5 Best online Careers You Can Easily Start From Home Today (In Ghana)
Today, I’m going to share with you something very important – five online careers you can easily start today – without needing a gold bar.
The internet, since it’s inception in the early 90s has created numerous geniuses.
And turned MANY ordinary people into heroes.
You no more need a PHD to build a multi-million business. Unless maybe you want to become a medical Doctor, or a lawyer.
But if you are a student, jobless, or an employee looking forward to building another career, then keep reading.
Blogging is one of the easiest careers you can develop especially if you love reading and writing.
Because it’s one of the few jobs you can do from anywhere: whilst sitting in a trotro, sipping a bottle of coke at your favourite spot, or whilst waiting for your boring lecturer to show up.
In fact, I’m sitting by the roadside (it’s 7:30pm now) whilst writing this blog.
And you don’t need a super expensive GHC15,000 high speed Macbook to blog. I’m actually writing from my phone right now.
What is blogging?
According to Wikipedia
A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the world wide web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).
Although starting a blog is easy, it requires a high level of commitment, discipline, and passion.
So let’s look at how you can start your blog (fast)
How to start your blog
Choose a topic (blogging niche)
The first thing to do before you start your blogging journey is to choose a topic (blogging niche).
For example, you can choose to blog about herbal medicine, celebrities, technology, or fashion.
Don’t choose a topic as broad as “Africa”. But choosing an extremely narrow topic like “face mask for coronavirus” could equally end your career too easily. Here’s an in-depth guide on how to choose a topic for your blog.
The topic should be something you are passionate about. Because if you don’t love it, you’ll give up. After all, life is too short doing what you hate.
Also, make sure your topic interests your target audience.
Target audience? Yes! Let’s move on to that.
Know your target audience
If your goal is to write so that only you get to read it, then write it on a piece of paper and hang it in your bedroom. Well, I know that’s not your goal. So let’s look at the reality.
Before you start your blog, ask yourself: who is going to read my blog?
For example, if your blog is about makeup, then you should know that using male jargon and images can only ruin your ambition.
So, know who your target audience is, what interests them, their sex, age, demographics (location), educational level, and so on.
Knowing your target audience helps you to write in the language your audience understands.
Also, you are in a better position to write according to what your audience wants (if you know them well).
Decide on how to share and promote your content
So, you know what topic you will be writing about. And whom you are writing for.
The question is: By what means will your audience see and read your content?
There are a couple of options.
You can begin with a free WordPress blog. Yes, I mean absolutely free. The only cost is how much time you need to set it up. And you won’t write an exam before you can start.
In fact, WordPress gives you a very easy step-by-step process for setting up your blog.
There are other free options like blogger, medium, and even Facebook.
Facebook? Yes! Facebook is not all about selfies and getting likes. You can create a blog page, and get your content across to your audience.
But if you want a professionally designed blog, let me know in the comment section.
And I’ll be willing to help you at a token.
How do I make money from blogging?
Once you have started and successfully written a few blogs, here are a couple of ways you can make money from it.
Blog for other companies – your blog serves as evidence that you are a good blogger. And they’ll pay you to blog for them
Sell ads on your blog page – if you get thousands visiting your blog, you can offer to have others show their products or services on your blog page. And you get paid for that.
Promote your product or service – if more people are visiting your page, boom! You have an opportunity to show a product that would interest them. And make some sales.
Ready to start? Check out this great resource for more details on blogging in Ghana.
2. Website Design
Do you have a little bit of creativity in you? Can you organize disconnected pieces of beautiful stuff to make a meaningful wholesome?
Great! You are about to start a career you’ll love.
By now you might be wondering: but “I don’t know how to code”. I didn’t either.
But I designed the site you are watching right now. And many others for my clients.
Wix is one of my favorite go-to if you want to start a web design career, although WordPress is the most popular.
My reason? Wix is very easy to use (if you are a newbie).
But there are other amazing free website building tools like WordPress, Ghost, Joomla, and many more.
So where do you start? It’s simple: Go to Wix, sign up with your email, choose a theme, and start dragging and dropping.
Of course, you are not going to get perfect on day one. But we are talking about design here. And if you love creativity, you would agree with me that the most beautiful thing about creativity is not necessarily the first outcome, but the little progress.
