Work from home jobs in Suth Africa abound but are they legal, sustainable and profitable or just pipe dreams and scams?
South Africa has unique problems and endless opportunities yet unemployment is as high as 25% – 30%.
Is it any wonder that people look forf work from home jobs as an alternative? In many cases they are forced to as their is no alternative for them.
The bulk of the unemployment is made up of youth unemployment, people aged between 15 and 24, where the figure is a staggering 52.8% – this does not paint a prosperous future for South Africa.
There are more than 15 million people unemployed who have to find a way to feed and house themselves and their families! It is these 15 million people I am reaching out to help them find a work-from-home job that can provide them with the life they deserve.
If you are one of those 15 million people then unemployment for you is not 25% or 30% – it is 100% and I know exactly how that feels.
Working from home may be the only opportunity you have so let’s discuss it shall we?
Let’s discuss an opportunity that can get this unproductive, but willing, sector of society to stand on their own two feet with no reliance on the government or an employer.
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South Africa’s Political Situation – it is what it is!
I am not here to argue the merits or otherwise of apartheid or the black economic empowerment (BEE) – let’s accept that they are a part of South Africa and let’s discuss where to from here – for you!
What apartheid did was limit opportunities for black citizens, the BEE is an attempt to redress this imbalance.
On the one hand you have a population that is keen to learn and work but cannot find employment while on the other you have a population that is expressly excluded from working because of the sins of their forefathers.
It is what it is – let’s address how you can look after yourself without relying on anyone else to employ you.
12 Years Looking for A Job – a common story
I recently read a very sad story about a young black mother, aged 32, who spent 12 years looking for a job. Despite being well-educated she struggled to find any suitable employment. Lured to the potential of work in Johannesburg she applied to some dodgy college to further her studies only to lose her money. This happened on several occasions as her family scraped together more money for her to take more dodgy courses.
Whenever she applied for a position the result was the same – rejection. Her self-esteem plummeted with each rejection.
In the end the mother-of-two resorted to selling vegetables from her hone to make ends meet.
This is not an uncommon experience. Earlier studies have shown that secondary school-leavers get their first job around the age of 30 – by which time most of them are already parents.
The streets of virtually every city and town in South Africa now abound with informal-traders selling everything from food to cigarettes and blankets. Street corners have youths struggling to make ends meet by thrusting goods at drivers who are unfortunate enough to be stopped by a red traffic light.
A study conducted in 2016 shows that young unemployed people spend on average about R600.00 (US$40) per month looking for a job – an amount that is higher than the average monthly income per-person living in their (probably overcrowded) house.
For many blacks that are fortunate enough to have a job to go to they will find themselves spending more than an hour and a half traveling to and from work every day.
Working from home can and will alleviate these situations – and I am not talking selling vegetable or other goods from home as those are far too limited in potential in my opinion.
Qualified, Willing and Able but Not Allowed to Work …
On the other side of the coin there are hundreds of thousands of people who are simply not allowed to apply for jobs or are discouraged to do so.
Since the introduction of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) the white population has been overlooked for work opportunities as the government tries to imbalances from the apartheid era.
I’m not here to argue the merits of otherwise of this system.
What I call “reverse apartheid” seems to be chasing away highly qualified citizens in favor of formerly disadvantaged South Africans.
And in far too many cases politically connected people are getting top jobs despite being unable to perform at the required level. This is particularly so in many of the state owned enterprises where irregularities and high levels of fraud occur daily.
The result of all this is that the country is losing all the wrong people to emigration while the Rand continues to drop in value.
I don’t profess to know the solution.
I do believe that in time things will sort themselves out but in the meanwhile what do you do to find employment?
Let’s see what we can do to improve your situation.
Typical Work From Home Opportunities in South Africa
There are a number of more traditional work from home opportunities in South Africa.
You can find work-from-home groups on FaceBook, Instagram and Pintrest – all great places to get ideas for some unusual opportunities with great potential.
In a minute I will reveal my #1 recommendation that anyone can start and succeed at but first let me touch on a few traditional work-from-home jobs.
Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) Schemes
There are quite a number of these around and some of them are pretty good schemes.
