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5 Online Jobs That Could Change Your Life

5 Online Jobs That Could Change Your Life

Work from home jobs may have a bit of a bad rep as they are often not really all that they are sold to be, but real online jobs are a whole different ball game. If you are tired of the daily commute and can’t stop counting the clock once you actually make it to the office, it may be time for you to consider a career change via the very real and potentially highly profitable online jobs that are out there.

Online jobs that pay well are not necessarily ones that you can just walk into, but if you’ve got the motivation to do some basic study, you will certainly have options. Here is a little breakdown of five online jobs that could see you ditch the commute and develop a brand new career.

1. Virtual Assistant

Are you great at organising? If you are, it might surprise you to learn that a lot of people are really not all that good at it. The shift to more and more business being carried out online also means that there are now many people looking for virtual assistants.

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This means that the whole structure of business has changed. Secretary and PA jobs are now very much positions that can be done without you ever having to go to any office. Email, Skype, and high-speed internet connections everywhere mean that Virtual Assistants are in increasing demand.

Online jobs such as this are great as they don’t restrict you to working with only one client at a time. If you really are good at organising, there is no reason why you couldn’t be a Virtual Assistant for a number of people at the same time.

2. Online Reseller

This is one of the more interesting online jobs that you could do, but it’s also a bit more difficult to make consistent work. It’s one of those online jobs that you could dip into part-time at the outset. If you find that it’s working out for you, go all in. If not, keep searching for something you do like and that you can make work.

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Basically, an online reseller is somebody that sells stuff for people who are too busy to do it for themselves. If you’re already a bit of an Ebay whizz, this could be perfect for you. It’s also something that you will be able to get into more easily if you already have a strong profile on sites where people buy and sell goods online.

3. Online Teacher

If you would love to teach but don’t really like the idea of going to a school every day, this could be one of the best online jobs for you. This isn’t the simplest of online jobs to get into, as you you’ll need to have success with finding students, and you’ll almost certainly need to be qualified in the subject you’d like to teach. Having said that, after years of working in the real world, you may now be a specialist in your field and this could be turned into a very lucrative gig for you.

Typically, online teachers will most often be tutoring children who need extra work to keep up or get ahead at school. With this in mind, you should be expecting to do most of your work once schools are out for the day, and you also have to be financially prepared for the holidays when work will often dry up.

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4. Web Designer

The global business landscape changed forever with the arrival of the internet. Now, even the smallest businesses can set themselves up online. To do this properly, they need a good web designer who will make them stand out from the competition. With everybody needing a website, this means that becoming a web designer is one of the most lucrative online jobs out there.

An eye for design and creativity generally tends to help if you want to make a mark in this field. It is also highly advisable for you to consider taking a course, either one led by a teacher or a self-taught one that you can do at your own pace. Those people who are already relatively computer literate and creatively minded will soon get the hang of this kind of role. Once you do, it’s time to start pitching clients and building up a portfolio of work.

When you get fully initiated into this online world, you’ll discover that there are many connected areas that you could spread your expertise to once you’ve gotten the lay of the land. Then again, web design is a highly interesting role in itself. You could build upon your knowledge to become an absolute website master, but it’s probably not really all that necessary.

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5. Content Writer

For budding writers, this may sound like one of the great online jobs to get into. It is, but it’s also a lot more hard work than it might seem from the outside. If you can get good clients who provide you with interesting assignments, it’s awesome. If you don’t have a portfolio of work and have to work on boring pieces for pennies, it’s quite the slog.

Getting the negatives out of the way, however, this is definitely one of the online jobs that you can turn into a career if you have patience and just persevere with it. You will have to take the low-end jobs at first, but there is good work out there if you can prove yourself. That’s the other little problem — there are just so many people competing for the same jobs.

Luckily, there is also a lot of work to be had. Once you learn how to recognise the time wasters from the people who are genuinely looking for quality collaborators, the interesting, well-paid work can start flowing in!

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Published on November 8, 2018

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

2. Set your own boundaries

Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

Here are some important traits to consider:

  • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
  • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
  • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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3. Continuously invest in yourself

Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

4. Document the value you bring

Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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Here are some ideas:

  • joesmith.com
  • joeasmith.com
  • joesmithprojects.com

Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

5. Hide your salary requirements

Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

6. Do just enough research

Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

7. Get compensated by your value

Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

The bottom line

You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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