I feel your frustration.
My internet speed sucks too.
Ok, so it’s not pre-2000 dial-up slow, but for high speed internet it’s still slow. Living out “in the sticks” is great when it comes to privacy and quiet. Well, not so much on the quiet part because young guys love to drive their noisy pick-ups up and down the dirt roads (I don’t understand that attraction).
But when it comes to modern conveniences…like internet…it can be a real pain.
Literally. The other day my makeshift modem / router set-up fell off the top of the door and bounced off my head. It’s kind of a funny set-up, balancing on top of the door, but that’s where I get the best signal.
And because the majority of jobs I write about here on The Wary Worker are done online, it stands to reason that a reliable – if not reliably fast – internet is required. And the more techie the job, the better your internet needs to be.
Just like the internet requirements for these two companies:
Blooms Today’s home based Sales Rep. position states:
Cable or DSL provider (no wireless or satellite), VOIP compatible.
Minimum up load speed 500 Kbps, Minimum download speed 1.5 mbps…
Uhaul’s work at home Storage Specialist job description says you need broadband/high speed internet:
… Wi-Fi or wireless Internet service is not allowed. Internet speed and PC or laptop must meet minimum requirements…
So I got to wondering, if I didn’t make a living as a blogger how would I be able to work online with this slow internet?
What kind of work could I do where I didn’t have to rely on consistently fast internet ?
Fortunately, There Are Solutions.
Here’s what I came up with, a few jobs that aren’t picky about your internet connection.
Here Are Ways To Work Online With Slow Internet Connection Speeds
The best thing about content writing is the endless availability of options and opportunities out there. Writing for blogs– whether it’s yours or someone else’s – doesn’t require a fast internet connection because you can do all the writing on your computer’s hard drive and then copy/paste into the blog.
A good way to find content writing jobs is to look for a “write for us” link within any website you visit. This may be hidden in the About Us section of a website or blog or as a stand-alone link in the menu.
But to simplify the hunt for you, check out my write-up of places that pay you to write.
Also, Pro Blogger is a good place to find content writing jobs because there is a variety of niches right at your fingertips.
Here are a few tips to get you started writing:
- If you don’t have any experience, start out writing guest posts for blogs that you go to often. Look for a “write for us” or “guest writing” (or similar) link and go from there.
- Even if you’re a brand spanking new writer, don’t settle for the super-low pay outs that some of the so-called content mills offer (like Demand Studios and Upwork). You’re better than that.
- Write your best stuff, even if it is a non paying gig.
- Get to know the “feel” and writing style of the blog you are creating content for.
I love fashion but the thought of working retail…not so much.
So when I learned of the idea of being an online fashion stylist I knew I had to look further.
And this is what I discovered:
As an online stylist (also called a remote stylist) you get all the fun of fashion without the pain in the rump that comes with working in a retail store. That’s right, you get to work from home putting together outfits for your customers, helping them to feel and look great.
For the most part, being an online stylist is a part-time job (10-30 hours per week) but the hours are flexible. and the pay is typically $13.00 to $15.00 per hour. Not too shabby doing something as fun as this.
Here’s what you need to be an Online Stylist:
- passion for fashion
- meticulous attention to detail
- know a lot about fashion trends
- really want to help people look great
Now, you will need a reliable internet connection but it doesn’t have to be speedy.
It is so cool that we can use a cell phone app for just about everything. Even to teach English to people who want to learn it as a second language.
Because this teaching method is through an app you don’t have to depend on your computer’s internet connection to get the work done. You use your cell phone to help non-native speakers improve their English skills, working when and where you want. This is kind of like English tutoring, but less structured and gives the student more of a “ears-on” approach.
Since we’re on the topic of teaching, there are a couple other ways to make money using your cell phone or tablet to help others.
Mathelf hires you to do on-demand math tutoring on your iPad and iPhone.
According to their website, you will:
- Earn $20/hour working from home.
- Connect with students all over the world, 24 hours a day.
- Work when you want, for as long as you want. No commitments!
- No set up, materials, or travel costs.
- Pick up students back-to-back, without wasting time between sessions.
- Stay busy even when your local students aren’t available.
- Get paid every Monday for the previous week’s work.
Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers share, sell and buy pre-K – 12 education resources. You are paid a 60% royalty on all educational material you share after your first free-of-charge shared item.
Shutterstock seems to always have openings for home-based Image Reviewers. In a nut shell, you’ll work 25-30 hours per week (maybe nights and weekends) making sure submitted images meets editorial and technical guidelines. This sounds like it could be a fun job if you have some photography experience under your belt.
UPDATE: To be a work from home Image Reviewer for Shutterstock, you need a high-speed broadband internet connection. They do have other Freelance Picture Editor position available that don’t have this requirement.
A while back I did a write-up of a bunch of ways to make money doing little side gigs. Granted, you won’t be paid much but you don’t need a fast internet connection and the work can be pretty consistent. It’s really worth the read because you’ll learn about the variety of Virtual Assistant jobs, ways to make money by taking photos, and doing micro jobs.
Your Slow Internet Doesn’t Have To Slow You Down
Having a slow internet connection does suck but at least you now know of some ways to work online where your speed doesn’t matter.
So, are you ready to get started?