It is always a good idea to learn new skills that can help you grow while also helping you to support yourself and your family. Now possibly more than ever. Learning new skills can enrich your life in so many ways including financial but also in your creativity, health, and quality of life.
While we are currently living in challenging times, we are also in a time of immense opportunity. There are so many things we can learn online that can help us start or expand a freelance career giving our lives more freedom and flexibility.
Here are 5 self-taught freelance career ideas to get you started. You can even combine these to offer your clients helpful packages.
1. Content Marketing
Content Marketing is all about using creative thought to develop purposeful and engaging content for the web whether that is through blogs, websites, or email campaigns.
Content marketing is about nurturing customers and potential customers to lead to conversion. If you are interested in a freelance career in content marketing, you will want to look into Blog Content Strategy and Storytelling. Jon Youshaei has a great class on this called Stories That Sell: 7 Secrets To Create Killer Content.
From emails to blog posts to sales pages, as the Marketing Manager at YouTube, Jon knows what he is talking about. And this is an informative and straightforward class.
2. Social Media Marketing
Social Media Marketing gets more specific than content marketing and focuses on social media platforms for the distribution of content. You can go to college to get a marketing degree but many social media managers and marketers actually learned their skills themselves online.
Learning Social Media Content Strategy can prepare you to help a wide range of clients.
You could manage full social media profiles for clients, create social media post packages to sell, work with clients to develop their monthly social media content calendars, and more.
3. Search Engine Optimization
If you are a technical person and love data learning Search Engine Optimization (SEO) could be a great fit. You can learn how to build backlinks to websites, properly use Title Tags, sort through analytics, and understand how search engines like Google rank content.
You can learn how to Launch and Scale SEO Campaigns to support your clients with all the work they are putting into their websites and marketing. You can also learn how to do a Technical SEO Audit for your client’s websites to see what is working and what needs to be improved.
4. Photo and Image Editing
Did you know that many individuals and companies hire freelancers to make their online images look great? Learning to edit photos using popular design tools like Photoshop can get you into a variety of freelance services.
You can specialize in enhancing and restoring old photos, adding special effects with photo manipulation, removing backgrounds, and even creating graphics. Business owners often don’t have the time to learn these skills and want to outsource to a professional which could be a freelancer like you.
5. Design and Branding
Branding has become a highly popular topic even among speakers and bloggers with the emergence of the Personal Brand. It used to be when you thought about branding you thought about a big company like Coca-Cola®. But now more and more people are realizing the power of branding for businesses large and small.
With a Freelance Career in Branding, you could do everything from working with small businesses on a branding strategy to designing logos, custom fonts, and websites. You could consult with companies to help them make strategic design decisions and even get their products to market.
The possibilities are endless and as the late Jim Rohn said,
“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.” Jim Rohn
Learning new skills makes you more valuable to the marketplace and can greatly enhance your life. Now is the time.
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