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Monday 24 March 2008

Work at home

(I first wrote this column piece for Sun.Star Cebu last July 27, 2006. As it is no longer online, I am posting an updated version of it here.)

I got an interesting e-mail from a friend about possible work-at-home scheme. From personal experience and observation, there are many ways to earn and work at home. Here are some of them that I also get to do up to today.

Writing. I started my freelancing career as contributor to the networking section of PC World Philippines. Afterwards, I offered my writing services to other publication and gradually found myself writing for international magazines and websites. If you are persistent enough, you'll find writing to be quite fulfilling. How do you go about it? First, you must be an avid reader of the publication you are aiming for. Think of stories or feature articles that you can confidently write about and send a pitch to the editor.

Technical consulting. If you know your stuff, you can offer your services as a consultant, research or analyst, and do most of the nitty-gritty work at home. Although, I must admit that it can be hard to concentrate at times with a very relaxed setting, especially if your workplace is your bedroom.

Online secretariat or virtual assistant. This is especially useful for organizations or companies that don't have time to read inquiries and respond to them, post new products in websites, among others.

Event marketer. Companies that are into seminars and training but are not so tech-savvy with their marketing are potential clients. This is where your investment in putting up an online newsletter can be most strategic. The database that you are able to build can serve as a good start in marketing them.

Internet marketing analyst. If you are knowledgeable in optimizing websites to make it search engine friendly, perform analysis of website traffic, and capable of making recommendations for improvements, then this can be another work for you.

E-learning instructor or tutor. If you have a knack for teaching, you can also develop e-learning materials where interested parties can sign up and receive lessons or assignments through e-mail.

If you need to create a portfolio first, then this is where creating a website or blog can be most helpful for you. This is where DigitalFilipino.com started, in my case.

Your website or blog can help attract leads for your services. Just update it as often as possible with the most relevant stuff to increase its visibility. Make sure to have a newsletter service so you can contact them for future updates.

You can also make your website self-sustaining or even profitable by integrating passive revenue opportunities. This can be in the form of joining an advertising network like Google AdSense. In my case, I already expanded my services in this area by building my own blog advertising network and content writers network.

Another way is to join an affiliate program. This is where you can sell books, products, and services of other entities and earn a commission for every sale that your site generates.

With the Internet and a phone, there are many things you can do to work at home and make it a rewarding experience. Creativity, aggressiveness, patience and diligence are "musts" to succeed.

Remember, in a work at home arrangement, you set your income. How high you'll earn will all depend as to how aggressive you will be in marketing your services.


Daniel Escasa said...

Re: working in your bedroom. IMHO, this is not advisable. I separate my working from my recreational/relaxation area. If I didn't, I'd be tempted to relax too much when I'm working or work when I'm supposed to be resting.

Janette Toral said...

@daniel - I can relate to that. =) Also, when working inside the bedroom, you tend to rest more.