Not just for the lockdown, but 2020 will continue to be a year of working-from-home for many. As people lose their jobs across the country and offices continue to remain shut or work at only 33% capacity, there’s been a rise in demand for remote jobs that pay well.
And while the advantages of working from home are plenty, in the past these jobs haven’t been very lucrative and are often looked at as a side income, or as an option for women looking to work only part-time. In the times of Covid-19, many companies are now open to employees working remotely and are willing to compensate them well, if targets are met.
So, we’re helping you narrow down on work-from-home jobs that pay well and can actually be turned into lucrative business opportunities in the long run.
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10 Job Opportunities To Get You Through The Lay-Offs In 2020
1. Online Tutoring
There are a lot of online teaching platforms that require experts in various fields. These companies are well-funded and are still among the few that continue to hire, despite the coronavirus crisis. All you need is a laptop/PC and a web connection to begin with an online tutoring job. Sometimes you may require a webcam as well. Technology has made online tutoring jobs simple. If you’re a subject expert, it is an easy yet lucrative work-from-home (-WFH) option that can help you maintain a work-life balance.
2. Gardening/Organic Veggies
With people focusing on health and looking to organic/homegrown produce, this has become a highly lucrative business plan. If you have space for gardening or even a terrace garden, you can get started very easily and very quickly. You could grow a variety of vegetables or focus on a few that have high demand or aren’t as easily available. Use your little kitchen garden to supply produce at market price. Or, turn to online grocery apps and sell organic, safe vegetables. Tomatoes, dhaniya (coriander), baingan (brinjal) and shimla mirch (capsicum) are some summer vegetables you should consider.
3. Content Writing
As people spend more time than ever at home, hours spent on consuming content have gone up exponentially. This means that there are enough and more jobs for content writers. From straight up journalistic websites to content agencies, ad agencies, and even branded content, a content writer has enough scope to make some money working from home. The idea is to use this opportunity to build long-term relationships with your clients, so that you can possibly convert your skill and services into a long-term business plan.
4. Fitness Trainer
Recipe and workout videos seem to be everywhere you look during the lockdown. And if you have the skill set, now’s the time to shine as a fitness trainer. From Zumba and yoga to bodyweight training and even Bollywood dancing, live workouts have never been more popular. You can build a whole brand around your lifestyle by sharing fitness tips, recipes, workout videos and a variety of exercise plans. You can even conduct virtual personal training sessions to make more money.
Knowing different languages has become a great source of income. If you know even two languages, you can earn well by being a translator. This is one of those work-from-home jobs that require very little of your time, yet pay well. For instance, a number of news outlets or websites are on the search for experts to translate current news pouring in from around the world. From education institutions to beauty websites and YouTube subtitles, the need for translators is endless.
6. Dance/Music Academy
Trained dancers, musicians, and even singers can arrange online classes where they share their talents and knowledge with other aspirants. Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Odissi, Kuchipudi and other dance forms are always in demand. With summer vacations here, you can teach kids as well. Or begin singing classes or train people to play a musical instrument through online classes. Video calling websites and apps like Zoom and Duo are already helping existing students continue with their classes online during the lockdown.
7. Social Media Management
The need for social media has multiplied tenfold during the lockdown. With businesses trying their best to stay relevant and engaging during this lull, job sites are all about social media manager postings. Over time and with a proven track record, you can turn this into a business and work with a host of clients who would pay you handsomely to manage their social media accounts.
Apart from traditional business, running a consultancy can be a fruitful home business for women. The consultancy firm can be based on any specialisation like chartered accountancy, chartered secretary, physiotherapist, psychologist, counsellor, advisor to IT or industrial companies. You can take a couple of people on board with you for hassle-free functioning of the firm, who can also physically connect with your client whenever required.
9. Graphic Designing
Just like content writing and social media, graphic design has cemented its space as a lucrative work-from-home job opportunity during the lockdown. Content creation is witnessing a spike and the visuals are just as important as the text. Graphic designers can work with one or many companies. They could even host online tutoring classes to make some extra money.
10. Food Business/Catering
One of the best business ideas with low investment and high profit can be to start a food business. The demand for good food is endless, especially during the lockdown. If you’re a pro in the kitchen, this is a great way for you to do what you love, and earn money in the process. From bakery items like home-baked cakes to healthy salads and dips to even your nani’s aam ka achaar, you can start a business with whatever you think you can prepare best. What’s more, you can even tie-up with some cloud-kitchen based services, or food delivery services to get more orders without having to burden yourself with additional costs.
Working from home is great because of the flexibility and satisfaction that it offers. The lockdown may have restricted our movement but has certainly helped open a whole new world of work opportunities. You can fulfil the dream of pursuing a career or jumping back into work with these work-from-home ideas. And while you have decided to work from home, the next step is to set up a work station. You can choose from these desk decor ideas to start off with.