The list of successful work from home businesses is unending. On the darker side, if you have been looking for a work from home opportunity or if you are starting a new business online, most probably you would be knowing that the internet is full of false entities luring you to deceptive ideas of getting rich instantly. However, online businesses and regular businesses stand equal at one point and that is-they both need skill and persistence.
Below mentioned are six tried and tested work from home business ideas
Business 1: Translator
Companies look for translators who can offer culture sensitive translation services. With increasing globalization, demand for translation services is growing at a rapid rate. Translators also avail higher rates than regular writers. The work includes translating audio, video or text files from one language to the other. Translators can work from home and earn good income.
Proficiency in minimum two languages, use of Microsoft office, Good communication skills, good organization skills.
How to start
A Degree or Diploma in translation is helpful, but it is not mandatory. Beginners can take short term translation courses, join local translation associations or volunteer with organizations. Taking short and simple assignments such as translating a brochure or an advertisement from one language to another will help in building confidence and help your work from home business.
Business 2: Teacher
Virtual teaching market is growing very fast. With growing competition in schools and universities, teaching services are in big demand. Demand for science and math tutors is high.
Online teaching is different from regular face to face teaching, as online teachers have to interact with students from different nationalities.
For most teaching jobs online, teachers who work from home are asked to present a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license. At undergraduate level teachers are required to present a Masters degree while at college level, a Doctorate is usually required. More and more colleges and universities are allowing staff members to work from home.
Business 3: Internet research business
Many businesses and law firms regularly need online researchers who can work from home and search the internet to find information for them. Internet research includes competitor search, potential clients, keyword research, content search, background checks, product research, social media research etc.
Analytical ability, good with numbers, knowledge of keyword searches, knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
Knowledge of search syntax and access to internet directories and database is very helpful for any work from home business.
How to start:
Many websites available online provide information for free. You have to use different keywords to search information available, such as work from home. Keywords are the words you choose to perform a search on the internet search engines like Google.
Business 4: Social media manager
These days almost all companies want to increase and improve their presence on the internet. However, at the same time, the work does not need full time employee in most cases. This is where online social media managers come into picture.
Social media managers develop brand awareness, build present and potential client relationships and promote products and work from home services online.
How to start:
If you are good with building online relationships, you can straight away start looking for simple and small works on freelancing a work from home websites.
Observation of the trends and users is the best way to learn. The more you observe behavior of your fans, friends, customers and others on social networking websites, the more you’ll learn and the more you’ll learn, the better you can earn.
Reading views and experience of other social media managers will also help in understanding opportunities and issues. Several online articles list the best practices and common errors for social media managers. In order to reach them you will need to search the keywords on search engines.
Business 5: General Transcriptor
General transcription is simpler than legal and medical transcription. It includes transcription (making a copy) of business meetings, conference calls, interviews and other documents.
Good typing speed (minimum 60 words per minute), English language proficiency, proofreading skills, online research skills, listening skills, Knowledge of Microsoft office.
How to start:
You don’t need a degree or certificate to start general transcription work. Transcription work can be started simply by brushing up your vocabulary, grammar, typing skills and spellings.
For doing the transcription work, you have to download the digital audio file given by your client. Once you have downloaded the file, load it into the transcription software (Express Scribe is widely used free transcription software). Now with the help of headphones and foot pedals, you need to type the conversation in Microsoft Word.
If you have training or experience in transcription services then include the same in your resume. Otherwise mention in your cover letter why you would be appropriate for the job you are applying for.
Business 6: Designer
There is an upcoming trend of design for work at home websites on the internet. The designs made by designers on their websites are used on T-shirts, mugs, hats etc. You can set your free online shop with them. Logo designs and cover designs have high demand. For the last two you might have to consider self learning or a short-term course.
Similar to writing, designing work also has various avenues. You can work from home and design brochures, business cards, newsletters, catalogs, menus, business form, business reports, scrapbooks, greeting cards, banners, signage etc.