For those lucky enough who can make all their ends and luxuries meet with no problem or worry, I would like to extend my congratulations. The rest of us regular folks can attest to at least one occasion in our lives where we have been low on money or left with a throbbing, unfulfilled desire to splurge on a whim. Whatever the reason, a shortage in our finances can lead to some stressful times, and we all know stress is bad for us. Lucky enough, there are backup plans for our times in crisis.
Establishing a plan B might sound easy, but how many people could actually manage to work two jobs? Most of us have a family to support during our time at home, and others juggle a full-time job and education. Schedules have no gaps for breathing, at times, and not many fields are open to allow some flexibility to their potential employees. Faced with these (and other) constraints, more and more people are choosing to make an extra income online. Now, there are too many advantages to choosing an internet-based job, but to list them all would be too time consuming. Instead, let’s focus on the three biggest perks it has to offer.
- Choose your comfort zone
We can all relate to the idea of being uncomfortable in one’s workspace: sometimes our offices are too small, too loud or too white on the walls. Concentrating under these conditions can be tough for most, even if, with time, we can grow accustomed to our grievances. If you land an online gig, though, this would become one of your least concerns. See, in order to work from the web, all you need is a strong internet connection and a computer. It doesn’t matter if you choose to buckle down into your living room’s couch, local coffee shop’s bench or grandma’s lovely den – if you can meet these two requirements you can claim that spot as your own, personal workspace.
- Choose your own working hours
Different people have different time availability throughout their day. Some are lucky enough to count in both hands their amount of free time. Others are barely even capable of catching a breath before running out on an errand. Working online allows you to get a job that accommodates to your schedule instead of asking you to accommodate yours. This way, you can make your hours work in a way that still lets you have time for yourself!
- Find your passion
There are many talented people who are not putting their skills to work for them, but with the help of the Internet, they could do just that. Among the diverse amount of jobs that can be found online, many are directed towards specific skill sets. Those can range from the creative – writing and designing – to the analytic – providing accounting or tutoring services. Certain sites have even specialized in some of these areas. For example:
- TextBroker – TextBroker will pay for your writing by the word. The amount paid out varies, depending on the skill level you are assigned at the beginning. (Don’t worry, you can always improve your score based on your performance once you are already registered.)
- Studypool – Studypool is a website that offers tutoring services to students with intellectual needs. Here, you can register as a tutor and share your knowledge with others. You will, of course, be rewarded for your services.
- TopTal – TopTal hires freelance programmers to fulfill their client’s software needs. If you are skillful with a computer and have a knack for programming, this will definitely be the site for you.
There are also websites that have no restrictions on the type of services they provide. For the multitalented, sites like UpWork or Elance offers an opportunity of employment in many different fields, from within the same site. Freelancing with them will allow you to pick and choose which services you can provide to the world.
Whatever your reasons for choosing an online gig and whichever the site you settle into, know that the freedom that comes with the job market will not disappoint you. Though, if by all means this is not enough to convince you to give it a try, you could always think of that sweet extra cash.