As a fairly recent graduate from university, I have become disillusioned with the societal promise of "go to school, get good grades, get a degree and you will easily get a decent job after you graduate." It is not that this statement is wrong, at the time of our parents and their parents it was true but nowadays it has not been updated. These days, to have a fighting chance, you will need to equip yourself with some high income skills which can set you up for a better life. We will be looking into some of those skills today. Let's gooo!
Does the System Still Work?
The system can't really support everyone, it's like downloading the Windows 10 OS for a computer that used to run on Windows XP. It may work but the capacity will be too much for the poor PC, everything will be extra slow. It is fair to say that everyone and their mum has a degree these days so its value has drastically reduced. The system is like a scale that can only hold one side up at the expense of the other. If you don't manage to be light and easy by distinguishing yourself, you'll end up being a heavy burden on the system and like a scale you'll be on the down side.
7 Skills You Can Learn Online
I am slowly coming to the realisation that maybe I'm not cut out to be an 'entrepreneur' but we'll see in the future. Being an entrepreneur or owning your business is in vogue and it is painted beautifully and that 9-5 is bad, having a boss is bad, you can't be rich under a boss because boss means "being over someone's salary" or something like that.
Regardless of the outcome of whether I end up being an entrepreneur or working for someone else, it is evident that as a young person, most jobs will be insecure and it is important to have a side hustle or freelancing gig and in order to do that, there are some skills which can be learnt or sharpened. We'll be looking onto some high income skills which you can learn in the upcoming year which can help you as a side hustle or something which you can make into a business.
I believe the name really doesn't do it justice if you separate the words into two "copy" and "writing" but in this case copy is a homonym. At the core of it, copywriting or writing a sales copy is about effectively convincing an audience through written words to take a desired action like subscribing, signing up, downloading freebies or to buy something from you.
We've all come across copywriting in some way, shape or form in our daily online activities whether it's an ad on Facebook or Instagram talking about the latest product which you scroll down to the end to click on the big BUY NOW button, the thing you read at the beginning but scroll down toward the end to see the price and then buy it is copywriting.
Now, if you've bought anything online due to a sales copy whether it's a brand you're used to or not, you can appreciate the potential effective copywriting has because best believe you're not the only one who bought a product based on how they sold it to you.
With all this in mind, you can imagine how much companies are willing to pay to get their hands on solid copywriting. A copywriter is more or less a digital salesperson and they can make money through helping companies as a freelancer (or employee) by writing blogs for them to use as effective marketing material, writing content or restructuring it for better SEO so their website can rank well in the search results or even running a business and using copywriting to sell your products.
It is very evident that the power of copywriting is not going anywhere anytime soon and it is something you can learn online wither for free or even at a price. You use Copy Blogger as a go-to resource for copywriting. As for what to start with, Sean Meyer recommends SEO copywriting which he describes as "...a blogger that understands SEO, and once you get a decent understanding of this…companies pay pretty well."
2. SEO Consultant & Social Media Manager
Back in 2016, I used to sign up for free webinars and trainings by OMG (One Man Gang) and they were big on consultancy but more so SEO consultancy. Basically, they teach you how to rank well on Google (1st page and preferably at the top) and you can go out to meet businesses and help them rank well for certain keywords.
For example, if you sell Brazilian hair in Lagos but are not getting that much customers because your business is on the 10th page of Google or later which is the coffin of businesses, the SEO consultant comes in and helps you rank for the keywords "quality 12 inch Brazilian hair in Lekki" your sales will be boosted and you'll pay said consultant to keep getting you results. For SEO tips, you should check out Neil Patel.
This same premise can be used for a social media manager, if you sell hair, you know you have to be on Instagram because there are more women on it (at least in my experience) and they wanna see your product in use. The social media manager is there to run your social media page effectively, i.e. when to post, how many times, what they are posting, quality of the pictures, the captions, discussions, and overall driving engagement.
When the social media manager does their job well, everyone is happy both the customers, business owner(s), your bank and you the social media manager of course. Good thing is you don't have to look too far to learn these skills, for now, look no further than How to Become a Social Media Guru in 20 Steps.
3. Video Production and Animation
Videos are the most engaging form of content and they're easily digestable and they involve both words and actions and we can learn some things better by watching, for example, reading how to dance versus watching a dance tutorial on YouTube, you'll learn better on YouTube.
