Do you know that you can create jobs from nowhere? This is very possible and I will show you how. A short while ago, a friend of mine complained about being unemployed and broke, he had finished the compulsory National Youth Service Corps a year ago and had drained his funds due to a relocation to the “big city”, he needed something to keep him busy and still make money while he attended job interviews. Being a creative person, I advised him to try his hands on designer shoes delivery; he orders them, delivers and gets paid. Now he’s doing well for himself and he didn’t require a startup fund!
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the current labour data for the first quarter of 2016 puts Nigeria’s unemployment rate at 12.1 percentages and underemployment rate at 19.1 percentages. A rapid rise from the fourth quarter of 2015 with an unemployment and underemployment percentage of 10.4 and 18.7 respectively, considering government employment policies and an increase in private sector employment we are quite optimistic about the future.
Today, with the world being a global computerized village; communication is literally in the hands of millennials. There’s no limit to creating jobs and making money provided you have the skills, talent and time required. This could be an active income for students, youth corps, unemployed and also, as a Passive income if you already have a job or underemployed and looking for a lucrative side-project.
1. Content writing, project proof reading and typing: Creative and informative writing has become quite lucrative, especially with the allowance of working from home and multiple employers; your laptop is your instrument for your voice. Informative websites, news, and blogs employ free-lance writers for content writing, you can also write projects, proposals and proof read for a small fee depending on your experience and abilities, social media, Fiverr, and Nairaland are flooded with ads for such writers.
2. Virtual and social media assistant: These are freelancers who offer professional administrative, social media and customer related services from home. They perform tasks ranging from office documents preparations, Twitter, Facebook, web blog uploads, customer correspondence via e-mail and phone calls. You can register on Fiverr to get jobs and ensure you get good reviews for referral purposes.
3. Graphic, web and app designer: If you’re a computer techie with a knack for designs, and great ideas, you can design graphics, websites, and apps for clients. All you have to do is create independent designs or prototypes/samples of your jobs; open a Behance account for your creative profile. You can also take photos and sell them on istock and other image commerce websites.
4. E-commerce sales associate: You can become a sales affiliate to e-commerce websites such as Jumia, Konga, and Amazon; help generate income for a small commission (10%) payment on every item sold monthly. This can be done by joining their affiliates program, open a customer account with your registered e-mail, place orders for your clients, ensure that items are delivered and paid for, and you will be smiling to the bank by 25th of the next month. These websites also pay for every affiliate referrals you make.
5. Corporate errand services: These services are usually required regularly by corporate organizations that don’t have messengers on their payrolls, and also busy individual who never have the time to attend to their shopping. Such errands include; mail, proposals, building plans delivery, serving legal tenders to plaintiffs, personal shopper for fashion and household items.
6. Craft sales: There is a huge demand for artsy items, these items include but are not limited to fashion accessories such as beads, chains, bracelets, art works, phone/laptop cases and t-shirts. You can learn such crafts from skills development seminars, develop on them by getting “How to” videos and images on YouTube, Pinterest. Visit music festivals, event planners, friends, social media, online stores, fashion shows and art galleries and gatherings to sell your craft.
7. E-book publisher: This independent book production and publishing method has been met with great popularity and embrace. Whether you have a novel, short stories, or motivational advice, all you have to do is come up with an idea for your book, outline your details, use a writing software such as MS Word to type it, and review then choose a publishing platform such as Kindle, Smashwords, etc. After publishing, ensure that you publicize your book using various marketing strategies like social media, word-of-mouth, etc.
8. Start a blog or vlog: If you’re on the adventurous side, you can make money online by starting a blog / vlog and talk about something you’re passionate about such as fashion, lifestyle, travel, entertainment, motherhood, food, etc. Creating a blog using WordPress is relatively easy and can be done in less than 30 minutes; all you need is a catchy domain name, good web-hosting service, design/theme and content. To start a vlog, you can log on to YouTube, create an account, enable monetization from YouTube settings, market and ensure to upload valuable content HD quality videos. Income generation is via ads and product promotion.
9. Free-lance news reporter: You can get paid to report “true” happenings within your vicinity, locale or state. All you have to do is get a Smartphone with a good camera, laptop, and internet connectivity, compile your story and all necessary evidence, write your story using proper English and publish by saving it on the publisher’s dashboard. You can get news agencies jobs from Nairaland, some pay as high as N1000/story; you might also be allowed to publish already written stories from other news websites.
10. Private tutors: These are people who offer home tutorials to children or young adults, such home tutorials can either be academic or artisan (music, art, drama). You can register with an agency or “go solo”, and charge as high as N1500/Hour depending on your ability to empower the child creatively.
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In conclusion, instead of sitting on your bum and waiting for your big break, you can get out there and get busy. Millennials are taking over, because they are a generation of ideas and damn good at it!
Do you have any more ideas, please share in the comments section