The majority of Canadian job losses reported for July were part-time jobs (51,600) and the future doesn’t look bright for part-timers. This comes at a time when more of our youth are opting to continue their education and need part-time work until they’re done school. Parents often need to supplement their income while staying at home with their children. Canadian families are struggling with debt, pay-cuts, job losses and the lack of jobs available in chosen fields, forcing more people to seek part-time jobs. Those residing in Canada’s many remote locations who already had limited job options are finding themselves with none at all. It’s tough out there and we need to find more creative ways to be self-sufficient.
An employment option that is often overlooked is creating your own part-time job online. It isn’t only an income opportunity, it’s also a chance to broaden and improve your skill set with coveted experience. You can develop computer, Internet, and business management skills that are in high demand and demonstrate proficiency in them. A properly marketed web presence can establish you as an expert in your field. In that respect, even if your attempt at self-employment is a total flop you won’t have wasted your time.
There are many other benefits to online part-time self-employment:
- Being your own boss
- Working at home or anywhere else with a good laptop
- Flexible schedule
- Saving a lot of money on transportation and wardrobe expenses
- Supporting the Canadian economy by bringing International currency into this country.
Many Canadian work-at-home opportunities require little or no investment, or you can use income from some opportunities to fund your primary business idea. You may even qualify for a grant from the Canadian government.
Here are just a few web-based part-time opportunities:
- Virtual Assistant – You’ll find lots of free downloads, training and a community for virtual assistants on Canada’s VA Networking.
- Data Entry
- Writer & Editor
- Combine numerous smaller opportunities, such as paid surveys or legitimate ‘get paid to…’ programs.
- Start a Blog. Learn more from our free ultimate guide: How to Make Money Blogging in Canada.
- Build an eCommerce website and sell a few products. With drop shipping, you can even sell products without inventory or shipping yourself.
- Sell products without a website through social media or auction sites like eBay Canada.
Building a website is so much easier than it used to be. Most hosts offer “point & click” website builders that can have you online in an afternoon, like Shopify Canada. You could also opt for a cooperative effort of sorts, like Etsy. The same ease applies to blogging, if not more so. Both offer the opportunity to sell your own products & services, affiliate products & services, and information, all with very little overhead.
You can maintain your online part-time job when you get a full-time job, or be so successful that it becomes your full-time job. It’s reassuring to have something “on the side” as back-up in an unstable economy as well.
The first step is to start a text file for ideas. Outline your goals, and identify what you’re good at and what you enjoy.
Have you ever worked from home, part-time or full-time? Please share your experience in the comments below.
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