Nine of the best work from home jobs

Looking to work remotely? We explore the nine of the best working from home jobs that have flexible hours. You just need to know where to look!

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While the future job market may be uncertain for many people, there are plenty of career opportunities that enable you to work from the comfort of your own home.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve sadly seen many businesses across Australia shut down or temporarily stand down jobs. We’re all hoping that things go back to normal after we’ve recovered from the pandemic and that our most-affected industries like hospitality and the arts thrive from community support when isolation rules are relaxed.

With technology, the ability to work from home is more accessible than ever before. It’s a great time for people to take a look at remote job opportunities that might be available to them online. Whether they are looking for a part-time or full-time position. So, if you are looking for new remote job opportunities, keep reading.

1. Virtual assistant

If you have an internet connection, computer, and some administration skills, you could establish yourself as a Virtual Assistant.

According to Indeed, the average salary for a Virtual Assistant in Australia is about $25.87 per hour – not bad if you’re looking to earn some convenient cash working from home.

Some of the tasks that you would be required to undertake might include:

  • Managing phone and email enquiries
  • Conducting research
  • Invoicing for clients
  • Booking appointments
  • Updating processes and documents

Ready to dust off your resume and get started? To source a Virtual Assistant job, you can search for opportunities online from job sites such as Seek, Freelancer, LinkedIn or Up Work.

2. Online store owner

Whether you’re a masterful creator or have a side hobby as an artist, knitter, or painter, there’s no better time to put your crafty skills to good use and open an online store. Here are some tips to help you get started :

  • The first step in establishing yourself in the online world is to set up your online shop or website using a platform like Etsy or Shopify. This will allow you to customise your store by adding your products, photos, descriptions, payment methods, shipping policy, and so on.
  • Once everything is set-up, it’s time to start promoting your products. The best place to start is by word of mouth; speak to your friends and family and let them know the benefit of what you’re selling and how it could help them, or even ask for a referral to some of their friends or work-mates.
  • Once you’ve got everything set up, you can look at digital marketing techniques like using social media to build an audience and a customer base, or learning how to set up your own online ads.
  • Are you ready to get started today? There are plenty of free resources to help you including online marketing courses on YouTube and Udemy.

3. Write an E-book

Writing an E-book can sound like a daunting task, but, unlike regular books they are usually a lot shorter in length and don’t require as many publishing steps. E-books can be written on just about any subject of your choice and can help you to be seen as an expert in a chosen field.

Another reason why people might choose to write an E-book is to sell it as a downloadable product. Selling an E-book this way can help to generate passive income if there’s an audience for your content. This means that once you’ve published the E-book, and promoted it wisely to the right audience, you could earn money ‘while you sleep’ if you charge a small fee for each download.

Here’s a list what to consider when writing an E-book:

  • Come up with an idea. Decide what your topic of interest is and develop a plan on some of your key points. Any special knowledge, interesting hobby, or skill you’ve mastered can be turned into an E-book.
  • Start writing. Decide on the content and format (a list, a story or a series of facts), then start writing an outline. The most important thing is that you stick to a consistent format and writing schedule.
  • Edit your E-book. Use a tool like Grammarly, a free program that checks spelling and will pick up any incorrect use of grammar. Have a trusted friend or professional proof-reader go over your E-book before you publish it. Make sure to choose a front cover; the first thing people will look at is the front cover of your E-book, so choose one that will stand out.
  • Publish your E-book. Once you’ve decided on a price and your E-book is ready to share, you might consider selling it on your blog, website, or through platforms like Amazon Kindle or other publishing sites. Each has its own pros and cons to weigh up, so you’ll want to do some research before deciding what’s right for you.
  • Promote your E-book. Decide on a download price and start to promote your E-book through a multi-channel approach. You could tell people about it through social media forums, or you could build or leverage an existing email list to let people know you’ve published an E-book (just make sure you have permission to send email them).

Writing an E-book may take some time, but the rewards are well worth it – especially if it helps you further your career. Remember to review and adjust your strategies regularly, and most importantly – have fun expressing your creativity!

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4. Freelancing

Freelancing allows you to use a multitude of your skills working for different people and helping companies around the world with projects.

As a freelancer, people will pay you for your specific skills. Some examples include gardening, painting, book-keeping or digital marketing. Think about the type of customer you can market your professional services to.

