You might be looking into home employment because you’ve just graduated from university. Or maybe you’ve been made redundant from your long-time. It could be that you’re a stay-at-home mum and are looking for ways to add to your household income without paying for child care expenses. Regardless of your reasons, working at home might be the right step for you.
South African Employment Statistics
The latest statistics for South African employment are not optimistic. There’s been a decline in available positons in the formal non-agricultural sector in the second quarter of 2017 over the first quarter, with a big percentage of available jobs coming in the manufacturing industry.
The good news, however, is that you don’t have to spend your day sitting at home to play slots. If you’re willing to work from home you won’t be dependent on the jobs that are being tracked by the labor statistics. You can explore any of the work-at-home job opportunities which offer good solid employment and independence. When you work from home you’ll experience the freedom from a physical workplace structure. In addition, you can conduct your job search in an open atmosphere without restrictions of job location.
You can work from your home and answer to an employer or a contractor who is located on the other side of the globe. That’s good news for job seekers who can’t find what they’re looking for in their town or city. When you add that onto the other advantages of working from home – no commuting time and costs and, frequently, a more flexible schedule – you’ll understand why, worldwide, more and more members of the global workforce are choosing the work-at-home option.
Some South African Home Business Opportunities
Below are some ideas for your SA home-based business:
Uber is legal in South Africa and you can make a good living by accepting Uber bookings while you drive your own car. You must have your own car and your car must meet the requirements of Uber which include:
- The car must be model year 2007 or newer (10 years or less).
- The car must be a minivan or a four-door car or truck.
- The car must pass a vehicle inspection.
- Your full name (as the driver) must be on the vehicle insurance.
- Your full name (as the driver) does NOT have to be on the vehicle registration.
Uber is a 21st century taxi – you accept bookings to take people where they want to go. If you note that you’re “available” on your driver app you’ll get a notification about the booking and then you pick the person up and drop them off where they want to go. The passenger pays via credit card so the money will automatically be deposited into your account.
You can make your own product or sell someone else’s product and do everything online from your own home. There are multiple ways to do this – you can create your own website and market your product or you can sell it through a third-party site such as eBay.
It all depends on how much time and effort you want to put into the business. If you don’t have space to store an inventory you can dropship the product – that means that you purchase the item from a third party and then have it shipped to your customer
If you have a spare room in your house, or have a garage that you can convert into a little rental unit, you can rent out your home on Airbnb. The Airbnb site allows you to rent out a space on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis. You can rent it out for a small sum or for a larger amount, depending on the location and quality of the unit.
Airbnb will give you insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 to protect you from any type of property damage that renters may cause. Airbnb is an easy way to turn some extra property space into money.
It’s likely that you have friends, neighbors and others in your neighborhood who have things to resell. If you have storage space you can offer your space as a drop-off center for people who are downsizing and then, you can run weekly or monthly resales to resell the items and make some money.
You might also go out and buy items inexpensively at a thrift store or at a garage sale and then resell it for a higher price. You can resell items in a physical garage sale or resale option or you can resell them online in an online store
Many small businesses would love to have a website but the process of creating a website seems overwhelming. You can teach yourself to build a website – something moderately challenging like WordPress or an extremely simple site like Weebly or Wix. Then, learn how to register the site with a domain and you will be able to market this service to small entrepreneurs who want a basic web presence without the hassle of learning how to do it themselves.
Today, many people post their house sales and rentals on the Internet. So it might seem that there’s no need for a real estate agent. Yet the majority of rentals and sales continue to be facilitated through agents. Get licensed as a real estate agent and work from home.
To be licensed as a real estate agent in South Africa you need to
- Secure a position as an intern at a registered estate agency. You’ll need to complete a 12 month internship.
- Register with the EAAB.(Estate Agency Affairs Board).
- Complete the NQF 4 through an accredited provider. 1500 hours.
- Pass the Professional Designate Exam PDE 4.
You can tutor anything online today, thanks to web conferencing software such as Skype and Zoom. You might have a good working knowledge of some type of specialty subject such as math, science or history or you may join one of the English teaching companies and teach English online.
English teachers are in high demand in Asia and freelance English teachers can take as few or as many clients as they wish. There are many English language tutoring sites (ESL Tutor, SKooli, First Tutors, etc) that will hire you and give you the help that you need to connect to students.
You have a wide range of job options if you want to work from home. Get started today!