We are in a critical time in our human history. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing every aspect of our existence particularly the healthcare systems and the economy. As of the time of this post, over 500,000 people have been infected globally. Also, over 24,000 have lost their lives to the pandemic. It is feared that things will get worse before they get better.
In terms of economy, the U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index estimates that about 37 million workers will lose their jobs. With the Stay-At-Home order now enforced in many countries, most organizations are promoting remote jobs.
Another thing this pandemic has done is to expose the vulnerability of many jobs we thought were invincible. Many big corporations including airlines are depending on some sort of stimulus package from the government to stay afloat. One sector that has seen positive growth in all of this is the video streaming sector. Netflix, for example, has seen a spike in the number of subscribers in areas worst hit by the pandemic. Douglas Mitchelson, a Credit Suisse analyst said,
“The data in both Hong Kong and Korea present a strong case Netflix is seeing increasing demand, as first-time app downloads inflected positively starting in January and continued into March.”
Post COVID-19 Era
The outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing organizations to innovate at a rate never seen before. Schools are migrating to online learning to avoid total disruption of the school calendar. Some establishments are asking their staff to work remotely. In general, there has been a rise in the number of remote jobs. One thing remains clear; when this pandemic is contained, many jobs may permanently be done remotely in many organizations. Also, the outbreak has further highlighted the need for digital skills.
The economies of many African countries are already struggling. As the cases of COVID-19 continues across the continent, many governments are taking a cue from their western counterparts by imposing a total lockdown. Already, South Africa is on lockdown with other countries bound to follow soon. In a continent where many live below $2 per day, a total lockdown can be devastating.
Interestingly, while staying at home, there are hundreds to remote jobs you can start to avoid going bankrupt. Unfortunately, not many people know this. The growing fear and panic-buying experienced in some countries are often linked to financial insecurity. At African Vibes, we feel it is our duty to get this information out there to help alleviate the suffering of many families.
10 Remote Jobs You Can Start Today
Stay-At-Home should not feel like a prison sentence. Rather, it should help you to discover your inner passion. There are lots of remote jobs you can do from the comfort of your home. All you need is a computer and Internet access. Hopefully, there should be no disruption of Internet services in your country at this time.
Most guides on remote jobs will just mention the jobs without telling you how to start. We hope to bridge that knowledge gap by telling you how to start doing them immediately. Inasmuch as there are thousands of remote jobs, below is a list of those you can start almost immediately.
What we know about COVID-19 is constantly changing. Thus, blogging is a remote job that gives you the opportunity to provide such information. However, it’s not all about the virus, you can simply blog on any topic that interests you the most. It can be music, relationship, traveling, food, or Do It Yourself (DIY) techniques for solving the common challenges people encounter. Just make sure it is a topic that interests you. Thankfully, the Stay-At-Home order gives you enough time to develop your content. If you choose to blog, bear in mind that you need to be patient and build an audience before the money will start rolling in.
Starting a blog
If you love to write, blogging can be a suitable remote job for you at this time. Also, you need to be very good at research. To gain more audience, you need to offer more than other websites in your niche are offering. As a blogger, you need to answer the questions that your audience is asking.
There are lots of ways through which you can monetize your blog. Firstly, you can place Google Adsense ads on your blog. The more people click on the ads, the more money you will make. Another way you can monetize your blog is to recommend products related to the topic of your blog. Once people buy a product through your recommendation, you earn handsome commissions.
#2. YouTube Channel
If you love being in front of the camera, a YouTube channel is one of the easiest remote jobs you can start. Felix Kjellberg, the owner of the PewDiePie YouTube channel earned $12 million in 2017. You can reach the same success too. With the current Stay-At-Home order, a lot of videos are surfacing online of people trying to be creative. Sadly, not all of them know they can make money by doing that. Interestingly, more people are turning to streaming networks for entertainment. This gives you an opportunity to rev up your subscribers and views as well as your earnings.
Starting a YouTube channel
To be able to come up with great videos, you need to have a good camera. Thankfully, new mobile phones have great camera quality that can suffice. Also, you will need to be familiar with the use of video editing software tools. Once you have the necessary tools, you can start immediately. Like blogging, it is important that you stick with a specific theme; it can be gadget reviews, cooking, beauty tips, etc.
Make your video engaging. Look at your competitors and see what they are doing differently. There is hardly a golden rule here. Just keep experimenting until you find what works the most. With YouTube, the monetization is pretty simple. Revenue is calculated based on your views. However, you will need to enable the monetization feature in your YouTube settings.
Udemy is an online learning marketplace. You will find a huge list of courses covering virtually every topic. If you are a tutor, you can develop a course module on a topic you are most familiar with. The course content can be in text, video, or audio. Courses are available on-demand allowing students to learn at their own pace.
Starting a course on Udemy
If you love to teach, explain, or solve problems, this is one of the best remote jobs for you. However, you need to have an in-depth knowledge of the topic. Also, you should have a way of expressing knowledge in a form that is easy to understand. The secret to success in most remote jobs is to create value. Therefore, it may be important for you to study other courses in your niche and find what is lacking, then try to bridge that knowledge gap.
The video format is the most engaging format. Therefore, try to deliver at least 80% of your content in video format. Also, another way you can engage your audience is to break up lectures with a quiz. You earn money when people pay and enroll in your course. Another thing you can do is to have a small blog on topics related to your course. Consequently, you can use your blog to promote your course.
A podcast is usually a series of audio file that is downloadable. In some cases, they are sent automatically to subscribers on a weekly or monthly basis. If a camera scares you but you love to talk, podcasts will be a great remote job for you.