Essentially an MLM scheme requires that you join for a monthly fee (the amount can vary from scheme to scheme) and encourage others to do likewise. For your monthly subscription you get a certain amount of product to use and a portion of the cost of that product gets paid as a commission to your “up line” – the person that introduced you to the scheme and likely the person that introduced them too.
Likewise, anyone you bring on board will receive product each month and you will receive a commission for the introduction. Should they then introduce more people you will be credited a percentage of that person’s purchases too.
The “levels” can go quite deep and s your down line increases in number and spending power so your status increases and income grows.
Herbalife and Avon are typical MLM schemes and there are plenty of people that do very well with them.
Tupperware is another MLM type scheme that has been around for years and for those who have persevered the rewards have been good.
MLM schemes do require one-on-one selling, monthly meetings with your up line and down line and the whole thing can be quite relentless. I remember in my days of Melaleuca (another scheme that some do extremely well at) my friends and family started avoiding me. That was when I knew MLM schemes weren’t for me – they just don’t suit my character.
Many of the MLM schemes over the years have been declared as PONZI schemes – essentially a scheme that has no merit or product – and laws have been passed to make these sorts of schemes illegal as they are detrimental to those who can least afford it.
The advantage of an MLM scheme is that with an active down line you are being paid for someone else’s efforts effectively having your own sale’s team working for you. Obviously you have to ensure that both you and them keep active.
I must state up front that I know very little (if anything) about cryptocurrencies currencies. Just the word
Cryptocurrencies” makes me nervous.
I believe understand that Bitcoin has proved to be one of the few success stories. I’ve never looked into it but that’s not saying anything either way. If you are interested n investing in Bitcoin do your research first and my advice would be to start at the smallest level. I would not risk my house on it and I have always been one to take risks.
But a currency that floats around in space? That’s scary.
There is a scheme being marketed in South Africa at the moment that trades under the name of BitTrain. This is exactly the type of scheme I would run away from as fast as I can. Just looking at their sales pitch online tells me that these people are targeting the poor who are desperate for money, can least afford to lose anything and do not understand numbers.
Finally, if someone can make that much money for you why don’t they just do it with their own money?
Let’s look at an example – something I have actually seen being promoted in South Africa.
Here is an extract from the exact advert I saw (I highlighted certain words for emphasis):
“you can start earning over $20,000 weekly just by investing your money online with forex and bitcoin. Below are the amount you can invest and your profit in return.
$300 to earn you $4000
$400 to earn you $5000
$500 to earn you $6000
$1000 to earn you $11000 …”
When I see this sort of thing being promoted I ask myself:
- What is in it for the person telling me about this amazing opportunity?
- Why spend time telling me about it?
- Why not just do it yourself?
If I have understood this correctly and these figures are correct then here are three steps to retirement in 3 weeks (taken from the figures given).
Step 1 – Invest $300 and earn $4,000 (as per first claim above)
Step 2 – Reinvest your $4,000 earnings (that’s 10 times the amount mentioned in the second line above) and presumably earn $50,000 per week!
Step 3 – You are now retired on $50,000 per week.
If this is the type of work-from-home job you are after then please feel free to go for it – because there sure as heck isn’t anything on this planet to touch that sort of return.
The whole thing reads like one big scam to me.
Prostitution falls under this heading, but I am not talking about the oldest occupation in the world, but rather that of trading your time for money.
After all that is exactly what we do when we work for someone else or charge an hourly or daily rate.
If you work 8 or 9 hours a day for an employer they pay you a salary.
Commissioned salespeople get paid differently in that they either get paid a small retainer and a % of sales they bring in or earn commission only.
A lot of personal services can be run from home and are essentially trading hours for Rands.
Off the top of my head I am thinking of things like:
- Beauticians doing nails, waxing, false tans, hairdressing salon etc.
- Photographic studio
- Running a workshop from home
- Garden services
Essentially any personal service that you are competent at can be run from home.
You may need to comply with local council bye-laws and register a company and all that sort of thing.
It can be profitable and you are your own boss setting your own prices in what may, or may not be, a competitive market.
Working from home in these types of service related jobs entails allowing strangers on to your property and that has security risks.
But at the end of the day you are still trading your hours for time.
As there are limited hours in a day so the slog starts again each day.
