5 Skills You Need to Earn Money Online

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workstation-405768_1920Earning extra money is almost always a good thing. When you can earn money regardless of your location, it’s even better. Location independence is one of the main perks of being able to earn money online.

It’s definitely something I’m looking forward to since I plan to start working from home as a full-time freelancer this fall. Many people reach out to me asking how they can earn money online or if I have work-from-home leads for them.

Sometimes I’m at a loss for words because the truth is, there are so many different ways to earn a legitimate income online. Sure there are scams, but there are twice as many real online jobs and freelance opportunities to take advantage of.

Part of someone’s success with securing online work comes from knowing where to look while the other part depends on what kind of skills they have. Not everyone can be successful with online work. You need to have at least some of the following skills.

1. Writing

One of my favorite ways to earn money online is with freelance writing. Businesses, entrepreneurs and website owners all need writers to produce content for their website and blog. Being a skilled writer can go a long way if you wish to earn money online.

All you need to do is pitch a few potential clients or respond to ads on job boards. Once you land a few recurring writing gigs you have the potential to grow your income by raising your rates or obtaining more clients. Many people earn both a part-time and full-time income from freelance writing so it’s a very flexible gig and you have the power to determine how much you earn.

Even if you aren’t interested in writing articles and blog posts, you still need to have some basic writing skills if you want to find online work. Many online gigs and job opportunities require you to fill out reports, send emails regularly, update social media accounts and so on and you need to know how to spell and use correct grammar in order to do the work. If you’re a good writer but simply want help launching an online writing business, check out my friend Cat’s course on writing for blogs and earn a living doing so.

2. Typing

This is a given. If you’re going to work online, you must know how to type and have some basic computer skills. If you don’t know how to type well it will really slow down your productivity and level of efficiency.

There are quite a few online gigs and jobs like transcribing audio and video, data entry and virtual assistant work that require you to type well in order to earn money online.

If you aren’t savvy with the computer or typing, you can download training programs like Mavis Beacon or visit your local library to see if they provide basic computer training classes and assistance. It will become second nature once you get the hang of it.

3. Word Processing

Speaking of having basic typing and computer skills, it’s important that you know how to use word processing programs so you can earn money teaching other people how to master them as well or offering your services by editing and organizing professional documents.

Almost all companies send out letters, emails, reports and marketing campaigns. Smaller businesses and even individuals who can’t have someone prepare these documents in-house may look to outsource the task to a freelancer.

While a lot of people still use popular word processing software like Microsoft Word, there are many other programs and platforms available to take advantage of these days along with email marketing platforms like MailChimp and Constant Contact. If you learn how to draft, design and edit newsletters using a popular email platform, that can be a valuable skill you can use to market yourself for online work.

4. Helping Someone Set Up a Website

There are millions of websites out there and thousands are still being developed each day. As someone who’s worked in the web design industry for the past two years, I know how high the demand is for businesses and individuals to establish a professional online presence.

If you have skills that involve graphic design, programming or even a general understanding of how to setup a basic website and hosting package, you can probably make a killing helping people set up websites from the comfort of your own home. It’s best to have a portfolio site to help attract clients for this type of work. Here’s our guide to setting up a site in a few short steps and you can get hosting for as little as $3.95 through my Bluehost link.

If you can write, you may even be able to offer marketing copy as an additional service for the websites you help create.

5. Communication

Communication skills are important for any job, but crucial if you are working online. Working from your computer at home requires you to rely on your communication skills more since you won’t always see the people you are working with face-to-face.

It’s important to have proper email etiquette, respond promptly and communicate important information to others.

Clients and employers who hire you to do online work will be looking for someone who is dependable and communicates well. Therefore, you must be a self-starter, able to work independently, and willing to communicate clearly despite working location independently sometimes.

Once you possess any or all of these marketable skills, the opportunities for establishing online work will be seemingly endless.


Have you ever tried to earn money online either as a side hustle or full-time job? What type of skills do you have that have been beneficial?

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