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Have you ever considered working from home, then laughed at the idea? 

If the tale of Papa Shirandula is anything to go by, In Kenya, it’s hard to be taken seriously unless you are seen leaving home every day in a suit and tie. 

Luckily, the world is changing. It is becoming increasingly common for companies to offer employees remote working options. If you think about it, this line of reasoning makes sense. 

Many office tasks are performed on a computer, so why can’t you get paid to do the same from home? 

With the social distancing requirements in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, working from home is also beneficial to your health and safety. Take a look at the following 6 jobs that are available on the internet.

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Graphic Design

Before you quickly scroll down to the next option, hear us out. 

Graphic design is often discounted as a career path by people who don’t hold a graphic design degree. Similarly, people who lack in-depth knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud are quick to shut it down.

In truth, they aren’t always needed. 

Not all companies are after fancy logos made by skilled designers. You could find yourself making graphics on basic websites such as PicMonkey or Canva. 

It can be time-consuming for employees to design and manage online images themselves. 

If you have basic digital skills, you can improve your graphic design skills. The two are closely linked. You can do this when you use these platforms. 

Graphic design is a timeless skill worth adding to your collection. This is regardless of what job you have or career you plan to embark on.

Of course, if you have the skills, working as a graphic designer will be much more profitable. If you are a talented designer, you could earn as much as KES 2000 hourly according to Payscale.com.

Web Development

A web developer’s role is to design and build websites according to a company’s specifications. 

They are in charge of the appearance of the site and its technical aspects. This often includes creating, maintaining, and updating websites. 

This role takes into consideration the user experience as well as function. If you have a certain level of understanding of graphic design and computer programming, you will fit right in. 

Although you don’t necessarily need a formal education to become a web developer, experience and technical know-how will be expected. 

If you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computing you can definitely sign up to be a web developer. 

Some key qualifications include:

  • Good background experience with programming applications.
  • Understanding of JavaScript, CSS and HTML/XHTML.
  • Experience with database systems such as Oracle or SQL. 
  • Knowledge of server architecture.
  • Coding knowledge and experience.

Learning how to build websites can be an ace up your sleeve when pitching to a company or individual. 

Content Writing/Copywriting

You can use your writing skills to become a freelance writer. A freelance writer can choose to do:

  • Copywriting
  • Content writing
  • Technical writing
  • Ghostwriting 

As a copywriter, your job is to help sell a company’s products. You also entice a targeted market to carry out a particular action. 

eCommerce is another market that seeks out good writers to help sell their products through content marketing. This can be done via, product descriptions, sales emails, writing blogs, and many more. 

In order to lure readers, you need to be able to write a good copy. You can learn the right way to make your work sound: 

  • Persuasive 
  • Educational 
  • Entertaining 

A specialist is able to:

  • Write in a clear and succinct manner. 
  • Create a powerful headline.
  • Write from experience or specialization within a niche.
  • Know about content and other marketing features.

With such skills, you can venture into editing, proofreading, or writing eBooks. 

Read 5 dangerous mistakes to avoid in order to win more clients. 

Bookkeeping

Are you good with numbers? Working as a bookkeeper or budgeter is a solid choice if you like to keep things organized. 

Bookkeeping services can be offered to either individuals or companies. You can contact them directly or advertise your services on a freelance website. 

You can watch this video to learn more:

Online Marketing

In online marketing, you need a smartphone or computer that you can use. Your main task is to promote a company’s products or services digitally. It will be your job to attract customers, as well as keep them hooked. 

With online marketing, there’s a variety for you to choose from. You could be any of the following:

Social media manager

This requires a lot of social media coordination. You will have to set strategies on how to grow and engage social media followings. This is done across multiple media platforms. 

The main aim of a social media manager is to boost engagement on social platforms with the individual or company’s brand following. 

SEO specialist

An SEO specialist works to ensure people have an easy time finding a website. This process makes searching for a business online easy using related keywords. 

This work revolves around keyword research using tools such as Google Search Console or Google Analytics.

Marketing manager

This role can deviate from content creation and social media. It focuses on marketing campaigns. Some of the roles are email marketing and campaign management. 

Email marketing involves managing communications with customers as well as managing email campaigns. 

Campaign management involves launching and managing campaigns. 

Lead Generation

If you plan to work online and are internet savvy, lead generation will not disappoint you. 

You can reach out to small businesses that have no online presence and help them create one. You may have to reach out to these companies by phoning them and pitching your services. 

You need to research the company and explain to them what they are missing out on by lacking an online presence. Don’t oversell it though, at the end of the day you need to deliver what you promise. 

How Can You Spot a Scam?

It is normal to be wary about scammers when looking for online jobs. 

When applying for jobs online, be cautious. Research on the company you want to apply to. Read the reviews, if any, and decide for yourself. 

If you have found a client and are worried, you can demand a 50% payment upfront. This keeps both of you indebted to each other and ensures both ends of the deal are met. 

If you have found work on any third-party site that matches you with clients, never agree to stray from the platform. The third-party platform may be taking a cut of your profits, but this guarantees you money and safety. 

Many of these jobs can be founds on verified sites like:

Freelancer
Upwork
Fiverr
iWriter

And that’s it! Are you excited by any of these prospects? 

Visit a specialist training company such as Small Revolution To improve your skills and chances at having a successful online career. You can enroll in an expert-led course to prepare you on how to be an indispensable employee to any organization. 

Small Revolution has been at this for 10 years now with innovative, fun, and practical courses meant to guide you to the top. 

Find the right course for you today!

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Katrina
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I'm Katrina McKinnon, founder of McKinnon Group and Small Revolution. I'm using my 20 years' experience in building and operating online businesses to create engaging educational materials that helps others become successful online workers. Find me on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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