The concept of using website themes like webs or WordPress to design websites is simple:
Here are the pieces of everything you need to make whatever you want, use your creative power to put the pieces together, change text, fonts, font sizes, images, and colors. And make them yours.
Designing a website requires a domain, hosting, a theme, and a few other technical kinds of stuff. But don’t bother your head on that stuff.
As you polish your skills in the design, the other technical aspects will present themselves. And you’ll gradually become a master of it all.
Like every other technology-related career, your #1 enemy is complacency and laziness. Because everything evolves so fast, and the moment you stop learning, you stop winning.
Don’t let the word scare you. It simply means buying and selling things online. That’s all.
Perhaps, you might have been practicing the commerce aspect (which is buying and selling pure water). So I’m going to spice it up a bit with the E- 🙂
Let’s say you are pretty good at choosing weavon for your colleagues. But you don’t have the money to rent a shop and spend extra thousands of cedis to fill it with different types of weavon.
But you have a friend who has a wholesale shop and is willing to do business with you. And you have hundreds of friends on WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram.
So you go to her shop, take pictures of the most recent weavons, use the Spark Post app (or any photo editing app) to put prices on it. Now put on your statuses, share it with your friends. And that’s it. You are in e-commerce already.
Note: You have to come up with a strategy to deliver when an order is made. But you can always charge an additional amount for that.
If you have the capital to design a website and use digital marketing strategies to promote your products, you can check out this article on how to choose a digital marketing agency to help you market your business online.
And one more thing: e-commerce is all about networking and building relationships.
But I believe in you. So go ahead and start today if you love buying and selling stuff. And never give up.
4. Social Media Page Management
Let me ask you, how much time do you spend on social media on a daily basis? If its more than an hour, then you’re losing out on something big.
Day-by-day, some companies are looking for people like you to manage their social media pages (especially Facebook) for them. And they’ll pay you.
Tips on becoming a social media manager
Like every other career, there are a few tips and tricks you need to observe. Here we go.
- Passion for learning – Social media is evolving at the speed of time. So you need to have a strong passion for research and learning
- Customer service – you are literally the front desk staff for a company, so you have to know more about the brand’s products or services, and you need to be really good at customer service.
- Planning and discipline – Most likely, you’ll be managing more than one social media page. And your success depends mainly on your ability to plan and post at specific times of the day, week, and month. Also, you have to be able to respond promptly to comments and questions.
- Basic understanding of analytic tools – Every social media strategy has a goal. This could range from creating brand awareness to increasing sales. Whatever the case may be, it is important for you to be able to measure success. And that means understanding analytic tools such as Facebook analytics (if you manage a Facebook page), Hootsuite, and the likes.
5. Data Entry
If you have some good typing skills, organizational skills and are particular about accuracy, this is for you.
All you need to do is to create an account on such freelance websites and search for data entry jobs.
Next, bid for jobs, name your price, and get hired to input data into software systems, transfer information, and update records.
Is it that easy? Yes if you are willing to spend time polishing your profile and fishing for more projects to bid.
Requirements for data entry jobs
- Credit card – You’ll most likely be paid through Visa card, Mastercard, or Paypal account.
- Good typing speed
- Should have eyes for accuracy
- Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets (MS office word, excel, etc)
- Great attention to details – every detail matters
If you don’t have a Paypal account, check this easy step-by-step process.
Bonus: Online surveys
Online surveys are a fantastic way of earning a good income if you love reading and writing.
A company will pay you to write your opinions on products or services. This could be done through review sites, or surveys that will be sent go you periodically (weekly for instance).
In some instances, the company will pay you extra for referring your friends to do the same.
All you need to do is to sign up and start completing tasks that will be assigned to you.
For this type of job, you need to be a great writer.
This might not be a full-time career option but you could earn some income from this.
You can get online survey jobs on freelancer.com, upwork.com, and other freelance websites.
It is important to note that there is no shortcut in life. You can start building an online career today, but there is no guarantee that you’ll become a billionaire just because you started.
However, most of the online careers I’ve shared with you today can be started with little to no capital, and without any special qualification.
And they work.
What you need is total commitment and the willingness to learn.
Finally, today, you have learned 6 online careers that you can easily start today.
Now it’s your turn, which of them would you want to start? I would love to respond to your comment below.