If you are earning R100.00 per hour for 8 hours a day you are limited to earning R800.00 per day. There is nothing wrong with that, but that is the maximum you can earn in any one day.
To earn more you either have to increase your prices, work longer or both.
It’s good honest work that requires you market your services to ensure a continuous flow of customers to fill your hours up.
Now imagine a work-from-home job where you get paid over and over and over again for 1 hours work.
Hard to believe but it can be done and I reveal how in the next paragraph …
Earn US$, £ and € – with ZERO risk and BIG potential …
Grab a coffee – but only if you are prepared to accept that what I am about to reveal to you is not a get-rich-quick scheme and will require you to put in some serious work.
You will need to broaden your horizons to way beyond the borders of South Africa.
Now if you think you can do that then grab that coffee and I will wait for you to get back here.
Okay – if you have come back let’s get started.
Get paid for the same hour over and over again …
First off let me explain getting paid over and over again for the same hours work.
You’re actually reading an example of what I am talking about right now.
As I sit here typing the time is 8.33 am on Wednesday the 1st May 2019.
Once I have completed this post it will go out live on the Internet where it will stay forever (unless I choose to delete it).
The sole purpose of this post is to reach out to South Africans who are looking for a work-from-home job.
Right now you may be the only one reading it but over time thousands will read.
It has taken me roughly 6 hours of research and writing to complete this post but it will get viewed many more times than that – today, tomorrow, next year and in 10 years time the 6 hours I have put into it will still be available for people to read.
For now, I just want you to grasp, and understand, that one-hour’s work can become 1000 hours or more – later on you will learn how this can make money for you.
Think of it another way – think of an artist like Bruno Mars. He produces a record that pays him over and over again for the same hours work.
Elvis who died in 1977 is still one of the top earning artists in the world – 42 years after his death he is still earning $40 million a year.
Can you become the next “Elvis”?
No reason why not …
The Weakening South African Rand
One of the major problems you face in South Africa is a weakening Rand as shown in this screen shot of the Rands performance against the US Dollar since 1975 to 2019.
In 1975 one Rand would have bought you one US Dollar – today you R15.00 to purchase US$1.00.
Sadly this downward trend seems unlikely to change.
As a citizen there is bugger all you can do about it except face the consequences and learn to live with inflation and the ever decreasing purchasing power of your income.
Or is there something you can do about it?
What if I could show you a way to earn a good income in more stable currencies – would that be of interest to you?
I am talking about becoming an Internet Affiliate Marketer.
You can, from the comfort of your own home, promote other people’s /companies’ products to people you will never meet in countries that you may never visit.
Sounds crazy right – but it isn’t.
Affiliate marketing has been around for a very long time and continues to grow rapidly as more companies realize the enormous leverage they gain from having a presence and a marketing arm on the Internet.
To get involved all you need is a computer and an internet connection. And as you are reading this that particular box is ticked.
The amount of money that is spent buying online is enormous and growing. In this article they talk about spending in excess of US$2.3 trillion. Okay that is just mind blowing because I don’t even know how to imagine a trillion dollars but it looks like this when you put the zeros in – US$2,300,000,000,000.00
It’s huge and you only need to get a few of those zeros to make your life comfortable.
How Internet Affiliate Marketing Works.
The first thing I want you to understand is that you get to choose what you want to promote – there are literally millions of products you can choose from. For example if you become an Amazon affiliate there are over 6 million products to choose from.
And that is just Amazon.
I guess what I am trying to say is you do not have to sell Tupperware, Bitcoins, Avon etc if that isn’t your thing, they certainly aren’t mine.
Whatever you decide to promote becomes your niche.
What is a niche
A niche is a group of people interested in a specific subject (for example photographers, golfers, people trying to lose weight, any hobbies, mothers, fathers – hell you’re even a niche trying to find a work from home job) and products related to that niche.
- The overweight person wants a diet that will work (probably about 2 weeks out from her wedding – so she is desperate to fit into that small dress she bought)
- Photographers want camera gear – only the latest for this hungry crowd
- Golfers are crazy – believe me I used to be one!
- You get the idea
Here’s a great video from a mentor of mine who explains it much better than I can.
