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Online jobs that can make you money

The pandemic has affected all industries worldwide, but not equally. While some industries have suffered a period of crisis, others have flourished – like that related to IT and online jobs.

It’s not surprising that many people have jumped on the bandwagon, taking advantage of the money-making online opportunities. Whether you want to earn a little extra or ditch your traditional job altogether, there are plenty of options to choose from.

A little extra

You might have a full- or part-time job you don’t want to quit. You might be a stay-at-home mum. You might be housebound for whatever reason. You might have some quiet and boring spells during your week. You might be a student. The bottom line is to find a way to make some extra cash online, without too much commitment. Do any of these examples resonate with you? If so, here are some ideas:

  • Online surveys

This is probably the simplest way to make money online. It is very popular especially among students, because it can be easily done in your spare time. It simply requires you to fill out some forms about services and products.

Worldwide members are welcome, as researcher companies are always looking for feedback. Some companies pay as much as $5 for some surveys – that’s pretty impressive.

  • Domain names trading

You probably know what a domain name is – it’s a website address, usually ending in .com and .net. Some are also country-specific, like .co.uk or .it.

They can be easily bought for as little as $0.99 but can be sold for a lot more. Pro-tip: find domain names that have some commercial value to make a profit.

  • Blogging

If you have a way with words, give blogging a go. Write engaging posts on a range of topics or choose your niche to build some social media presence. To make money, promote companies, services and products through your blog posts.

  • Freelancing

There are many platforms based on the ‘internet crowd-sourcing’ business principle. Depending on your skill (writing, graphic design, voice recording etc) you can access a wide range of short-time jobs worldwide and get paid good money for it.

It is usually safe and secure because most platforms act as the middle-man between you and the client.

Committed to more

If you are stuck in a rut and you are looking for a job that offers flexibility, perhaps sharing your educational knowledge with the world is the way to go!

Private tutoring is no longer limited by an in-person setting – remote (or distance) learning is a common and popular option that would allow you to make money while developing your skills, which would look great on your CV, by the way!

What skills does a good tutor have?

  • Excellent subject-specific knowledge. You don’t need a degree on the subject – although it would help, but you definitely need to know what you’re going to teach. You will also need to give evidence of this knowledge: certificates, forum mentoring, previous tutoring experience etc.
  • Good communication skills. In this case, knowledge is nothing if you can’t share it. You need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with your students and (possibly) their parents.
  • Patience. This is an extremely important skill to have. When parents hire a private tutor for their child, chances are the student is struggling with that specific subject. Be calm and positive – always, and allow them to learn at their own pace.
  • Time management. If you are juggling more than one client, you might want to pay close attention to how you plan your work and distribute your time. Don’t take on more than you can actually deliver, as negative publicity will definitely affect your reputation as a professional.

What are a private tutor’s responsibilities?

  • Carry out level and needs assessment. Before you start teaching your students, you need to understand their current level, what they need to improve, and what they want to achieve.
  • Research and understand the curriculum. Being familiar with the relevant curriculum is a bonus. If not, it’s readily available online. However, you need to know what content you need to cover in your lessons to increase their chances of success in their exams.
  • Plan and deliver your lessons. It’s important to have a variety of teaching methods and interesting materials to keep your students engaged.
  • Write up and deliver progress reports. Students (and their parents) will want to know about their improvement and want to make sure that your services are useful.
  • Organise payment and promote your services. Both of these points here might require a bit of research on your side. Pro-tip: Make sure that your terms and conditions are clear and understood from the start, and keep your CV/website/blog/profile up to date.
  • Keep up with technology. This should be obvious, but it’s important to remember that the tech competence in which you deliver your online lessons can have a massive impact on your reputation. The competition is tough in the online teaching market – it would not be difficult for your students to find a teacher who doesn’t get confused when setting up breakout rooms.

Teaching English online is a specific sector of the private tutoring industry that is booming. While the skills and the responsibilities listed above still stand, the difference is that you would be teaching English from the comfort of your home to non-native speakers located in their countries.

What are the advantages of teaching English online?

  • It’s flexible. You can pick and choose your hours of work and you can choose the way you run your business. You can be an independent freelancer, with your own website and the option to set your desired hourly fee, design your lessons, and choose your clients/students. If you prefer an easier ride, you can still freelance without the ‘behind the scenes’ burden – just rely on the help of platform-based teaching companies. They’ll find students for you and some will even provide you with the teaching materials. In return, they’ll set your hourly rate or take a cut from your income.
  • It can pay well. Depending on the platform you choose to work with, or the niche you want to specialise in (business English, writing skills, academic English, to name a few), you have the chance to make a decent amount of money. Pro-tip: Invest in your profession and develop your teaching skills through training.
  • Start without experience. Let’s be honest, having previous teaching experience on your CV would be a bonus, but it’s not necessary. However, as already mentioned, the online teaching industry is competitive, so it’s worth making a plan. Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started:
  • Get the right qualifications. A bachelor’s degree isn’t always necessary, but a TEFL certificate is. But don’t stop there – there are plenty of training courses to choose from to sharpen your teaching skill set.
  • Prepare your CV. Ok, so you don’t have teaching experience, but what about your transferable skills? Are you a good communicator or a tech wiz? Have you worked with children or teenagers in other capacities? All these matter to an online employer and to your potential customers.
  • Choose your path. Do you want to be an independent freelancer or would you rather have the support of a platform? Take a close look at each option, either has advantages and disadvantages – choose the one that best suits your needs and personality.

Bottom line

Regardless of your current situation, whether you need a temporary  boost of income or you are ready for a new chapter of your life, making money online is possible. All you need is a clear vision of your goals and a sound understanding of your skills.

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