A friend of mine is trying to make remote freelancing career. He cannot find job in his expertise for years because his job requires direct contact to the client (agriculture) and a remote advisory is not suitable in his case. Most people of his expertise are jobless in his wider area.
I advised his to try working remote jobs out of his field of expertise. He is eager learner and can quickly learn. But (!) his English is at the medium level (approx 2.5 of 5) and his knowledge of PC is around 2 of 5. He uses a regular office tools, but never tried using any advanced software like Photoshop. That's why I rate him 2, not because he's unable to learn and move to 3 or more.
What kind of jobs he can work in your opinion using websites like odesk or elance?
I first thought he could do horticulture (designing the look of gardens), but I could not find such jobs on these websites.
He cannot do email support as his English level is not yet at that level. I am also not sure about data entering or re-writing as he does not type as fast as a programmer (which is a good basis for re-writing skills).
Please do not disregard him as I am sure there are jobs for these types of people. I just cannot think of any as I do not have experience with such jobs (I am a developer).
PS. He tried learning programming, but he does not like it so it's not realistic that he can do any programming task. Also he does not have artistic abilities to become a designer.