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How to Turn Your Tech-Savvy Skills Into Extra Income

How to Turn Your Tech-Savvy Skills Into Income

In today’s Information Age, much of our daily routines, both personal and professional, rely on our ability to utilize technology, remote communications, and social media networks.

We have embraced technology wholeheartedly, and we’ve accepted it into our lives in ways in which parts of the brain may never understand.

Whether this sounds like you or not, chances are you possess a valuable talent that could be producing a second income.

CNN Money reports, an astronomical 49% of Americans 35 and older are not saving for retirement. It’s tough balancing a budget, paying off debt, and finding ways to save at the end of each month. That’s why I would like to share with you some ideas for turning your tech savvy skills into income.

So, whether your goal is to save towards your emergency fund, Roth IRA, 401k, or simply to have peace of mind, I encourage you to explore, cultivate, and market your habituated talent(s).

Bloggers

According to SimplyHired, the average Blogger earns roughly $50k per year. Blogs can easily be set-up using a Content Management System (CMS).

To attract an audience you’ll need to post regular niche content. With that said, web traffic is how you’ll earn your money. The more web traffic your blog has, the more advertisers will pay to display their ads. You can monitor your web traffic using Google’s free “Google Analytics” tool.

You can also sign-up with one of the popular ad partners like Commission Junction and Google’s AdSense if you would like to streamline the process of managing ads until you become an established blogger.

Social Media Manager

If you have a knack for social media and enjoy its emerging trends, like the latest; Instagram, you could be earning a second income as a social media manager. Consider searching online and soliciting local businesses to offer your services.

Your fee is at your discretion; however,  the average cost for this service is between $250-$500 per month. Your price should reflect your client’s specific needs and the number of pages you manage.

On-line Instructor

Becoming an online instructor will take some time and research, but will generate a very lucrative second income.

Each state has its own guidelines and qualifications regarding each type of online instruction. GMAT, GRE, and university online instruction will likely require a PhD.

However, to teach GED course instruction, the requirement may be to have completed a Bachelor’s Degree. Online instructors earn an average of $750 – $3,500 for each 5 – 9 week course taught.

Freelance Writer

If you’re good at writing, offer your services as a freelance writer. Freelance writers can earn $30k+ per year working part-time. The majority of companies, especially small businesses, contract out for their writing needs.

This is a very broad field, ranging from at length research reports to short daily blog posts.

Freelance writers are in high demand, though be prepared to show samples of your work. These positions often get posted on Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, various Facebook groups, Career Building job boards, and directly on the company’s job board. 

Translator or Transcriber

If you speak a second language, consider becoming a translator or transcriber. Translators and transcribers are paid to translate speech or text from one language to another.

With the growing popularity of small businesses and individuals doing business abroad, there are opportunities for translation services on freelance sites and a private site like Gengo.com.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants perform many of the same tasks as traditional assistants. The difference is, virtual assistants never have to commute to the office. There is a downside to becoming a virtual assistant. This is a growing field where you’re competing on a global stage.

The upside is, there are dozens of reputable sites seeking virtual assistants and there appears to be room for everyone. Also a plus, you can work with several sites pitching multiple proposals at a time.

Proofreader

If you’re thinking of becoming a proofreader, attention to detail and excellent grammar skills are a must. For many of you, perhaps all you’ll need is a grammar refresher course that you can teach yourself.

Proofreading jobs have a fast turn-around, which makes it possible to take on more projects, but because they finish rather quickly, more time may need to be spent seeking them out.

These and other online job postings can be found in the same places you would search for traditional jobs – on job posting sites like Indeed, Monster, Career Builder, LinkedIn, and Craigslist.

You may also want to search freelance sites like Elance, Odesk, Problogger, and more. Be sure to have your website, links to samples of your work, and proposals ready.

Qiana Chavaia is the CEO and Founder of Q Arts & Media, LLC, a New York City-based marketing firm. She’s also a digital and interactive marketing strategist, and small business and personal finance columnist for Mint.com and Quicken.com.