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In Search of Side Work: 6 Lucrative Career Opportunities to Consider

Faizan Raza

If you have been doing jobs for some time, you might be one of the people who want to start their own businesses.

While jobs make it easy to make money, they let you grow at a very slow pace.

It does not matter how much you are earning every month, even if you are earning a handsome package every month, you will continue to earn the same package for some time.

On the other hand, businesses can grow fast if you are successful with your strategies. 

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Not to mention the fact that it is extremely easy today to start a business. You don’t need to worry about brick-and-mortar spaces anymore.

You can start your business without requiring any space for your office. You could use the Internet to start your business right from home and become a rich person in no time just like millions of people have.

While your choice of business should be based on your own skills and area of expertise, you must also keep in mind the fact that some businesses are more prone to become successful than others.

1. Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization (SEO) requires you to apply techniques and use methods that make a website rank better on a search engine.

If you know the basics of what gives websites better rankings on search engines, you could become a search engine optimization expert.

You don’t always need a lot of technical knowledge however some information about website development and coding is a great plus.

Write great content, have great contacts in the online world and know how to create quality backlinks if you want to become a successful SEO expert.

Most online companies that provide SEO services are not huge companies but teams of a couple of experts sitting in a small office or just their bedrooms.

You could start such a business with a very small investment, too.

2. Running an E-Store

You could have your store in the online world and sell stuff to almost any part of the world. You don’t have to start your own website from the scratch to do that.

In fact, starting your own E-commerce website can be quite expensive. A good way to go about it is through eBay and other similar services.

On such websites you can buy accounts from people who have been selling stuff on these websites but don’t use their accounts anymore.

Using these online stores, you could sell stuff, ship it to any corner of the world and become the owner of an official e-store.

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3. Resume Writing

This is another type of business that does not require you to go for any special education and learning.

If you have been doing jobs for some time and have learned a few things about your industry and how to get selected in your industry, you could provide this service with ease.

Starting a website is no big deal today since you can have your own website by paying a very small amount for it every month.

Write some attractive content, post your portfolio and start creating a database of people you think will be interested in having their resumes written by you.

Using the power of social media is quite important here because that’s where you will find most of the jobseekers. Always consider creating a profile on LinkedIn if you want to run a successful resume writing business.

4. Foreign Currency Trading

If there is one place that people are becoming more and more aware of, it is Foreign Exchange. The FX exchange market has remained a mystery for people for quite some time despite being one of the easiest places to make money.

However, with the Internet allowing people to obtain information easily it is now possible for people to start foreign currency trading and make money.

They can find an online broker with one of reliable CFD trading platforms, learn the basic Forex strategies and then make great moves to make great money.

There is no cap on how much you can earn while investing in foreign currency. If you can spend some time reading graphs, Forex market conditions and news from around the world, you could be a successful trader in no time.

5. Affiliate Marketing

This is one of the easiest methods of making money. You don’t have to own anything or sell your own product. You don’t necessarily need to have your own website either.

All you have to do is have a good network of people following you on the Internet. If you have a huge network you could approach companies selling products or services and ask them if you can sell their offerings.

You bring business to them and you get a share of whatever business you bring to them. It costs these companies nothing since they pay you only when you bring business.

You need to have a very strong social media following for successful affiliate marketing. Furthermore, having a popular blog is the biggest weapon in your hand in this type of business.

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6. Online Teacher

At first it might sound like a job, but as soon as you start getting the hang of it you will realize that it is a full-fledged business. You could teach anything today since you have access to a global audience on the Internet.

There are people waiting to be taught how to speak English. People looking to move to America or Europe want to learn English.

If you have completed your education you can definitely teach people something. You can go for the subjects you are best at.

Not to mention, parents are always looking for teachers and tutors to help their kids excel at mathematics.

By arranging some equipment you could give people training on certain IT related courses. Offer the basic part of your training through YouTube videos and then ask people to pay for professional learning.

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Faizan Raza
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