Making and editing videos is a great skill to have in your back packet and it requires good knowledge in video editing software such as After Effects, Adobe Premier, Apple iMovie, Nero Video, Lumen5, Corel VideoStudio etc. it also invloves knowledge of related equipment such as lighting, green screen, audio equipment, etc. and being able to mix both video and audio properly, good video with poor audio ain't gonna cut in 2019. You can make money off your videos through platforms like YouTube, Instagram or by freelancing your skills elsewhere.
When it comes to animation, you can stretch it as far as you can imagine and that's the beauty of it but you're constrained by your budget and skill level. Most of the content I consumed is anime or anime related content and I can always appreciate the high quality of the videos. HD videos will always do better, I've tried to watch anime from around the 90s but I really can't stand the video quality.
Video is also how brands make their money more these days, why does Nike spend so much on their "JUST DO IT" ads? Because those videos evoke a feeling and effective selling will have to evoke a feeling that will transfer into you buying their product. You won't be able to evoke this feeling if your videos are crappy. For example, in movies even if the plot and acting is bad, if the editing is good, the shots are beautiful, people will be more willing to sit through it because they can appreciate the beauty of the videos.
According to My Salary Scale, you can learn video editing for free in these places, Alison, Lynda, Videocopilot, Redgaint and Premieregal. In some aspects of video making, you will have to spend some money, education can't be totally free for everything but you start getting paid well you won't be complaining.
4. Language Translation
Like I said before in my related post 009 Skills You Need to Survive in the 21st Century, Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world and China's global influence is increasing. Even if you take China out of the equation for a second, the demand for people who can speak, understand and translate not just the words but also the subtleties of one language into another is a skill in higher demand. THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION COMPELS US! Lol.
Being able to effectively translate content in another language or multiple languages means opening up a business or your own brand to a wider audience. For example, if you can effectively translate your digital products, sales copy, website content, etc. from English to Spanish, you've effectively expanded said business to Spain and almost all of Latin America and other Spanish speaking areas.
You can use Duolingo to learn languages such as French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, etc. My friend is also working on a language app for some African languages and you can check him out at The Aflang Project.
5. Web Development
The internet is an explosion which was once thought to be a temporary thing until people move on to the next thing, time has shown that the internet has a lot of staying power and won't be going anywhere in a long time. Just like the Big Bang theory, this explosion of the internet has created vast opportunities for personal development and avenues to make money. One of such avenues is web development which is a big business and there is a huge demand for developers that have a wide-range of skills in different web development languages.
Albeit contrary to popular belief, web development is not just about website development, it also includes aspects such as website maintenance, creating online solutions, security testing, site testing, web applications, etc.
For a comprehensive learning experience designed to take you from zero to hero, you can check out this course on Udemy, The Complete 2019 Web Development Bootcamp. If you're looking for some free resources to start with, Google is your best friend. When we speak about
Don't be on a codeine diet, be on a coding diet, lol bad pun, it's a Nigerian joke.
Coding and programming can be daunting tasks, most things online run on codes and programming such as video games, apps, websites, etc. as someone who've seen a fair share of computer students complain about python, C+, C++ and whatever, it makes me feel bad for them.
If you think in order to be good at coding you have to get a computer science degree then you're sorely mistaken, more so these days, big tech companies like Google, Apple and other Silicon Valley big shots couldn't really care less about your degree these days as long as you can do the job. If you want to learn coding at your own pace for free you should check out Codecademy.
7. Graphic Design
David Ogilvy said that people read 100% of images. Images are how our brain processes information, when we read a book and something is being described, we tend to visualise it and the result will be mental pictures.
The result or effect of graphic design is all over, it's on billboards, signposts, big screens, posters, music artwork, etc. The more incredible an image is the more we tend to be attracted to it. A picture is truly worth a thousand words.
With social networks like Instagram and Pinterest (follow me by the way) which are heavily visual, the need to stand out is increasing and companies, businesses, brands, etc. are looking for great graphic designers to always give them a competitive urge. I use free tools like Canva and Piktochart to make some incredible designs like Instagram posts, infographics, logos, etc. There are also tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, CorelDraw, etc. which are important to a graphic designer.
- Digital Marketing/Online Advertising
- Forex Trading
- Data Analytics
- Creative Writing
- Advanced Excel Skills
- Cloud Computing
There are more high income skills which you can learn online but this is where I stop, if you're interest in learning some high income skills online as we enter the new year, if you don't find it here then don't hesitate to further your research online, like I said before Google is your best friend, comprehende?
QOTD: "It's simple arithmetic: your income can grow only to the extent that you do." - T. Harv Eker
WELL THAT'S IT FROM ME GUYS, NOW...
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