All over the world, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns brought life to a standstill. Millions of people lost jobs and became unemployed. The plight of middle-class people worsened more. Most of them were in neck-deep poverty. Everyone was looking for sources to earn money. But when a person can not go out, how can he earn money?
Shops, markets, offices, factories, construction activities, and educational institutions were shut. To almost all the possibilities there was a full stop. Now what to do in a situation like this? Did you pass through this type of situation? Were you affected by the lockdown? What did you do then? How did you maintain your family? You can share your experience here. Millions of people will be benefitted.
Do you have any backup plan?
What will you do if you face a situation like this in your life? Will you let poverty take over the rein of your life and see your family rot? Here I am talking about an ordinary but moderately educated (Graduate, master, Engineer, etc) middle-class person who had so far done some ordinary middle-level job with a package of say ₹25000-30000 to support his family. He could not save too much during his in-job days. He had a family with two kids, brothers & sisters, and parents. Now he lost his job in lockdown and became unemployed. What would he do now? How will he earn a few pennies? The topic of our discussion starts from here.
Importance of social position for a middle-class person
Actually, to be specified, here I am talking about a job that involves a minimum level of dignity (Am I thinking too much?). It is also a fact that hunger obeys no rule. When you see your family starving, you will not hesitate to do the work of crushing stones, pulling rickshaws, polishing shoes, or selling vegetables. Let us pray to god that these be the last options in your life.
For a middle-class person, dignity comes first and he fears losing it the most. A middle-class person will not hesitate to end his life but would certainly hesitate to do any odd job where there will remain the possibility of losing dignity. He does not have wealth or influence, the only thing he thinks he has, is dignity. But being unemployed is a curse for a middle-class person and gives the deadliest pain.
So how can we think of him working as a construction laborer or agricultural worker? However, for a moment, let us suppose he takes up such a work.
But what about his wife and kids? How will they take this?
Is there any option at all for him to do anything which maintains a minimum level of dignity and at the same time he can earn enough money to buy a few loaves of bread and vegetables for his family?
Earning money without going out
There is an option. You can try to earn money through blogging. Do not let poverty take over the rein of your life. Being unemployed is a temporary phase only. It comes to almost everyone’s life. Do not lose courage. Stand affirmed. Start a blog and do affiliate marketing with its help of it. Work hard to get it established. It will show the only ray of hope in your life.
What do you think? Is not it better than working as a construction or agricultural labor? Here I want to make a point clear. I agree no work is small. With adequate respect to all classes of society, I am telling this. Some work may suit some and may not suit a few others.
To be specific, here I am talking about work that will not rob him of his social position and the dignity, he enjoys in the eyes of his wife, kids, or other family members.
So what can he do? Should he sit idle and rot?
He can go for online tuition but opting for tuition requires a minimum level of subject knowledge which he may not have or he might have lost that patience. He can go for earning money online. Now regarding earning money online, most people do not carry a positive concept.
Is the internet a place of fraud?
To an ordinary person, the internet means fraud. However, this is not a matter which can be denied fully. All over the world, more than 70% of online works involve fraudulent activities. Most of these online works take the advantage of unemployment. They take the registration fee before offering work. Some people lay traps offering too high lucrative offers ( like earning $100 in two hours etc). A person who is unemployed and needs money badly mostly gets tempted just to get trapped by these offers.
6 Easy online works
Here are a few popular online earning opportunities that people all over the world mostly try:
- Data entry clerk
- Online teaching
- Affiliate Marketing
- E-commerce Store
Depending upon your personal capability you can do any of the above. But one has to be most careful while selecting any of the above schemes. Because a lot of these are scams.
Avoid enrolling your name in any schemes which require advance registration fees. However, the schemes like Blogging and Affiliate Marketing do not have a system of registration fees and hence are free from the possibility of being cheated.
Who am I?
Now, who am I to tell these things? Well, it’s the most relevant question. So here are the details about who I am.
My first introduction is I am one of the millions of middle-class people, who lost their job in lockdown and passed almost two and a half years unemployed.
But still living on. I am Nitya Gopal Das. I am 60 years old. Unfortunately, I am a B-Tech from the University of Calcutta. I didn’t take birth with a silver spoon in my mouth.
I was born in a middle-class family in one of the most remote villages of West Bengal. In those days, there was no electricity, all muddy roads, and no nearby hospital or school in my village. Leaving apart even a small-scale industry, there was not even a trace of a cottage industry in our district. So by default, everybody was unemployed. The people used to earn their livelihood by farming only. Only a few of the villagers were having some pieces of land. Most of the villagers were agricultural laborers.
