Work-from-Home Jobs: A Glimpse into the Top 5 Opportunities that Await You
The pandemic restrictions have given companies all over the world the chance to offer flexible work options for their employees. According to a study by Statistics Canada, almost 40% of Canadian jobs have telework feasibility, or what’s described as the degree to which Canadians can perform their jobs without having to be physically in the office.
In fact, based on October 2021 data, the agency estimates that 4 million Canadians continue to work from home since the start of the pandemic despite the vaccination efforts and continuous implementation of COVID restrictions throughout the country.
With this in mind, it’s an ideal time to look into employment opportunities that offer the flexibility of working from home in your own time, especially if you’re a full-time student. Let’s look at some of these possibilities:
Do you find yourself constantly scrolling through social media pages, thinking of ways how to promote products or services better? If you said yes, then a career as a digital marketer may be best suited for you. Attracting customers has become extremely challenging now that establishing a strong social media presence is a priority. To be a successful digital marketer, you have to be social media savvy and armed with all the tricks of the trade to create great buzz for your clients’ products and services. An advantage of this option is that you won’t be tied down to a regular 9-to-5 schedule because social media is on 24/7 and you can choose the time that works best for your schedule.
Customer Service Agent
If you have a knack for helping people then a job in the customer support industry is for you – and you can do it right at home! Customer service positions can vary from technical support to appointment booking. All you have to do is estimate your own skillsets and determine which avenue best matches you. If you like tinkering with computer or phone devices, you’ll fit right in with technical support. On the other hand, if you feel your forte is more organizing and scheduling, then appointment booking is where you’d belong. A lot of these jobs are available 24/7 so you have plenty to choose from.
If you’re the type who likes to devour works of literature, be it fiction, nonfiction, or academic, this option is likely the one that suits you best. Proofreading opportunities abound not just in Canada but worldwide as well. You can work in your own time as long as you meet the deadline requirement. Proofreading companies also usually will provide style guides so you know exactly what to look out for in the text. A wonderful perk of this is that you may get a chance to read works before they are even published, and who knows, you might come across a future Harry Potter series!
If you have an inclination towards imparting knowledge, an online teacher sounds like the ideal opportunity for you. The subjects you teach can vary, although the most in demand these days is teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to Canadian newcomers or anyone outside of Canada who wants to learn English. If you intend to take the route of an ESL teacher, look into acquiring ESL training certifications: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL). The teaching level also varies, as students may range from middle school to university level. It’s definitely a great opportunity you can do from home, plus rewarding too!
An article on work-from-home jobs isn’t complete without this one! Freelance writing opportunities abound, and it’s up to you which subject you’re at most home with writing about! And there is a plethora of the type of writing you can choose from depending on the website: opinion, educational (like Jobs People Do!), informative, general news, finance, film, music, games, and technology. Meanwhile, there are also companies that offer Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) writing services to clients for their products or services. Through these middle men, you’ll find yourself writing about a wide range of topics.
The work-from-home industry will keep on growing, pandemic or no pandemic. So which of these options seem like the most suitable for you? Good luck in your job search!
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