For a long time, people wanted to travel abroad and
work while doing it. Many people still yearn for such opportunities. Those were
the opportunities that were usually sought after by young people, eager to explore
the world and travel while at the same time earning some cash. The cash, of
course, was a big lure, especially if it meant earning in a currency that was
more powerful than that in your home country. Pounds, Euro and US Dollars were
always very attractive.
But increasingly people are looking to earn foreign
currencies without leaving home, and with the growth of the internet, meaning
that the world is effectively shrinking, it is becoming increasingly easy to
stay home and earn a living from abroad.
So, if you are someone who loves traveling, is more
interested in having own schedules and work on own terms, you should start a
business that you can operate remotely from anywhere.
Honestly speaking, there can be tons of such business opportunities, which you might want to explore once you have hands on experience in working remotely and dealing with the clients online. This article will, however, discuss the 4 easy to learn and start business ideas that you can start right from the corner of your home and can operate from anywhere in the world.
1- SEO and Community Management
There are so many digital services companies around
the world looking to employ smart and well-trained experts in any number of
fields. If you have a good qualification, a few references and a bit of a track
record in a specific field you could well find yourself being employed
remotely. Let’s say that you have some Google certifications on your CV, there
should be no reason why you can’t apply to an SEO company in Australia who is
advertising a position. If you play your cards right, you could make it a win
for everyone. You earn some foreign currency, they get to pay for an expert at
a rate less than they would have to pay somebody in Australia and the client
benefits from your expertise.
SEO itself is a big industry and have tons of jobs available.
You might not be an expert in everything in the beginning, but this is one
lucrative industry where you can learn things really fast and gain expertise in
multiple areas in little time.
Moreover, almost every business wants to make most out
of social media and hiring a full time employee might not be the cost effective
option for everyone. So, if you are someone who loves spending time on social
media, becoming a community manager for different companies is a great way to
make money while growing your technical knowledge and marketing skills.
In a digital world where content is still acknowledged
as being king, quality writers
are hard to find. And the better the writer the more they tend to charge. Which
means that if you are able to write well and according to a brief, you can earn
a decent wage by advertising your skills online.
Again, this is a model that works well when you able
to offer competitive rates due to your geographic location. So, if you are in a
place where the exchange rate favours you, be bold, you can email copy in word
documents or upload it straight into a CMS, location is really no barrier to
Blogs and short articles writing is a great way to start, but you should develop expertise in a few particular niches, i.e. online marketing, lifestyle, finance, health etc. depending upon your interest. Niche writing job are highly paid and big companies love to outsource their content development to the writers who have extensive knowledge and expertise in their particular niche.
You can start your writing business with literally
zero investment by creating a gig on Fiverr. Make sure to offer the best deal
and deliver what you promise. As you grow yourself as an expert content
developer, you can always create your own website and market it.
3- Virtual Call Center
With technology like voice over
IP (VOIP) now very standard in most places, it is very easy for major
corporates to cut costs by running call centres from abroad. Many do this
already and the work can actually be very good – especially if it is an inbound
call centre where you have to answer the customer calls.
A virtual call center is a call center in which the
representatives are geographically dispersed rather than being at workstation
at one place. Most of them work from their homes.
To get started, you should take a job in a virtual
call center to have hands on experience of how things work. Once, you are
proficient in your work, you can start your own.
4- Software Development Services
Even when they are in an office, most coders sit with
headphones on furiously typing code and talking to nobody – many works remotely
regardless. So, this is a perfect job for doing from wherever you chose.
Again, the key here is to be able to work according to
a brief and to be responsible and contactable. So, if you are programmer
working in a company, you should start part time and when things are good
enough you should leave your job to focus fully on your own business.
But if you do not have any experience yet, you better
start learning it first. There are many online courses you can get started
Once you have started your own part or full time
business, make sure that your code is regularly loaded up to the shared
repository and you will be flying. Coders earn well, wherever they are based!
The Bottom Line:
The above 4 are just few of the business ideas you can
operate remotely. Technology has opened thousands of doors making things
possible which looked impossible a decade ago. And, there can be tons of other
profitable business ideas that can be operated remotely. Keep updating yourself
and keep exploring the opportunities.
About Author: Chris Fraser
Chris has served as a business advisor to a big list of small and micro businesses; localized businesses and social enterprise in particular. Chris is also an avid reader and loves to stay updated about latest tech and innovation.