In the past few weeks and days, everything’s been a bit crazy.
You may be stuck at home, wondering what to do with all this time.
It’s easy to be tempted to while away your time but this could be an opportunity to upgrade your skills and come out of this break a more refined person.
Thankfully, with the help of the internet, you can learn a lot of skills online at your own pace for free, or for an affordable cost.
Here are some high-demand skills that you can develop while at home in this period.
1. Web development:
With the increasing number of business startups and the rise of competition, many businesses are looking to build better websites and boost their brand. The need for web developers is continually rising.
There are several free courses online that could get you started on your web development journey and hopefully land you your first web development job.
Some websites that you can learn web development for free are:
Free Code Camp:
Free code camp is a nonprofit organization that helps passionate people learn about code and to build amazing projects. It also has a forum for like-minded programmers to share ideas and ask questions, all for free.
There are lots of free courses on Edx by institutions such as Havard, MIT and Berkeley. However, to get a certificate on the completion of a course, you’ll need to pay a fee.
This is another cool platform where you can learn all sorts of skills for free, or at a very affordable price.
There are several platforms where you can learn how to code both for free. Check out this article by mockplus to find out more.
Some paid websites that you can learn coding from are:
This is a very popular and really cool online learning platform. There are so many courses on Udemy and at the completion of most courses, certificates are issued.
Some of the courses are a bit pricey, but they often have coupon codes that could give you amazing discounts.
One of the perks of using Udemy is the reviews that you can take a look at before deciding to purchase a course. You can also get refunded if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
Also, most of the instructors are experts so you’ll be learning new skills from a legit source.
This is another excellent platform where you can learn all sorts of skills. You can also get certificates after course completion which can help you boost your resume and potentially land good clients.
However, in an applied skill like web development or coding in general, having a portfolio that shows all your work will be more valuable than presenting a certificate in showing your expertise.
There are lots of free classes on skillshare and you can also ask questions on their community forums. There are also paid courses which give you more options and definitely, more value.
However, the free courses are a good start to test the site and see if you want to go ahead to get a paid course. On signing up, you get a 7-day free trial where you can have free access to all paid courses.
2. Freelance writing:
Many business owners who are selling goods or some kind of service need content writers to promote their products or add value to their customers.
As a freelance writer, you almost never run out of jobs because there are always people who are willing to pay for good quality and well-written content.
If you like writing but just don’t feel confident in your writing skills, then you can get started by taking a writing course on one of the websites that I suggested earlier.
There are unbelievably good courses that can help you get started on your freelancing career.
Being a freelance writer requires you to be able to work both efficiently and quickly in order to offer good and satisfactory services to your customers.
Just like in web development, although having a certificate is a good bonus to your writing career, having some work to show for it is something that can make you stand out from the crowd of freelance writers.
You can build a portfolio or simply place links to some works you’ve already done. Ultimately, to become better at freelance writing (or any other skill), practice is key.
3. UX/UI Design:
User experience and user interface designing are high demand skills.
While UX design is mostly about making interfaces that focus on creating graphically appealing designs that users will find easy to use, and pleasurable, UI design includes other things like motions and audio included.
UI Design is a component of UX design but they are closely related.
To find out more about UX/UI design, check out this article.
Here’s a video by a professional designer that can help you understand more about UX and UI design
4. Social Media Marketing:
Just like I mentioned earlier, there are lots of businesses that need help in promoting their products through their social media profiles.
Too often, we see businesses with inactive social media accounts, even when social media marketing gives businesses a bigger opportunity to generate leads, and ultimately, sales.
According to Emarketer, 90.4% of Millennials, 77.5% of Generation X, and 48.2% of Baby Boomers use social media actively.
Social media marketing is highly beneficial to companies that target a young or youthful audience, so, once you learn and develop your social media marketing skills, you can market your services to such businesses with high potential.
5. Graphic design:
Graphic design includes lots of things and you can concentrate on one of those things.
For example, logo design is a part of graphic design and one can decide to focus on designing logos solely.
Some things that you can do with graphic design skills include designing cartoons, custom graphics, logos, and so much more.
Really, there are no limits to the things you can do with graphic design.
To learn more about graphic design, read this article.
6. Content Marketing:
This involves marketing your products and services by offering free content to people who are interested in it. (source)
The main aim of content marketing is to create value to the target market and make them see the importance of the product or service that you are offering.
Now, as a content marketer, you must not be the one offering the product, rather, a business that offers this service can hire you, the content marketer to create useful content for their already existing or potential customers.
Content marketing involves market research, may involve the knowledge of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), and a host of other necessary skills such as social media marketing.
Content marketing can seem overwhelming but with the right systems, strategies and schedules in place, you can start a successful content marketing career and do a great job for your clients.
Check out this video to learn more about content marketing.
7. Mobile App Development:
With the growing amount of business startups and rebrandings, many businesses need mobile apps and creative mobile app designers.
Not only businesses but organizations like charities and nonprofits in general often need mobile apps. This is what makes mobile app development a very profitable skill.
No doubt, there are several mobile app designers and developers out there. However, the only way you can learn is by getting started.
That way, you can learn the right techniques to make your work both unique and of unmatched quality.
8. Video editing & Illustration:
Video editing is another highly demanded skill that you can learn while at home.
Apart from being able to work for high paying clients in need of this service, you can build a personal brand from it.
Depending on what your interests are, you can leverage your video editing and illustration skills to make youtube videos based on your interests.
Also, several businesses use illustrated videos in their advertisement campaigns or for other purposes. By developing your video editing skills you can put yourself in a better position to cater to the needs of such companies.
9. 3d Design & Modelling:
3d design is a very distinct and unique skill. Several businesses use 3d design in the modelling of new products and also in advertising.
Many building and construction companies, as well as tech and industrial companies, make use of 3d design services.
With hard work and an enticing portfolio, you could land a job in an entertainment animation studio too.
However, as with many other digital occupations, the best way to stand out to 3d design clients is to build a rich portfolio that showcases your work. A certificate of course completion will most likely not be enough.
10. Digital Marketing:
Digital Marketing encompasses a range of responsibilities and content marketing is one of them.
Broadly, any kind of marketing that involves electronic devices is digital marketing. In Neil Patel’s Digital Marketing Article, he makes it clear and explains how billboards and other forms of digital marketing are literally going extinct.
Digital marketing is an awesome career in this day and age, especially with the high percentage of people using electronic devices compared to what it was some years ago.
The world is going digital, you can do almost anything online, including school and work and several businesses are already leveraging or looking to leverage this opportunity.
If you want to help businesses make their brands known, or better still, promote your own brand online, then digital marketing should be a good fit for you. Getting started on your digital marketing career or gaining experience in it requires practice and training.
As a total beginner, the best way to get started is by completing a digital marketing training and gaining some experience by working for a business.
Sometimes it’s hard to get a job as a beginner to digital marketing when you’ve got no results to present to your potential clients.
So, how can you get the experience you need as a beginner?
You can reach out to local businesses who may be interested in using this service or promote your personal brand.
The most important factor that a client would likely consider in hiring you as their digital marketer is the results you have driven for other businesses you have worked in.
Learning a new skill requires patience, dedication and passion. Don’t give up at any point if it gets frustrating.
Did you find any of the skills I mentioned above interesting? If yes, write a comment below and let me know 🙂
Esther Alu, the Founder of TheAceBusiness.com is an entrepreneur who writes step-by-step guides for starting several business ideas. She is constantly learning and discovering effective ways to help her readers launch and grow successful businesses.