In days gone by, people entering the workforce for the first time had a specific view of what it would look like when they exited the workforce 25 or 30 years later. They saw themselves working their fingers to the bone for one employer and in the end at a retirement party surrounded by family, friends, and co-workers – maybe even the boss. They saw themselves getting an award of some sort, or maybe the “gold watch.”
Workers from “Generation Y” are redefining “career.” They’re not looking to spend the next 30 years behind a desk at a major corporation. They’re not looking for “traditional employment.” Experts have dubbed what these new workers want as the life of a “solopreneur.” There are several lucrative careers than can help workers sit on a beach or lounge in their pajamas while working.
Many of these jobs are a product of the technology being used to perform them from “anywhere.” Freelance SEO writing, for example. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO writers create content peppered with keywords that when searched on the Internet, help articles and websites rank higher in search results. Each 300-500 word article could be worth $10-$15, or more. You, a computer and your favorite locale are all you need.
Copywriting. More advanced than SEO writing, since the content needs to be much more precise. Copywriting is any writing that is intended to sell something – sales pages, advertisements and catalogues are just a few examples. Because of the preciseness, copywriting services can bring in big money. When done via the Internet, it can be done from anywhere, anytime. Copywriters can make up to five figures a month.
Also on the list is search engine optimization. Different from SEO writing, search engine optimization is all the work that goes into ensuring the SEO content has the best possible shot at that high search engine ranking. Such a service has been known to pay $50-$60 an hour.
Professional blogger. To make money, the blog has to be focused on a specific topic and you need to demonstrate your expertise on the subject. Establish yourself in the field you want to write about, network to build an audience and then practice what you preach in order to build reader trust. The professional blogger can also bring in thousands of dollars a month.
Web design is another biggie. Such skills can land you jobs from simple website design and ebooks to full brand integration work.
Affiliate marketing. It’s probably the easiest thing of all. There is considerable startup effort, but afterward, very little maintenance is needed. Just post a link to another product or service on your website. When visitors to your site click on the link and buy the product, you make a commission on the sale.
Hey – I’m making money and sitting at my home computer writing this article. Why aren’t you doing the same?