As technology has touched every aspect of our lives from communicating with friends and loved ones to the way we shop and travel, our work lives have also been completely changed for good. With the introduction of the internet and faster, more efficient ways to communicate, it is now possible to make a living doing legitimate work from home jobs.
During the lockdown, most of us have already had the work from home experience. It saves you time and money that we used to spend on traveling to and from work. You can use this opportunity to repurpose this time into starting your own side hustle and possibly develop it into a full-blown career, or even your own business.
Whether you are struggling to keep up with your finances, or just want a little extra on the side, having a side hustle is a good option for all of you. It not only provides you with that extra cash that makes life a bit easier but also works as insurance against loss of a job. Below I have compiled a list of top-paying careers that you can start during the second wave of lockdown, with no requirement for a formal degree and the potential to pay as much as, if not more, than a regular job.
Bookkeeping may be sound dull and boring to a lot of people, but according to Entrepreneur Magazine accounting and tax, services are one of the most profitable small businesses out there. While there are more and more professional accountants out there every year, for small businesses the expense of hiring a full-time qualified accountant is not justifiable, giving rise to the ever-increasing demand for virtual bookkeepers.
Contrary to popular belief, to become a bookkeeper you do not need a CPA or any other formal qualification. All you need is a little training and a little more practice and you are good to go. You will need to familiarize yourself with the accounting concepts and all the rules as well as training on how to use accounting software. Many free as well as paid resources are available on websites such as KhanAcademy and Udemy.
Once you are comfortable with your knowledge and skill level, you can head to one or more of the freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr, make a free account and start bidding for work. An average bookkeeper earns about $40,000 annually or $18 per hour. However, if you are working freelance, you can make more as you gain experience and build a client portfolio. Bookkeeping is one of the most well-paying work from home jobs.
Graphics designing is one of those fields that you can master without getting a formal degree for. While many of the employers will require some sort of formal qualification for hiring you as a full-time employee, starting your own freelance career does not have any such requirements. If you are interested in a career as a graphics designer, all you need is a little hard work, a lot of practice and good learning resources.
The demand for graphic designers has increased at an unprecedented rate in the past few years. With smartphones becoming the mainstream source of media consumption, blogging and animation-based media is on the rise. This means more and more people and companies need graphics made for their websites, giving you the opportunity to make an entry.
Graphic designing is also one of the most doing work from home jobs and to start your career as a graphics designer, you need to first study the art. Some of the best courses ranging from beginner to expert level are now available online on Coursera, Udemy and edX. You can choose from a wide range of courses, both free as well as paid. You will also need to learn to use the tools and software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw. Adobe and Corel both have great learning resources on their website ranging from beginner to expert level.
Once you are comfortable with your competencies, you need to start building your online portfolio that you can show your potential clients. Once done with all of that, you need to go and make a free account on one or more of the freelancing platforms and start bidding for work. An average freelance graphic designer can make upwards of $25 per hour.
Just like graphics designing, the demand for proofreaders is rising due to the huge shift towards online media consumption. Websites, blogs and online magazines need people to proofread their work before publishing it. With no requirement for a formal degree, it may be a great career option for many people.
As a proofreader, most clients do not have a requirement for a formal qualification. However, having some training is recommended. What you actually need is perfect grammar, good command on the language, attention to detail and the ability to sit through several hours of reading.
If you need to refresh your language and grammar skills, you can find courses designed for proofreading on Coursera. Once you are ready to start, you can start bidding for work on freelance platforms. In the beginning, you will need to lowball to get work but once you have some reviews and references and have built a portfolio, you can easily negotiate an hourly rate of $20 or more.
Social Media Management
Being in the age of the internet means that just like people, businesses have the opportunity to communicate through social media with people all around the world. This can be very beneficial for businesses who manage their social media presence effectively, reaching out to their customers and getting feedback from them on matters of concern.
While large businesses have in-house teams for managing their social media management, smaller businesses take the services of specialized marketing firms or freelance social media managers. If you enjoy being on social media, it is a wonderful opportunity to develop your skills as a social media manager for local businesses and make money using those skills.
Combined with the skill set of a social media manager, if you can also develop your knowledge and skill about online ad campaign management, it will allow you to manage the total online presence of small businesses. While small businesses need a strong online presence, especially during the second wave of lockdowns, most of them lack the ability to do so. You can start offering these services to your local businesses as well as find more work online through the popular freelancing platforms. Once you get enough clients, you can also hire other people to do more work and develop this into a full-blown business. SMM is one of the best choices to work from home jobs that also pay well.
In the past, the records have always been paper-based. However, with computers becoming more and more efficient with databases, the paper-based records are of little use – at least in their current form. All this data needs to be converted to electronic form manually using hundreds, and sometimes thousands of hours of manual labor before it can be used in modern systems for research and other purposes. This gave rise to the need for data entry specialist.
If you have a reasonable typing speed and don’t mind sitting through hours of random data, working as a transcriber or data entry specialist. This job requires no special skills. All that is required is for you to have a working computer/laptop. However, unlike the common perception, this job has the potential to develop into something much bigger. Most of the clients you will find for data entry are large organizations that require thousands of hours of manual labor. If you get good at it, you can find more work and hire people in third world countries such as India where labor is cheap, and develop this into a proper business.