Work From Home: Emerging Jobs For Freelancers

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You have dropped CVs in numerous companies. You have made applications for any job vacancy that remotely defines your skills. However, you have not been invited for a single interview and the bills keep piling. Well, jobs are hard to find, with research by the Institute of Economic Affairs showing the unemployment is rising in Kenya. While you want to build a career in your chosen field and become the best that there is, you should not overlook the opportunities to work from home that have been created by the internet.

As the internet becomes faster and more affordable, tech-savvy people are finding endless freelance opportunities that are creating employment for them. Think about it; you probably know that neighbour who never leaves their house apart from when they are going to the shops but they are never late on their rent and they somehow live a very good life. What you don’t know is that such people are making an honest living from their online freelancing work and they have the comfort of working from home.

The beauty of it is that such jobs are available to anyone with basic skills in computing and you bid for them on online freelancer sites that host numerous jobs from across the globe. 

How online freelancer sites work

These sites are like auction marketplaces where people who want certain jobs for them post them on the site. These jobs are verified and the person who posts the jobs pays for the job but the freelancing company keeps the money until the job is done and approved by the client.

The online freelancer then bids for the job through their account after analysing the requirements for the job. If the freelancer wins the job, he/she starts working on it and delivers within the specified timeline. The client then approves of the job and the freelancing company releases the money to the freelancer after deducting a facilitation fee. 

Most of the sites are international. However, Ajira is a local, government-run platform that helps Kenyans get jobs by recommending verified local and international online sites that have genuine jobs. The platform also helps you to get certified so that you can easily find jobs and has training programmes which equip you with the right skills so that you can get the best jobs in various fields.

Make money online through these online freelance  jobs

So, just what jobs can you engage in and earn money online?

Writing and translating

You probably hated school assignments especially when we were on campus because it more often than not, interfered with your plans for a wild weekend. Well, it turns out that you were not alone and people all over the world would rather not have to do their assignments.

This aversion to assignments, coupled with busy and demanding lives are what have created online freelance jobs for many people in Kenya right now. Remember the saying ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison?’ This saying comes in handy for those who are looking for jobs that allow them to work from home.

With just a laptop, a good internet connection and some basic writing skills, you can now become employed and earn a living by helping people do their assignments, at a fee of course. This has become popular in the recent past as students become too busy to do their assignments while others have a lot of time on their hands that lets them do the assignments.

Using sites such as Freelancer and Upwork, you can bid for jobs and earn a living right from the comfort of your house.

However, it is not only students who need help. You can also work as a business writer, content writer, copywriter, creative writer, editor or language translator. These are opportunities that just require you to have basic writing and grammatical skills but can create employment opportunities for you.

Web and graphic design

If you are a designer or have some good web and graphic design skills, you do not have to worry about finding a job or not putting your skills to use. You can now help numerous small businesses across the globe to set up their websites at a small fee. This will expose you to international best practices and give you experience with working for different organisations with different needs.

From the front end, back end and software engineering, you can now get a job online that specialises in web design because small companies and individuals are on the hunt for skilled people who can help them set up and maintain their websites.

If you are a graphics designer, UX designer or a video producer, you can also make a living through online freelance work.

Customer service

The customer is king and this means that every organisation’s customers must receive the best services if and when they need them. However, some companies cannot afford to have customer service teams or require customer support teams occasionally. Such companies and individuals hire online customer service agents who work from home and are paid per hour.

As a customer service agent, you handle issues such as live chats, bulk emails and all other customer support duties for the agreed time frame. With the rise of social media as a marketing and customer support tool, many small organisations and individuals are also on the look for people who can help them manage their social media pages.

Virtual assistants

There are people who have hectic schedules out there and they have no means of keeping tabs on all their activities. Well, that is where your skills as an assistant come in, with such busy people requiring someone to take care of their schedules and handle issues as they emerge.

Virtual assistants handle work such as transcription, web research, calendar and appointment management; and data entry for those who hire them. These are often simple tasks that require no specialised skills and they are paid per hour or per job. The jobs only require you to have a computer and you are set to make money online without the hustle on traffic jams.

Programmers and app developers

There is an app for everything. As demand for app developers and programmers skyrockets, more and more people are requiring skilled people to create good apps for them and Softwares that can handle their unique problems and businesses.

App developers are on demand and with good skills, you can help numerous organisations and individuals come up with great apps and make a living in the process. This is also an opportunity for you to sharpen your skills and learn new things as technology changes so that you can stay abreast with what the market needs.

