We live in a connected world. Things move fast, we’re linked with people around the world, and there are more opportunities in the working world than ever before. Many people wishing to escape today’s ‘daily grind’ have been enabled to do so through the power of technology. 

Here are some ideas for careers you can start while living in the middle of nowhere. 

Freelance writer

It’s a well-known phrase that ‘content is king’. Writing now forms an essential part of the modern marketing mix in the form of books, blogs, whitepapers and guides. Freelance writers are the people who make this happen. 

If you have decent writing skills, it’s fairly easy to find work and start a freelance writing business that will help you gain confidence in the online working world. 

Blogger

Blogging is no longer a personal pursuit where you talk about your life and hobbies. Nowadays, most businesses have a blog or could benefit from having a blog, but it’s probably not one of their core areas of expertise. As a professional blogger, you can help set up, manage and create content for a business blog.

SEO Specialist

Understanding SEO is now more important than ever. Search engines change their algorithms frequently, and it’s almost impossible for everyday business owners and managers to keep up. Having SEO knowledge and skills is a valuable commodity. 

Info-Product Creation

If you can find a way to solve a problem that affects a lot of people, you can make a ton of money by creating a solution and selling it. These days, there are a number of platforms (such as Udemy, Send Owl, Gumroad) that can help make selling info products easier. 

Podcasting

Podcasts have taken off in the last few years. For many people, making a podcast is a hobby; but with a good structure, content and niche, there’s potential for you to make some money off it by using your podcast for lead generation. 

Online Ad Consultant

Online advertising is big business (especially on social media and search engines). It’s generally affordable to run ads, but many companies lack the necessary know-how and expertise to deploy ads effectively. 

There is a range of online courses you can do to help you master digital advertising and offer it as a service to businesses. 

Web Development

Learning to code is one of the best things you can teach yourself online. Almost every business nowadays needs a website as well as to maintain their website – and they need someone to do it. With dedicated effort, you can build on your skills over time and become a web development whizz. 

Back Office Setup

Back office services like Infusionsoft (now Keap) or ActiveCampaign can be game-changing for businesses, but it can take time to set up and manage these systems. Business owners are looking for help with these services, so, with a good understanding of funnels and the software that is going to be used, you have a potential remote business on your hands.

Social Media Consulting

Again, most businesses these days are looking to social media as one of their major marketing platforms. If you’re well-versed with the ways of the various platforms, you can become a social media content creator and community manager, helping businesses grow an engaged, lead-generating social media following. 

Virtual Assistant

If you thrive on organising your life and the lives of others, you could be the perfect candidate to work as a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant performs a similar role to a personal assistant, but does the job remotely, assisting the entrepreneurs and small business owners with running their daily operations. 

Bookkeeping

Every business needs financial management, a skill that is often better outsourced. Bookkeepers help business owners track and maintain accounts, file reports, pay bills, monitor payroll and keep track of budgets. Not all businesses need a full-time bookkeeper, which is why it’s a great option for part-time freelance work. 

Graphic Design

If ‘content is king’, graphic content is emperor! A graphic designer is an in-demand role for websites, infographics, social content, and the list goes on. A good way to get started is to team up with a copywriter who can refer you to his or her clients. 

Tutoring and Teaching

If you have a specific skill or sphere of knowledge, you can look into online tutoring or teaching (these days, video calling and screen-sharing apps making ‘face-to-face’ remote learning possible). You can charge your students by the hour or by the lesson. 

Photography

Commissioned photography projects are often located-based, but you can find a way of working remotely too. One option is to sell your photos to online photo stock platforms, where images are sold online and you get a small cut each time your photo is used.

YouTuber

Video is another content type that is taking over the online world, and vlogging is a great way to tap into a niche and gain a following. High quality, unique video content can open a lot of doors and can even make you famous! 

Patreon

Patreon is a relatively new way to make money online. It’s a creator-founded company that helps creators build membership businesses that empower them to create on their own terms. If you’re thinking of creating anything (art, videos, podcasts, writing projects, etc.), you can post your work on Patreon and get small donor amounts to help you continue with your work. 

The one thing all these jobs have in common 

To run an online business remotely, you need to have a reliable internet connection. That’s where Bundu NetworX comes in. We specialise in providing broadband to rural and remote locations. Get in touch to find out more about our coverage map: https://bundunetworx.co.za/ 

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