Nobody likes the idea of a boring cubicle job for typing monkeys. Unfortunately, there are lots of naturally creative people that are stuck in that position. I'm lucky that I never had to deal with that but I was my own type of monkey, jumping around and entertaining children for 10 years. No I wasn't a clown, but I was the next best thing: an overseas English teacher.
Don't get me wrong; it was a great job for a little less than a decade, but that last year or two really tested my patience for the monotony of work life. I needed something a bit more.
People complain about not having jobs, or not having jobs that they like, but the internet is full of work. All kinds of work for all types of personalities from different countries. It's not a traditional place to find jobs, in the sense that you don't wake up and drive to the office, you don't have water cooler chat, a retirement plan, or work 260 days per year.
But that's a positive thing, right?
There are so many ways to make money online, it's staggering. Many of them I don't understand or haven't heard of. I just know that when I hire people to do things on my websites I like to browse the listings just to see what's going on.
Basically, ANYTHING you can think of in the real world can be done remotely through the internet. Here are some things I could think of off the top of my head, and some ideas to get you started. Plus, I tell you what I do, which is the best job in the world (I think). They are geared towards creative people, so have a bit of an artsy slanted theme, but whatever your particular skill is, there's probably something out there that could fit your expertise.
Freelance Web Design
I use WordPress to build my basic sites, but I don't know much about code. I know even less about design, so except for changing font color and maybe moving a logo around I'm lost. I have to hire someone to do it.
I'm also pretty cheap which means I hire a guy from the Philippines for $5 an hour, but I'm running a small time show here. There are huge businesses, or at least individuals with deep pockets that hire people online. You can find projects to bid on via freelancing websites, create your own website and advertise on search engines, or even showcase your work in competitions for the chance to get chosen for high ticket jobs.
Once you get a few clients under your belt, word of mouth via social media usually gets around pretty fast.
Writing blog posts is a cornerstone of many marketing campaigns, but lots of people can't write very well. Seriously. Grammar, style, accuracy go out the window a lot of the time. Those that realize it, outsource their writers.
Though it might seem boring to knock out 100 articles about gout, if you pick your jobs wisely, you could be getting paid $10 to $50 for a few well researched, well thought out articles. Better yet, if you have an expertise in some area your fees could double, along with your work load (depending on your area of expertise).
For many people writing is a creative outlet. You get to learn about a variety of topics, flex your typing skills, and set your own pace.
Social Media Marketing
This is an interesting one. It sounds simple, but can be very complicated, requiring a creative mind to grasp all aspects of an effective social media marketing campaign. Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are more than just ways to connect with friends.
They are a way for companies to connect with their audience. But with the wrong person in the drivers seat, it could spell disaster for an otherwise effective internet marketing campaign. You'll need to figure out what to post, when to post it, what to share, who to respond to, how to deal with negative customer reviews, come up with strategies to get more exposure, find new clients, research ways to get more traffic, and many more things.
I think this is a pretty ‘in demand' job right now, both for companies looking to hire as well as competent people competing for positions.
This is what I do. I mentioned earlier that I think it's the best job in the world. It's a bit of a combination of all of the above, which adds a level of complexity that really stretches my brain.
Though at its core, affiliate marketing is simply connecting a customer and a product, doing it effectively can be a challenge. Here are some of the creative-thinking problems I have to face on a daily basis.
- What product is this audience looking for to solve their problem?
- What problem is this product trying to solve and who would need it?
- How can I get my website featured more prominently in search engines?
- What sort of visual aspects of my website can I change to convert visitors to paying customers?
- Is there a better linking strategy for my website?
- Which product pages are more successful, and why?
- Is my time better spent searching for new business ventures or improving old ones?
- Should I outsource this project or do it myself? Should I save time or money?
- Was this particular project profitable and should I use this strategy again?
And there are many, many more thing I have to mull over in my brain on a daily basis. While it's not being ‘creative' in the artsy sense that I mentioned before, it's creative in the sense that I am CREATING something.
I am creating value for another person. I am making something that another person wants or needs to see in order to find the product or service they are looking for. By creating a user friendly, effective, and informative website and getting it properly positioned in Google, I can create a positive customer experience for thousands of people every day.
It may not be a creative job in the traditional sense, but it's why I enjoy doing what I do. One of the themes of One More Cup of Coffee is actually teaching people to do what I do. If I sparked your interest, you can sign up for the free introductory email course here. It'll cover all the basics you need to know.
And of course if you have any questions you can ask in the comments below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.