The more that I travel while running my business, the more people that I meet who ask how they can get started building a business they they can also run while traveling. My answer is always the same:
Skills make yourself valuable,
You can apply your skills to your own projects,
Skills stay with you forever.
Let’s dig into this a little deeper..
1. Build Skills To Make Yourself Valuable
Making money is an obvious must if you want to start your own business. The quickest and easiest way to start making money on your own is going to be providing services to others or freelancing. Basically, just getting someone to agree to pay you to do something for them. This is how I got my start as well as countless others.
So, how do you get someone to pay you for something? You do this by providing them value. No one is going to pay you if you can’t help them. And, in order to be able to help someone, you will need to have some value adding skills.
There are a ton of different skills that you can cultivate to enable you to freelance and build a business. That being said, generally speaking the more specific your skills the better. Furthermore, if your goal is to build a business that you can operate entirely online, then you need to cultivate skills that are applicable online.
If you are thinking:
What if I don’t have any skills?
That’s ok. People don’t start with skills. Skills are things that are learned.
A few years ago, after graduating University, I didn’t have skills. That, I’d attribute to an education system that is increasingly ineffective for our world.. but that’s for another post.
Regardless, it’s ok. Anyone can get started building skills! To start building skills you just have to get started learning. Fortunately, we live in a world where there is an immense amount of free information available that can help you build skills that will allow you to freelance and build a location independent business. Some examples of skills that you can build that will allow you to start providing services to others online (with links to recourses) are listed below.
This is by no means a comprehensive and exclusive list. But, these are skills that I know for a fact you can use to get your online business started.
Personally, I have PPC, SEO and SMM skills which I use to help clients. I’m also a skilled outsourcer and so any skills that I don’t have personally I am able to effectively hire for and deliver.
There are many subsets to each of the broad skills listed and each has different plusses and minuses. But, if you can become become skilled in any of the above areas then the bottom line is that you can provide value to other businesses. If you can provide value to businesses then you can get someone to pay you. If you can get someone to pay you, then YOU have a business.
Depending on what your aspirations are, once you have skills that make you valuable, you can go out and continue to get more clients and grow your business and live your location independent, internet entrepreneurial dream.
But, building skills isn’t just for getting clients..
2. Build Skills So You Can Apply Them To Your Own Projects
Once you have skills that are valuable and applicable online, you aren’t limited to just helping others. You can use your skills to apply to your own projects as well! Build your own website, team up with a technical co-founder and be the marketer/hustler, use your copywriting skills to sell your own (or other people’s) products, or do something completely different. The point is that now that you have skills, you have options with the direction you want to take your business. And options are good.
Even if you have trouble getting clients, or don’t have success with your own projects you should still build skills because skills stay with you forever.
3. Skills Stay With You Forever
Skills that you build stay with you forever (if you maintain them) and no one can take them from you. Taking the time to build skills now is a long-term investment in yourself and your future that can pay dividends the rest of your life. Maybe you start some projects and they don’t go so well at first.. that’s ok. If you have skills and continue to build skills, you can keep applying them in different ways until something hits.
Don’t worry if you don’t think you have skills or are overwhelmed at the thought of all the work there is to do. It takes time to build skills so be patient. Rome wasn’t build in a day, and a year from now you’ll wish you started building yourself skills now.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to get started building your own business, start building some skills! It really is as simple as that. If you want to bounce some ideas or if you’d like my help getting started, shoot me an email or let me know in the comment section below!