If you’re ready to get serious about freelancing and flexible work hours, here’s a list of common jobs:

  • Data entry
  • Social media
  • Copywriting
  • Django
  • Graphic design
  • Video production
  • Blogging
  • Web hosting

When you’re ready to get started, make sure to have a digital portfolio or online profile set up that showcases your professional skills.  You’ll need to demonstrate your expertise with examples and be ready to talk through your major projects and accomplishments.

Some places to look for reliable work include websites like UpWork, Freelancer and Sidekicker, advertising hundreds of jobs at any given time.

5. Customer service agent

Do you love talking with people, helping solve problems, and even just brightening up someone’s day? Well, customer service agents do exactly that by helping customers of all kinds of businesses to action a variety of service-based requests and enquiries. And the good news is that many companies are increasing their capabilities to have their call centre staff working remotely.

If a work from home opportunity like this is available to you, all you will need is a telephone, computer, and strong internet connection to get started – and the hiring business may even provide some or all of that equipment.

According to Indeed, the average salary for a Call Centre Representative is $27.90 per hour in Australia. You may only be required to work a few hours at a time – say, a four-hour shift. However depending on who you work for, you may also be able to earn commission by recommending products and services to customers – meaning if you’re good on the phone, you could make extra income.

To find these jobs, start by looking through search engines for ‘call centre’ jobs or look for companies who have ‘24 hour assistant online’ on the careers sites – most likely they’re using an online call centre.

6. Amazon

With it’s innovative business model, Amazon has gathered a lot of attention over the recent years, providing users with the ability to search and buy almost anything at the click of a button. As the company has grown, so has its marketplace for sellers. The company offers unique jobs and side hustles for people who want to work from home and earn an income.

Here are some of the work from home jobs Amazon offers:

  • Amazon FBA selling: The Fulfilment by Amazon program allows you to take advantage of the largest fulfilment network in the world. Amazon will sell your products on Amazon.com as well as pack and ship the products to the customer for you.
  • Amazon Affiliate Program: This program allows bloggers, website owners and social media influencers to earn money from Amazon, by recommending a product, and then earning money once people click and buy through an affiliate link.
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk: A crowdsourcing website that allows users to complete quick, menial tasks posted by researchers e.g. labelling images, taking surveys, transcribing receipts. Although these tasks pay as little as $0.01, they are quick and add up fast!
  • Amazon Handmade: A trusted marketplace for handmade goods that allows users in over 80 countries to sell their crafty goods online. With Amazon’s large network, users have the opportunity to put their products in front of hundreds of millions of potential customers.

So, whether you’re looking to earn a little extra cash or a full-time income, you could set up a new work from home venture in no time – with the help of Amazon.

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7. Become a tester

How about getting paid to try different products or user testing a website? Many brands rely on user testing to provide real-time human feedback. You can simply register your details and get paid to provide valuable feedback on websites, product applications, prototypes, concepts and more.

8. Odd jobs

For those who prefer more hands-on tasks and would like to pick up odd jobs on occasion, there are plenty of ways you can put your skills to use.

You may like to consider helping people out with their gardening, cleaning or handyman jobs around the house (taking into consideration the current social distancing regulations). Pop an ad in your local newspaper or venture online and create a profile on Airtasker. It uses a peer-review system and has no shortage of listings for all kinds of odd jobs, with hundreds of new jobs posted daily.

9. Food delivery driving

Do you own a car that’s just sitting in the driveway? Delivery driving may provide you with a consistent source of income, and extra benefits too. To get started you will need:

  • ABN – You need an Australian Business Number (ABN) to be an ‘independent contractor’. You’ll be responsible for keeping your financial records up to date and lodging your own tax with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
  • Vehicle – Make sure you have a registered and insured vehicle. Keep in mind the running costs of the vehicle, and whether your hours add up to the maintenance costs.
  • Smartphone – This will be your link to your driver app and any deliveries you make. Make sure your phone is a recent model so that you can be paid and use features like GPS to tell you where to go.
  • Local area knowledge – Yes, you can use maps on your phone, but it’s even better to know your local area so that you appear confident and capable. It pays to be familiar with traffic patterns, shortcuts, and the quickest routes.
  • There are a number of different food delivery providers like UberEats or Menulog, so choose a partner that best suits your lifestyle and situation.

The best part – you get to cruise around town to hungry people and make them happy by delivering delicious food. Please keep in mind the current social distancing rules advised by your local government.

*The links referred to in this article are suggestions for context only, and AGL is not affiliated with the entities referred to in this piece (unless otherwise stated).

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