Use Your Expert Skills to Become an Entrepreneur We live in an amazing time. Technology has taken us to places we never thought possible, creating opportunities and opening doors that reach into all parts of the world. Regardless of your age, nationality, or background, you can find new and exciting ways to build a business. […]
We live in an amazing time. Technology has taken us to places we never thought possible, creating opportunities and opening doors that reach into all parts of the world. Regardless of your age, nationality, or background, you can find new and exciting ways to build a business. By becoming your own boss, you can bring in extra income to pay off bills, go on a dream vacation, or save for retirement.
The great thing is that you don’t have to quit your day job, but you can create a space for yourself online using skills you already know. It may take some time, of course, but people are collaborating more these days and are less afraid to reach out to get the assistance they need. It’s likely that you have a skill that someone else would love to learn! There is no better time than the present to offer your knowledge to others and get paid for doing it. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Become a Freelancer
According to Forbes.com, freelancers are now making up 35% of the workforce in 2017. There are many reasons for this increase in people who work from home, but one of the main reasons is the satisfaction that comes from being your own boss. You can take the skills that you already have and use them online to create a business that you enjoy – all without a boss breathing down your neck, driving to work every day, and working set hours.
Most freelancers charge around $25 per hour, and that can add up very quickly by taking on a few new clients each month. There are many ways to create your own business online, and you can begin by creating a website (use your name as the URL if it’s available), and also by creating profiles on freelance work sites such as Upwork and LinkedIn ProFinder.
Teach What You Know
As an expert in your own field, you have a skill set unlike anyone else. There are likely people who would love the opportunity to learn from you, especially if you like working with others. Teaching others does not mean that you have to know everything; it just means that you know more than the average person so you can help someone else reach the next level in their own adventures through life. As an example, you may understand how to create a simple website through WordPress, but maybe you would not qualify as an expert coder. There are many people who would welcome the opportunity to learn how to build a basic website without venturing into the coding side of things.
Here at Lyghtly, we want you, as an instructor, to let us know what you can do well so you can teach others. We recommend that you get verified through our background checker, GoodHire, as proof that you do not have any criminal records. Beyond that, we believe that the sky’s the limit. You might know how to play a musical instrument, balance a budget, speak in pig latin, or write a book – lots of people would love to learn how to do these things. You have the ability to put some lessons together and earn a passive income by teaching people. You can make this “job” as big or small as you want it to become! Remember: The sky’s the limit!
Be a Coach
You might be thinking: “I’m not a coach or even a teacher! I can’t do that!” Much like teaching, a coach helps other professionals tap into their own resources to create their own businesses. This is very rewarding work and creates a win-win situation for both of you. You can meet with your clients online or locally through scheduled meetings where you hold them accountable for certain milestones. You can then follow up and provide feedback as you help them grow into their own niche through the avenue of your own experience and expertise.
As your coaching business grows, you will find yourself having a profitable business that will require you to continue to stretch and grow. Lyghtly.com is a great place to connect with people who want to be coached, and are looking for just the right person to help them. Remember that coaching someone else is just helping them to be successful. If you love working with people and helping them be successful, you will enjoy being a coach.
The Bottom Line
These are only a few of the way that you can turn your skills into a business. Writers, Internet marketers, designers, web developers, bloggers, and others have taken their talents and used them to create a profitable business. In an age when technology is making it so easy to reach out to others, it’s time to step up your game and teach your expert skills to others. Make some extra money. Connect with others. Broaden your horizons. And above all: Enjoy what you’re doing along the way!