It is absolutely imperative that you spend some serious time deciding on your niche and then researching exactly what they are after. You cannot promote something, no matter how good it is, in a market you do not understand.
The best analogy I have of this is “the world’s best ham sandwich will not sell in the Jerusalem market!“
Know and understand your market if you hope to succeed.
Here’s a secret:
Sshhh … don’t tell anyone but you are probably already an expert in something you are passionate about!
Introducing the Product to your Chosen Niche
Once you know your market and what they are after it is a simple matter of matching the two up – putting one in front of the other.
How do you do that?
Remember we are talking about working from home and about online purchases – those trillions I spoke about.
The way to put your product in front of your niche is through owning and building your own website.
Sounds scary doesn’t it?
But what if I told you that it is as easy as writing your name? OK so you will need to learn how but again here is a video from my great mentor Kyle showing you how easy it is using a WordPress platform.
Watch how easy it is to build a website in minutes: Click here
How seriously cool was that and did it look difficult?
With your site up and running all you now have to get people to see it and the only way they will do that is if you go out and let them know your website is out there. You do this by adding content to your site. Content that is relevant and useful to your market.
And this is where Affiliate Marketing differs greatly from other work from home jobs that promise easy money.
It Takes a Lot of Work and Continuous Application
You won’t have to attend weekly or monthly meetings, you don’t have to hold stock or even deliver stock – that’s all done by the vendor affiliate program on your behalf.
All you have to do is keep adding content to your site – the more content you add the greater the authority of your site.
You don’t have to leave your home and you get paid in a decent currency that will not be devalued because of local politics.
The only thing you do need to do is learn the ins-and-outs of affiliate marketing.
Where to Learn More About Internet Affiliate Marketing (IAM)
I’ve already shown you two videos by my great mentor Kyle, who together with his business partner started learning about IAM in their University dormitory back in 2005.
They soon realized that there must be other people that would be interested in learning more about IAM and decided to help those people out.
And so Wealthy Affiliate University was born.
I’ve been a member since 2006 and don’t intend ever leaving because of the incredible features and benefits they offer – you can read my full and honest review here.
Get Started Today – for FREE
Wealthy Affiliate University (WA) do not want any of your money if you feel the program is not for you.
But how do you know if it is for you or not if you don’t get to try it?
At WA they are acutely aware of the situation of their customers and that there are a lot of scams out there that rip people off. To show they are not one of those scams they offer a free membership where you can try things out before you commit.
Yes you can join for absolutely free and have 2 websites included – both free.
And what’s more you can remain a free member for as long as you choose.
There are currently just over 1,400,000 members at Wealthy Affiliate and I can almost guarantee that each one started off as a free member to test things out.
You can too …
I think I want to wrap this up now by summarising what I have covered.
I have introduced you to Internet Affiliate Marketing – this could quite possibly be a work from home job you have never heard of before.
And I have introduced you to Wealthy Affiliate, the best place in the world, to learn more about everything you need to know to become a successful at Internet Affiliate Marketing.
- I have not promised you instant riches.
- I have not asked you for any money – bet you’ve never had that before.
- I haven’t asked you for your credit card details.
- I have not promised you untold wealth – the potential is certainly there but you will need to do the work.
Internet affiliate Marketing offers you:
- A chance to prove that you want to work at a genuine career and are not looking for a get-rich-quick scheme
- A work from home job in South Africa that encompasses the entire world and pays you in hard currency
- An opportunity to earn money while you sleep with your website being open for business 24/7
- An online business that you can do with your spouse, children or family as a whole
- A business that you can pass on to your loved ones (yes you can become an Elvis – even if it is a mini Elvis)
- A business that offers you freedom of choice, endless opportunities and exciting learning.
- All of which you can try out for free – have you ever had a better offer?
It’s entirely up to you to at least take a look at Wealthy Affiliate University and if you do I firmly believe I’ll see you on “campus” in the near future.
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this post, that it has been of interest (and help) to you and that you will give it some further thought.
If you have any questions – pop them below, I’d love to hear from you.
Please feel free to share this post with any of your friends or family who are interested in a genuine work-from-home job – not only in South Africa but anywhere in the world.
Wishing you success in whatever you choose to do.