Finance specialists

If you have been taking CPA and other accounting courses, you can put your skills to good use and make money online while at it. There are many people who are looking for accounting specialists, business analysts, Excel experts, financial reporting analysts, among others. These are competitive jobs and you get to earn a living while sharpening your skills in accounting and finance.

Advantages of working from home

Greater flexibility

Unlike people who have to go to work from 8 to 5, people who work from home have the ability to schedule their tasks well and determine how they will use their time. This flexibility enables you to accomplish more in a day as you have the freedom to choose how to use your time.

These jobs also have time frames and you can choose to take on those that do not interfere with your free time or time allocated to other tasks. On the other hand, you can allocate specific time to do all your work and this leaves you with enough time to attend to all your other needs.

Microlearning

In a fast-changing world and with freelance work becoming more popular, those who are engaged in online freelance work need to stay abreast with market trends since they serve clients from across the globe. What this means is that they constantly need to be learning so that their skills can be on demand.

Just like those in traditional jobs need to learn constantly due to disruption of the workplace, those who do online freelance jobs also need to keep updating their skills. With online freelance work, however, you learn new skills in bits without even knowing it and these can come in handy for you in future.

For example, Zendesk Customer Support is a tool that is used in customer service and many people engaged in online freelance work that involves customer service have had to learn how to use it.

You get to choose your assignments

In a normal working environment, you do not have the freedom to choose what kind of work you want to take up. This is especially in small organisations where duties overlap. With online freelance work, you actually have the freedom to choose the kind of assignments you want to work on, as it is an open bid system. As such, you can choose those jobs that interest you, making the job enjoyable.

Additionally, with numerous opportunities online, you can choose your field and hone your skills while at it.

Financial freedom

Some sites give you the freedom to set your hourly pay rate and determine how much you want to be paid, for a particular task. This gives you financial freedom as you can choose how much you want to get paid, something that is not so common in a tight job market.

The fact that you also choose jobs from across the world means that you can get jobs from areas with strong currencies, pushing up your earnings. You can also set a maximum target and take up jobs that will help you earn your target within your preferred time frame. This gives you the freedom to make as much money as you possibly want to.

As an added advantage, if you have your own account, you can bid for numerous jobs and then subcontract people to work for you, enabling you to earn more.

Less expenses

All you need is a laptop, which you only buy once, internet connection and a stable power supply, of course. This means that your budget is minimal as you do not have to factor in things such as fare and money for buying the right attire for work. The freedom that comes with the ability to work from home means that you set the rules and you thus have greater control over your expenditure.

If you have been looking for a job, you definitely want to keep it BrighterMonday for fresh jobs available but, as you wait for that interview, you might want to try online freelance jobs to pay the bills. You get the freedom to work from home and put your skills to use. This is an opportunity that can come in handy for you as you can easily gain work experience and invaluable skills that you can use in future.

Njeri Karanja
Njeri is a reading and creative writing enthusiast who is neck-deep in research writing. She is well versed in researching and writing on various topics.
 

153 COMMENTS

    • Hey Ralph,
      Thanks for the feedback.
      The keyword here is research thus please invest your time in doing research.
      A good starting point is the comment section of this article.
      ^EK

  1. Am a Kenyan citizen by birth and would wish to ask for chance to put my talent on board , I have a talent in poetry writing especially of love and can also do cancelling.

    • Hi Dorcas,
      You can follow the links for the sites mentioned within the article to sign up for free. You can also search for other sites online.
      ^NK

    • These freelancing sites are real and people make good $$ out of that! You get to schedule your own time as long as you are able to meet deadlines. You just work from the comfort of your sofas at home, and avoid hustles like bus fares or intimidation from pesky bosses! But you’ve gotta have self discipline! With that you can make as much as $1000 per month if you are serious. It’s real and I do it..

    • Hey Amos,
      Please check the comments section for some of the suggestions which our readers have came up with.
      ^EK

    • Hi Brillian,
      You can get these jobs by signing up via the links to the sites mentioned in the article. You can also search for online freelance sites on Google and sign up.
      All the best.
      ^NK

  2. Odesk & Elance merged to form upwork. If you want more information just join awesome transcribers Kenya on Facebook and get links to more comprehensive articles.

