Sometimes a regular job is not challenging us enough. Maybe you have goals to become an entrepreneur and own our own business one day. Maybe you even have your own side gig already. Maybe the drudgery of a traditional 9-5 is simply not for you.
Whatever your reasons are for wanting to work from home and or make money online, there are skills you need to get started.
You probably already have some skills you can leverage which might include:
- Administrators who are fast typer and masterful organizers.
- Talent managers with extraordinary emotional intelligence.
- Salespeople with immense energy and drive, capable of exciting others.
Whatever they are, take inventory.
.Everyone has valuable skills.
And here are 3 skills you need to work from home and make money online.
Skill 1: Copywriting
If you are in any sort of marketing, sales, business, or advertising environment, you probably know about copywriting and its’ purpose. For those of you who do not know, or are not 100% clear on the question of “what is copywriting?”…
Copywriting is content specifically used for advertising or marketing purposes whether this is online, sent through direct mail, or a blurb on an image of a watch.
And there is a science to it.
Did you know that copy is sometimes rated based on it’s reading level? And copy that is “easier to read” is usually considered more effective. It is called the Flesch-Kincaid score. Let that sink in for a minute.
You don’t need to have an extensive vocabulary or master the use of 5 syllable words. You just have to know how to relate to people.
What does a copywriter do?
A copywriter is unlike any other freelancer or employee because it is very different from creative, technical, or professional writing. Copywriting is a very specific skill that aims at finding the best combination of words to compel someone to take action.
Copywriters write to make and increase sales.
If you are wondering how to become a copywriter, then you can get started by learning more about it with the free resources on search engines. It can start as simply as pitching your ideas to any company that sells a product or service.
Early on, you may not get many hits because it is a skill that must be developed over time. It is easy to tell when someone has studied the craft of copywriting compared to a creative writer or a journalist.
There is no best way to learn to copywrite except picking up a book or course and getting started.
Next skill up, we have…
Skill 2: SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
You probably read about SEO or Search Engine Optimization somewhere. It is a hot trending topic and has been for quite a while. There are businesses built around it, and people who try to sell products (through the internet) need to understand it to compete. It is especially valuable for super bootstrapped startups and entrepreneurs.
Let us first look at the SEO definition which is essentially a technical process that helps websites reach higher rankings on search engines.
Now, what is SEO, and I mean what is it really? How does it work? How do people add things to the top of search engines?
Higher appearances on search engines are done through tools, articles, research, and more. There is even a search engine ranking tool you can install onto your websites for free such as All In One SEO or Yoast SEO.
There is even a whole science behind picking the best SEO keywords that are being searched online, and Google even provides a free tool to help you accomplish this.
The best part is there is no fancy coding or math you need to learn to understand SEO.
If you already know how to write an article, you can start to tie in any SEO knowledge you gain to create more search engine friendly articles.
Furthermore, understanding search engine optimization is hugely important for anyone looking to start a business to learn because they need to know how people will find them online.
Here is a great program that teaches what you need to know about starting a business online, and more.
And for our last skill:
Skill 3: Learn how to start a website.
Starting a website is akin to learning to build a house, or opening up a store in some commercial space in terms of the value of the skill.
Except, it is much, much easier than building a house…
Figuring out how to set up a website and organize all of your content requires work, but it is not much more difficult than creating and organizing a list of clients which you probably already do at work anyway.
By learning to create your own website you are learning to build and own internet property. And there is so much you can do with it.
You can build businesses off just about any niche you can think of
…and the opportunities are endless.
You can build a website for yourself or for other people. There is even a free website maker called WordPress that allows you to set up your very own page for free. You may have to pay if you want more customized pages, but it is a hot, easy, no-cost way to dive in.
Learning to build a website is only slightly more complicated today, because there are SO MANY websites, and you have to learn skills such as Search Engine Optimization to get more traction. Creating is easy. Creating content people will find requires 10% more effort.
If you only want a website for your own personal purposes (and not economic purposes), you have nothing to lose by learning how websites can make money as well. It might come in handy one day when you decide your 9-5 no longer suits what you want out of life.