Does working from home or any remote location of your choice, while dictating your schedule and having complete control over your career sound good? The key is to think creatively about how you can adapt your skills for them. All they require is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a telephone and your skills.
It’s a lot easier than you might think, it’s actually quite simple, requiring much less startup capital than you might imagine. With a combination of drive, determination and skill, your online career can start almost immediately.
Here are 10 online jobs you can run from anywhere on earth,
1. Virtual assistant
Someone who juggles her family calendar without breaking a sweat might have what it takes to become a virtual assistant. Clients could include a business owner looking for someone to handle e-mail, scheduling and travel arrangements or a busy executive who wants you to schedule her children’s doctors appointments.
You can start small with a single client and then once you identify your specialty or an area you want to focus on — social media customer service, for example — you can then begin to take on more clients, thus increasing your earning potential.
2. Freelance content creator
Companies often don’t have the staff to create content for their websites, so they outsource the job to freelancers. With new sites springing up every day, writers are in huge demand.
Anyone can publish content, but very few businesses are creating compelling content that commands attention and converts their audience into revenue. If you are a skilled writer there is plenty of lucrative opportunities waiting for you.
3. Affliliate blogger
If you have a blog that attracts numerous visitors, many companies will pay you (or give you merchandise) to run advertisements that link to their websites. If your blog centers on parenting issues, it’s a perfect match for companies selling children’s clothing or toys, for example. The pay scale depends on the number of hits the ads on your site generate.
4. Online tutor or teacher
If you are an expert in a particular field, leverage your knowledge and become a coach, teaching students form all over the world. The internet allows you to reach anyone that is interested, regardless of their geographical location.
Consulting can prove to be a very lucrative business, granted the person offering their service knows what he or she is talking about. Everyone seems to be a consultant these days, and not only do you have to be able to actually provide value and deliver results, but you need a way to stand out and separate yourself from all of the mediocrity out there.
6. Social-media influencer
If you have a large and loyal following on social media, you could be earning money promoting products. A lot of money, in fact. Some social media influencers with high engagement are earning thousands of dollars per post, but for good reason: it works. Brands wouldn’t be shelling out that kind of money if they weren’t seeing a return.
YouTube creators who crush it can make millions of dollars a year in advertising revenue. Now, these are few and far between, but there is also a healthy population of creators that are making a comfortable living vlogging.
You have to have an interesting concept or story — people subscribe to channels that they can relate to. Just like a company needs a unique selling point to push a product, you need a have unique angle if you want to gain traction and attract a vlog following.
8. Graphic designer/web developer
If you are a graphic designer or know how to write code, then there is a massive audience just waiting to hire you. As a freelancer, you control your hours and you get to pick and choose who you work for. You set your price, pick your projects and end up doing what you love while earning a comfortable living.
9. Tech support representative
Do your friends often turn to you for assistance with their cell phones, computers and video game systems? Then you are clearly a whiz at navigating—and explaining—technology. Tech support reps help customers find and use the right product for their needs (laptop or desktop?) via phone, e-mail and online chats.
10. T-shirt ecommerce store
With several print on demand solutions available, it makes starting a t-shirt company much more affordable than it was years ago. In the past, you would have to order large quantities of shirts, in multiple colors and sizes, forcing you to guess what was going to sell.
Now, creative designs and the power of social media can get a t-shirt brand up and running — and generating revenue — almost overnight.