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If you don’t want to take up a standard office job, there are plenty of alternative ways to earn.

Whether you’re looking for a respite from 9 to 5, are unable to commute to work, are a stay-at-home parent, or have some other constraint that prevents you from finding a full-time job, there’s no need to waste your earning potential.

There are plenty of opportunities available online that let you work from home. Here are a few options you can consider:- 



Entrepreneurs, professionals, and small teams often need assistance with various administrative tasks. These could include scheduling meetings, getting in touch with clients and investors, following up on orders, creating business documents like Power point presentations and Excel sheets, managing blogs and websites, etc. Virtual assistants (VAs) work remotely with such clients, managing the aspects of their business or practice that they are too busy to handle themselves. Becoming a VA can entail some degree of training or briefing, depending on your qualifications. However, if you have good communication skills and are capable of using applications like MS Office, you can just sign up on sites such as Elance and Zirtual and start looking for work as a Virtual Assistant. 

Potential Earnings are Rs 500 to Rs 4,000 per hour.



If you are bilingual or trilingual, this might be the opportunity for you. While being fluent in English and one or two Indian languages might serve you well enough, taking a language course can add significantly to your earning potential. Plenty of international businesses, scholars, and authors would be willing to enlist your services for their translation needs if you can prove your proficiency. To start earning, enlist on a popular freelancing site like Fiverr.com or Upwork.com, listing the languages you are proficient in. 

Potential Earnings are Rs 1 to Rs 5 per word. It can go up to Rs 10 for some languages. 



Over the past decade, blog monetization has gained momentum. To monetize your blog, you can sign up for Google Adsense, which will allot you ads to place on your blog. After this, it’s a waiting game to see if your account is approved. If it is, you can continue to receive ad placements and earn a steady, if not large, income from it. Adsense pays on the basis of clicks and views the ads receive. Alternatively, you can take up affiliate marketing or product sales through your blog to turn it into a money-making venture. If your blog already attracts traffic, you could enlist blog sponsors, which includes selling ad space on your blog. 

Potential Earnings are that an Ads can pay Rs 2,000 to Rs 15,000 a month for “2*2” space depending on your niche and readership. Adsense earnings vary widely depending on the blogger’s reach and popularity. 



Whether you have a penchant for crafts or making candles, there is probably a market for your products. Once you decide on what you want to sell, create an inventory and set the prices. To sell these items, you can register on the website of any popular  online seller, from Amazon and eBay to smaller portals like indie baazar. These portals charge a small fee for hosting your products. Once you receive an order, package your products and keep it ready for the logistics partner to pick it up and deliver it. You will receive the payment in five to seven days.

Potential Earnings — Earnings vary according to products and pricing. After the portal’s small fee is deducted, the rest of the revenue is yours. 



If you’re not camera shy or are good with a video camera. You tube might be the right platform for you. Choose a category that you want to make videos on and get started, but make sure it’s a topic that’ll interest a lot of people. You don’t even need to have professional equipment or a proper set-up to record videos — a mild-range smartphone will suffice. You have to create a YouTube channel, which works on a similar model as a blog — as you make your channel popular and the number of subscribers grows, so will your earning potential. 

Potential Earnings are 200-300 Rs per 1,000 views. Ads pay according to engagement and clicks.



Do you have some understanding of coding and web design? Then you can easily work from home as a web developer. Web development is usually outsourced by companies, and is therefore an area where finding work should be easy. However, keep in mind that there is plenty of competition in this field. It’s important to find your niche, build a good reputation and keep your pricing reasonable.

Potential Earnings — Depending on the client and job, a single project can fetch you anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 1 lakh. 



One of the most popular freelance jobs is content writing. There is always an enormous demand for well researched and well-written content, and recruiters are constantly on the lookout for professionals who can create fresh content that attracts traffic. If you have a good a good grasp of grammar, an engaging writing style and are interested in researching diverse topics, this is the job for you. 

Set up a PayPal account before you start working, since most clients would prefer to pay through it. 

Potential Earnings — Beginners earn Rs 8,000-10,000 Rs per month. Experienced content writers can earn Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000.



Although this line of work is seriously threatened by automation, there are still plenty of data entry jobs is available in India. It is one of the simplest jobs you can do online, and requires no special skills. You just have to have a computer, and, Internet connection, fast typing skills, and the ability to pay attention to details. Most freelancing websites list these jobs, and you can sign up on any of them to start working. The client provides printed or scanned sheets of data that needs to be entered into a digital format.

Potential Earnings are Rs 300 to Rs 1,500 Rs per hour.



If you already have some tutoring experience or are an expert in a particular subject, you can earn by taking people online. Sign up on websites like MyPrivateTutor.com, BharatTutors.com, tutorindia.net as online tutor, create a profile listing the subjects or classes you want to teach, how much experience you have, what your qualifications are, etc. Once approved, you will have to take an online test or give a telephonic interview to be selected. If academic tutoring is not your cup of tea, portals like Udemy let you have your virtual classroom for anything that can be taught. 

Potential Earnings — Beginners can make around Rs 200 per hour which can increase to Rs 500 as you gain experience and expertise. 

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