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The global economic recession has caused not only loss of jobs but radical changes in the ways people earn their livings. After nearly 18 months of trying to recover, it has become evident that previous methods of getting jobs and doing work have irrevocably altered.
As a result of this radical social shift, people are creating their ways of working and earning a living. People are giving deep thought to the things that nourish their souls and then turn those satisfying interests into household income.
For instance, many people are finding they can make money blogging. This new form of self-publishing gives them an outlet for interest such as gardening, instrumental music, books, movies, how-to and more. It helps to restore their self-esteem that has been sorely battered by the many economic shocks we’re all endured. Also, folks are learning how to earn income with their blogging through advertisements, reciprocal links, and even selling materials online.
Some people branch out using the Internet as their marketing tool. The Internet offers such a limitless range of information that people with computers anywhere in the world can launch a business or a product with ease. These products often include printed materials that previously would have taken a specialist to produce.
Others take advantage of the Internet’s ability to let anyone publish their knowledge. What once took a specialist, or perhaps several specialists, to produce can now be done by a single person who knows how to use a computer. For instance, maybe a local grower known for the quality of his organic vegetables has experimented with ways to get the maximum yield out of the soil types in his environment. He collects his knowledge into a manuscript typed on a computer and turns it into a gardening book. He can then sell his book online. Instant income!
Yet even the wonders of the World Wide Web can’t replace the ‘high touch’ vocations that require personal interaction, such as physicians, attorneys, hairdressers, counsellors and artists. People in this kind of business and more may not be able to sell their services directly through the Internet, but they can use online options effectively to promote their businesses.
Emails, e-newsletters, business web sites and article marketing all provide ways for people to make their businesses known to others. For example, a talented musician whose specialty is Latin music played on an Alvarez acoustic guitar can set up a website to offer MP3 samples and promote his local appearances. If he’s someone who plays most locally, he could even use the website to book performances.
We live in radically changing times, it’s true, and these changes have proved hard for many to cope. However, like all authentic pioneers, the ‘digerati’ are learning how to earn an income online.