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5 Easy to Learn Skills That Can Earn You Money

5 Easy to Learn Skills That Can Earn You Money
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Having access to the internet provides many possibilities for self-improvement. The are many websites that offer various courses for free, where you can study and start building the career you’ve always wanted. The best thing is that all of the courses are just a click away, accessible during any period of the day. You don’t need to acquire high-tech equipment nor signup for very expensive courses.

All you need is an internet connection and the will to learn. Searching the web, you can easily stumble upon many useful tips and guides. Here are some ideas that can both help you develop yourself professionally and be useful, since they are in high demand.

1. Teaching English online

Yes, you already have this skill, and being a native English speaker gives you an advantage. You can earn money giving online lessons to people living in Asia. Lately this practice has been very popular among European youth. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be native speaker to teach English to people from East Asian countries. If you have good conversational skills, you are good to go. Of course, you can always improve your speaking skills by following a few tips. All you need is a PC, internet access and a Skype account and you are set to become an English tutor.

2. Learn how to code

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    There’s never been a better time to learn to code because the demand for these skills is very high and you can become a master from the comfort of your home. If you are totally new to programming and all things related to it, don’t despair, there are ways to learn programming by playing games. After overcoming the basic principles of programming like variables, conditions, loops etc., you can sign up for a course on a specific programming language that interests you.

    Before you make a decision, you can check which skills are in high demand. A good place where you can learn programming skills is Codecademy. They teach you how to code interactively and are very helpful during the learning process. You can also check Coursera and Udemy; they are also free learning platforms with courses and video lessons.

    3. Web design

    The career in web design brings many challenges and having fun overcoming them is what makes this line of work interesting and exciting. Web design is a creative job and leaves many possibilities for your imagination. Learning WordPress is a very good way to go. It’s easy to manage and an incredibly powerful blogging and content management system.

    There are many guides and interesting tips that can help you learn WordPress. With many themes that control the way your desired content is presented and many plugins that add and extend some functionality of the website, WordPress is certainly one of the most potent systems out there. You can learn how to create your own theme and how to implement plugins.

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    4. Graphic design

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      A great way to communicate with people is by creating images, it’s no coincidence that graphic design is also known as communication design. By creating your own images, you can express ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. There many free online tutorials to help you learn graphic design.

      One of the many interesting developments in this field is the infographic, a graphic visual representation of information intended to present information quickly and clearly. Easel.ly is free, web-based tool where you can create all sorts of interesting infographics. If you don’t have a clue how you would like to pass the information to the community, you can always check out some cool ideas on how to create infographics.

      Every big industry needs to present data in an effective manner, so by learning how to design and create an infographic you will be able to earn cash while staying creative. Since the infographic market is quite saturated, you can apply some tips that can make your infographic special: keep it simple and focused, if resizing your graphic make sure you don’t lose readability, create a catchy headline, make sure that you add white spaces to enhance other elements etc.

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      When you get to know basics of graphic design you can use those skills to create memes and instructional photos of life hacks. There are alos some very interesting tips on how to create engaging memes. Since life hacks are very popular, using your skills to create instructions based on an actual life hack can help you become recognized in the online community. Some of your popular designs can become a good reference in your portfolio.

      By creating an interesting and instructional life hack meme you also help people by showing them uncommon solution to a common problem, providing both simple and practical advice.

      5. Video Blogging

      Making a video on an interesting topic with your opinion and point of view and posting it on YouTube is a good way to start earning money, and it can also have some other benefits. It may take some time until you build up your viewers, but it all depends on what you choose to video blog about. Advantage of vlog is that it is much more entertaining than plain text and it can be designed around many topics. Recent research has shown that video material is far more engaging than images and text. Applying some tips to your video blogging can help you become more successful. You can bring your game further if you gain some video editing skills.

      The internet is flooded with tips and guides that can help you improve professionally. Don’t get discouraged by the number of people already doing something that you are just starting to learn. Adding your personal touch to anything you try to do can make a big difference. The internet has made age difference insignificant, so don’t let your age hold you down and prevent you from advancing and learning new things.

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      It’s never too late to add some useful skills to your portfolio and make yourself more competitive on the market. There are many people who started learning skills just as hobbies and ended up earning money by utilizing them.

      Featured photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/o6Y9E-DdG6w/ via pexels.com

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      Published on July 27, 2021

      15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

      15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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      During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

      But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

      Put the Pro in Professional

      After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

      1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

      The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

      Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

      2. Dress the Part

      While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

      Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

      For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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      Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

      3. Stage Your Workspace

      Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

      Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

      4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

      Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

      Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

      Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

      Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

      5. Arrive on Time

      In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

      Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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      6. Turn on Your Video

      Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

      If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

      Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

      7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

      Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

      Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

      Attend to the Pesky Details

      8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

      With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

      Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

      9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

      Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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      Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

      10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

      As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

      Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

      Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

      Talking Has a Time and a Place

      11. Chat Appropriately

      Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

      At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

      12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

      The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

      Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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      13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

      In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

      Manage Yourself

      14. Minimize Distractions

      While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

      Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

      15. Save Snacking for Later

      Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

      However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

      Final Thoughts

      Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

      Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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