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This scenario is still popular in most places across the world but the internet is slowly revolutionizing all aspects of modern life – including the way in which you earn money. Work doesn’t necessarily have to be linked to a specific place anymore. You can have the freedom of choosing your workstation as long as you have a reliable internet connection.
The list of jobs that can help you earn $100,000 or more each year is quite long but the process isn’t as easy as many people make it sound. Most of these require some previous experience in the field and great dedication to your work. If you have think you have these things in you, there is no limit to what you can achieve even while you’re sitting at home.
Keep reading to see the most popular fields that can help you earn a significant amount of money without really going in to a place of work. Hope one of these work for you!
A lot of people choose to start working from home after years in a conventional work setting. It can be in any field – information technology, media, sales, marketing, management and many more. Their superior knowledge and experience in the field, combined with their unique skills, makes them the right person for consulting on matters of importance.
Many companies hire consultants to help them with particular issues. For example, you may be a media consultant who specializes in work that garners millions of unique views. A company can hire you to help them with SEO (search engine optimization) issues and increasing traffic to their website. Or you could be a marketing consultant who specializes in designing popular campaigns along certain lines for companies that hire you. All of these skills are indispensable for clients in the current highly competitive scenario.
The more experience you have in the field, the better income you are likely to generate. While some people turn to consulting after a few years in a conventional setting, the more popular consultants are the ones who have 8-10 years of experience in the field. A lot of women turn to such positions after the birth of their child so that they can exercise greater control over their work hours. It is common for consultants to earn over $100,000 a year in this manner.
A relatively new field of work that has emerged in recent years is that of blogging. You can set up a blog on any of the popular content management systems like Blogspot or WordPress and start posting your content. The flow of income is barely existent in the initial phase but with consistency and good material, many people make over $10,000 each month.
When you set up a blog, you will have to choose the field in which you specialize or a field that interests you enough to keep you going through the low phases. There are tons of fashion, lifestyle, travel and other niche blogs that are currently earning bloggers a more than decent income while they sit in the comforts of their own homes. They also get tons of freebies, exclusive invites to events and trips across the world, in addition to the conventional income.
One of the most popular fields for blogging is travel. While you may think that this realm is already saturated with thousands of travel blogs propping up each day, if you have a unique idea and the grit to go through with it, you can make a decent salary and more in the field of travel blogging. Not only will you be able to monetize your blog to increase your cash flow, all successful travel bloggers have access to fully paid trips to exotic locations, where even their smallest expenses are paid for by the company or hotel inviting them.
This may seem like an odd addition to the list but if you are a good writer, you stand to earn over $100,000 every year without going to an office. The first way is to write for different publications. The second way is to write a book yourself.
Let’s first discuss the first option in greater detail. If you have a way with words and a decent portfolio of writing samples, you can freelance with a wide range of publications. Your expertise is an important factor here. If you have advanced knowledge of a particular field, you are more likely to earn well. For example, academics or former journalists who have insight into the political scenario of the country are likely to be approached by publications for opinion pieces that pay decently well. Many people even get special columns.
Similarly, travel writing is another booming field. Travel writing is different from travel blogging. In the latter, you are writing for your own platform. The former, however, involves writing for a different publication.
The other way to earn money from writing is by writing a book. This process is slightly more complicated. It involves a number of other relationships like agents and publishing houses. You usually sign a contract for one or more books and get deadlines by which parts have to be submitted. Editors will read your work and revert with any criticism.
There is a degree of uncertainty in this form of employment, as you have to wait for assignments. There may be days or weeks that you don’t receive work but during the time when you are getting enough work, you can make a six figure salary.
YouTube is a video sharing platform that was created in 2005 but gained momentum as a stable income generating platform in the past few years. The process is simple. People set up YouTube accounts and then start putting up videos on the platform. These videos gain views and the channel gains subscribers, after which the YouTube channel can be monetized.
An example here is of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, a Swedish YouTube star who goes by the name PewDiePie. He currently has the most number of subscribers on YouTube – over 86 million subscribers – and earns over $12 million per year. This is an incredible amount of money, but it is important to note that not every person who starts a YouTube channel will be able to earn this amount of money.
That doesn’t mean that you should be disheartened. There are thousands of YouTubers who earn six and seven figure salaries each year. You will have to start small and then build a subscriber base that will be loyal to you. Marketing and promotions are an important factor even for a YouTube career. You will be a content creator so it is important to know what resonates with your subscribers. Over time you will be able to earn money through ads on the platform, or through sponsorships.
Another career that is related to the internet is web design. This involves an amalgamation of technical and design skills. A web designer is tasked with the duty of making a website look attractive to the people who visit it. As a web designer, you may be asked to build one from scratch or change the look of a particular website. The basic aim of the exercise is to make it easy to use, while keeping the aesthetics in mind.
