As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hijack nations across the globe, most of us have had to work remotely. Others, unfortunately, have lost gainful employment because of the pandemic.
Whether by choice or driven by the pandemic, staying at home should not keep us from earning a living. All you need is a functional laptop, and you can get right on to freelancing work which is, these days, a good source of steady income, whether supplemental or as a full-time occupation.
This list of remote work suggestions includes five great types of freelance work to help you gain independent success in this time of the coronavirus. With the right amount of time and commitment, your success as a freelancer can extend well beyond the current pandemic.
1. Digital Marketing
Digital marketing has been rising steadily as big, and small businesses have recognized that the worldwide web is an expansive channel through which products and services can be advertised.
Digital marketing is now one of the most efficient and extensive ways for brands and businesses to connect with significantly larger markets and gather data on consumers’ behavioral patterns.
Scout among small to medium enterprises because many such entities prefer to outsource this aspect rather than create an entire in-house team. If you are skilled in web development and design, social media channels, SEO, or beneficial pay-per-click mechanisms, you can start a freelance digital marketing services business.
2. Translation Service
According to IBISWorld research, though the translation industry dipped slightly last year, it is poised for a strong comeback this 2021. This growth can be attributed to a rise in foreign entrepreneurs’ presence in English-speaking markets and vice versa.
Suppose you are multi-lingual and have stable internet service at home. In that case, you can offer various translation services like document or website information translation to benefit multi-national business people and students.
If this is your first time as an insurance agent, you can learn a lot on your own by researching insurance marketing tips. Also, you might want to start off selling term insurance. Because this is the least complicated insurance product, it is easier for beginners and easier to sell remotely.
Term insurance is a life insurance policy product covering a specific period (or a “term”) of years. In the event of death of the insured during the specified period within the policy, a death benefit can be claimed.
As a general rule, a new insurance agent can start off earning about 80% in commission. This means if you close a sale for a policy with a $1,000 annual premium, you will be paid $800 as commission. If the client opts to make monthly payments, you will receive your commission monthly, as well. Imagine your earning potential as you sell more policies simultaneously.
4. Grant Writing
A grant writer acts as the critical link between a grant seeker and a founder. Grant writers are typically independent contractors or full-time or part-time freelancers. This is a field that you can study up on by yourself and charge handsomely for.
As a grant writer, you are tasked to apply for funding on the grant seeker’s behalf. Be prepared to write up requests for various funding categories such as general operating grants, endowments, project grants, startup funding, restricted grants, etc. It is up to you to match each grant seeker with appropriate funders.
Non-profit organizations such as charities and others account for the biggest percentage among those who typically seek grants. You may research funders on websites such as fundsnetservices.com.
5. Online Tutoring
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for online academic instruction has steadily increased. The need for distance or remote learning has opened up significant opportunities for freelancers.
Decide on an academic subject (or yes, subjects) you are well-versed in, and you can offer tutorial services via video conferencing platforms. This type of job charges by the hour, and rates can go higher as the level of subject difficulty increases.
You can offer English tutorials to foreign students or business people, too, if you prefer. The advantage of online tutorials is that location or distance is no longer a limiting factor in getting clients with the advanced digital communication technology available.
Your students can be on the opposite side of the globe, and you can still offer your services. All you need is a good set of noise-canceling headphones connected to your laptop, a stable internet connection, and you’re all set to start teaching.
Your success as a freelancer will depend mainly on your purpose, commitment, and motivation. One of the advantages of being a freelancer working from home is your total control over your schedules, expenses, and what you actually want to achieve.