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Almost everyone is looking to work from home these days. Many folks want to grow their at-home income to a full-time level, but filling out surveys and using Swagbucks just isn’t going to get them there.
Reality check: Landing a remote job isn’t as easy as submitting a resume and waiting for a company to pay you to sit on your couch all day.
No, it takes a special kind of person to nail down a full-time gig that lets you work from home (or anywhere you’d like). And by special, I mean skilled. The good news about skills is that they can be learned. And what easier way to pick them up than by taking an online class.
No matter how good you are at something, you can always get better. And no matter how much you know, you can always benefit from learning more. The more you know and the more skills you have, the more likely it is you’ll qualify for and land better-paying work at home jobs.
There are some very good free and paid resources online that enable you to learn skills employers are looking for. No doubt when skimming through work from home job descriptions, you’ve seen requirements that include superior typing skills, writing skills, knowledge of WordPress, Microsoft Word, Excel — the list goes on. And it’s either stuff you simply don’t know, or stuff you know, but you’re not good enough at to feel confident applying.
Below I’ve listed some online resources for cheap online courses I’ve been very impressed with that you can use to learn all kinds of new things:
Brit + Co
This site is brilliant. I admire the site for its wide variety of pop culture articles, DIY classes and every random article in between. The topics range from Art + Design to Style + Home Decor. I’ve been focusing on the classes that can be an asset to growing my blog and working from home. All the classes bellow are beginner level classes.
Internet Scoping School at scopeschool.com
A “scopist” is someone who edits a transcript translated by CAT (Computer-Aided Transcription) software into English, ensuring that all shorthand has been correctly translated with proper grammar and punctuation.
Internet Scoping School has been around since 1999 but only started offering an affiliate program in August of 2016. Almost no one knows what scoping is right now — meaning it is an incredibly ripe home career opportunity.
Learn more about this unique career opportunity here.
TranscribeAnywhere.com General and Legal Transcription Courses
Most people have heard about work-from-home transcription jobs.
TranscribeAnywhere is different from the resources that point in this direction — the instructor, Janet Shaughnessy, provides students with the training they need to start a transcription business.
TA offers two different transcription courses: general transcription and legal transcription, with the latter being more specialized and offering graduates the opportunity to make even more money by adding more skills.
Because legal transcription was added after general transcription, most current affiliates are only promoting one of them (general transcription) but not the second, newest one (legal transcription). There is tons of untapped potential here for great content on legal transcription.
With Skillshare, you can take courses from experts in business, design, fashion, film & video, photography, technology, and music. There are many, many classes available to help you learn skills employers are looking for like WordPress, Microsoft Office, etc.
With Skillshare, you can sign up either free or as a premium member. As a free member, you can take any of their free classes and participate in community discussions. You can also buy select classes individually which, according to Skillshare, usually costs $20 each. If you sign up as a premium member, you pay $9.95 a month for unlimited access to hundreds of classes as well as all the benefits of a free membership.
Check out these classes on Skillshare:
The training and support offered by each course are second-to-none. These courses will give you all the education needed to truly be successful in starting and growing your business.