Monday 16 September, 2019

The Digital Age with Keron McLeish: High-Income skills for teens

With schools closed, I am sure parents are going to be hoping that their kids will be doing something productive during the holidays. 

Some parents either may not know where to start or may not have the money to put their kids into some programs but there is some good news. Since we are in the digital age, there is a lot that can be learned at a very minimal cost.

Remember how, years ago, parents always told us to become a doctor or a lawyer or go pick up a trade? That was mainly due to the economic benefits and social status that accompanied it.

Now, the world has changed and there are a wide variety of high-income skills that are in heavy demand but also generate some amazing revenue and the best part is that these skills we are going to talk about, can net you clients from anywhere in the world.

The goal of our generation is to have location freedom and time freedom but also not have our incomes tied to the economies of one country.

The beauty of these skills is that most of them don’t need any certifications, you simply need to put in the time to learn them, you can start learning for free and continue learning for relatively cheap and once you start to develop those skills, because they are in high demand, it will be easy to start building your portfolio of work and then you can start to leverage it to make money.

Here are some of the top high-income skills teens can learn this summer:

  • Web Development
  • Content Creation
  • App Development
  • Social Media Management
  • Drop shipping
  • Sales Funnel Development
  • UI/UX Development
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Google Analytics
  • Digital Marketing
  • Animation
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Facebook Ads Management

So now that you got 16 high-income skills that are highly coveted around the world, the next question you will have is how can you get started.

Great, I am glad you asked. One of the top online schools to learn the majority of the skills I have listed is  Skills Share.

Skills Share is one of the leading online platforms where courses are taught by some great practitioners of the skillsets. The best part is, Skills Share is offering the first month free and then it starts at either US$15 monthly or US$99 for the year.

Combine this with the most resourceful platform on the planet, YouTube and you are well on your way to learning one of the high-income skills.

When these skills are learned, not only will you be able to pick up work from other Caribbean islands but you can build your profile on popular freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr, to start getting jobs from across the globe.

If you are wondering how you can get paid online, the easiest way would be to get a PayPal account. PayPal works with JMMB locally here in Trinidad and Tobago to deposit funds into your account or you can deposit PayPal funds to any Visa card, even if it is prepaid (not MasterCard). For all the other islands that have Visa Debit cards, you guys are fine to receive money from PayPal without any hassle.

So parents, check out Skills Share, sit down with your kids and see what courses interest them and sign them up for the program of their choice and start nurturing these new skillsets and allow them to start participating in the global economy.

This is one of the best ways to ensure that your kids will have futureproof skills and won’t be struggling to find a job.

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