Financial Flexibility – 5 Online Career Opportunities Available During The Pandemic

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Image: | Financial Flexibility – 5 Online Career Opportunities Available During The Pandemic | Whether you’re looking for an online career change or a side-hustle to add to your existing income, there are plenty of ways to make money from home. All you need is a laptop and a reliable internet connection. From tutoring online to website testing, here are five fun ways to earn a living from home during the pandemic. 

1. Online tutoring

There are many tutoring opportunities available online, especially since the coronavirus pandemic sent everyone into lockdown. Though most tutoring roles do require a specific level of education, you may find that you qualify for positions due to the work experience you have or even the language you speak. 

If you have a tertiary degree or industry-specific experience, conduct a search for “your qualification” + “online tutoring” to find roles for which you can apply. If you’d like to try your hand at teaching English, Cambly and SayABC are great places to start. 

2. Freelancing

Whatever skill-set you currently possess, chances are you can market it in a freelance capacity. Though you can be a freelance consultant in almost any field, some of the most profitable freelance skills include: 

  • Web development
  • Social media management
  • Web copywriting
  • Graphic design
  • Accounting and financial services
  • Proofreading and editing
  • Small business consulting

Find a way to help other businesses that’s unique and of a supremely high standard, and you’re sure to find success as a freelancer. 

3. Data entry

If you’re in need of a couch-based gig that doesn’t demand specific qualifications or experience, then data entry may be the perfect field for you. You will need to ensure your typing skills are up to scratch. However, there are plenty of free typing programs online, so this shouldn’t take you long. 

With strong demand for freelance data entry workers online, it’s surprisingly easy to find steady work. Freelancer, Upwork, and Flexjobs are all great places to start hunting for data entry work. Just make sure you research any companies you’re considering working with to ensure you avoid work from home scams

4. Selling pictures

Most modern businesses have an online presence, and with the pandemic closing down may brick-and-mortar stores, the digital landscape is expanding by the day. Though we may have been pushed online, humans are still deeply visual creatures. Indeed, WebDam researchers found that adding images to web content boosts engagement by 650%

This means every business with an online presence is in need of captivating pictures. If you can offer something that goes beyond the tired old stock image aesthetic, then you’ve got a massive market at your fingertips. Foap, Adobe Stock, and Shutterstock are great platforms on which to get started. 

5. User testing

Whenever you use a website that functions perfectly, has useful search filters, and makes navigation a breeze, you can guarantee it’s been thoroughly user-tested. If you’d like to contribute to the smooth functioning of the internet while making $20-$50 an hour, then user testing may be the new couch-based career for you. 

The companies that conduct user testing will get you to do a trial run first, and it’s important that you prepare for this and take it seriously. Hit their key indicators and you’ve landed yourself a cushy new career. Put in a half-baked effort and they may not give you another opportunity.  

The best part about the career options listed above is that they are all flexible. Depending on your reasons for seeking out online work, you can take any one of them on as a part-time or full-time gig. All you need to do is invest the time it takes to get up and running. Good luck!