  3. Some of the online freelance sites restrict access or refuse to hire people from certain countries, especially if English is not your native language, not mentioning that some pay sites pay so low, especially if you are inexperienced in some fields. Just my two cents, but you can try your luck, am an article writer myself.

  4. Very encouraging in this error of un employment. May be you would widen the scope to include more opportunities like counseling,

    • Hey Nduku,
      Thanks for sharing your experience…we really understand where you are coming from and that’s why we came up with this article.
      We hope it Brightens your Future.
      ^EK

  5. Hey Brighter Monday, thanks for this info that will benefit positive thinkers, Am currently benefiting from fiverr. Am not complaining.Thanks

  6. As a soon to be mom, I am looking for something like this so that at least I can manage to take care of my baby as he/she grows as I also look for money in such a way that I will not end up devoting all my time to work and having little time for baby.
    Thanks for the article. At least it’s now getting me in the thinking mood and not worrying.

  7. Thanks for the advice. Am looking forward to get started on this after I lost my job six months back and I have to move on with life.

    • Hey Shadrack,
      That’s the spirit…never let that flame fade away.
      We wish you all the best as you are getting back on your feet
      Keep it here for more.
      ^EK

  8. I do not have an online account for myself neither do i know anyone with the account to sub-contract me yet am interested in this. What should i do?

    • Hey David,
      As we always encourage our audience…the information is out.
      Thus, please do thorough research to determine which are the viable options.
      ^EK

    • Hey Bosire,
      We are happy to hear that you got a job via BrighterMonday Kenya.
      We even happier that you shared your experience with others.
      If you do not mind, for the benefit of other job seekers, would you kindly share with us what you did to get hired.
      ^EK

    • Hey Sarah,
      Thanks for contacting us.
      At the moment we are seeking expert writers who can contribute articles to our Career Center.
      If you fancy becoming a writer, then simply send us your sample work to blog@brightermonday.co.ke and we shall get back to you.

        • Hi Christabel,
          Thank you for showing interest.
          Start by doing some research online then while in the process you will be able determine which job interests you then you can engage on them.

          ^TM

  9. I would like to join you, i have a laptop and am jobless. Am interested with online jobs that you have just mentioned especially the customer service job

    • Hi Barasa,
      Unfortunately, we do not give these jobs. You can, however, sign up with the online freelance companies we have mentioned in the article or look for other sites online. All the best.
      ^NK

  10. hi
    I like your write up on “working in the family business”
    I was also wondering whether you have training courses where you procure trainers.
    I am a trainer /consultant in business.
    thank you

    • Thanks Jane,
      Unfortunately we do not have such training courses however you can be attending our hr forums that runs across different counties. Enroll and you will get updates on the latest forums and inclusive you will even know the venue..for more information on this respond to blog@brightermonday.co.ke

      ^TM

    • Hello Rachel,
      Thank you for your readership, we do appreciate your support.
      Please do research on the same and for sure you will find just let google be your friend.

      ^TM

    • Hi Beatrice,

      Thank you for reading.
      Kindly do your research online and you will come across the ones available.

      ^TM

  11. I am one happy brightermonday user, you do a great job, I got my current job through you, however, you should have atleast listed companies that need the above services if you happen to have any with such oppotunities.

    • Hi Miriam,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      At the moment you will find they are not frequently posted but those who are interested can access them if they do a thorough search on them because they are available on the internet.

      ^TM

    • Hi Erick,
      Thank you for showing interest on our website.
      This entails you to do a thorough search online so get busy and venture all corners.

      ^TM

    • Hi Moses,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      Just do research on the same and you will find the ones that suites you.

      ^TM

    • Hi Tony,
      Thanks for reading and expressing your interest. You can join by following the links within the article or you can search for online freelance companies online and sign up. All the best.
      ^NK

  12. Brighter Monday you’re great, thought I haven’t got a job yet I’ll kee on applying. Have been wanting to work online but my tablet and laptop were robbed.

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Not having a laptop is no excuse..yes it can delay you but we have cyber s all over, so make use on one that is near you as you organize yourself in buying a new one. Regarding you not getting a job and you have been applying, it could be that you have not updated your CV or another thing you may have been applying the wrong kind of jobs. Here is a link that will help you to improve on your cv https://www.brightermonday.co.ke/blog/get-acv-template-works/ also make sure you subscribe to the right jobs..jobs you have the experience and qualifications.

