One of the biggest misconceptions among people who reach out to me is that there are no sharing economy income options in rural areas. Certainly the options are fewer, but there many remote work options available for those with an internet connection.
Today, we are going to talk about what remote jobs you can do from home. These are by far the best jobs for rural workers and those who don’t live in a city setting.
So let’s get started with our top four remote work options you can consider starting now.
Remote Work Option #1: Freelancing on Upwork
One of the best remote jobs is freelancing on websites such as Upwork. Through Upwork, you can complete any number of virtual tasks for a fee.
Do you have experience with research? Data entry? Administrative skills? Accounting? Writing? The list goes on and on. Check out Upwork’s job category directory here.
Margaret, a Casual Capitalist community member, retired three years ago from a 35-year career as an Administrative Assistant. Margaret wanted to retire, but also wanted a flexible work option to keep her busy and to supplement her retirement income.
She recently got started on Upwork by becoming a virtual assistant. Before she knew it, Margaret had two full-time clients which took up three hours a day. This provided her with an extra $1,200 a month. Not bad at all!
Think you could do virtual assistant tasks? Maybe there is something else that would work for you. Check out Upwork to see the major categories of freelancing opportunities. Once you find one that fits your skills, sign up and then you can start bidding on jobs.
For more on Upwork, check out this resource.
Remote Work Option #2: Tool & Equipment Sharing
Chances are, living a rural lifestyle, you may have an abundance of specialized tools. If this is the case, there are a number of websites that will allow you to rent out these tools for a fee.
Do you have heavy farm equipment or specialized landscaping tools? Yard Club is also a popular sharing economy platform that will facilitate transactions between farm equipment owners, and renters.
For the Australian readers, check out Openshed, which is a similar website to Yard Club.
Remote Work Option #3: Animal Sitting
Although we’ve touched on this in detail in earlier articles, a great option for rural folks is pet sitting.
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans own 83 million dogs and 95 million cats. In 2014 alone, pet owners spent three billion dollars on boarding. This is a significant market that you can tap into!
Instead of boarding their animals, people are electing to leave their pets in the homes of others. This is where you come in. As someone who lives in a rural area, it is likely that you have a lot of space to accommodate dogs, particularly outdoors.
On average, pet sitters on sites like DogVacay and Rover, earn $30 a day per dog. Does this sound like an interesting idea? Check out the above websites for more details on this rural employment option.
Remote Work Option #4: Teaching and Tutoring
The online tutoring industry was worth seven billion in 2014. By the end of 2015, this industry was worth over $13 billion.
If you have a teachable niche, then online tutoring in the sharing economy can be very profitable. The average wage varies greatly, from $5 an hour to $50 an hour, depending on the topic and your background. Do you have a teachable skill?
This could be anything, from traditional topics such as English, math, science, to non-traditional topics such as farming, gardening, painting, woodworking, cooking, and much more.
And you can teach from the comfort of your own home via Skype! Check out the more popular tutoring sites below to see the types of teaching subjects they cover.
Do any of these teaching categories sound familiar? Do they? Then sign up!
For all my handy Casual Capitalists in the UK, check out DAD, an on-demand DIY advice network where you can sell your advice via video chat. For instance, someone needs help installing a dishwasher, they get matched with someone on DAD who can walk them through the process via a video chat. Pretty cool!
Click here for a more in-depth look at the tutoring option.
There you have it folks, a number of remote work options that could be your next killer side income gig. Take action now and commit to testing out at least one of these options in the next few days. What do you have to lose?
Good luck and let me know how it goes!