With the covid-19 pandemic currently in full swing, people are still not able to leave their homes. Those fortunate enough to have home-based jobs have managed to ride the wave and survive. For regular office workers, the virus has been a disaster. In countries like the US and England, isolation has resulted in high unemployment numbers that continue to grow. As a result, there are thousands of highly-qualified individuals with nothing to do.
But how do we break the trend? If you have enough savings, a great idea would be to invest in a business for sale. In the current market, there are plenty of affordable options from which to choose. All you need to do is a little research and you’ll find the right one for yourself.
You could also consider starting a home or online school. There are many benefits to doing this. First, and most importantly, you will have a job. Second, this job will be in the comfort of your own home. Finally, it will give you a chance to continue pursuing your passion or even find a new one.
These are the steps to take:
1. Identify a Similar Passion
If you used to work at NASA as an aeronautics and astronautics engineer, perhaps it will be very difficult to set up a home-based school. The same goes for a deep-sea diver or a cosmetic surgeon. Among other things, specialized positions often need specialized facilities and equipment. In most cases, you won’t have them in your backyard.
This shouldn’t stop you. An engineer can become a physics or chemistry teacher. A surgeon can give beauty tips and health advice. If you are a deep-sea diver you can give lectures on marine biology and environmental protection. And if by any chance you like seafood, you could revamp your career and make it as a culinary chef.
The important thing is that you dig deep and find the reasons why you started your work in the first place. By doing this, you will find similar passions or other viable alternatives for your home or online school.
2. Find your Niche
If you are easy on the eyes or know how to captivate people, you could offer your lessons through YouTube. They can be either paid or free of charge. Of course, nobody wants to work for free. Excellent content however will garner a large following and make you a lot of money through advertising.
Another option is to sell proprietary content. If your background is language education, a great choice is to create different level-based content and then sell it on platforms such as Udemy, Coursera, and Cloud Academy.
Lastly, if you prefer real-time classes, you could either teach them through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meetings or have your students visit you at home.
3. Marketing and Promotion
Once you have identified your service and come up with the best way to offer it, you should then find the best way to promote it. A good idea is to open a social media business page and set up a website. You can also create a Google Business Profile and learn about SEO. A third way is to join discussion groups online which focus on your area of expertise. There are also many others.
The key is to find the best tool that will fit your audience, your students. Online university forums are the best fit for engineering and science lessons. IT and technology classes are better promoted through DIY sites and individual online course providers.
As we can see, starting a home or online school is a great idea, especially during the covid-19 pandemic. If you find yourself stuck at home, why not put your knowledge and skills to good use? By doing so, you will not only be helping others but also yourself. This is true both emotionally and financially.