9 skills you can learn to start Freelancing immediately

So here’s the thing, since the internet came into existence, the digital space has expanded over the past several years to create a multitude of opportunities for everyone. From allowing the world to share information across boundaries to connecting individuals and now even allowing generation of money, the internet is a place that has endless possibilities. So whatever your age, background, or location may be, if you can activate those creative juices, achieving anything you set your mind to, is even more possible because of the power of the internet.

If you have an internet connection and a few bucks in your bank account, there is little that can actually get in the way of you earning money online.

But before we begin to help you identify skills you can use to earn money online, there is one major concern we want to help address. There are plenty of individuals and online platforms that claim to let you in on “easy ways to make money online” or invite you on a “get-rich quick” scheme for earning money online.

We will say it clear and simple for you: There is no such thing!

Sure, one odd scheme might work one day, but most of these invites are fake schemes and rip offs that can lead to an even bigger, more serious loss. These are not true businesses and can convince you to lose money or steal sensitive information about you, like your passwords. But even if the scheme is not fake, it may not be a sustainable source of revenue. You might be able to earn a couple of hundred bucks at one time, but this will not allow you to build a viable source of online income. Therefore, at best, they are shortcuts that would not last forever.

So without further ado, let’s get into some fun, interesting and safe ways you can use some skills at hand, to earn money online.

1.   Become an influencer or vlogger

Did you know that brands spent $5.67 Billion dollars on influencer marketing in 2018? And this amount is forecasted to reach $8 billion by 2020.

So if you are a socialite, an extrovert or a people’s person, social media is one domain of the digital space that can help you earn money online. If you have exciting day routines, interesting things to show off and love the “following”, this is an ideal place to start. Being a very lucrative domain, if you have a good number of people following you, businesses are ready to invest in themselves through social media influencers.

Since people are looking for interesting content and inspiration, the concept of “window shopping” has become digital too. Therefore, these times are super interesting to build on your influencing skills and develop your presence online. So if you can build on the skill of:

  • Identifying people with similar interest as yours
  • Create meaningful content
  • Engage with your audience consistently
  • And maintain just a little bit of patience

You will be on your digital journey of earning money online very soon.

2.   Start a blog 

Probably something we have talked about plenty of times in our previous blogs, setting up your own blogging platform is perhaps a very common go to idea for a lot of people looking to earn money online. Do you have an area of creative expertise or are your grandmother’s family secrets the most amazing bunch of recipes? Here is a list of ideas you can build your blog around.

a.      Fashion

Do you have an update about all the new spring collections and where to look for, for the most amazing work attires for men or women? Do you know if Khaadi released the best ready to wear line or if Sapphire’s western wear is still making waves? Write about your area of knowledge and use your fashion skills to tell people about where to find the best items.

b.      Food

Are you an expert when it comes to making Pakistani cuisine dishes or is Thai food an area you have ancestral recipes for? Food has always been a loved topic, discussed by almost everyone and if you can add your creative twist to traditional ideas, why not build content around this area? Looking for inspiration on creative twists? Check out how a local start-up called Chefling Tales gives food tours around Pakistan and shares delicious recipes from the country’s local cuisine.

 c.       DIY project based on a handy skill: 

Did you secretly knit during your winter holidays? Or are you a master at using hardware tools and have a whole garage full of Do It Yourself projects? Share your interesting stories with the world and build subscribership and audience through doable and interesting projects.

How do you monetize this further? The answer: Affiliate marketing. Through this process, you act as an affiliate between a product provider and an audience with a demand for that product. This way, when you sell a product on your online blogging platform you earn a certain commission for each sale.

So have you decided what will drive your blog? Whether it’s your passion, your grandmother’s recipes or a natural skill, you should definitely use it if you plan to earn money online.

3.   Know how to photograph? Sell your work online

Do you have a secret stash of photographs you quietly took while everyone else was busy taking selfies? Were you always focused on nature or other more intimate moments during a school trip and have pictures that the world could get lost in? Why not monetize that and make money online?

Online photo stocks like Canva are always a good platform to sell these photographs. You don’t necessarily have to be a professional photographer but just ensure that your photography is practical – think of it as something designers would use for websites, commercials and so on. Into more artistic photography? Then sell prints and posters online.

4.   Were you a video editing geek in your high school? Why not pick this gig up again?

Take one step further into the world of images and pick up on video editing. Were you creating creative video logs capturing all the fun at school? Do you have a natural knack of aligning the right music with the right video clips and can even add graphics where needed?

Fiver has a complete domain dedicated to video editing projects that you could take up. So what are you waiting for?

5.   Become a website builder 

Have you built websites before? Do you code or use a website builder like WordPress to build digital platforms?

Setting up digital handles for any business has become necessary these days. This means that all business owners are now taking this step to ensure they do not miss out on the potential customer base that can be built through the internet. So if you know how to build websites, this is an excellent skill to use to earn money online.

What is even more exciting about being able to build websites is the possibility of reusing projects. With just a little bit of editing, you can reuse an already made website and sell it to another buyer.

Don’t know how to build a website yet? Check out our course on using WordPress and learn this skill today.

6.   Did you file tax yourself this year? Why not earn money by doing it for others too?

Since Pakistan’s government went digital, a major shift was felt by many people in the tax filing process. As the traditional method got out dated, a new opportunity has popped up for anyone who is just a little bit affiliated with technology. If you know how to operate a computer, this can literally help you earn thousands of rupees.

Not everyone has the time to do this on their own and definitely need to get this done every year. One could bank on this opportunity and make money online from the comfort of their home.

7.   Love working with insights and building content? Why not start digital marketing?

With $330 Billion dollars spent in this industry by the world in the year 2019, the average global spending is only expected to rise in the upcoming years as well. As companies and individuals continue to spend on their online presence and increase their outreach, there could be no better time to learn the art of digital marketing.

If you love data, have the ability to extract insights by looking at graphs and numbers, why not work on digital marketing to earn money online? Hence, if you have the skill to dedicate time and energy to stay relevant and engage with the audience regularly then this is a good skill to use either for a freelance gig, or by partnering up with an entity.

Looking to learn how to start social media marketing? Check out our course here, and become a professional digital marketing expert.

8.   Become a virtual assistant

Like we said earlier, as the internet has expanded, many new opportunities have risen that one could not imagine to have existed before. If you want to earn money from the comfort of your home, become a virtual assistant and help people keep their days in order. A virtual assistant usually does basic bookkeeping. From research to database entry to making bookings or managing emails. Although diverse, this is one possible way you can earn money online.

Some places you can find great opportunities include:

  • UpWork
  • Fiverr
  • Indeed
  • Remote.co.

9.   Start remote tutoring

Teaching and tutoring online is a great way to make money through Freelancing. There are people in countries such as Hong Kong or the UAE who are willing to pay upwards of $25/hr for you to tutor them English via Skype.

Not really language savvy? Then teach math or science or any other subject of your preference over a free video conferencing tool like Skype, Zoom, or WhatsApp video even. In times like those of the current pandemic, this is an ideal skill to utilize and earn money, from the comfort of your home. With millions of parents stressed out about managing their children’s studying routines, you can jump in to build a good client base and set yourself up in the digital ecosystem. 

According to Forbes, the remote workforce has grown by 159% since 2005 and remote workers were predicted to make up as much as 50% of the entire workforce by the end of this year. Freelancing not only helps people in countries with less job opportunities but also opens a huge door to opportunities that help close the wage gap amongst the two genders. 

So if you are looking to earn money online, today could not be a better day to begin.