Somehow I was good at education and I grew some dreams, unlike my other friends in the village. In 1979 I passed SSC with a good score. But due to financial problems once it seemed that I would not be able to pursue HSC. But somehow with the help of a good Samaritan among our relatives, I passed HSC. My mom had to sell her ornaments to provide me with books.
The normal academic line did not suit me. I tried engineering and got a chance at WBJEE. I got admitted to B-Tech in Textile Technology. In the middle of my first year in college, I lost my father. There was no one to help me. I did not concede to my destiny. Besides my college, I resorted to tuition for supporting my family my mother, and my brother. I passed in 1987.
Within a few months, I joined my first job in 1988 in a small textile company as a supervisor with a salary of Rs. 1200 per month. Everything was a bit weird in my workplace. People were more interested in others’ work than in their own. There were nasty politics, unnecessary interference, and other evils. Every moment I used to realize that it was not the right place for me. There were some hitches somewhere in my mind. I used to leave my job every two years. I was not getting stability.
However, within this struggle, I dared to take a bold step. I ventured to get married. And surprisingly things started becoming easier. Within a few years, my son took birth, and six years later my daughter. Somehow life started sailing a bit smoothly. I got busy with my work and my wife got busy with steering my family and bringing up the children. This way 20 years passed.
My struggle-a middle-class person’s struggle
In 2020 came the Covid and lockdown as a consequence. I lost my job and became unemployed. My wife was diagnosed with cancer. It was a very tough time. My son was by my side in this struggle. By that time he became a B-Tech in IT and started living in Mumbai. My daughter got admission to MBBS. Among these, came the next blessing of God. I was detected with a large kidney stone in my urinary tract. I again found my son standing firm beside me. He brought me back home cured.
Without my son, I would not have survived. It was too difficult to support my family. I tried a lot of ways. I tried Share Market. But failed miserably. I tried various WORK FROM HOME schemes. But found all fraud. I tried starting online tuition. But found very little success.
My quest for a dignified job
Finally, I got a small job in data entry in one of my neighbor’s small offices. Which I continued for some three months. Now when I got a job I started looking here and there for other ways for some extra income. I thought of blogging. Before this, I tried blogging. But not consistently. I used to look for overnight success. But that was never to happen. And whenever I got a job again I used to forget everything and jumped into the new job. Actually, in our type of manufacturing industry in Surat, we are compelled to work for more than 12 hours daily for 365 days.
The owner used to suck our blood for a few pennies. This time again I started thinking of going blogging. I started reading stories of great bloggers from India as well as from other parts of the world. These stories inspired me a lot. With these inspirations, there were a few other things that motivated me. By paying some ₹ 3500 I bought my first domain from WordPress on 10th Oct 2021. I gave it the name rayofhopes.com. I pray to the almighty God that he blesses me to show a ray of hope to millions of needy and unemployed people.
Why did I opt to blog?
- I did not want to continue long with the unemployed tag.
- At an age of nearly 60, it was difficult for me to get a job, especially in the Covid situation.
- Only the possibility of going blogging was showing some rays of hope. I had all the infrastructure for blogging. I had a good computer. We had a wi-fi connection at our home.
- Besides a small data entry job I had enough time;
- Unlike other online earning opportunities, in Blogging, there is no system of registration fees and hence very little scope of being cheated.
- It was very clear to me that I would have to find an option that can be accomplished by my solo effort only.I should not have a student like a teacher has or I should not have a boss to interfere in my work. It is like whatever I will do, I will do with my own strength only.
One website Deepavali.co.in of Shree Pavan Agarwaljee (a great blogger) created history in gathering record traffic in a single day. Yours may not create history but at least it can earn bread for you.
Popular ways of earning online
Again there are numerous ways you can earn from blogging……
1. AdSense, Media.net
2. Direct Advertisements
4. Native Advertising
Future of online work Opportunities
On the other hand, after the lockdown people have grown a habit of ordering things online. On the other hand, more and more people are getting access to smartphones from tier-2 and tier-3 cities. This fact is also widening the internet world day after day. This means in affiliate marketing boom days are ahead. It is true that the competition in blogging has increased. But at the same time, new concepts have been added to the scope of it making it wider and broader. Rest assured you will also be able to remove the unemployed tag before your name.