Just the other day, I was having some tea talk with one of my students. He told me he wasn’t in a position to start training on any kind of online money making job, since he didn’t own a computer. This was a repeat of my life. When I had my first step on making money online, I was a fresh graduate and did not have much money to keep me going, leave alone to afford me a computer. I told him to show me his phone and funny enough it was even `smarter’ than mine. I told him that was more than enough in the meantime, before he made enough money to buy a computer. Maybe you don’t have a computer, or have one but you may find yourself in a situation that you cannot access it. You can also have a computer you don’t have a way to connect to the internet. If you have a phone that can access the internet or a place to access quick internet, consider the following simple tips and essentials that can help you make a couple of dollars online.
1. Know basic computer skills
You need not to be a genius or a computer wizard to succeed in online jobs. To survive in this digital world, you need to learn at least one computer technique every day. To know where you stand, you can ask yourself the following series of simple questions. a) Can you navigate the internet without any assistance? b) Can you perform a research within minutes, use basic computer packages such as ms office suit comfortably? c) How fast is your typing speed? d) How conversant are you with email accounts, or signing up for new online jobs accounts? If you can comfortably do this, then you are a qualified freelancer and a potential online earner.
2. Have a Gmail account
Have you ever received an email attachment which kept you anxious to know what it included because you couldn’t open it with your mobile device? You do not need to have a computer with Microsoft Office or PDF reader anymore. Having a Gmail account solves all that whether you have a mobile phone or a computer. With this account, you can easily open attachments whether they are MS Word, PDF documents or other common document versions using your mobile phone, as long as it can access the internet. Gmail also has Google Drive document set, which enables you to create or edit MS Word or Excel documents online.
3. Produce high quality work
There are several avenues which you can explore to improve your writing skills. This will not only increase your chances of getting good jobs, but also will save you the time you spend in working on a project. Having a good command in English and being able to produce high quality work, will save you work revisions from clients, which waste a lot of time and destroy your reputation. Tips to producing high quality work
- The best way to produce high quality work with less strain is to practice reading every day, every time you get the chance. Always read high quality content. You can read from the internet but mostly read printed versions.
- Secondly, make sure you write at least daily. At Clear Phrases School of Writing,we have a saying that goes, `If you want to fall in love with writing and become the best writer, start by writing.’
- Proofread your work before submitting
4. Network with the right people
In one sentence what this means is: you should know your clients, workers, investors, audience and employers. Whether it is forex exchange, writing and translation or whatever your passion is, always keep the right kind of people in your online career circles. These people are the ones who will give you the techniques on how to make it online mostly from their experiences. You can use social media to find a good network and mentors who can help you to be successful online too.
5. Find a cheap faster cyber café
Having a refuge cyber café where you can afford to operate from can be ideal before you afford your own computer. I know several people who kick started their writing career from cyber cafes. There are scenarios where guys sign up in sites such as iWriter, picked work and earned their first couple of dollars within the first few hours. It may seem expensive but when you spend 90 shillings in a cyber to do a three hour work worth 400 shillings or more isn’t that bad anyway. Equipped with the above essentials and techniques, you can be sure to survive a day or two of a freelancer without owning a computer. Regardless of whether things get tougher and/or you end up being successful, do not give up and never stop learning.