All over the world businesses and offices are shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The majority of the workforce is now forced to work from home.
We are now into the second month of complete lockdown. Working from home on a wide scale has been successful so far.
With the tremendous technological advancements in communication seen in the last decade, the world has become a global village. Distances do not matter as much. Information, products, people, etc move freely between countries and continents.
This is an excellent time to start working from home.
Before we begin with How to start work from home let us first look at the kinds of work you can do from home
Work from home can be mainly divided into two categories:
- Offline work from home.
- Online work from home.
You do not have to be a technologically savvy person for this kind of work. Nor do you need a lot of investment.
If you love spending time with kids then this is probably the best fit for you. You will need a spacious area for the kids to play in. This is ideal for women who want to work from home. Do read up on the relevant government policies before starting your own daycare/ creche
People who do not have time to plan all the details for their parties hire Party planners. In big cities and towns, Party planners are in demand especially for the planning of kids’ birthday parties. Parents and kids want fun themes with quirky decorations. You need to be organized and have an eye for detail. Make sure that the parties are memorable for the kids and hassle-free for the parents.
Music/Dance/ Arts and crafts teacher:
Violin, Guitar, keyboard, tabla, harmonium are extremely popular instruments to learn. These classes are perfect to teach on weekends.
Fitness instructor/ Personal Trainer:
For good health an active lifestyle is necessary. If you have always been into fitness this is an opportunity to turn it into a business. You will first have to train for it and get the necessary license to start taking classes. Your terrace is the perfect place to take these classes. You can teach Zumba, Yoga, or Aerobics.
A personal stylist works with individuals on a one to one basis. The stylist suggests the perfect look which includes clothes, makeup, accessories, etc. With the rise of makeover based shows, there is a growing demand for Personal stylists. A keen eye for details and knowledge of the latest fashion trends is essential.
Baking is a science as well as an art. Can you whip up a perfect cake? Start taking orders for birthdays cakes, anniversaries, events. You can even teach others.
Getting a perfectly tailored outfit is so frustrating. There are tailors and designer boutiques on every street corner but if you can stand out from the crowd with your unique style then there will be no dearth of customers for you.
Catering can be done in two ways.
Big setup –
If you have space and extra staff, start catering for family functions, parties, and corporate events
There is a high demand for good nutritious home-cooked food among the office going crowd. Starting a tiffin business to cater to the office crowd is a good idea if you have space and investment constraints.
It is no longer necessary to stock the latest clothes. All the selling and taking orders is done via WhatsApp. Once the order is confirmed then the wholesaler ships the order directly to the customer. This is a perfect fit for people wanting part-time work from home.
A large number of people do not have basic cooking skills. Teaching the basics of cooking and instructing to make simple dinners, lunches, etc is the perfect kind of work from home.
The training period to become a trained beautician can be anywhere between 3 to 6 months. Some initial investment is needed to purchase all the necessary equipment. If beauty and makeup interests you and you like to make others look good then this can be a rewarding home-based work option for you.
If you are academically qualified and have an enthusiasm for teaching it can be the best work from home for you. Maths and science tutors are always in demand. All you need is sufficient space and you are good to start.
These jobs can be done on a freelance basis.
Online Computer-based jobs
The criteria for these types of jobs is that your typing speed should be at least 55 words per minute. Some examples are data entry, book typing, etc. These types of jobs have the highest number of scams so do proper research before going further.
A medical transcriptionist converts voice files into written reports. A certificate in medical transcription training is required. A basic understanding of anatomy, familiarity with medical terms, diagnostics procedures, pharmacology is also needed to become a successful medical transcriptionist.
Web developers/Web designing:
This may seem like a strange option in these times when everything is shut down. But soon the situation will change and all would go back to normal. At that time we will need travel agents to do the bookings for us. A degree in Travel and Tourism is an added advantage.
The most basic requirement is that you have to be very fluent in at least two languages. There are many websites where you can apply for translation jobs like gengo.com, smartling.com, etc. This is best if you have a flair for languages.
Social media manager:
Social media managers help businesses to grow using social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. A social media manager is responsible for creating advertising campaigns, content creation, getting leads, and enhancing brand awareness of the company.
Traditional classes have been replaced by virtual learning. There is a growing demand for tutors in subjects like Maths and science. Academic qualifications are flexible if you have teaching experience in the relevant subjects. All you need is a computer and a wifi connection.
Start an online store:
An online store is like a shop but on the internet where customers browse through the products and place their orders. You can use eBay, Amazon, or Shopify to build your online store. This is a good option if you want to try out something different and are ready to learn some basic website setting up skills.
A virtual assistant provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely. Virtual assistants are mostly hired by companies to cut down on their operational expenses. To be a VA you must have good communication skills, be fluent in English, Ms word, Excel, and also be extremely internet savvy. There are many Indian websites where you can apply to become a virtual assistant.
As a freelance writer, you can write content for blog posts, product descriptions, newsletters, white papers, press releases, etc. Good command over the language is important. You can get work through your network or by registering with a website.
Write an ebook:
A passive way to earn money is by writing an ebook. An ebook is an electronic version of a book that you can read on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. If you are an expert in a particular field then you can write an ebook about your knowledge and experiences. This does require a bit of basic marketing knowledge.
There are different types of blogs like personal blogs, business blogs, professional blogs, fashion blogs, food blogs, travel blogs, fitness blogs, music blogs, etc. Choose your niche and get started with blogging. There is some initial investment needed as you will need to set up a website and buy hosting etc.
As you can see with the above examples of work from home whatever your skillset there is surely a job which you can do. Keep in mind that all this takes hard work and will take at least a few years to build. The results are surely worth all the effort.
But before you choose, make a list of your :
- Academic qualifications
- Expertise in a field
- Skills set
- Expected income
- Working hours – Full time/part-time
- The amount you are willing to invest
This will help you narrow down your options.
What are you waiting for, get started on your work from a home career right now?