Friday, February 15, 2013

Working on the Web: Five Internet Jobs

Most of us didn’t go to college to get a degree for an Internet-specific career. However, we do possess skills that can be used in Internet-related jobs, which are increasingly available for fair pay. Read on for a recap of several of these jobs, as discussed online by authors Dawn Rosenberg McKay, Matt Smith and Marie Wilsey (see sources noted below to read full excerpts of their online articles).

Blogging: Are you an expert in something and want to share your knowledge with the world? Start your own blog and consider ways to attract advertisers as a source of income. Or, if you want to write for someone else, many companies host blogs about their products. In these blogs, you might promote a product, write a “how-to” tip, or offer a review. Check online job websites or surf Google for blog-writing opportunities.

Website content writing: Similar to blogging, companies hire freelance writers to create website content, such as welcome pages, product descriptions, and company backgrounders. Writers also craft social media posts for companies on Facebook and Twitter. The more often sites or posts need updating, the better. Companies prefer writers who are skilled in writing clearly and concisely.

Online professors: The list of online college courses is growing, and the need for professors willing to teach online courses or develop interactive or videotaped courses is in demand. These jobs require technical proficiency as well as teaching skills and may require regular follow-up with students taking the course. If you’re a teacher, check for colleges in your area that offer workshops for learning online teaching methods.

Customer service: Not all companies use large call centers for customer service. Some employ people who are working from home to service products, make reservations, or schedule appointments. The demand for customer service jobs remains high, and the flexibility to work from home is attractive.

Transcription: The job of transcribing the spoken word has been around for a long time. Many at-home transcription opportunities service the medical and legal professions. Additionally, companies use marketing tools such as audio podcasts; videotaping of research groups; and other radio, television or film projects that require transcription. It is not an easy job, and typically these jobs require training and experience; however, if you are a quick typist, this might be an interesting job for you.


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