Starting a podcast
Firstly, you need to have in-depth knowledge of the topic that you want to talk about. Also, you should be able to persuade your listeners with logical listening. It is always important to prepare a script or you may end up rambling. The script will also help you to set the length of your podcast. Record your podcast and upload it to a personal website or iTunes or other audio streaming platforms.
One important note here is to make sure the audio quality of your podcast is high with no background noise interference. If the content of your podcast is compelling enough, you can convince people to pay for it. Also, you can insert commercials into your podcast and earn money from it.
This Stay-At-Home order provides you with ample time to write that book you always had in mind. It might also interest you to know that when people are looking for in-depth knowledge, they don’t search for blogs. Rather, they look for recommended books on Amazon. Imagine how many millions of people will be looking for information on the COVID-19. Imagine how much traffic you will get if you write a great book on tips on how people can stay safe.
Writing an ebook
If you have in-depth knowledge on a particular topic or good in research, this is a great remote job that can help you get over this trying period. Write an outline and provide as much detail as possible on the topic in a way that will be easy to understand. Quality research is the bedrock for quality content. Study comments and reviews of similar books to see what people are looking for.
Once you are done writing your book, sign up for Kindle Direct Publishing Program. By doing this, you give exclusive distribution rights to Amazon. This will make it possible for you to sell your book in every country where Amazon.com is available. Like podcasts and Udemy, you can run a small blog and promote your book.
#6. Sell Arts and Crafts
If you are skilled in arts and crafts, this break from work provides you with the opportunity to expand your creativity. However, it shouldn’t end with just creating these wonderful crafts. Once you have a compelling product, sell it. One platform that is dedicated to the sale of arts and crafts is Etsy. With over 30 million monthly visitors, you are certain that your craft will find an audience.
Starting to sell arts and craft on Etsy
Etsy.com is an online community like eBay that links buyers and sellers of arts and crafts. Sign up is free and you can do it almost immediately. However, the process of designing your store and writing compelling descriptions for your product can take a few days. You also need to decide the price points of your products.
Like every other e-commerce store, the more people place orders for your product, the more money you will get. Customer ratings will largely determine the growth of your brand. Therefore make sure that you deliver within the promised dates. Make your packaging as professional as possible. Also, take precautions to avoid chipping or breaking of the product during transit. Other alternatives to Etsy.com include AftCra.com, Zibbet.com, and UncommonGoods.com.
As businesses expand on a global scale, they will need to communicate with the local customers. This means they will need to translate their contents. With the new pandemic, many establishments trying to provide help will need to translate their contents. If you are multilingual, your skills will be in high demand. Your basic task is to convert documents from one language to another.
Become a translator
All you need to succeed in this job is the ability to read and write as well as speak at least two languages frequently. Being fluent in a particular language also means that you should be able to translate contexts. There are lots of platforms where you can register for translation jobs. You can earn from 12 to 40 dollars per hour depending on the type of document. Some of the websites you can register for translation jobs include Translatorscafe.com and Gengo.com.
Journalists sometimes conduct hours of interviews. However, because of their busy schedules, they often don’t have time to transcribe them. Thus, they end up hiring transcribers to help them out. As a transcriber, all you need to do is to listen to the audio or video interview and write down the words exactly as they are.
Become a transcriber
To succeed as a transcriber, you should be able to understand multiple accents—or at least the accent you are working with. You also need to be able to type fast. As an aid to help you grasp the words better—especially if your home is noisy—you need noise-canceling headphones. Register to transcription service websites like Scribie.com and Verbalink.com and start completing available jobs. Also, you can contact your local newspapers or TV stations and see if they have a transcribing job for you. Expect to earn between 5 and 40 dollars per hour.
#9. Online Tutor
With schools shut across the globe, many students are turning online tutors. Therefore, there is a recent surge in the demand for online tutors. If you are already a tutor, you don’t need to panic that your job is at risk. Exploit digital technology to provide the same service over the Internet and earn handsomely for it.
Become an online tutor
Once you have a certification that qualifies you as a tutor, the sky is green for you. Prior experience as a tutor will be a plus. There are various online tutoring websites. Some of the reputable sites in this regard include Tutor.com, e-Tutor.com, and SmartThinking.com. Once you enroll in one of these sites, they will assign a student to you based on your profile.
Alternatively, if you are a private tutor, you can continue to teach your students through Skype or with the aid of other video calling apps. Certified teachers with expertise in technical subjects like statistics and computer programming earn as much as 50 dollars per hour.
#10. Graphic Designing
The demand for graphic designers is on the rise. Graphics catches attention and business use this as an important part of branding. The rise in digital technology has further become indispensable. If you are a graphic designer, the Stay-At-Home order should help you to explore your creativity and burst up thrilling designs that will earn you good money.
Become A Graphic Designer
This remote job is most suitable for designers, artists, and painters. You need to be creative as well as understand current design trends. You also need a graphic design tool like Photoshop. Once you have these skills, you can visit websites like 99designs.com, Behance.net, Envato.com, and Dribble.com to find jobs. As your reputation grows with positive reviews, so will your earning.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the importance of digital knowledge in the 21st century. If you already have a digital skill, use the opportunity created by the Stay-At-Home order to explore how you can monetize your knowledge. There are many more remote jobs out there that you can easily fit into with the right digital skills. We also want to use this opportunity to let you know that African Vibes is recruiting writers. If you are passionate about writing, please leave your email in the comment box and we will get back to you. Stay Home, Stay Safe!