5 Reasons you should explore the world of online work

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Today’s jobs are very different to the ones available as little as two decades ago. We are no longer restricted by geography, fixed hours or a lack of available jobs, providing we know how to access the internet.

Even if you have limited computer skills, you can still take advantage of the world of earning opportunities available right now online. That is; if you are prepared to take the steps and learn the skills.

A 2015 survey by independent research company, Edelman Burland, and commissioned by Upwork freelance website1, found that 4.1 million Australians work as freelancers in some form. Of these, 41% of obtained a freelance job online in 2015 (an increase of 11% from 2014).

Age is no barrier, either. 17% of freelancers are over 55 years old.

The 5 key reasons given for choosing this pathway were:
·        Flexibility
·      Freedom
·      Pursuit of passion
·      Build new skills
·      Opportunities

What are the opportunities?

Every time you download a new app or read an article online, just think, “Somebody created that. Somebody set that up so that I could see it any time”. That mysterious ‘somebody’ also keyed in the data for that infographic, negotiated with those sponsors, planned that marketing strategy and posted ‘How to’ videos of their hobby on YouTube. Why can’t that ‘somebody’ be you?

Almost any task that uses a computer in some way can be outsourced to a freelancer or turned into a prospective business. This means an abundance of opportunities for anyone wanting to change when, where and how they work.

Change your mindset

Are you unhappy in your current job? Can you see yourself doing the same thing in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time? If you are happy where you are, that’s fine. There is nothing wrong with that. However, if you have a rumbling of dissatisfaction in the core of your being, then take the time to stop and reflect on it.

You may believe that there aren’t any other jobs that you can do, or that you need to stay where you are for financial security. Those are just thought patterns, they don’t have to be your reality. Not if you don’t want them to.

Many people say that they will make life changes when this or that happens but then something else always comes up to prevent them doing anything. However, if you really want your life to be different then ‘you gotta wanna’. Your motivation must burn brightly enough for staying put to no longer be an option. You must have the drive to move forward.

Where do you start?

Once you have decided you would like to create an income online, it doesn’t make sense to rush out and put all your energy into the first thing that comes along. Like any business owner, those that become successful online do so because they are filled with passion and purpose.

So, to work out what your purpose is, sit back and note all the things that you enjoy doing or are interested in learning about. Don’t look at the earning potential yet, you’ll get to that later.

What skills are involved in these pursuits? Are they transferrable? For example, you may love to travel and collect unusual objects. Where do you like to go? What do you look for? There are likely to be many others who share your interests and would like to know more about what you do. You could start a blog about your travels or create lists of where to look for specific types of objects.

After you have worked out some possible options, then you can weigh up their earning potential and start to plan your steps.

Learn how to learn.

Stepping outside your comfort zone and learning new skills can be very scary but also very rewarding. When it comes to computer skills, many people prefer to get someone else to do the tasks they don’t know how to do. That’s the easy way out. If you really need a skill to help you move towards your goal, then make the effort to learn that skill yourself if possible.

If you like the security of having someone nearby while you learn, then join a class at a local college, library or community group. If you prefer to learn in your own time at home, there are countless e-books and online tutorials you can access for free or at low-cost on any subject you can imagine.

Gather your team

Working for yourself does not mean you have to work by yourself. Look around your community or search online for networking groups that have others in similar situations to you. Those that have walked the path ahead of you can share their tips and direct you to helpful resources. Your team can also include authors and people you have come across online.

The more you look, the more you will find people that inspire you and will encourage you to keep going. Are you ready to find your niche in the online world?

Call to action…

Tom Mallaly is a ‘transitional engineer’, who helps people overcome their fear of change and discover how to find the best way for them to make money online. In an enlightening podcast interview on The Mentor List, Tom shares how he turned his own life around from being in a job that no longer satisfied him to now helping thousands of others make their own career transition too. Follow the link now to hear his advice for you.

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1. Edelman Burland, Freelancing in Australia: 2015, http://www.slideshare.net/upwork/freelancing-in-australia-2015