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CAREER: Home-based Career Options

CAREER: Home-based Career Options

Sentinel Digital Desk

By: Ranjan K Baruah

Many students ask me how to earn from home while they are still studying. Recent graduates also often ask me this question and I tell them about the different possible options. Options and opportunities to work from home may be different from place to place. One needs to know about the various local demands and according to the demands, they can plan about what can be done by being at home. In today's edition, we are publishing some of the career options which can be done by staying at home. One must be good in networking and inter-personal communication to excel in jobs being done from home.

Tutor/Online Tutor: Anyone, who is good in academics, can become tutors. In fact, this has been a process of learning and earning as many students do take tuitions for others and sustain themselves. Some of the experienced tutors earn more than lakhs per month. These days, apart from regular tutoring, interested aspirants may also look for online tutoring.

Online tutoring is the process of tutoring in an online, virtual environment or networked environment in which teachers and learners are separated by time and space. Online tutoring, as a reflection of the diversity of the wider Internet, is practiced using many different approaches and is addressed to a distinct sets of users. The distinctions are in online content and interface, as well as in tutoring and tutor-training methodologies. Definitions associated with online tutoring vary widely, reflecting the ongoing evolution of the technology, the refinement and variation in online learning methodology, and the interactions of the organizations that deliver online tutoring services with the institutions, individuals, and learners that employ the services.

Blogger: A blog is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts"). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Blogging is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. One may start a blog or an Internet site offering expertise on a particular subject and sell advertising on the site. Blogs may be used for branding, publicity or even for online trading like selling goods through online mode.

Data Entry: One needs to be familiar with computers and speed of typing using key boards. Good typing and numeric key-entry skills are a common prerequisite. Knowledge of database software, spreadsheets, and word-processing is helpful. Good spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills are also necessary, as well as strong reading comprehension. There are demands for data entry operators and interested may work from home by engaging into data entry jobs and processes.

Makeup Artist: A make-up artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, filmmaking, fashion, magazines and other similar productions, including all aspects of the modeling industry. Individuals may work from home by becoming make-up professionals. There is a huge demand for these professionals when there are marriages or other special occasions and events.

Flower Arrangement: Flowers are always in demand in all occasions and there is need for arranging them to make them attractive, whenever there is any occasion. It is an organized way of designing and colouring, towards creating an ambience using flowers, foliage and other floral accessories. There are demands for flower arrangers when there are marriages or special events and occasions. One may start this work from home very easily.

Cake Making: Cake is a form of sweet dessert that is typically baked. In its oldest forms, cakes were modifications of breads, but cakes now cover a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate, and that share features with other desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards, and pies. As cakes are in demand in many occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, one may think of taking up this task of making cakes and decorating it according to the needs of the customers.

Wealth from Waste: This is another ways of engaging and earning money for sustainability. Different gift items can be made from different waste items. One needs to have a creative bent of mind to become a good maker of wealth from waste.

There are short-term training programmes for many options like cake making, designing wealth from waste, flower arrangements, make up, etc. Aspirants may join these training programmes and start their ventures from homes. In Assam, one may think of traditional jewellery designing and become successful entrepreneurs. There are many other options and opportunities which can be termed as home based careers.


Israel Government Scholarships: Online applications are invited under the Israel Government Scholarships for the year 2019-20. There are 5 scholarships, which are for a duration of 8 months each, to undertake research /specialisations, from the universities which are approved by the Israeli Council for Higher Education and two short term (summer school) scholarships for the students seeking to study Hebrew. Aspirants may apply on or before 30th November.

Sainik School Entrance: The All India Sainik School Entrance Examination would be held 6th January 2019 in different exam centres, including Shillong, for admission into Sainik School, Goalpara. Application is invited from boys only for admission into Sainik School Goalpara (SSG) for Class VI and Class IX. Online registration for admission shall be open till 26th November and the last date for online application is 1st December. SSG was established in 1964 and details may be obtained from their official website.

(Ranjan K Baruah is a social activist and career mentor who has conducted career awareness programme in different parts of Assam and Northeast India. He can be reached at or 98640 55558 for any career related queries.)

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