This winter is set to be a tough time for many people who have lost their incomes and livelihoods as a result of the pandemic. But just because many shops and businesses are closed doesn’t mean the expense and stress of the festive season goes away. On the contrary, it remains and feels as demanding as ever before.
If the world has become a cold and inhospitable place due to the virus and government measures, the Internet has become a sort of refuge for employment and social connections. Thankfully, many businesses were able to switch their enterprises to digital platforms and continue trading, individuals to have found new opportunities online.
These forced career changes are not always a bad thing either, many people have landed dream jobs and dream situations as a result of losing work because of the pandemic. If you’re in this situation, or you’re interested in a new opportunity this winter then read on. We have compiled a list of the most effective and profitable digital markets to access this winter.
Virtual commerce is most commonly associated with Ecommerce, and for good reason, but VC is far more than that. VC also uses virtual and augmented reality to provide consumers with a holistic shopping experience. This is all the more relevant this winter when so many shops are closed and people are looking for alternatives to arcades.
Entering the world of virtual commerce is an excellent idea if you have good organisational and entrepreneurial tendencies. From the comfort of your home, you can easily start an ecommerce business and make it profitable in a matter of weeks – perfect if you have extra costs to cover this winter or if you’ve lost an income because of the pandemic.
Start by opening an account with an ecommerce platform such as Woocommerce or Shopify. They will help you to identify a product and ecommerce style to suit your ideas and preferences. That might be affiliate marketing or shipping of some kind. Once you have established your enterprise you can grow your business with virtual options.
There is no longer any need to commute to an office in the city if you want to work as a receptionist or call handler. The Internet has opened up new possibilities for office work from the comfort of your home. This is in the form of virtual office services that can now be provided in-home offices.
Since the pandemic hit early in 2020, many traditional office workers had to leave their jobs or work from home, if possible; others found themselves unemployed and relying on state support. Thankfully the Internet has provided opportunities for workers to get paid from the safety of their homes. Virtual office services are one of them.
What you need is a quiet home office, a reliable computer, laptop or desktop, and a strong Internet connection to provide your professional answering service. Virtual home office services will require that you talk to customers around the world, so you will need a quiet room and a clear speaking voice.
People have always been creative, and they have always made money from their creative talents, this, however, has always been the exception instead of the rule. With the Internet, the creative talents of individuals have become a more realistic source of income in the digital age. It has also offered more opportunities to be creative through different mediums.
Creative people need creative outlets and what better way to express your creativity than online where you might also earn some money from it. If you have writing abilities, programming skills, or graphic design skills, you can monetize them this winter and help to pay for some of the Christmas expenses or save for post-lockdown life.
Think about what creative talents you have and how you might like to earn money from them, whatever you can imagine is possible on the Internet. You can pitch your skills to digital businesses or set up an account on freelancing websites like Fiverr and Upwork.
The Internet is jam-packed with freelancing opportunities, unlike the real world, where freelancing is still a rough way of life. The Internet, on the other hand, has a wealth of websites and platforms that link freelancers up with businesses and brands looking to fulfil a need. Start by setting up a LinkedIn profile, then go to Fiverr or People Per Hour.
Freelancing is suitable for those with a special ability or industry knowledge that’s valuable to companies and brands. Some people have these abilities by virtue of their jobs, others identify a need in an industry or market and train themselves in that direction. This is good news; it means that if you don’t have any natural industry skills you can always learn them and take advantage of a booming marketplace.
The best way to become a successful freelancer is to research the market you’re interested in joining. What are the needs of the market and what is the competition like? To be successful you will need the skills to fulfil the need but you will also need to stand out from the crowd – what is it that makes your offer different or unique?
Digital services are services that offer value to individuals and businesses via online platforms. They could take the form of consulting services, tutoring services, freelancing services, copywriting, or coding services. All these markets are open for business at the moment and they’re ideal for a home job this winter.
The world in the grip of a global pandemic, many thought the situation would be over by now but instead, it has sustained itself and in some places worsened. With so many lockdown restrictions in place and livelihoods at risk, it’s a good thing there are so many opportunities in the market for digital services.
If you’re interested in landing your dream work-from-home job this winter, you need to investigate the possibilities of digital services. Check websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and People Per Hour to see what services are required in the market. Try to match the in-demand service with your skills or Upskill with an online course.