Let’s keep it one hundred; the hustle is real! Even as a student!
There’s a lot we need money for. To get some study resources, for the pocket drainer that is the Internet, to get a new device or even a new dress.
There’s always a need for more money than the allowance from our parents.
In this article, we will discuss entry-level, low-experience remote roles that you could take up while in school. We’ll also give you a few tips on how to get started.
The Novelty of Remote roles
Remote jobs are not new, but the Covid-19 pandemic made everyone see it as a more effortless and safer way to work.
Although the health risks associated with the pandemic have reduced since the vaccines, it has become clear that remote roles are not going anywhere soon.
People love remote jobs. They love the flexibility of remote work, and some even say they have noticed more productivity in working from home.
In fact, according to a report by Owl Labs, 32% of the survey population indicated that if they could not continue working from home, they would resign from their positions.
As a student looking for work, this is good news! This means you don’t have to worry about commuting from classes to your workplace and can work from the comfort of your dormitory.
It also means that you don’t have to worry about your academics taking a hit as, with proper time management, you can continue excelling in your studies while making money by the side.
1. Social Media Manager
Social media is a tool no company dares ignore, small businesses and large enterprises. It has become essential in all marketing efforts.
Because most brands are aware of this, the demand for social media managers is always on the high side.
Huge companies need someone who can integrate social media into their marketing strategy. At the same time, small business owners want to outsource their social media management to focus on other parts of business growth.
One mistake you could make is thinking social media management involves posting and responding to comments and direct messages. Social media management is more than that.
Some essential skills that make an efficient social media manager include; copywriting, content strategizing, and analytical skills. A social media manager also needs to be creative, a quick thinker, and stay on top of trends.
Take courses on social media management on e-learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera, and LinkedIn learning. You can also watch some innovative videos on YouTube.
2. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is someone who does all the roles of an executive assistant from the comfort of their home.
The roles of a virtual assistant include administrative duties like:
- Management of calendars and schedules
- Travel arrangements
- Email monitoring and organization
- Answering and directing phone calls
- Accounting and billing activities
- Creating and keeping records
- Vetting potential clients, projects, partnerships, and so on.
- Maintaining or updating a client’s social media or professional profile
To become a Virtual assistant, you need to invest in courses on e-learning platforms and watch YouTube videos.
Also, ensure you actively promote your skills on your social media platforms, particularly Twitter and LinkedIn.
A website would help with showcasing as you gain more work experience.
Ask any African millennial what jobs were available for them while they were in school, and about eighty percent will mention Proofreading!
Proofreading is the final step in the creation of written text before publishing. It is checking for spelling or grammatical errors, fixing style inconsistencies, and formatting for accuracy and fluency.
All forms of writing require Proofreading, but academic writers are stricter about this, mainly because they have to watch out for plagiarism.
Watch Youtube videos on Proofreading, read articles and hone that skill.
4. Data Entry
A data entry operator is someone that enters information from one system into another using a computer. A company might need to collect prospects’ email addresses, names, and other details from a document and input it into a website or vice versa.
It is one of the most remote-friendly jobs right now. All you need is a computer.
You should, however, watch out for scams. Make sure you don’t pay any money to buy data entry software or get a data entry gig.
Our Bilingual girls, get in here!
The world is becoming increasingly accommodating, so information must be available and communicated in languages everyone can understand.
- Learn another language and become fluent in it. You must be eloquent in at least two languages to become a translator.
- Get specialized training. Being fluent in two or more languages is excellent, but translation is an art, and you need to master the art of translating.
- Obtain Certification. We all know that having a certificate in any career increases your legitimacy. So legitimize your skill with a certificate.
- Choose a niche and familiarize yourself with the terminology. Learn legal terms if you’re interested in the legal industry or medical terms if that’s what you want.
- Get some professional experience. The best way to convince someone to hire you is by showing you have experience, and the best way to get experience is by volunteering. Research on nonprofits or community organizations and offer your skills for free.
If you have been considering learning a new language for a while now, this is your sign to start!
There you have it, five remote roles that would give you an extra source of income as a student and help you gain relevant work experience before you leave school.
Fiverr and Upwork are two renowned platforms for getting well-paying freelance remote jobs. Also, utilize your social media channels to promote your skillsets.
Take courses when needed, practice frequently, and you’re on your way to steady income growth.
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