This field has a lot of scope for development as everything goes online. As a web designer, you can work from the computer that you have at home and design web pages. It is important, however, to understand your client’s outlook before you get down to work. For example, if it is a children’s website, you may need to have lots of interesting and colorful graphics. The text should be minimal yet self-explanatory. On the other hand, if you are designing the website for a financial corporation, the requirements will be different. A lot of information will need to be displayed through consecutive clicks. There should also be graphics that will aid the text so that the user can get a better understanding of the material.
Now that we have already discussed websites, let’s get down to applications. These are those small icons that you see on the screen of your smartphone or tablet. You may have a bunch of social media apps on your phone, along with some utility apps and games to pass your time when you are waiting in line somewhere.
All of these apps are designed, built and developed by app programmers – another set of experts in the field. App developers stand to earn not just thousands, but also even millions of dollars if they come up with an app that trends across the world. Of course, not everyone is successful in the first try, or at any time, for that matter. Some people have earned more money in the profession when compared with most others that enter the field.
This, however, should not be the factor that keeps you from getting into the field. There is a great deal of technical know-how that is involved so you can’t simply start off without any prior knowledge of the technicalities. But if you are a person who has a great idea and is well versed in the technical space, you can make $100,000 each year with relative ease.
Another aspect related to websites and apps is the user experience that they provide. The UX designer – who controls user experience – is the person in charge of ensuring what the site or app looks like and how it feels when a person is using it.
There is a large boom in the demand for UX designers in the current times as everything moves to online platforms. All companies have a website and/or an app that is developed in a way to get the consumer close to the product. While a web designer is limited to the visual aspects of things, the UX designer has a much wider job profile. He or she is responsible for the creation, implementation as well as the construction of the website or app, all in accordance with a plan.
Many UX designers have the liberty of doing their work from home and can earn a good enough salary in the process. While the average income for a UX designer stands at around $90,000, it is possible to earn a lot more in this profile.
Day trading is the process in which individuals speculate about the status of shares and then buy and sell shares over the internet in one day so that they can profit from the fluctuations in price. These fluctuations are usually quite small but people can earn over $20,000 a month if they are good at this.
It is important to note here that a day trader’s job is very similar to gambling or playing a game of poker online. Without experience in the field, you are more likely to lose money that to gain any. Therefore, keep this in mind before you go out and invest your money in this sort of a trade.
If you have the knack for this sort of a thing and have good enough knowledge about the stock market, you can try your hand this type of an activity. You just need a good enough internet connection and a laptop, which is readily available within the comforts of your own home! Some popular names that come to mind when you think of people who have made it big in this field are Marcello Arrambide of The Wandering Trader and Steve Gomez of Today Trader.
While regular marketing also provides a good enough income if you have made a name for yourself in the field, affiliate marketing is another line of work that has emerged in the era of the internet. If you put it simply, affiliate marketing is the process of earning some commission for promoting someone else’s product or company. There is, however, a prerequisite. You should have a decent amount of traffic that hits your blog or website each day for you to make a significant income from affiliate marketing.
This does not mean that you can only earn if you have millions of people visiting your blog each day. Even if you have a smaller number of followers but they are active, you can stand to earn quite a bit. Simply add a post on your blog with links to the item that is being promoted and you will earn a part of the profit for every purchase that is made through your specialized link.
Another profile that can help you earn upwards of $100,000 each year is sales. You will not just be a salesperson who is responsible for physically selling products. You will be responsible for putting together effective plans to increase sales and manage a bunch of sales people.
As this job doesn’t have any particular qualification that can help you with the job, you will need to rely on your experience. To become a sales director, you should have a good amount of experience in the field of sales. Most companies don’t mind if their sales director is working remotely but there may be instances where you will have to come in to the office. If that is a deal breaker, this option may not be for you.
However, if you have that level of flexibility and have a good amount of experience in the field of sales and management, you should be able to make a comfortable living off such an appointment. In addition to this, your interpersonal skills and the manner in which you negotiate can play an important role in you getting hired and – later – in you getting paid better.
All of the fields mentioned above provide you with great opportunities to sit at home and get your work done. While some may be more saturated than the others – for example blogging as opposed to web design – if you have the right skills and dedication towards the job, you can make over $100,000 each year by taking any of these paths. It is important to note that the money does not start coming in on the first day. The process is gradual and requires commitment to the job. Other fields like marketing, sales or consultancy require years of hard work before you can start doing these jobs from home.
Finally, if you want to make a comfortable living by working from home, you will have to stick to the line you choose. The more you change the field, the longer it will take for you to reap the benefits of working from home.