Earning a decent income is getting hard nowadays, and keeping up with just one job just doesn’t work anymore. You may have heard from others about having an online career/business but have no idea what skills you may have that are in demand or where to find people online who need them. Fear not for here is a comprehensive guide that will soon have you raking up cash online.
Knowing what you have and when it is needed
You may have a ton of highly polished skills or an amazing newly-developed product that you can offer for some big bucks, but let’s face the truth– if people don’t need it, they won’t buy it. Find a definite market that needs a particular product of service and try to fill it. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Online freelancers do a variety of tasks ranging from web developing to translating documents. Better yet, the jobs rarely demand long-term commitment, so if you’re not in the mood to do something, it won’t be a problem. This online career has been booming lately, with the number of individuals doing freelance work increasing by 12% in 2008-2011 according to Financial Times UK.
If you love your hobby, enjoy talking about it, and know other people who love it too, you can make money out of it through blogging. Contrary to what most people believe, blogging is more than just rambling about something that interests you. To earn from it, you have to find the right audience, provide helpfully, and engaging content and promote good products and services, if any. A warning though, blogging can take a really long time to learn from, and competition is tougher than before.
Because of the number of people already connected online, most businesses are slowly shifting from traditional marketing channels such as print ads and paid television commercials into internet marketing campaigns. Although the first few things that come to mind are pop-up advertisements, this online career does more than just that. Online marketers are also responsible for analyzing online marketing trends and reach out to clients in other creative ways.
The internet is a vast virtual world that even finding the right place for something can be quite the trouble even with the help of search engines. There are several platforms that you can utilize to advertise the products and services offered by your online career/business such as social networking sites, but these are not always 100% effective. Here are a few suggestions that can help you attract the right people:
Being the “social networking site for professionals,” LinkedIn is a perfect place for you to show off your credentials for it functions like a traditional job fair where employers and employees meet. It is also a great way for you and your prospective employers to maintain connections since it functions resemble those of popular social networking sites such as Facebook.
Glassdoor is an online recruitment site that is slowly gaining popularity among professionals and employers. Aside from effectively bridging the gap between employers and prospective employees, the site also offers company reviews and other helpful information that can aid job searchers in landing a job that fits their needs the most.
This site contains job offerings from several other websites and allows users to post and share their resumes to attract desired employers into offering them positions. Indeed.com also provides information on employment trends, salaries, and the like to keep job searchers updated with recent developments in the labor market.
Reap your benefits
Now that you have an online career/business, it’s time for you to look forward to the following perks that come with this opportunity.
Additional source of income
Most people engaged in an online career/business do so to supplement their current source of income. Some individuals even hit the jackpot and have their online career/business as their major source of earnings.
Unlike an offline job where your boss demands your physical presence at the workplace during a shift, online jobs leave their employees to feel free and work whenever they want it. As long as you finish the job before it becomes due, you’ll do fine.
Minimal startup costs and easy expansion
Mostly applies to online stores, startup costs are minimized in an online career/business due to the absence of an actual brick-and-wall physical store, therefore, no rent, no utility bills, and no renovation costs. The expansion also comes easy for online stores since you do not have to go through the process of finding a good location to sell your goods.
Indeed, making money online can help everyone in a lot of ways. Now that you know what it takes to start an online career/business, what are you waiting for? Grab the opportunities that await you now!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexander Alison is an online content writer that focuses on employment in Cebu and to the Top Cities in the Philippines. His partnership with CebuJobs.PH helps him excel on the niche he loves. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.