Lockdown has been a tough time for everyone – life is unrecognisable from how it was before and many jobs will never be the same again, or even exist. It’s a tough time, but there are ways and means of starting afresh with a job where you can work from home – thank goodness for the internet! I feel so lucky to be able to work from home during this time. My work has been affected as it’s a lot quieter than before, but at least I can keep things going, ready to pick up where I left off once lockdown is over. I really love working from home – being my own boss really suits me as a person and makes me even more motivated to do well and see my little business thrive. I never have to worry about childcare if the kids are poorly or off nursery, plus I don’t ever work to set timings either. It’s totally flexible and something I can work around my family life and other commitments.
So, if you’ve been thinking of starting on a new path when lockdown ends, here are a few ideas on what you could do…..
Of course, I had to start with blogger as it’s what I do! Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d be able to turn my hobby into a full time job, so I feel grateful for that every day. Through blogging you can earn money from brand collaborations, advertising, affiliate links and more. The only thing I’d say about blogging is that it’s a slow process – I’ve been writing this blog for 8 years and it’s only in the last 2 years I’m earning enough to live on, but it’s a great part-time income or place to start if you’ve got time to put the effort in.
VA (or virtual assistant)
Becoming a VA is becoming more and more popular now working remotely is the norm. You don’t need any experience and can help other remotely by doing anything from simple admin tasks to more complex projects. I found a fab course on everything you need to know about becoming a VA here which has everything you need to get you on the right path.
Social Media Manager
Every brand out there has social media accounts these days but keeping them up to date is a full-time job in itself – that’s where social media managers come in to take the pressure of brands by creating engaging and interesting content for their social accounts. This can easily be done from home, you could even post content or reply to comments from your phone! It’s a great job to fit around family life as posts can be scheduled so you don’t need to be online 24/7, it just takes some planning in advance.
As well as social media accounts, every brand needs a good website. That’s where being a freelance web designer comes in. A professionally designed website should be at the heart of what you do and can transform any business. From website builds to SEO and logo design it’s a varied and interesting job, but takes quite a lot of skill. Why not look into an online course to train during lockdown if it’s not something you’ve done before?
None of us are going on holiday at the moment but I know we’ll all be planning our perfect getaway once lockdown is over! I’m already dreaming of sitting on the beach somewhere warm with a cocktail in hand. Travel Agencies are not just on the high street these days but many agents work from home, giving expert travel advice to book the perfect trip either via video link or phone. If you are looking to get into being a work from home travel agent start here. I worked as a travel agent for 8 years and absolutely loved every moment, it’s a great career if you want to see the world.
I know things are tough at the moment, but I hope this list gives you some food for thought for what the future could hold. Good Luck!