Due to COVID-19, many countries are under lockdown. There are currently over 2,648,317 cases around the world and over 184,614 deaths. World Health Organization declared COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic since there is no cure nor a vaccine for it available yet.
People are advised to stay at home, and take precautions until this outbreak is over. Nobody knows when it is going to go away, but one can only hope and pray that it goes away soon. Because of this pandemic, many people across the world have lost their jobs and are forced to stay at home. Hence, they are not generating any revenue anymore. The whole world is experiencing an Economic Shock because of COVID-19. What you can do? Wash your hands, Maintain social distancing, help your government to contain this outbreak by staying at home, and follow our guide on “How to work from home“.
How to work from home Step 1:
Gain Some Skils, now if you are thinking IT is not your field or business is not your field, let me clear this to you. It does not matter from which background you belong to. You can learn, you just need to spend some time and be dedicated to that skill. The following are high revenue-generating skills.
What is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. It is the most demanding skill nowadays since every business requires an SEO expert to rank their business. For example, you just started a business, created your brand/company/organization website, but that’s just it, you need customers, engagement, reach, otherwise, your business is good for nothing. So, an SEO expert helps you gain traffic, reach, and engagement which eventually leads to sales. How does an SEO expert rank your business or gain your business traffic? An SEO expert researches keywords, less competition means an easier to rank a keyword. SEO is all about keyword research. It is one of the highest-paid skills on Fiverr.
Digital Marketing means advertisement of any brand/business through different channels, it could be social media, email, mobile push notifications, websites. Now you all must be wondering SEO does the same. Well, Digital Marketing is all about advertisement while SEO is all about keyword research. If you are not into research, you can simply learn Digital Marketing, help reach companies/brands millions with the help of advertisement. You can use Google Ads for this, or on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, you can use Facebook Ads. Nowadays, E-commerce store owners are paying Social Media Marketing Managers a lot just to gain reach and engagement. It does require investment, however, the profit is much higher.
Just like a brand needs advertisement, graphic design is an essential part of running a brand. Every brand owner needs a logo to represent his brand across the world. Even for advertisement, you need posters and flyers, and who can make these? A graphic designer can. So if you are a Graphic Designer, you can easily generate revenue by working from home. It is one of the most common skills on Fiverr. If you are not into Advertisement and Keyword Research and have a creative mind. You can become a Graphic Designer.
Content Writing means generating or creating engaging content, it could be a blog post, product description or a promotion. For example, I am writing this article, this is content writing, I am creating an engaging post. Now there are literally 1000s of articles on Google with the same stuff, why would someone open your content? That’s the main skill, you have to write better with more specifics than your competitors on the Google search engine, that’s where SEO writing comes in handy if your content is Highly Search Engine Optimized, people are going to open your content for sure. Your content’s title needs to be catchy.
If you are writing a product description, your content should convince the buyer why they should buy that specific product. Search Engine Optimization is important in Product Descriptions too. Content Writing is one of the most common skills and still highly-paid depending on your content quality and SEO knowledge.
Every brand requires a website, to show their brand across the world. Now you must be thinking, you don’t have enough coding skills to develop a website. You don’t need them. WordPress is available to help you, you just need to buy a domain and hosting and a well-optimized theme, and then use plugins like Elementor or TagDiv to design a website, now it sounds easy but it is not. But you can learn WordPress within a month easily.
For E-commerce websites, there is a plugin known as Woo-commerce which comes in quite handy while developing a store. However, some people prefer Shopify for E-commerce stores. But I personally prefer WordPress.
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How to work from home Step 2:
Now that you have gained those skills, it is time to use them. There are multiple platforms where you can use those skills to generate a good amount of revenue through “work from home”.
Fiverr is a marketplace for freelancers. People all over the world are seeking help from freelancers on this platform. You just need to sign-up, fill up your profile with your skills and qualification and make a gig. If you have multiple skills you can do multiple gigs, there is no restriction. But your gig needs to be eye catchy with all your previous work and samples. Nowadays, it’s hard to rank a gig on Fiverr, and buyers mostly do not prefer new sellers. The key to ranking your gig is your gig description, title, and FAQ. If your gig has a good description, it will definitely rank. You have to convince the buyer that you have what everyone else lacks, which can be done by reverse-engineering the ranked gigs.
Upwork is also a marketplace for freelancers, but the sign-up is not as simple as Fiverr, you need to get your profile approved by passing their test, then you will be able to join the network. However, if you pass the test, it is easier to get orders from clients. Some people prefer Upwork, but I personally prefer Fiverr, due to their huge marketplace and their customer care services.
How to work from home Step 3
If you have generated enough revenue to start your own start-up or tired from working under different clients then the right decision is to invest a little money into a start-up.
If you are interested in producing high-quality engaging content, you can generate good revenue from it too. Create a website on blogger or WordPress. Decide on which niche you gonna work on, then start to make categories relevant to that niche and start making engaging content. When you have a good amount of traffic and good, unique content. Apply for Ad-network, and when you get approved, place those ads on your blog/website, and generate revenue per clicks and impressions.
Not interested in blogging? Maybe Affiliate Marketing is for you, in this, you advertise the products of any store and earn based on commission. Amazon Affiliate Program is one of the highly-paid Affiliate Progam, you just need to advertise their products, place their ad on your website, and when someone buys through your website, you earn a commission, commission varies from product to product.
There are many other Affiliate Programs.
How to work from home Step 4
It is a type of business, in which you don’t need to keep the products in stock or anywhere physically. You just sell the product of a different store with a profit in your own store. It is one of the most successful businesses up till now as the loss rate is really low. With good digital or social media marketing you can generate a good amount of revenue through this method, and you only have to invest in hosting and marketing. People usually prefer Shopify for this method, I personally use WordPress Woo-commerce for this. Due to COVID-19, this business is currently dead.
How to work from home Step 5
Boosting your CV
What if working from home could help you transform your career? You can use the time to apply for online studies. Indeed, earning your MBA online or any other degree offers a new range of opportunities for the future. For a start, it can make your resume more appealing to future employers. Due to COVID-19, a lot of companies are forced to adapt rapidly and develop digital processes. These processes will likely remain in a post-pandemic environment. Companies all around the world may be looking for new talent on a remote basis, which means that an online degree could open the door to jobs in the US, the UK, or even Singapore without even leaving your home.
We hope that this pandemic will be over soon, Stay Safe and Stay at home. If you have any queries regarding any of these skills and methods, you can contact me through my email. I hope this will be beneficial for people staying at home
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games