If you have a computer with good internet connectivity and is an enterprising soul, there is no dearth of opportunities.
Forget the routine run to the office or long and inflexible working hours. There are several options for the self-driven to mint gold through online entrepreneurship.
The nerve to observe, adapt and respond quickly to the evolving online trends is all you need. Add a die hard spirit, and you are a winner.
Akhil started thinking of an own venture when the pressure from work at a software company became too much to handle. While still at work, the computer sciences graduate learnt the nuances of various businesses that he could do online. He also talked to friends who were already into it. Finally, he decided to try his luck in social media marketing.
He found clients over the Internet. Akhil does product promotion work for companies including in the US and Europe. He takes up assignments based on the number of pages he has to promote on social media as well as on a monthly basis. He selects only those clients who offer advance payment options.
Some clients provide material including concept, content and images for the promotional campaign. Using those and based on their requirement, he does the marketing. For some others, he will have to find all the resources. Financial terms are finalized before he starts a work.
We need to do some research on our side as well on the product that we are going to market and the market itself, Akhil says. For that, he depends mainly on Google and previous marketing data from the clients. He has been doing the work from home for two years and makes about Rs 1 lakh a month.
While there aren’t any specific work hours, if you want to directly interact with clients overseas, you will have to be online at times convenient to them. Everything else could be done at your convenience.
Those who want to enter this space must first prepare a profile of their own. Don’t be unduly worried about the rates you get initially, but make sure that you have done the work well. Try building strong customer feedback, which will help you gain major assignments, says Akhil.
Akhil can be reached at 96053 90009.
The geek who teaches how to mint money online
Augustin Simon’s School of Internet makes you an expert on tools that are essential to do online business. It trains you on how to utilize the latest digital technologies to take your products and services to the Internet consumer.
The institute provides both short- and long-term courses on areas such as digital marketing, social media marketing, viral marketing, affiliate marketing, content writing, blogging, video blogging and reputation management.
After studying computer engineering, Augustin started an online shop, 'Gift Kada', and that was when he realized the true potential of the online marketplace. Soon he launched the school along with friends. The focus of the school is more on practical than theory.
The courses have been designed in such a way to suit everyone from job seekers to budding entrepreneurs and homemakers who want to work online on their own. There is a full-fledged studio to teach video-blogging. It provides training in product photography as well.
There are upgrade classes for people who want to update their knowledge on the constantly evolving digital world. There are free sample classes on every Saturday. Anyone who has some knowledge of Internet and can read and understand English can make money through the Internet, says Augustin.
His partners in the venture are Sujith, Bipin, Hari and Raphael.
Income from the school is about Rs 1 lakh a month. There are also proceeds from specific assignments that they carry out for clients, says Augustin.
In the next phase, they plan to expand the business to other cities through the franchise route.
Augustin Simon runs School of Internet at Palarivattom in Kochi and can be reached at 90489 22255.