For those out there.
And if there be any mothers struggling to provide for family, a place to look.
After the last end of contract notice, much time is wasted mourning the death of a job and what to do next. College degrees and skills gained the past 5, 10 20 or 30 years don’t seem to offer a solution. People faced with this situation get stuck and in no time sink into depression.
It does not have to be that way.
Exposure to limitless opportunities online will yield fields where expertise gained over working years is much sought. While many have discovered this pot of gold, thousands of others fumble complaining of the state’s inability to guarantee employment to its citizens.
The world out here has become a remote village. Right here in Kenya it’s said 40000 men and women are fully engaged online making a living.
Working from the seats of their homes, their earnings astound even bank managers.
Listening to their tales, most say they found themselves jobless, on streets, penniless and with no hope. But they talk exuding confidence of a Master at work. They know so many things about the world revolving around online work it dazes. Not to mention mind-boggling figures earned. Sometimes it sounds outright unbelievable; listeners think it’s a con game.
But it’s not, and yes it is believable.
Desperation has a way of pushing one to try what they haven’t tried before and emerge with baffling success. You too can get out of your pity party and start hunting work online.
What is Online Working?
In other semantics it’s known as remote work or telecommuting or virtual work. It means the work is all done on the internet and submitted in same manner in return for pay.
Workers in this field are known as freelancers.
The work is known as remote work because you work from remote locations anywhere on the globe. The world is looking to hire quality workers at a fraction fee. But that fee means muchness in your pocket.
Such beauty of internet discovery!
To do this type of work, one needs invest in a good reliable computer and uninterrupted internet.It’s said a smartphone or tablet can as well do some of these tasks.
The time zones around the world are not the same and so when a client needs work done, they should find a freelancer when they need to.
Working online in Kenya is no new thing but a fad fast catching on. Hundreds have been doing it as early as year 2000.
Where to find online work
There are job boards that advertise work you can apply for. Freelance sites like Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, iWriter, Flexijobs, Guru, PeoplePerHour and a myriad others offer work in different categories.
When a freelancer signs up to become a member of a site, they gain access to advertised posts where bidding takes place with hundreds others.
It may not be smooth sailing at first, but persistence yields results in the end. And a job well done is evidently rewarded with more work.
Not to mention, even genuine sites have con artists known as scammers. Finding a support group to help navigate through this maze of remote working is definitely handy and encouraged for newbies.
Few manage on their own but it’s not a route to want when bills are staring and children waiting to be fed. Training by those who have crossed the waters has immense benefits in your start job. Invest as little as 1000 shillings for such trainings.
Types of Work found online.
If you’re bilingual, having studied second and third languages in high school and college, you can search for translation jobs. If you are a typist or fast on the keyboard with good communication skills you can opt for Transcription work, it means listening and converting audios into typed text.
Hobbies and part time passions such as travelling fashion, interior decoration and gardening can turn into income earners in no time.
The best paid guys are the software engineers and graphic designers. The web nerds get techy and mint all the money. But to kick out depression go for what can be done steadily till things settle down.
Did you know as a tarmacking English language graduate one can teach English online?
Penning articles is a source of income online. Articles are written for various magazines, websites and blogs.
Editing articles and proofreading documents is something to try. Typists are sought for purposes of typing documents for submission. And there is academic writing too.
I am not an avid fan of that. I believe personal academic merits should be earned by individuals so I won’t go into that.
Online shops are a new thriving venture that can be tapped to sell products and services in demand. Marketing skills can command a viable source of income through marketing products and earning commissions.
Interesting videos can be made and sold online. Virtual Assistants get work helping a client with online research work, prepare it and submit in return for pay.
Professionals like nutritionists, veterinarians or health practitioners can answer questions.
Look deep into resumes and see where you fit best before trying out. Doing a little of one and the other may also help break the monotony of headphones over your head for hours. So write a little, transcribe a little, market and pen articles. It’s not wrong to combine several types of work.
How to receive payments
Payments are done digitally through PayPal, Skrill or Western Union. But once you’ve an email that holds these monies for you. You can get in touch with your Bank. In Kenya the best Bank is Equity. In no time one feels the liquid cash slide in hands.
As you keep at it, establishing your niche as an online worker in an area of specialization will be no big deal.
Don’t let past gains go down the drain due to job loss. Carry established work ethic into a new pipeline, work online and earn an income sufficient to meet you daily needs. Keep your skills in demand and pursue opportunities with renewed zeal.
Selling and exposing your mettle on platforms like Twitter Facebook and social media outlets is a plus.
Only God could have opened such a world stage to demonstrate our abilities. When you cried for a job and found none in your tarmacking spheres, He created the market space, use it to bid, negotiate for business deals and sell your own products.