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7 Skills You Can Learn to Start Making $50 hr Online Right Now

I make between $40-75/hr as a freelance content marketer – creating blog posts and website copy for a variety of businesses. After leaving my job as a healthcare financial analyst to work in a freelance capacity, I’ve had many people ask me how they can do the same.

If you already have a particular skill set, you may discover that you can easily transition into a full-time, profitable freelance lifestyle. Meanwhile, if you don’t have a skill that can be monetized for remote work, consider picking up one of those listed below.

Once you have a slightly above-average understanding of one of these skills, you will be well on your way to making $50/hr, or more..

1. Master Excel Formulas and Pivot Tables

Excel is an amazing tool for anything dealing with data or research – and can benefit finance, marketing, logistics, and many other teams.

Although the basics of Excel are rather easy to grasp, once someone understands the deeper complexities, they can really start saving some serious time.

As a freelancer, if you can develop worksheets that reduce the amount of work that a particular individual has to put into a task, they’ll be willing to pay you handsomely for it.

Afterall, if your Excel worksheet will save someone 20 hours a month, it’s completely acceptable to charge $500-1000 for your work, even if it only takes you a few hours to put together.

2. Become a Tableau Dashboard Expert

Tableau is a big-data visualization tool. Essentially, it allows you to take thousands, or millions, of rows of data and create visualizations that are easy to understand and analyze.

Tableau is particularly popular in research, healthcare, and marketing – where large data sets are the norm.

Although there is a bit of a learning curve with Tableau and the software isn’t cheap, you can easily charge $50-200/hr for your expertise if you gain a thorough understanding of the software.

Because the Tableau community is very active and helpful, it’s possible to pick up the basics relatively quickly, even if it takes a while to master.

3. Become a Landing Page Wiz

Although you can make good money as a blogger and a website content creator, a phenomenally high-paying writing niche is landing page creation.

Landing page writing is the form of writing that has the most easily measurable ROI. You can measure the quality of the writing based on the response the landing page receives in number of sales, email signups, etc.

If you learn how to craft irresistible landing pages that drive sales, finding work will become easy. When you can show that your landing page made $20,000 in profits for the company, it’s not unreasonable to ask for $2-5k for the project.

It’s not easy to become an expert at landing pages, but it’s certainly a good-paying niche (as is blog writing and website copy writing).

4. Learn to Tell Stories with Infographics

One of the most popular types of online media is the infographic. Everyone enjoys looking at a picture in place of a 3000 word long article. But creating one can take a bit of time and energy.

Learn how to master several of the free and inexpensive infographic tools available, like Venngage, Infogr.am, and Canva, and you’ll be able to charge anywhere from $50-1000 to create infographics for businesses and bloggers alike.

While an infographic does take a lot of time to create, it’s not unreasonable to earn $50/hr for your work – and you don’t need to be an expert designer who has mastered the Adobe suite to do it.

5. Present Yourself as a WordPress Manager

WordPress is one of the most popular website and blogging platforms in the world.

Many startups build their entire website on WordPress, which is essentially Lego’s for web design – giving you the ability to add and remove themes and plugins to give the website a different look and functionality.

Although understanding html and css is beneficial for WordPress management, it isn’t necessary. Simply being able to go in and making minor changes to websites, adding and removing plugins, etc., can be very profitable if done right.

Start by creating your own blog, so you understand how to use WordPress. Then, you can start reaching out to others and offering to manage their sites for retainer.

This one can take a bit of time to master, but it certainly has the ability to be very profitable.

6. Master Paid Advertising on Google, Facebook, and Other Platforms

Most businesses have to pay in order to be seen by their customers. They do this through buying ads on Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. – or by purchasing banner ads and sponsored posts directly from bloggers.

Pick one or two platforms and research how to maximize paid advertising on that platform. Then start managing advertising campaigns for businesses.

Most advertisers will charge a monthly retainer to manage the contract, and then the client will run the ads (or you will do it using their money).

Your job is to A/B test to find the best phrases, search terms, and target audiences to maximize your client’s return on investment.

Once you develop a history of successful campaigns you can easily charge $200-2000/month to manage these contracts – and you may only need to put in a couple of hours a month once the contract and campaigns are established.

7. Develop Killer Social Media Marketing Strategies

Although you won’t make more than $10-15/hr sending Tweets and Facebook statuses for clients, you can certainly make $50-100+ if you focus on holistic social media marketing strategies.

Research the latest trends, learn how to grow followers and connect with influencers, and find what best drives engagement. Then start working with clients who want to succeed in the world of social media.

Your best bet is probably to hire a team that can do the leg work for you, while you focus on the holistic strategy. However, you can also take on more of a consulting role or even do the work yourself – just make sure you find ways to automate or outsource tasks that don’t require a high degree of expertise..

It’s time to start making money online!

Now that you’ve seen this short list of possible ways to make big-money online, it’s time for you to go try one or two! Then, come back and let me know how it went.

Remember that freelancing takes time, initially, to build up a client base and reputation. However, once you get going, it will be more than easy to earn $50 or more per hour working on your own time.

For the comments: Are there any “relatively easy” skills that I missed? Or, have you found it easy (or difficult) to make money with any of these skills in the past? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Rob

Rob is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability. He founded Money Nomad in 2014!

