The Secret to Working from Home: It’s All About Your Skills
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I know I want to work from home; I just don’t know if I have the skills to make any money. What am I supposed to do?
That’s one of the most common questions I get asked about working from home. And it’s a really, really good one!
If you’re asking, it probably means you’ve been thinking about it for a while.
You’ve Googled ways to make money from home. Or scrolled through Pinterest, searching for money-making tips for staying at home.
After you sifted through the scammy-looking options and the ones that want you to sell products to all your friends and family…you end up seeing a lot of surveys you can take, call centers applications, or data entry jobs.
Which — let me just make a quick side note here — if data entry is your thing, then go for it!! There are lots of good data entry job opportunities out there, and if you like to put in your headphones, listen to your favorite music, and plug in numbers — that is awesome.There’s a need out there, and if that makes you happy, then you should totally jump on board.
If jobs like data entry or being all the phone all day aren’t your thing, that’s okay too.
Because there are countless job opportunities out there for people with all sorts of interests. It’s just a matter of finding what you want to do and matching up the right skills.
Working from home successfully is all about your skills
Skills are the foundation of your work-from-home career. You have to either have skills or be willing to grow skills in order to be successful and fulfilled in your work-from-home career.
The most straightforward way to grow your skills is to take an online course in the area you’re interested in.
I’ve always loved working with words, especially proofreading and editing. I was the go-to person to look over friends’ resumes. During my brief time in college I even worked at the university’s writing center and coached students on writing.
I had a problem though: I knew I liked to proofread. And I knew I could do something with it online…but I wasn’t sure how to translate doing something I loved into making consistent money online.
So I found a course specifically on proofreading and how to make money working from home as a proofreader. I paid $397 for it. And dove right in. It covered all the ins and outs, from how to proofread to how to market myself as a proofreader.
That course help launch me into a successful part-time proofreading career I still love to do. Aaaaand it eventually lead to me making a six-figure income through other opportunities that eventually came up.
All from me taking one. course.
Now, I’m not saying that you should run out and buy a course and expect to make six figures within a couple months. I worked my butt off for three years between buying the course and eventually making a great paycheck.
I learned a whole lot of other skills — and went through lot of other courses — between that proofreading course and me making six figures.
BUT I cannot discount the fact a well-written course kickstarted a career I could never have gotten started on on my own. And one that opened so. many. other doors for me.
Skills and a solid income don’t come overnight: they take work!
As with any part of working from home, you have to realize a full-time (or even a part-time) income doesn’t just come overnight. Even if you take a course.
You have to be willing to
- put in the work
- study hard
- try different things
- step out of your comfort zone (waaaaaaaaaaaaaay outta your comfort zone)
- be crazy diligent
- make sacrifices on your time
And you have to realize that you will have to spend some money upfront to learn skills that will serve you for years and years ahead.
Just like people will go to college for four years (some even way longer!) and pay thousands and thousands of dollars to learn a skill they will be using for the rest of their lives, the skills you need to successfully work from home rarely come for free.
Sure, it is possible to learn a lot from YouTube videos, Googling, and reading…it’s a lot of trial and error. Wondering what info is scammy, what info is good.
And then you have to piece together the how-tos from a bunch of different resources.
Even then, a lot of the information you find inside solid courses just can’t be efficiently found online.
It’s worth paying a few hundred on a quality course that will have the information you need to get started on a skill.
Because skills are what help build a solid foundation to a successful work-from-home career.
Want to know if the skills you’re interested in learning more about are skills people will actually pay you for? Watch this Live I made recently on a quick n easy way you can find out!