Too many people are making do by living paycheque-to-paycheque because their regular job doesn’t pay enough to provide any extra spending money – but they don’t have the confidence to go out and start their own business.
Yet, today it’s easier than ever to dip your toes into the pool of entrepreneurship using your undervalued skills or flourishing passions plus a home computer with a decent Wi-Fi connection.
You will already be adept at many of the skills that it takes to set yourself up online, even if you don’t realize it. Uploading pictures, adding captions and links and setting up payment options and processes are all things that most of us have picked up from using social media and sites like eBay or PayPal. It is in the interest of sales websites like Etsy or Shutterstock to make it as easy as possible to use those acquired skills to set up an online shop. And at the end of it, not only do you have that extra income, but you have the experience and confidence that comes with making it all happen.
Deciding what to sell or license online may be the toughest part. If you have an arty streak, maybe you’ll sell paintings or prints; if you’re more of a thinker, you could put together your own eBook to sell via Smashwords or another similar site. Other people choose to offer a service such as dog-walking, babysitting or tutoring via Skype; still, others let the value of their possessions do the hard work, by renting out rooms, tools or vehicles.
So before you rush ahead or shy away from doing something lucrative for yourself, allow yourself to be inspired by this new infographic from Quick Quid – it’s packed with different ideas on how you might put your hidden skills in action.
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John is a digital nomad and freelance writer. Specialising in leadership, digital media and personal growth, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. A native Englishman, he is always on the move, but can most commonly be spotted in Norway, the UK and the Balkans. Connect with him on LinkedIn.