Suggestions for online jobs given ~600 hours to prepare before starting
February 2, 2013 11:27 AM Subscribe
In six months, I will enter a new living situation in which I will need to make an income of at minimum US$1000/month solely from online work. Before then, I will have generally two, sometimes three hours every weekday and six to eight hours every weekend day to devote to doing whatever preparation might be necessary to be able to do this. In six months, I will have unlimited time to devote to working, but I would hope to work not more than 50 hours a week. I would like suggestions as to what sort of work would fit the bill given a starting point of no skills/connections, and what sort of approach I should take during the preparatory period. Specifically wondering about web design/development, but interested in all suggestions/possibilities.
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson to Work & Money (7 answers total) 68 users marked this as a favorite
My computer is a 2009 MacBook Pro, I have a fast but not lightning-speed Internet connection, and I have US$300 available to invest in software/books/etc.
I haven't previously worked online and I don't think I currently have any skills that would be monetizable online. I do have experience teaching English classes and tutoring English, for which there is an online market, but pay is generally quite low and working hours are scattered, making that an undesirable option for me. I also have foreign language skills but not professional-level.
I've been wondering if web design/web programming would be a viable option. I have several ideas for websites I'd like to build that relate to interests of mine; they have very limited potential to make money, but I would really like them to exist, so I'm hoping to be told this option is feasible as I could then justify spending the time necessary to develop the skills to build them. However, I have (literally) no idea whether it would be realistic to expect that I could build up web design/development skills in six months a few hours a day from nothing to the point that I could make US$1000/month off them. Based on past experiences, assume existent but dormant interest, and an average level of aptitude for an interested person.
Also very interested in hearing about any other suggestions that could meet my needs. Thanks!