If you want to leave a full-time job but still want to remain in touch with your knowledge but with some flexible timings, then this era has some great options waiting for you. There are plenty of opportunities available online that will help you in getting some work which you can do in your own time and also provide you with the options to reject the work which you don’t like. You will become your own boss. Here are a few options where you can think of contributing as a freelancer.
As a freelancer, you cannot expect a steady cash flow coming in but still, it helps you in utilizing all the potential you have.
As a Writer
If you have a passion for writing, then you can always pitch into this line. You can write technical books on the basis of your past experience and knowledge or can write fiction if you really want to tell stories. Authors like Chetan Bhagat and Ravinder Singh have left their stable jobs and moved into the field of writing.
Potential Earnings – The earnings while being a writer is pretty low unless you become a hit. The main attraction in this kind of work is the royalty amount.
Virtual Assistant Ship
If you are not good with writing but do have some industry experience, then you can work as an assistant. Many entrepreneurs, professionals and small organizations often need assistance with various administrative tasks like a personal assistant. The tasks may include scheduling meetings, getting in touch with clients and investors, following up on orders, creating business documents like PowerPoint presentations and Excel sheets, managing blogs, and websites, setting up reminders etc.
Virtual assistants (VAs) work from home or personal office and take care of the various similar tasks. The concept of a virtual assistant is not a new one but is not yet popular. Becoming a VA can require some degree of training, depending on your qualifications and some prior experience.
But if you have good communication skills and can use applications like MS Office, you can just sign on sites such as Freelancer.com, Elance.com, and Zirtual.com and start looking for work as a VA.
Potential earnings: Rs 500 – Rs 4,000 per hour.
If you are bilingual or trilingual, this might be the opportunity for you. While being fluent in English and one or two Indian languages might serve you well, taking a language course can boost your earning potential. You never knew the language course you studied as a hobby came out handy now.
As we are moving towards globalization, there are businesses who requires the assistance of people who are proficient in multiple languages. International businesses, scholars, and authors would be willing to enlist your services for their translation needs.
You can find a lot of organizations who do not want to hire a full-timer but require your assistance in translation work on part-time basis.
Potential Earnings – Rs 1 – Rs 5 per word. It can go up to Rs 10 for some languages.
Over the past decade, blog monetization has gained momentum. If you are happy to write the blogs, you can earn out of it too. There are various ways to get money from your blog. One way is to sign up for Google Adsense, which will allot you ads to place on your blog. After this, it’s a waiting game to see if your account is approved. If it is, you can continue to receive ad placements and earn a steady, if not large, income from it.
Adsense service by Google pays on the basis of clicks and views the ads receive. Alternatively, you can take up affiliate marketing (promoting another seller’s products on your blog) or product sales through your blog to turn it into a money-making venture. Similar to Adsense, even Amazon pays you to place ads on your page.
Potential Earnings – Ads can pay Rs 2,000-Rs 15,000 a month for a 2″x 2″ space, depending on your niche and readership.
Whether you have a passion for craft or are good at choosing fabrics and creating ensembles, there is a market for your products. If you are good at shopping and know the markets around you, then you can sell online without much effort. The first step is to decide what you want to sell. Once you decide what you want to sell, create an inventory by buying the products wholesale, or producing a good number of them to keep up with orders, or you can get in touch with the seller and with some commission set for yourself, you can enlist the products on your site. Lastly, you have to set the prices you want to sell them at.
To sell these items, you can register on the website of any popular online seller, from Amazon and eBay to smaller portals like paytm.com. These portals charge a small fee for hosting products. Once you receive an order, package your products and keep it ready for the logistics partner of the chosen portal to pick it up and deliver it. You will receive the payment in five to seven days after a given order is completed.
Potential earnings – Earnings vary according to products and pricing. After the portal’s small fee is deducted, the rest of the revenue is yours.
Nowadays, a new mode of earning has been in trend – YouTube. YouTube is both popular and easily accessible. If you’re not camera shy or are good with a video camera, it might be the right platform for you. Choose a category or subject that you want to make videos on and get started, but make sure it’s a topic that’ll interest a lot of people.
Everything from cooking shows to political debates can find many takers on YouTube. You don’t even need to have professional equipment or a proper set-up to record videos – a mid-range smartphone will suffice.
You have to create a YouTube channel, which works on a similar model as a blog – as you make your channel popular and subscribers grow, so will your earning potential. From brand endorsements to event coverage, YouTube offers earning opportunities once you gain popularity.
Potential Earnings – Rs 200 – Rs 300 per 1,000 views. Ads pay according to engagement and clicks.
So, if you are more of a technical person, and has some knowledge of coding and web design, then you can easily work from home as a web developer. Even if you are a novice who is interested in the job, you can find dozens of easy online tutorials that can help you get started, the best one to help you is, w3schools.com.
Web development is a kind of task which is usually outsourced by companies and is, therefore, an area where finding work should be easy. But keep in mind that there are plenty of freelance web developers who can give you a run for your money. It’s important to find your niche, build a good reputation and keep your pricing reasonable in the market.
Potential Earnings – Depending on the client and job, a single project can fetch you anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 1 lakh.
If none of the above works for you, you can always teach. If you already have some tutoring experience or are an expert in a particular subject, you can earn by tutoring people online. Sign up on websites like MyPrivateTutor.com, BharatTutors.com, tutorindia.net, create a profile listing the subjects or classes you want to teach, your experience and your qualifications.
Once your details are checked and approved, you will have to take an online test or give a telephonic interview to be selected. If academic tutoring is not your cup of tea, portals like Udemy let you have your own virtual classroom, where you can teach anything from cooking to yoga.
Potential Earnings – Beginners can make around Rs 200 per hour, which can increase to Rs 500 as you gain experience and expertise.
It doesn’t matter what profession you chose for yourself, you should be able to enjoy your work. If compared to a full-time job, these all are seasonal tasks. A full-time job does provide a stability and assured returns, these online professions do provide flexibility and creativity. From the beginning, you cannot start expecting to get the same returns as in the case of full-time job. So, take your pick after considering all your options carefully.