1. How to hone your skills on the go without spending a dime, and
2. How to earn money with your skills on the side
Second thing we are not trying to sell any product or service here for our benefit, it's all available free and we just want to share what we know.
I know there are a lot of bored family women, students wanting some part time work, unemployed youngsters out there... not knowing what to do in life and thinking that they need some money to do anything at all. This is for you guys!! And we know how it feels to be at home, after becoming a graduate and not using our skills in this technological era!! And of course we need to earn money to sustain. So how do we do it?
1. Do you know what is MOOC?
Massive Open Online Course - This is a recent development in distance education method. It's amazing to know there are so many ways to learn what you want, earn credits and even get a certificate from a University. And all this is open to anyone across the world and doesn't need you to pay!! There are so many free courses for you... then if you want you can pay and take the advanced courses. But we tell you you'll not have time to complete the free ones. :) They teach you with various materials, videos, assignments and interactive forums for the students across the world!! Many of you might have known such online websites offering free courses, but do you know you can even earn a credit by completing these courses and apply for a certification or a graduate degree? Yes, you can!! You need to explore the courses, gather your credits (Credits are transferable) and just google how to get a degree from a University with earned credits. (More than 27% US and 8% Indians have taken certification courses online for free)
The least thing - get you Certificate of Mastery for free!!
Getting a Degree or Certificate is secondary... You need to improve your skills and make use of them in your new career or as a side income. There are many open university sites which offer free courses, ranging from Science to Art to Technology - arts, photography, crafting, music, technology, computer science, math, business management, programming, humanities and every damn subject in this world. Delivered by the best professors and universities across the world!! Some of them are listed below... EXPLORE the courses, CHOOSE, ENROLL, STUDY ON THE GO and EARN MASTERY CERTIFICATE!! It's easy to enroll... not much details required about you. Just an email would do in most cases.
One stop shop for all the listed courses from various online education providers:
Apart from this you have these Universities and entities:
- WEU (World Education University)
- edX - Started by Harvard and MIT Universities to offer free online education
Personally I have registered in all these forums for various courses which suits my creative interests and to take The Kavic Living to the next best level:
- "Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques" from Coursera offered by Pennsylvania State University
- "DIGA 130: DIGA 130 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator" from WEU
- "Karl Taylor's Free Photography course" from Udemy
One stop shop for links to all online learning resources categorized by subjects:
So hop on into these online education communities and start sharpening your skills. Remember it is never too late to start something new!!
Now that we have got the right skills, you can play with them to earn some money.
First option is Freelancing!! You can freelance any skill you got.. be it training a dog to teaching programming!! You can be a virtual assistant... you can help someone in writing.. work on digital graphics.. create logos for others.. web design.. freelance photography... voice over.. anything for that matter. There are different forums to find some real work! It's pretty easy to get started. Give it a try.. If you are able to earn some bucks, I don't think you'll stop it :)
Some of the freelance sites are: oDesk, Elance, Guru, Rent A Coder, Fiverr, etc. Explore the Web for others!!
I have personally used some of them as a freelance market researcher (Will tell you more about my market research freelancing in another post) and earned about $400 in my first few months of freelancing. That's actually big for me while I do a full time job and take care of family!! Now that I'm busy with my website I couldn't hang on.. but would get back for sure after learning a gamut of creative skills. :)
The second option is to CREATE your own products and sell them. If you can write well, write an ebook and publish it.. Cook books is a best way... if you can craft, sell your hand crafted products online through shopo or etsy... Facebook is a great way to sell your stuff!! If you can paint well.. sell your art!! There are N number of things that you can create.
The third option is to search for a new job with your new skills, which gives you a pay hike!! Or the least ask for a promotion with your developed skills :)
Hope we gave you an insight of how you can personally develop yourself and try earning a bit more than what you are!! If you have any other ideas, share it to our readers here!
We are excited... We are sure to post a Success story write-up on our newly learn t skills and
Have fun learning and earning!!