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Have you ever wondered how to make money without leaving your bed or couch? 

In today’s increasingly digital world, it might be easier than you think. There are lots of legitimate jobs that you can do from home.

You may be questioning your qualifications, don’t overthink it though. 

There are plenty of entry-level jobs you can find that will value your skills as opposed to work experience and college degrees. 

We also know that in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, economies around the globe have been hit quite hard. If you can avoid leaving home and still manage to get food on your table, it is a double win. 

In today’s post, you get to choose from 7 jobs that are easily available on the internet. If anything, you only need a high-performance smartphone or laptop, as well as a good internet connection.

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Data Entry 

We should consider ourselves lucky that robots aren’t able to transfer certain information into typed documents. Well, not yet at least. Phew! 

You can transfer information from PDF files and images into typed documents and get paid for this. 

If you feel as though you lack specialized skills that some other jobs request, then try out data entry. 

What you need and how to get started with data entry:

  • Be on the lookout for companies hiring.
  • You don’t need any specialized skills.
  • Know how to use a computer at a basic level.
  • Look through sites such as Fiverr or Freelancer.

Social Media Manager

If you love having your smartphone close by and spending time on social media, this is for you.

You can engage with brands or individuals and manage their social accounts for them such as their Instagram accounts, Twitter handles, or Facebook page. You could earn KES 15K and above for this. 

Your managerial duties revolve around replying messages, uploading updates, and engaging with feedback on comments from fans. 

What you need and how to get started as a social media manager:

  • A good internet connection and smartphone.
  • Know how to capitalize on social media platforms, trends, and pitch growth strategies.
  • Find pages that are inactive on your social media platforms, and pitch your services to them. You could choose to highlight when their last post was and its impact. Convince them you can get them more attention.
  • Lastly, deliver exactly what you promised. 

Freelance Writing

Are you good at writing? Better yet, do you love writing? 

Then why not get paid for it? You can earn money writing articles or academic papers. You can be paid according to the project, the total number of pages, or per word. 

The best part is that the amount of money you acquire consequently depends on how much you charge. 

For example, if your goal is to make KES 7K in a week as a freelance writer in Kenya, you can charge KES 1 per word. If you write at least 1K words every day, you can hit this target. 

What you need and how to get started as a freelance writer:

  • Review your work and pick out the best samples. You can post some on LinkedIn or Medium and share the links. This could help bring traffic to your page. 
  • With your work already out there, you can pitch to websites in Kenya to write for.
  • Establish your rates in line with what you can deliver. For example, if you charge KES 250 per page and there are 40 pages to be done, make sure you can do so within the time frame allocated. 
  • Your work has to be authentic and non-plagiarized and of good quality.
  • The most important tip is to pick a niche. When writing about things you understand and enjoy, it makes your work easier. You could choose to focus on sports or environmental articles in freelance writing.

Online Tutoring

You can be paid to teach online. With the fate of schools still uncertain in Kenya, most parents have resorted to online tutoring services. 

Why not target prospects online and offer to tutor their children on specific topics? You can teach using video conferencing tools online such as:

  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • Meet 

You can offer to teach geography, biology, or even mathematics to students during the corona pandemic break. 

You must avoid picking subjects that you are not passionate about or know nothing about.

What you need and how to get started as an online tutor:

  • An easy-to-use platform to offer your lessons.
  • Fundamental information on how a school curriculum works. You don’t want to scare off your students with advanced math formulas now, do you? 
  • You should have extensive knowledge of the subject you want to teach. If you have a degree, though not a must, simply boost your chances when convincing parents. 

Blogging and Affiliate Marketing

Blogging is a well-known trend in Kenya. Did you know you can earn more than KES 30K in a month by blogging?

You can learn how to be an effective eCommerce blogger or eCommerce copywriter if you want to support your business instead. 

What you need and how to get started as a blogger:

  • You need to get your own website.
  • Find a topic of interest as this is what your audience will associate with you. 
  • Once you have established your blog and get consistent traffic, you can look for ways to monetize it. You could start promoting a company’s products or services. 
  • Check out affiliate links such as Jumia Affiliate Program or Kilimall Affiliate Program.

Transcription

You can get paid to type out what you hear in a video or audio. You’ll need to be adept at typing quickly and with accuracy. 

Your payment generally depends on how long the video or audio is. 

What you need and how to get started as a transcriber:

  • Find sites that offer transcription jobs. You should check out: Transcribe Me, Rev, Scribie, etc.
  • Good typing and listening skills.
  • A steady internet connection.
  • A laptop and quality headphones.
  • Check out Fiverr, or Upwork.

Graphic Designer

Companies invest heavily in advertising. They do so to build brand recognition or introduce their products to the market. Graphic designers who have good illustration and drawing skills are highly sought out. 

If you are skilled at this, why not consider making a few samples of posters, logos, or social media graphics that you can pitch to companies?

What you need and how to get started as a graphic designer:

  • build a portfolio that shows your skills.
  • Share this portfolio on social media and potential clients.
  • After submitting quality work to a client, ask for referrals.

And there you have it! Do any of these opportunities interest you? Go for it. 

When looking for an online job with no experience, it’s easy to feel intimidated. That is understandable. 

If you need a confidence boost, here’s what you can do:

  1. Emphasize your desire and motivation to work.

    When applying for the job, you want to come off as passionate rather than desperate. Do your background research well and take the time to learn about the online job you are after.

  2. If you can, get experience.

    You can always do something on the side that will come in handy during applications. Why not volunteer for a local business, try a side project, or get an internship? You also have the option of learning new courses for other online jobs.

  3. Be confident, yet humble.

    It would be wise of you to learn how to be comfortable with yourself. Understand that you (none of us really) are expected to know everything. Be open to learning something new.

All these jobs have the power to make you good money. You could end up making it a full-time career if you are consistent. Working from home allows you to leverage your current skill set and have someone else pay you to use it. 

You don’t have to walk this journey alone. There are specialist training companies such as Small Revolution whose sole purpose is to prepare you on how to be a valuable asset to any employer or client. 

Enroll in a course that is led by an expert and can be done at your own pace and convenience. There’s a whole list of work from home courses to choose from. Find the right one for you today.

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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.