Have you ever thought of making some extra bucks from your talent and skills? Do you dream of building a career and making a living out of your passion? You might think it’s impossible for you, but most tend to dismiss what they are good at and fail to notice it. Not only will you be able to work with what you love, but you will also have the flexibility and freedom to work from wherever you want. It almost feels like a distant dream because you feel like you have no talent but hey, in this day and age, you can monetize just about anything! So how can you discover your talent and make money out of it in 2021?
Did you know that when you love what you do, you’ll find very quickly that starting your work actually gives you energy? That’s right! You end up getting hyped at the end of the day than when you started. Work becomes effortless because you’re aligned with what you naturally want to be spending your day doing. Thus, let me give you a hint: Your talent lies in places where you probably take for granted. You might see it as a natural ability that brings no special meaning but, why don’t we assess that shall we?
How To Find Out What Your Talents Are?
More often than not, we have talents that are so intrinsic that we don’t see them as valuable skills. It could be anything, from being excellent at writing or drawing, taking care of plants, or even cooking and unmatched social skill. Try asking yourself these:
- What are some fun activities you do outside of work?
- Which activities have you always enjoyed doing, but had to stop because you didn’t have enough free time?
- Which of those activities do you not need any help to do?
- If money wasn’t an issue, what would you like to be doing the most?
- What do people ask you to teach?
By answering these questions, you will find some of your talents, which are a great start to monetize your passion. Now, how do you transform what you love doing into a source of income? Here are some questions that will be the core of your business:
- Define your ideal client.
- What kinds of people could ideally benefit from your knowledge?
- Interview three people you most respect (friends and family members) and ask them what they see you doing? What are your strengths from their standpoint?
- Analyze your competition and find out all about them. This will give you ideas as to your niche and how you can brand yourself.
What Can You Do With Those Talents?
At this point, you have a rough idea of what you love doing and where your talent lies but, what can you do with it? To begin strategizing on how you can make an income from your skills, here’s a list of actions that you can take into consideration:
1. Teach lessons
There will always be people who are eager to learn and seek knowledge. Hence why don’t you provide these people that outlet by teaching topics that you are knowledgeable about? Think outside the box and don’t only give yourself options on foreign languages or school subjects. It can be lessons on music, sewing, gaming, crafts, writing, or any other topic that you have mastered.
2. Offer consulting services
If finding a full-time job has been a hassle for you, then you can take a different approach by offering people consulting services on your set of skills. This can be in something as technical as finance to as casual as house organization tips. The possibilities are endless in consulting. Think of it as coaching!
3. Become a freelancer
Do you have a knack for writing, editing videos, designing, programming, or any of those sorts? Then you can sell your talents by branding yourself as a freelancer for other individuals and companies. This is a highly sought-after niche, especially for those that want to avoid conventional careers. The best part is that you don’t need to get in contact with people. You can simply register on websites that connect independent professionals to companies such as UpWork, Freelancer, Fiverr, and more.
4. Sell your arts and crafts
Are you into crafts or photography? For photography, you can do so much more than just become a freelance photographer. Websites such as Shutter Stock, Dreamstime, and more will buy professional photos for their image database, and you can become one of their suppliers. You can also sell your crafts that range from handmaid jewelry, resin art, embroidery, and such!
5. Record a video or stream your process
It’s the year 2021, and anything and everything can be monetized as entertaining content online! People make easy money by recording their day-to-day activities, creating video content on Youtube, TikTok, Instagram while getting paid by brands and companies! You can also record yourself playing videos games and stream online. The possibilities are endless, and you don’t even need all those fancy equipment. Every content creator started with just the earphone and phone as their camera, so what’s stopping you?