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    1. I would recommend two things: Create a few useful spreadsheets that can benefit people (such as personal finance or business tools) and sell them on Fiverr. This will bring in a few dollars.

      Then move on to Upwork to look for projects. However, look for projects that you know you can accomplish quickly through automation – don’t bother with low-paying data entry projects.

      Additionally, consider offering your services on Craigslist – both as a Excel tool generator and even a teacher/instructor. Many people will pay to have someone help them improve their own skills.

      From here I would recommend building your own online portfolio and reaching out to potential clients directly. It’s not easy to get started, but it’s certainly possible! Finally, don’t charge per hour – charge by the product. That’s one of the best ways to maximize your returns.

      1. Good luck and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. It’s not always easy getting started – especially with those first few clients. But it’s possible! I’m more than happy to provide tips whenever you hit a roadblock.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Eric!

      And it’s not easy to move to $50 overnight – it has to be more of a progression. I started writing $5 articles, now I write those same 500 words for around $100. The key is to build up a portfolio over time. But it doesn’t take long – you can bump up your compensation in just a few months.

      To start I would recommend looking at websites like Upwork (which I have a few articles about in my Start Here section). Also check Craigslist and even mention it on your personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. You might find a friend who needs help with a project (or his own job) and is willing you to assist.

      Again, it won’t happen overnight, but if you commit a few hours a week to finding and working for clients, you can increase your rates pretty quickly.

  1. Thanks for this. Like others, I have many of the skills you discuss, it’s more a matter of converting those skills into something marketable.

    When you’re in a corporate role, those skills are just part of doing your job. Sometimes you don’t stop to think that not everyone has those same skills, and even if they do, they may not want to spend the time.

    Your responses in tne comments are helpful as well.

    Regards,
    FS

    1. Right. Many corporate employees have an incredible advantage. And, even if you’re the worst Excel user in your department, the odds are you know more than 99% of business owners. So you can still provide an incredible benefit through freelancing. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Infographics are something that’s been on my list to master. I’ve done one or two on Canva, which is fairly easy to use but there is a small learning curve. Besides being able to write a long article, I have been passed up for some opportunities because of my limited experience with infographics.

    1. I’ve looked into Canva and a few other platforms as well. And you’re absolutely right. They are great tools, but it can take a little while to become proficient with them. However, you can definitely start making a few extra bucks once you learn how to do it well – I’ve known a few designers earning almost exclusively from infographics.

  3. I love number one, mastering Excel and pivot tables. It’s amazing how much we used Excel in the Fortune 500 company I used to work for as a finance analyst. We tried so many systems to try to replace it, but always used it in addition to the systems we used. Pivot tables are a must. 🙂 Plus when you master it, you can always offer training courses as well. Great list!

  4. Wow, Rob! I never thought of a number of things that you mentioned. Great ideas. I wish I was capable in all 7 areas, but you’ve given me some insight on things to focus on. I really like the one on Infographics. I’m a “Picture” guy, so that should suit me. I just need to look into it.

    As for WordPress manager, I have two sites of my own and I’m helping a friend set up hers. Might be something here.

    Thanks for the info!!

    1. Great! Come back and let me know when you have a few developed. I’d love to see your work and maybe share a few.

  5. Hey ROB !!

    Its really good to read your articles,I appreciate the details you have mentioned.To become our best selves, we must constantly be learning more skills and educating ourselves on how to provide more value to the world.Education isn’t just about getting that degree––it’s about honing skills that will make graduates desirable in a competitive workplace.
    You tips are very beneficial whenever you start up your online work.OI will surely read your tips once whenever i will start up.
    Keep posting such articles.
    have a nice day

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tyler. You’re absolutely right — constant learning is key to success in today’s world, regardless of whether you’re a freelancer or a full-time employee. I appreciate you following along in the journey!

  6. Very well said, this is different information from the previous article post I saw, and this 7 tips is truly important. I love the way say you present yourself as a WordPress Manager sound interesting. Excellent strategies Rob… Appreciated! 😀

    1. Thanks Amelia!

      I’m glad that you found the article useful. It really is amazing how the way you present yourself can influence people’s perception and their willingness to pay you a premium. The exact same work, done by someone who knows how to look like a professional, can earn 10x as much!

    1. Great question Tyler. And sadly there’s no website where you can go and proclaim “hire me for boatloads of money”. At least, not that I’ve come across.

      However, if you are competent in these skills, you’re in a good starting place. Jump on freelance sites like Upwork to start, search Indeed for remote/contract positions, and start networking. I’ll definitely need to write another article that discusses the importance of networking to this entire process.

  7. Hey ROB !!

    Great post !!

    I really appreciate it.This post is aimed at showing you what works, so you can go ahead and implement the ideas to earn $100 every day.
    Bear in mind that you need to work hard, take responsibility for your life and blame no one for being broke. Money is everywhere on the internet, if you can make $100 every 24 hours, that should be $3,100 at the end of the month. Isn’t that wonderful?

    Keep posting !!
    Have a great day

    1. Thanks for stopping by. And you’re absolutely right — it’s a lot of hard work, but you can make decent money on the web! Good luck on your journey!

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