3 Skills You Need to Work from Home

And Make Money Online

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Sometimes our regular work is not challenging or fulfilling enough. Maybe you dream of becoming an entrepreneur and own our own business one day. Maybe you simply were not made for the drudgery of a traditional 9–5.

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to work from home and or make money online, there are skills you can learn quickly, to get started. Ideally, you already have some skills you can leverage from your previous experiences.

For example, maybe you were an administrator and you are a fast typer. Or you have incredible organizational skills you developed as a manager. Those wonderful skills carry over so be sure to take inventory of your own.

Here are 3 skills you need to work from home and make money online.

Skill 1: Copywriting

If you are in any sort of marketing, sales, business, or advertising environment, chances are you have heard of the term copywriting and you know exactly what it is for, and its’ purpose. For those of you who do not know, or are not 100% clear on the question of “what is copywriting?”

Copywriting is content specifically used for advertising or marketing purposes whether this is online, sent through direct mail, or a blurb on an image of a watch.

And there is a whole science to it.

Did you know that copy is considered effective by experts when it is written at a reading level of eight or lower? There is a measuring system that tests the complexity of your writing called the Flesch-Kincaid score. Let that sink in for a minute.

What does a copywriter do?

A copywriter is unlike any other freelancer or employee because it is very different from creative, technical, or professional writing. Copywriting is a very specific skill that aims at finding the best combination of words to compel someone to purchase something.

Copywriters write to make and increase sales.

If you are wondering how to become a copywriter, then you can get started by learning more about it with the free resources on search engines. It can start as simply as pitching your ideas to any company that sells a product or service.

Early on, you may not get many hits because it is a skill that takes time to develop. It is easy to differentiate between someone has studied the craft of copywriting compared to a creative writer or a journalist. One is their comfort in asking for a call to action.

The best way to get started affordably is to read copywriting books.

Here is a small list of popular experts to get you started: Victor O. Schwab, Eugene M. Schwartz, David Ogilvy, Gary or Bond Halbert, John Carlton..

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Skill 2: SEO or Search Engine Optimization

You probably read about SEO or Search Engine Optimization somewhere. It is a hot trending topic and has been for quite a while. There are businesses built around SEO. For example, entrepreneurs who spot market opportunities and need to quickly launch a website and product. SEO helps them get noticed faster. SEO is valuable to know for startups and entrepreneurs.

Let us first look at the SEO definition which is essentially a technical process that helps websites reach higher rankings on search engines.

Now, what is SEO, and I mean what is it really? How does it work? How do people add things to the top of search engines?

Higher appearances on search engines are done through tools, articles, research, and more. There is even a search engine ranking tool you can install onto your websites for free such as All In One SEO or Yoast SEO. The two main things you need to know about SEO is Keywords and Links.

There is even a whole science behind picking the best SEO keywords that are being searched online, and Google even provides a free tool to help you accomplish this.

The best part is there is no fancy coding or math you need to learn to understand SEO.

If you already know how to write an article, you can start to tie in any SEO knowledge you gain to create more search engine friendly articles.

Furthermore, understanding search engine optimization is hugely important for anyone looking to start a business to learn because they need to know how people will find them online.

And for our last skill:

Skill 3: Learn how to start a website.

Starting a website is akin to learning to build a house, or opening up a store in some commercial space.

Except, it is much, much simpler.

Figuring out how to set up a website and organize all of your content requires work, but it is not much more difficult than something like organizing the shelves in a retail store.

By learning to create your own website you are learning to build and own internet property. And there is so much you can do with it.

You can build businesses off just about any niche you can think of, and the opportunities are endless.

You can build a website for yourself or for other people. There is even a free website maker called WordPress that allows you to set up your very own page for free. You may have to pay if you want more customized pages, but it is definitely a great, easy, no-cost way to dive in.

Learning to build a website is fairly easy today. It only seems more challenging because there are many websites. And you have to learn about concepts like SEO and various integrations or plugins to be more effective.

And with the power of knowing how to build a website, comes the power of knowing how to make money online.

Best Wishes,

Emmett

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Emmett Ferguson

10x Author, Udemy Course Creator, Youtuber, and Podcaster.

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