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In the words of Dr. Strive Masiyiwa: do you know how to make money in the new economy?

The internet offers many interesting opportunities for people who know how to make money. Many are yet to tap into this vast money-making opportunity.

The problem with beginners who enter the internet marketing world, and exit with frustration, is that they either lack the required skills or they have outdated skills. For example, if you are content with your knowledge of HTML, there is HTML5 which is the new industry standard. You will need to update your knowledge to flow with the trend.

Article writing and content editing skills will fetch you a decent income as a freelancer but these areas are largely over-flooded. With the skills I discuss in this post, you will earn even so much more, plus there is still enough room for more experts. You can start making money in the next 60 days if you commit to learning these skills from today.

Whiteboard animation

Whiteboard animation videos are very useful for brand marketing and content delivery. Studies show that videos convert and engage viewers better than just articles. As a result companies, internet marketers, brands and institutions use videos for various purposes.

Whiteboard animation videos present a good way to create videos even if you don’t own a camera. The video below is an example of whiteboard animation video.

Freelancers make good income selling whiteboard animation gigs for as low as $20 and as high as $200. These gigs sell like fire on Fiverr. Companies also look to hire in-house animation makers to help drive their marketing strategy.

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You don’t need to start learning whiteboard animation in the sense of attending lectures or stuff like that. There are several whiteboard animation software on the internet like VideoScribe, Explaindio, PowToon, etc. All you need is to get one (for a fee) for yourself and master using the software. Then you post your gigs and start making money. The better you become, the more you earn.

Graphic design

Graphic design is a lucrative skill to have. Designers will always make money both online and offline as people look for more visually appealing ways to present content and ideas. These days, you can create simple but stunning graphic designs on websites like Canva and Desygner. You can also use image editing software like Gimp and Photoshop.

With a compelling gig, you can start making money now by selling e-book cover design gigs on Fiverr, and you don’t even need to do much. It takes me about 30 minutes to create my book covers on Canva. Then I download a free book cover mock-up and edit it using Photoshop. You can’t believe how easy this is.

To establish yourself as a digital graphics designer, you will need to master using professional software like Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

WordPress customization

WordPress is without doubt the best and most-used Content Management System today. Its use has expanded from creating simple blogs to hosting complex websites like eCommerce stores, portfolio and corporate websites.

You can make money by creating and customizing WordPress websites for clients. Website owners require services such as WordPress installation, plugin installation, theme editing, etc.

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Learning WordPress is easy. There are a lot of materials online where you can learn from. A good way to start is to set up your own WordPress website and use it as your learning board. I learned everything I know about WordPress by hosting and running my own blog. Knowledge of coding helps too.

Web development

There are two branches of web development: front-end and back-end development.

Front-end developers create visible components like text boxes, moving graphics and options. They use HTML or CSS as their primary coding language. In 2011, they earned a median $60,000 per year with the 25th percentile receiving $50,000 per year and the 75th percentile making $75,000 per year.

Back-end developers use coding languages such as Java to handle processing behind the scenes for such elements as transaction records and databases. They made $70,000 per hour with a range of $55,000 to $80,000 per year. (Source)

Front-end development is a lot easier to learn. On FreeCodeCamp, you can earn your first beginner front-end developer certificate within 30 days. Back-end development is a lot tougher and pays better.

Mobile app development

Mobile app development is a lucrative career path because as people use more smart phones, companies make mobile apps to target mobile users. This field is still largely untapped; the few competent developers are making a good living using their skills.

You can start learning mobile development from today using courses on sites like Udemy and Edx.

The internet is the new frontier. Do you know how to make money in this new economy?

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