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How to upskill or reskill for these 4 hot remote part-time jobs in 2020

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Looking for remote jobs in 2020? Upskilling will give you an edge.


By U2B Staff 

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Remote jobs have become the new normal in 2020, along with social distancing and wearing face masks in public. A silver lining amidst the economic uncertainty is that remote working allows those who are currently unemployed to venture into new avenues to find part-time work.

Working from home saves money on the commute and as long as you have an Internet connection and personal computer, you’re good to go.

You can also earn enough to get you by while potentially switching to a new career altogether. Part-time remote working is a great way to get experience in a particular field without going full steam ahead with a full-time job so you can test the waters and find if it’s a good fit.

Upskilling gives you an edge if you’re looking for remote jobs in 2020 as you would be up-to-date on industry trends. Technology-based jobs such as IT and digital marketing are evolving so rapidly that it’s easy for those to get left behind.

So if you’re interested in upskilling or reskilling to land part-time remote jobs that you can do from home, here are some that are growing during the current pandemic in 2020.

Content marketing

The digital shift has caused many businesses to change the way they market their products and services. Content creators are needed to help companies move their marketing online.

It’s also a job that can be done from home on a part-time basis as many content creators earn their keep from freelance gigs.

There are many avenues to find content marketing jobs, such as posting your rate and experience on websites like Upwork or Remote. Alternatively, you can browse job search websites like LinkedIn or Glassdoor for remote content marketing jobs.

To gain some skills in content marketing, there is a variety of online courses out there such as the Strategy of Content Marketing and Content Marketing Masterclass: Create Content that Sells. 

Bookkeeping

According to FoxBusiness, bookkeeping is a good option for part-time workers in the US, even if they are of retirement age.

Companies such as  ProLedgeAccountingDepartment.comSupporting Strategies are actively hiring remote bookkeepers in the US.

According to Ben Robinson, a certified public accountant and business owner in the US who teaches others to become virtual bookkeepers, you can earn up to USD $60 an hour.

He said, “A lot of — actually most — business owners struggle with keeping accurate and up-to-date bookkeeping records. What I soon discovered is that great bookkeepers are hard to find. And, when I did find a great bookkeeper who owned their own business, they were buried with clients and had a waiting list of business owners who wanted their books done.”

You don’t need to be a Certified Public Accountant to become a part-time virtual bookkeeper, as all you really need are decent computer and business skills. If you need to brush up on this, consider online courses in introductory bookkeeping and accounting or basic computer skills and IT literacy.

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Registered nurse

Got a nursing qualification under your belt? Now’s the time to upskill in nursing if you’re looking for part-time work as industry demand is burgeoning due to the strain COVID-19 has placed on the healthcare industry.

Nurses can also work remotely in the digital era and the rise of telemedicine. According to FlexJobs, “Remote nurses provide telephone support, advice, and follow-up services to patients, and they can also work in case management and recruiting.

“Remote nurses help make it easier for elderly and immunocompromised patients, as well as patients living in rural areas far from healthcare facilities, to access care. The majority of remote nursing positions on FlexJobs are a combination of remote work and travel and may have location requirements.”

For upskilling in nursing, check out courses specifically for nurses looking to learn new skills or advance their careers. There’s also a Mechanical Ventilation for Covid-19 course offered by Harvard University online through EdX.

Paralegal

The legal industry, like many others, had to make a rapid shift to the digital landscape from early March this year. If you’re interested to work in law but can’t work towards a law degree right now, consider a career as a part-time paralegal.

According to LawMonthly, “Paralegals spring to mind for most when considering a career in law. This role is extremely varied and can offer a competitive salary once you have gained a few years’ experience.

“Paralegals tend to work under and alongside Solicitors in any legal field from litigation and family, employment law or and real estate/property law. Paralegals are vital to most large law firms and responsibilities can include writing detailed letters, interviewing clients and assisting on transactional work.”

You can enrol for a Paralegal Certificate online course delivered through universities or the Center for Legal Studies to upskill in this area.

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