Packing in your job and relocating to Canada can be a daunting experience, especially in terms of your finances. People often speak about that awkward phase between moving and landing a job in a new country. But what if I tell you there are a number of jobs you can start almost instantly when you land in Canada? Online jobs are perfect for those relocating because you can continue to work around your hectic lifestyle, and you can bridge the gap between your old and new home countries. Whether you are looking for a side hustle, something to pay the bills before finding a full-time job, or want to make this your full-time job in Canada, take a look at these five jobs for instant money making career inspiration!
1. Ecommerce Entrepreneur
Moving to Canada is a great opportunity to launch yourself into something new. Ecommerce is a great way to make money online and if you play your cards right, you can turn your online store into a successful full-time job and thriving business. Canada is a hotspot for startups because it encourages new businesses to thrive, and there are loads of useful grants and resources to give you a good kickstart to Canadian entrepreneurial life.
Spend time on product research before making the move to Canada. Look for products that are high in demand and low in competition to ensure you start making sales immediately. Selling to customers in Canada and the neighboring USA will be relatively easy, and these markets could be enough to get your brand established — but beware of varying levels of sales tax in US states.
And you don’t need a load of cash to start an ecommerce store: these days, anyone is able to launch a store online within a few days. Just make sure your product idea and branding are 100% customer proof. Canadian online store builders are popular and can take lots of the stress out of creating a website, ensuring you have a finished product that’s fit for the Canadian market. Work from home, rent an office space, or go explore downtown co-working — ecommerce is flexible, and you can build an income on the side before taking the plunge.
Ensure that you have read and understood the legal requirements for selling online in Canada, especially if you are moving from the UK. Take a look at this helpful guide to ensure your online store complies with legal regulations for ecommerce.
2. Digital Freelancer
If you have a talent for writing and want to turn this passion into a career, then freelance work might be a good option when moving to Canada. The same goes for anyone with talents in web design, development, SEO, marketing , social media etc. The Canadian online marketplace is booming, and many expats have made their name as top digital consultants and freelancers. If you are good at what you do, you can quickly adapt your skillset to Canada.
Join Canada-specific social media groups and advertise your skills to build a client base. Even a few simple LinkedIn posts and interactions can help put your name in front of the right people, but don’t expect miracles either. Building up a network takes time.
Digital work means that you can only accept the work offers you’re interested in, without taking on jobs that you don’t particularly want to get involved with. Learn how to price yourself well (high enough to be taken seriously, low enough to build up clients fast).
In a hurry? Sign up to freelance websites to get your name out there. This can be done before your move to Canada to give yourself time to become an established digital freelancer.
3. Virtual Assistant
This is another great way to begin working straightaway when moving to Canada. The Internet is littered with job advertisements searching for a virtual assistants. Virtual assistant roles vary, from simple admin tasks to tricky web development. This is a job that anyone can do, no matter what skills you have to offer — just be reliable and win people over with your punctuality and organisation. VA roles can be hugely rewarding and demanding — it’s not all boring donkey work!
Virtual assistant jobs suit those that are relocating to a different country because it’s something you can pre-organize before jetting off. If all goes to plan, you should be able to start working within the first couple of weeks of your move. As it’s a form of remote work, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are.
With your new found experience of relocating to a different country, why not start a blog and write about your experience? Other people will appreciate the advice from someone who has experienced moving to Canada, or knows something about life in another country. Blogging can help you generate an income — some bloggers make a very good living through their blog.
Perhaps you’re a budding chef and want to share your skills with others? Or maybe you’re a dab-hand at making your own clothes and hope to teach others. Even a blog writing about your life and experiences could earn you money! Think carefully about your blogging strategy before you begin so that you can design content that will suit your ideal audience.
Make sure it is something that you really want to write about so you give actionable advice, stick to consistent blogging, and don’t lose interest in what you are blogging about.
If you are considering a move to Canada, then you probably know that translators are one of the most sought-after job roles in the country. If you are fluent in English and French then you could land yourself a job as a translator, earning up to $52,000 a year on average. Not bad for an immediate start job! Join an agency on arrival, or you could help yourself along by offering your services online. Equally, you could try teaching languages online and make some extra money from home — Skype language learning is a growing industry, and you can share interesting Canadian cultural experiences with your students.
Taking the plunge and deciding to move your life to Canada from the UK is an exciting and daunting experience. One of the biggest worries for expats is financial security, and how long it might take before you land that perfect job. Having a few backup ideas and digital fallbacks is never a bad idea! What job are you considering before you make the move?
About the Author
Victoria Greene is a freelance writer and ecommerce marketing expert. She works alongside local brands to extend their reach online and promote content success. She loves to share her expertise and knowledge with other, like-minded entrepreneurs and startups to help them grow.