Editor’s Pick: 6 Online Jobs You Can Do From Home

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A user pictured purchasing for products online using a credit card. (Photo Courtesy)
A user pictured purchasing for products online using a credit card. (Photo Courtesy)

Whether you’re looking for a respite from your 9-to-5 job, are unable to commute to work, are a stay at-home parent, or have some other constraint that prevents you from finding a full-time job, there’s no need to waste your earning potential. There are plenty of opportunities available online that allow you to work from home.

Here are a few options you can consider (Availability of internet is required).

Blogging
In this era, blog monetization has gained momentum. Monetize your blog by signing up for Google Adsense, which will allot you ads to place on your blog once its has been approved to have ad placements. Adsense pays on the basis of clicks and views the ads receive. Alternatively, you can take up affiliate marketing. If your blog attracts a significant amount of traffic, you could choose to enlist blog sponsors, which includes selling ad space on your blog to merchants, which offers a more stable source of income over time.

Google Analytics. (Photo Credit: Twitter Images)
Google Analytics. (Photo Credit: Twitter Images)

Estimated Earnings: Adsense earnings vary widely depending on the blogger’s reach and popularity, so one can earn a pay between 200,000 UGX to 500,000 UGX. With the affiliate marketing, you can talk with make a bargain with your client.

Selling your products online
Once you decide on what you want to sell for instance; shoes, clothing, electronics, to name a few, create an inventory by buying the products wholesale, or producing a good number of them to keep up with orders, and then set the prices you want to sell them at. To sell these items, you can register to any eCommerce platform to have your products listed. These portals charge a small fee for hosting your products.

A user pictured purchasing for products online using a credit card. (Photo Courtesy)
A user pictured purchasing for products online using a credit card. (Photo Courtesy)

Estimated Earnings: Your earnings will vary according to products and pricing. All you need to pray for is for your product to be bought. Always don’t charge highly on your products, you might lose out customers on this.

Making YouTube videos and Monetize them
If you’re not camera shy or are good with a video camera, then YouTube might be the right platform for you. Choose a category or subject that you want to make videos on and get started, one thing you need to have in mind is that you need to make sure that the topic you select will interest a lot of people. Create a YouTube channel – all you need to have is a Google Account (Gmail). Your channel works on a similar model as a blog, as you make your channel popular as the number of subscribers grows, so will your earning potential.

YouTube Monetization. (Photo Credit: YouTube Images)
YouTube Monetization. (Photo Credit: YouTube Images)

Estimated Earnings: Once your videos are monetized, you’re expected to earn between 12,000 UGX – 17,000 UGX per 1,000 views. Ads pay according to engagement and clicks. An advantage is you having a lot of subscribes – make interesting videos and you will earn them. Once you reach USD$100 (Roughly 359,200 UGX) Google pays it out, but its paid per month.

Web development
This is one of the easiest ways one can earn money. All you need some understanding of coding and web design? Then you can easily work from home as a web developer. Even if you are a novice who is interested in the job, you can find dozens of easy online tutorials that can help you get started. Web development is usually outsourced by companies, and is therefore an area where finding work should be easy. However, keep in mind that there are plenty of freelance web developers out there who can give you a run for your money.

Website development. (Photo Credit: dtelepathy)
Website development. (Photo Credit: dtelepathy)

Estimated Earnings: Depending on the client and job, a single project can earn you between 800,000 UGX to 1.5 million UGX.

Content writing
One of the most popular avenues when it comes to freelance work is that of content writing. There is always an enormous demand for well-researched and well written web content, and recruiters are constantly on the lookout for professionals who can create fresh content that attracts attention and traffic. If you have a good grasp of grammar, an engaging writing style this is the job for you.

content writing. (Photo Credit: cristianmihaid)
content writing. (Photo Credit: cristianmihaid)

Estimated Earnings: According to most reports, beginners can earn between 445,000 UGX – 556,000 per month while experienced content writers can earn between 1.2 million UGX – 1.5 million UGX.

Data entry
This is one the simplest jobs you can do online, and requires no special skills, all you need is fast typing skills, and the ability to pay attention to details (Avoid errors). How this works: a client will provide printed or scanned sheets of data that needs to be entered into a digital format.

Data entry. (Photo Credit: The Balance)
Data entry. (Photo Credit: The Balance)

Estimated Earnings: In this case, you’re paid per hour, some are paid according to an estimated character inputs (for instance: pay you 10,000 UGX per 500 characters). On paying per hour, you can earn between 17,000 UGX to 85,000 UGX.

Editor’s Note: This article contains some inputs from TOI

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