Being a youth is probably the toughest part of human life development. Transitioning from childhood to adulthood, from dependence to independence is not a walk in the park. For African countries especially, opportunities available for the youth in developing countries are hard to come by.
But as technology advances, living becomes either complex or simpler. And it all depends on how you align your mentality and how you perceive life.
Whatever happens in your life, one thing is crucial. You need to get an opportunity to make it in life. Below are some of the opportunities that are available for youth in developing countries.
This is probably by far the most mentioned in terms of the opportunities that are readily available to the youth. Sites such as fiverr.com, azwconsult.com, upwork.com, and many more sites are full of opportunities that as a youth you can take to help you earn a living.
The only thing you need to do is evaluate your skills to know what you are good at, and what services you can offer online. You can browse through the sites mentioned above to get a feel of what kind of services you can offer online. Just to mention, these include article writing, consulting, graphics design, web design, and apps development, etc.
Just remember that you should not be limited by what you see there. Your creativity and innovation are the ones that will be the limitations.
Think of this, how awesome would it be if you could sell products without having to have a physical business location? This is what drop shipping does. It can be done in various ways, either using eCommerce sites such as Amazon, eBay, Jumia or you can put up your own online eCommerce store. To learn more about dropshipping, click here.
Social media management
For any business to succeed, you need to have customers. This is one of the biggest challenges that businesses face today. But in this social media era, getting customers is now much easier. The only problem is, very few businesses know the power of social media, and how to utilize it to increase their revenue.
This is where an opportunity sparkles for you. You just need to learn how to leverage social media to increase business sales. When you hone your skills, you can hire out your skills for a premium to businesses to help them make more sales. This is a business that always pays. The only aspect you need to get right is to know how to target the right customers.
This may sound like a thing of the big consulting giants. But trust me, it’s not. In its simplest definition, consulting can be defined as “helping businesses get something right, be it sales, marketing, customer management or technology integration“.
If you have a certain set of skills that can help businesses improve performance, you don’t have to wait to get an official job so that you can start applying these skills.
You just need to understand what a business is missing, and show them how you can help them get right what they are missing. A key point to note here is that to win a business over, you need to show them how much they will lose if they don’t hire your services.
Training and courses
If you have a skill(s) that can benefit other people, why not make money from this? With technology, all you need is just to record your lectures and post them online.
You have two options here; either do a free lecture, post it on Youtube and get advertising revenue, or, create a premium lecture and sell the course on sites such as Udemy.com and Coursera.org. Don’t just sit on your skill because you are a youth, use what you have to better your life, and that of society.
One of the best things about developing countries is that we do not have to “reinvent the wheel”. Just by studying what the developed countries are doing, we can transfer this to our countries to help in economic development.
As an example, take the highly advanced agricultural practices in developed countries. These are practices that we can adopt in developing countries, to help resolve the hunger and famine menace. Of course there are a lot of tech-transfers that we can do, you just have to know what difference you are looking for.
These are just a few of the ways in which the youth can use the readily available opportunities, to improve their living standards as well as those of the society.
Like the saying goes “It is not where you come from or are that matters, it is where you are going.”
So where are you going?