Whether you’re planning a career change or picking up a side hustle, gaining online employment is easier than ever as more companies are embracing remote work. If you’re interested in taking the leap but not sure about what type of work is best for you, here are five lockdown-proof jobs you can do online from the comfort of your own home:
1. High School and VCE Tutoring
The education sector will always find a way to keep operating, which means online tutoring in Australia is a future-proof occupation as there will always be students in need. VCE tutors, in particular, tend to draw the best pay rate as they are in high demand all around the state.
A great benefit of tutoring high school students is that your Gen Z clientele will be computer literate and familiar with online learning, so all you need to focus on are your lesson plans and building rapport. If you have strong academic skills or experience as a teacher, this would be a fairly easy role to step into.
2. Language Tutoring
English is up there with the world’s most commonly spoken languages. If you are fluent, with strong language and writing skills, being an English language tutor might suit you well. The beauty of tutoring an international language like English is that it provides you with the opportunity to connect with clients from all around the world.
If you don’t yet have the confidence to start working independently as a language tutor, you can instead join online language learning networks or private online language schools for the extra support and existing client base.
3. Hosting Online Games or Trivia
If you are interested in creative work that involves communicating with groups of people rather than one-on-one sessions, then you may wish to consider hosting regular online games, such as trivia nights and themed quizzes.
You can design trivia events based on certain niches or focus on topics that are popular or relevant to communities with which you are involved. This may be worth starting as an experiment or side project as it isn’t as competitive as something like tutoring, but you’re surely going to have fun trying it out!
4. Starting an Online Store
This side hustle sounds more difficult than it is. People from all walks of life, even teenagers, are earning an income from selling their old items online. You don’t need to set up a website because there are so many platforms for selling your clothes, pre-loved items, and crafts online. To get started, check out Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay, Etsy and Depop.
If you don’t have much experience with these sites, try making some test posts for any unwanted belongings you have that are in good condition. If selling second-hand items isn’t for you, selling crafts, handiwork, or even baked goods is possible using online marketplaces.
5. Freelance Projects on Gig Websites
If you have read all of these options and still feel stuck, a great way you can try out different online jobs and tasks is to sign up with a freelance gig website.
Some common gigs on these sites include:
- Content writing
- CV and Cover Letter help
- Social media and website management support
- Virtual Assistant and administrative positions
- Testing software programs and video games for developers and websites for a business or web design agency
Here, you can get a feel for what kind of online gigs are in demand, see how your skills align with the available jobs, and understand how much you can expect to earn.
Be patient, and always do your research before starting any new role. Finding the right online job for yourself might involve a bit of trial and error, but it will be worth it in the end.