may not be as advanced as data scientists (e.g. they may not be able to create new algorithms), but their goals are the same – to discover how data can be used to answer questions and solve problems. It’s also important to have a strong grounding in statistical methods, but even more critical is having the desire to find better explanations for whatever phenomena you are studying. Universities and research institutes are the best place to start, especially during the final year for students writing their projects that involves some for form of analysis. You can use tools like; SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science), Minitab statistical software and Microsoft Excel.
If you are bilingual, this opens a lot of possibilities for work-from-home jobs, such as bilingual call centers, translation jobs, interpretation, online teaching and more. Of course, each of these jobs takes a different skill set in addition to your language capability. Those with fluency in more than one language translate audio files or documents. Companies can access home-based translators with hard-to-find language skills without being held back by geographic location.
Starting a tutoring business cost little to nothing to start up; you’ll need some basic school supplies, a few helpful reference books, and a website with Internet access (optional). Word of mouth is a great way to promote your business to teachers and schools, along with posting flyers, posting articles on your social media accounts and creating a website/blog where can showcase your background experience, credentials, references, testimonials, and rates. There’s a market for tutors for every standardized test in existence (SAT, TOEFL, GMAT…), and probably every academic subject (Maths, English,…) at every level. Every time you work with a student, make sure they have your contact information, and encourage them to tell their friends about you. The less effort it takes to get business, the better!
In this ever evolving world blogging is the new money maker. It might not be easy to start up at the beginning but for writers with potential and have the ability to create traffic, build an audience and grow their sites find it is worth their while.
Social Media Manager
Social Media has become one of the greatest marketing platforms in the world, hence the increase in the demand for social media managers. Every company has social media pages that they might not have the time to manage on their own; the job of the social media manager is to ensure that the pages are up and running, also kept up to date with information and strategies the company wants to make known to the public. With the invention of smart phones the job of the social media manager just became easier.
A sales representative sells retail products, goods and services to customers on behalf of a company. They are usually in charge of the whole sales process; finding the customer, following the order through, dealing with complaints from customers and handling feedback.
This job doesn’t require your physical presence at the company you represent , although some companies will insist you work from the company but more often than not most opt for the former because it reduces their operating cost.
Technical Support Specialist
Technical support specialist provide assistance to users of technology products such as mobile phones, televisions, computers, software products or other electronic or mechanical goods. In general, technical support services attempt to help the user solve specific problems with a product rather than providing training, customization, or other support services.
Travel Agents provide consultation services for their customers as regards travel packages. They help their clients book flights, car rentals, hotel reservation and other things. Planning a trip can be very tasking, so these people help you get rid of the stress of booking and making reservations.
Travel agents can work from home as they do not need to meet with the airline and hotels as most of these vendors provide platforms for booking their services online.
Computer Software Engineer
These people are the brains behind computer programs. They create applications that make working on computers or smart phones with ease. They also create systems that run devices or control the devices.
They are somewhat like Web developers just that they deal with computers while the other deals with websites.
Public Relations Specialist
Public Relations Specialist creates and maintains favorable public images for organizations they represent. They basically design media releases that give the public a perception of the organization and helps increases awareness of their activities. They are almost like marketers but instead of marketing the company’s product they market the company’s image.
A virtual assistant is a person that provides administrative support or specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs and executives. It’s basically like having an assistant that you never actually meet in person.
A legal consultant gives advice to start up companies on ways to effectively run their lives within the confines of the law. Most companies do not their own in-house lawyer that advises them on their activities hence the employment of legal consultants which come at a much cheaper rate than an in house lawyer who has to be paid every month.