Work from home job opportunities

Work from home job opportunities

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The unemployment rate in South Africa fell to 26.5 percent in the last three months of 2016 after reaching a 12-1/2-year high of 27.1 percent in the previous period. Employment rose while unemployment fell and more people continued to join the labour force, bringing the participation rate up to a new high since 2002. Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 25.37 percent from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 31.20 percent in the first quarter of 2003 and a record low of 21.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. Although this is encouraging for us as South Africans, there is still a vast majority of unemployed people in South Africa. We believe the answer to this is for more of these people to start up their own business and Work from home, and in this article we will discuss a few of the opportunities out there to do so.

1. Translator

There are eleven official languages in South Africa : Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Fewer than two percent of South Africans speak a first language other than an official one. People with fluency in more than one language can translate audio files or documents, not just word for word, but often with cultural differences in mind. Due to the growth of the Internet, Companies can now access home based translators with hard-to-find language skills without being held back by their geographic location.

2. Web developer / Designer

Information technology is the sector where most of the home-based hiring is being done. As a web developer / designer, you may offer services such as custom website design, template modification and redesigns, code updates, company logo design, hosting and usability reviews.

3. Writer/editor

The traditional print publishing industry has been suffering, and we are seeing frequent listings these days for online writing, editing and proofreading, particularly for the internet. Even those without writing experience can join the blogosphere. Not only can blogging be lots of fun, but also there’s money to be earned blogging for someone else’s site, getting paid to post on your own blog or through revenue sharing arrangements.

4. Online Teacher

Instead of standing in a classroom, you’ll teach via Skype or in a prerecorded session. There’s a growing demand for teachers in all subjects, but especially core topics like English. How to Get It: Check out K12 ( and Connections Academy ( Both organizations offer various benefits—including health insurance, retirement savings accounts and paid time off—depending on where you live. As in any job where you work with kids, there will be a background and reference check as well as interviews. You will also need to be properly certified and / or licensed to teach in the Country or State where the students reside.

5. Virtual Assistants

These roles are varied and may consist of the following :

  • Reception duties such as answering calls and offering advice or taking messages,
  • Responding to email or website queries,
  • General admin duties like Data Capture, Typing, Transcription Services, Travel Bookings and Diary Management,
  • HR Consultants,
  • Legal Assistants,
  • Personal Assistants (PA),

When weighing any work from home job, look out for scams.

We suggest watching for these positive indicators of “real” employment:
The hirer is an established company,
The ad includes the company name and valid company website address,
Human resources personnel are available for questions,
There is mention of information commonly associated with “real” employment,
There is an application and interview process,
The employer can detail the job duties and expectations,
References / work samples are requested,


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