    • Thanks for your unwavering support Fanuel, just to add acing on the cake, we have testimonies of job seekers who have secured jobs trough the those opportunities that you’ve seen being posted so dont be left behind..apply.

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  13. hey brighter Monday am a writer too but haven’t been successful at the content mills I would like to join your team thank-you

    • Proceed Melody, just start by doing a thorough search on the jobs that are available currently then indulge with the one that you have the passion for it.

      ^TM

  14. am an IT by profession am at module three now, connect me with those online jobs please let me know about it.
    I also have a laptop

    • Hi Titus,
      Thank you for reading.
      You have the right tool that you can use to start with, just do a thorough research and for sure you will come across online jobs that interest you.

      ^TM

  15. Great article. I am currently jobless though I have a degree in English and Literature. I am very good in writing and Editting. I am really interested in starting online writing in whichever form. The only problem that I have is one: my laptop died. I need a laptop ASAP. And I am dead broke. Do you know of a dealer that can give me a laptop on credit or what would you advice me to do? I am desperate.

  16. Hi, Is there any vacancy in your office ? I can Work in graphics design, SEO, Digital marketing Or if any vacancy in backoffice. Plz let me know.

    • Hi Neha,
      Just to answer you, we are not short of opportunities but if your interests lies specifically on online business then do a thorough search on them. You can also apply latest jobs that we have under this category so make use of our website. Create an account first using the below procedure
      – using the the URL below:
      https://www.brightermonday.co.ke/ …… click on the sign up tab to create your job seeker account.
      -Once logged in to your account, please update your profile by clicking on “My Career Profile” (a complete profile should have a 99% profile completeness percentage)
      – Ensure that you upload a fresh C.V on your profile so that employers can get a chance of viewing it.
      – You can also create job alerts by clicking on the circled icon at the top right corner of the page. Select the ‘My job alerts’ option from the menu that appears on your screen.
      All the best Neha and remember to use all available opportunities near you.

      ^TM

  17. This is such an eye opener currently working but the pay isn’t that good , am considering online jobs to supplement my salary. Thank you Brighter Monday

  18. Hi,am Patrick.I have always been willing to work on freelance.
    I got skills required but do not have a laptop,or rather,a computer.How can you help me please?
    Thanks.

  19. Hi, am here and willing and able to work as a freelancer or graphic designer.
    I believe i possess the requisite skills to work with such companies.
    Regards,
    Charles.

    • Hi Charles
      If you know you have the skills then dont waste them.. do research on the latest jobs that are currently available on various sites and you will come across them.

      ^TM

  20. is this different from applying and winning a tender? because I believe there is some fee/amount you must pay while your bidding

  21. Dear Brighter Monday,

    I have been on up work trying to do transcribing work. How can i get more assistance on what is expected of me?

  22. Hi, am a member of brighter Monday, i want to apply for freelance assignments, which procedure do applicant follow?

    • Hi Priscila,
      Thank you for reading.
      These jobs can only be accessed via the internet so just do a research on them and you will come across one that suites you.

      ^TM

    • Hi Mmata,
      Just Search them via the internet and you’ll find one that suite you.
      Feel free to contact us if you need more assistance.

      ^TM

  23. Hello,

    Thanks for the article. I am currently in a low paying job. Am willing to commit myself to writing job as a supplement to what I get from work. I do not understand if I should own account or what to do. Please help.

    • Hi Margaret,
      Thanks for the feedback, and yes we support you on that . Use the internet and search for those jobs. Let the jobs be the once you the have passion and also the experience for them. All the best this year!

      ^TM

    • Hi Steve,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      Simply google the jobs because they are available online.
      If you have any other question feel free to get back to us.
      All the best this year!

      ^TM

  24. Hi, that’s a Good article I am jobless right now my training is on front office and administration kind of thing i really need to know how this works, so i can earn some money.

    • Hi Lillian,
      Thank you for writing to us.
      Regarding your question on how it works simply google and you will find a variety of them in the website. let us know if you have more questions.

      Have you installed our new App? Click here http://bit.ly/2jZt7Sz

      ^TM

  25. it is a good article, and do you advertise someone,s work? like for example am a graphic designer working from home.

    • Hi Erick,

      Thank you for reading.
      We do advertise all categories of jobs however, you need to understand that our platform is a jobsite so if you want your work to reach out to many people, you can use all sorts of channels eg linked in, facebook, create a whatsapp etc. By doing that you will get clients who will be interested.

      ^TM

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