Internet is a boon in to today’s world not only for seeking information, chatting, getting entertained or playing but also as a source of employment. It has created a new world i.e. Virtual World. With technological advances, there are “virtual work” opportunities wherein people work on projects, tasks, does research and so on in “virtual offices”. Many of us commonly call it as work from home or even internet based job. Such jobs are available in – Blogging, Content Writing, E-Business, Medical Transcription, E-Health Care, Designing, Marketing, Advertising and so on and not only is it an option for house wives or home makers or the unemployed, many full time employers also take up part time or side business opportunities through the Cyber World.
An internet aspirant seeking to earn through the same medium can explore pursuing E-Business in areas like Blogging, E-Consulting, Freelance Service Provider, Article Writing, Online Tutor, Online Surveys and so on
A few years ago, people were completely unaware about the concept of blogging, however, today, it has emerged as one of “online income” option especially for people with strong language skills who are keen to either create new poems, stories, or write about their own experiences, views or observations. An advantage that people have while doing online business through blogging is that creating a blog site is free and easy to update. Thereby many bloggers have made it an income generating work wherein they can earn through selling their blogging space for advertising like Pay Per Click Program/ Google Adsense or even by writing reviews on selling products, mentioning their links in your blog (Affiliate Marketing) and so on.
If language is on the upper hand one can become a Content Writer too for various websites. Visibility is the main motive for having a website and hence every company likes to keep news updates or new services and so on to keep its website live and happening. One needs creative minds to keep the pages more impactful which gives entry to the content writers.
One can think of becoming a Ghost writer too .Well certainly not writing nocturnal stories but can work for or assist the main content writer for his/her work. Here however, the name of the main writer is only published and the actual person who has done the work does not get any credit line except the monetary aspect as agreed between him/her and the main writer.
E-Consulting refers to providing expert knowledge and skills to organizations, entrepreneurs and so on. Many prefer entering this sort of work profile post some years of full time work experience. There are free lance service providers who work as Website Designers, Programmers, Content Developers, Medical Transcriptionists, and so on to depending upon their skills as well as expertise.
With more and more online education courses as well as institutes being available, Virtual Teaching and E-tutors is yet another profile worth exploring in the online work space. Right from having proper institutes that employ teachers to teach online and also conduct live chats or 24 * 7 guidance facilities, there are many who are involved in developing such web based content too. You may also find online tutors who work as free lancers to train people in several areas like- academics, dancing, painting and so on.
Even the Health Care professionals have taken up this virtual opportunity and with the presence of E-Pharmacy, Medical Transcription, Doctors doing basic consulting via video cams or video chats, Mental Health professionals as well as institutes providing online- 24*7 counseling services, and so on yet another market opens up in the Virtual world.
Few commonly available opportunities include Search Engine Optimization (SEOs), Social Media Optimization (SMOs) as well as Data Entry jobs. SEOs and SMOs are marketing techniques applied to maximize a product or service’s sale. SEO refers to improving the visibility of a website or webpage in a search engine like Google or Yahoo and so on with the underlying principal that the more a site appears, the more are the chances of it being viewed by people whereas SMO refers to using Social Media platforms like Face book, Twitter, Yahoo and so on for maximizing the visibility of products, events, or brands. Data Entry does not require any new introduction. A lot of back office work is off-loaded where speed and accuracy plays a major role.
But a word of caution here would be to ensure that you explore the opportunities available as they are numerous opportunities available on the cyber space and also one need to check which ones are genuine as well as authentic. And thereby one can keep the following factors in consideration- make yourself visible, work on your “online image”, do thorough research on jobs as well as employers providing the same, ensure you have the right resources in terms of internet facilities, knowledge, computer and so on, talk to professionals in similar jobs by approaching them, avoid giving away all your personal details to prospective clients or employers and so on.
It is said that when there is a will, there is a way and the Virtual world is also not left behind in providing opportunities to those who aspire thereby, why wait??