You may have your reasons to stay away from the 9-to-5 office day – you could be busy raising kids, still looking for a full-time job or can’t commit to one due to your circumstances.
Whatever your reason may be, it shouldn’t mean that you have to go without a monthly income. There are several options that allow you to work from home and earn a decent ‘salary’ without having to stick to an office regime.
Several e-commerce portals have sprouted up in the UAE in recent years, allowing a number of individual-led businesses to thrive.
Such portals are a way for artisans and microbusinesses to reach a new and large audience by creating online stores that help people make a living without leaving their homes.
One such store in the UAE is www.biddi.com, where entrepreneurs can make money from home by creating and selling just about anything through e-commerce.
Painters, designers, craftsmen and specialty goods traders can set up an account and create virtual shop fronts. Through the website they list their products and reach a large audience.
And, it’s not just new products that are traded here. Sellers can convert pre-owned stuff to cash too. The portal lets sellers mark their products as slightly used or not that new in the “description” tab.
Another website that helps people work from home is www.littlemajlis.com. This is an online creative community and specialist marketplace for boutique, handmade and artisan products, where independent designer-makers operate under as ‘shopkeepers’.
The website helps reduce the start-up costs of those who sell here. These individual shop keepers do not need their own trade license, if they follow the website’s terms and conditions.
If you are not into selling products but services, like graphic designing or content writing, you can still do it from home, legally as a freelancer.
Freelancing is permitted in the UAE and if you get a licence you can work from home and have an income.
Experts at Nabbesh.com, a growing platform for freelance and part-time work in the Middle East says freelancing is legal in the UAE. You can either apply for a temporary work permit, a part-time work permit (if you are already employed) or or have your sponsor in the family act as your official sponsor.
Once you have the licence, you can look at the list of employers and services needed on the website and sell your services to them.
According to a UAE-based business consultancy, biz group findings, more companies in the country are looking for freelancers.
The company believes freelancers are in for the long haul and the various free zone support and networking groups are making operating as a freelancer more viable.
If you are on networking websites, you can approach companies directly if they need work on an assignments basis the legit way. All you need to be is aware of the opportunities that are coming up.