If you have access to a computer or cell phone and a wi-fi connection you can build a career in virtually anything and I mean that literally. The Internet is a global realm of business, trade and economics. It also yields direct to consumer marketing, advertising and sales. I sought to take advantage of this because I realized a virtual career would give me the mobility to work not only from home, but from anywhere in the world. But before I could move forward my first question was where can I start? Here are 10 virtual careers you can start building today:
With so many companies operating these days without a physical office location, it has opened up multiple remote opportunities for virtual assistants to handle a wide range of tasks. These include customer service duties, answering phones, setting appointments and screening emails.
You can start small with a single client and then once you identify your specialty or an area you want to focus on — social media customer service, for example — you can then begin to take on more clients, thus increasing your earning potential.
If you are an expert in a particular field, leverage your knowledge and become a coach, teaching students from all over the world. The internet allows you to reach anyone that is interested, regardless of their geographical location.
Take Entrepreneur and Influencer Tracy Wright for example. She is a very successful online business owner that used her knowledge and expertise to create a program that teaches her strategies to students that sign up for her coaching program.
Freelance Content Creator
Virtually every business is doing some form of content marketing these days. With everyone trying to capture attention, demand for excellent writers is at an all time high.
Anyone can publish content, but very few businesses are creating compelling content that commands attention and converts their audience into revenue. If you are a skilled writer there is plenty of lucrative opportunities waiting for you.
E-Commerce Store Owner
With several print on demand solutions available, it makes starting a t-shirt company much more affordable than it was years ago. In the past, you would have to order large quantities of shirts, in multiple colors and sizes, forcing you to guess what was going to sell. Now, creative designs and the power of social media can get a t-shirt brand up and running — and generating revenue — almost overnight. Royce Original is a great example of how you can turn catchy tag-lines and creative designs into a profitable online business. E-commerce retail is not limited to t-shirts you can produce and sell anything! Heather Sanders (@heathersanders_) created the successful e-commerce store Sorella, selling vintage and trendy apparel and accessories for women.
Photographer/Videographer (Editors Included)
High quality photo and video content is essential for events, magazines, bloggers, vloggers, e-commerce stores, social media influencers, and literally anyone who needs a website to promote their product, service or information. The demand for proficient photo and video editors is increasing.
Consulting can prove to be a very lucrative business, granted the person offering their service knows what he or she is talking about. Everyone seems to be a consultant these days, and not only do you have to be able to actually provide value and deliver results, but you need a way to stand out and separate yourself from all of the mediocrity out there. Companies will want to hire you to guide and advise their in-house marketing teams. Image consultants are in high demand especially for social media influencers geared towards the fashion and beauty industry
Social Media Influencer
Yes, this is a real career in 2017. If you have a large and loyal following on social media, you could be earning money promoting products. A lot of money, in fact. Some social media influencers with high engagement are earning thousands of dollars per post, but for good reason: it works. Brands wouldn’t be shelling out that kind of money if they weren’t seeing a return. The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) charges $1,000+ per advertising post and they promote products more than one a day so you do the math!
YouTube creators who crush it can make millions of dollars a year in advertising revenue. Now, these are few and far between, but there is also a healthy population of creators that are making a comfortable living vlogging.
You have to have an interesting concept or story — people subscribe to channels that they can relate to. Just like a company needs a unique selling point to push a product, you need to a have unique angle if you want to gain traction and attract a vlog following. Jade Kendle (@lipstickncurls) has 200,000 subscribers. Her influence as a vlogger landed her a deal with Colgate!
The moment you decide to use your blog to make money, you’re no longer just a blogger. At that moment, you also become an entrepreneur, and your blog becomes a small business. One of the most common ways bloggers make money is through placing ads on their site and/or selling product to email subscribers.
Graphic Designer/Website Developer
If you are a graphic designer or know how to write code, then there is a massive audience just waiting to hire you. As a freelancer, you control your hours and you get to pick and choose who you work for. You set your price, pick your projects and end up doing what you love while earning a comfortable living. Graphic designers create logos, album art, and digital art work for social media. Web designers can charge an upwards of $1,000+ to build a responsive website for a client and this is a reasonable price.
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