Working online seems like a pipe dream to most people. Honestly, for a long time, it seemed that way. In the online world, it probably took me longer than some to officially be able to say “I work online” but it did happen for me. So, if this is an industry that you are looking into, here is my advice.
Working online is not impossible
The online industry covers so many different aspects. It could be blogging, acting as a virtual assistant, or a variety of other jobs. If you have done any social media managing, even for your own blog, then you have experience. Search Google for social media jobs. Most of it is going to be an internship, but you need to get your foot in the door. In an internship you are going to learn skills that you may not currently possess, and you will be able to learn the industry as a total.
You don’t have to have a degree to work in this field, but some marketing or management experience will help. There a ton of online programs that allow you to learn skills at no cost to you. While you may not be receiving a certificate, you are learning skills, and that is always important. If you are considering working in this industry, then take the time to identify things that you are good at. Update your resume, learn as much as you can.
My personal experience
The job that I am currently working in was just something I stumbled upon. I was searching Problogger.com one day, and applied on a whim. Working in the industry as a whole was easy. I knew what needed to be done, I new knew what to post, and I knew when to post. What was not easy was what my job specifically wanted me to post. I was working for a demographic that was not my own. Messing up was part of the process, but it was something that I learned from. I found my own responsibility, and after a few weeks, it is just a standard day. Working in social media has been a blessing, and I am lucky to be able to hangout with my dog everyday, and that makes for the best office.
I have mentioned this before when I talk about careers, blogging, and social media, but ask me anything you want! A few weeks back I talked about working as a social media manager. I found that job via ProBlogger, and began working with the company after a few weeks. Having never been paid by working for someone else online, I had no idea about what to expect. After a couple of days, it all became second nature, and has been such a great experience. I throughly enjoy what I do, and everyone that I interact with has been incredible as well!
How you can get started making money online
There are a ton of different areas to do this, seriously. You can work as a blogger, an editor, a manager, a copywriter, the list goes on. The is the time to sit down, and make a list of what your skills are. Think about why you are the perfect fit for a job, pay a visit to your resume for a few updates, and then just apply! The worst thing that can happen is rejection, but one door closed is another door open. I definitely did not get the first job I applied for!
More and more companies are utilizing social media. If you are not ready to visit a job board, then ask a local company if you can assist with their social media or graphic design. While you may not be paid immediately, the internship can look amazing on a resume! This can help you find that dream job! Remote jobs are pretty much on every job board you can find online, and virtual assistants are a real thing! Plus, if you are killing the blog or social media game, then there is so much money to be made in the influencer industry! Find what you are amazing at, and utilize that skill. There is definitely an opportunity waiting for you!
Have you ever worked online? What is your favorite part?