8 Skills that Monetize – Learn these Skills to Make More Money

Have you ever studied the behaviors, attitudes and pursuits of the wealth and successful? (or the rich and the famous, as Good Charlotte puts it.)

One of the noticeable pursuits shared by highly successful individuals is their unwavering curiosity.

Also read: 8 Key Essentials to Financial Success

Successful people are always curious and eager to learn new skill, knowing that skills help you improve your quality of life.

Investing in skills is one of the best ways to improve your value in both the personal and career sphere.

8 skills that monetize. Learn these to make more money. From sales, to design, to storytelling, these skills are relevant and invaluable in today’s age.

8 Skills that Monetize – Learn These Skills to Make More Money

1 – Communications

Clear communications is integral to anyone’s success – may it be in speaking, presenting a deck, or even writing an email.

Communications may come easier and more natural for some, while others may have to work on it harder. But it doesn’t mean that it’s un-learnable.

Communications via written means – emails, letters and documents–requires you to have a good grasp of grammar and spelling. If you are doubtful, you can install Grammarly into your browser and it will help you immensely with vocabulary, spelling and even word suggestions!

Of course, there are many different writing forms and styles: creative, technical, academic, business writing etc., depending on your space. Reading a lot also improves your writing a lot. We learn by observing and then doing.

Public speaking is one of the most terrifying aspects of communication for many people. Do you know that more people have the fear of public speaking than of death?

The best way to overcome your fear of public speaking is to work on it. Even the billionaire investor Warren Buffett himself was terrified of speaking. But he was well-aware of his weakness and made active steps to improve that by reading Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and later enrolled in his course. Warren later said taking this course is one of the best investment decisions of his life.

I recommend you to also read the book by Carnegie. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is an interesting, concise and easy read on communications and soft skills.

Toastmasters is a fantastic group that helps you improve your public speaking. Toastmaster groups are available all over the world, find your local chapter and join in to help you master confidence and clear communications in speaking.

2 – Project Management

Project management, as well as organizational skills, are vital to any group, company or organization.

Many people have great ideas, but few people can actually implement it from start to finish. People who can lead projects, organize people efficiently, and handle multiple tasks, are highly valued.

Project management and organizational skills merit you in your career and give you more side hustle, it will allow you to be more efficient and productive overall. Not only are these skills that monetize, they also help you achieve more in less time, and that means more money in less time spent.

4 – Sales

Sales is the foundation of all businesses–whatever industry you are in, whether you are rank-and-file or in upper management, sales skills are always, always relevant.

Everyday, you are selling. It doesn’t mean that you are a salesman trying to sell a used car or any other product. Everyday, you are selling your ideas. You are trying to convince other people your point. To be able to sell something effectively provides you a huge competitive advantage from the rest.

3 – Storytelling

The trending keyword of the last five years is not related to AI or technology. The main focus of everyone as of late is ‘Storytelling!’

You will see that many TED Talk speakers use storytelling techniques to create effective talks. It’s an important skill for you to learn to instantly earn more money, as well.

Storytelling is a vital skill that will help you greatly in life. An effective storyteller is instantly more likeable and charismatic. Storytelling helps deliver a compelling and memorable message. It helps you connect better with your audience. Storytelling can even help you generate more leads or sales.

Storytelling is not just public speaking. In order to do oral storytelling effectively, you need to make use of a whole range of tools: voice and accents, silence, body and hand language, expressions, movement and space.

Try joining improv and storytelling workshops to get a feel on how to be abetter storyteller.

5 – Languages

Languages–whether it be human language or computer language–are an important skill that could really set you apart.

Learning a language makes you extremely valuable–not only when you travel overseas, or when you meet a native speaker, but also to advance your career in the world of business.

Multilingual individuals can easily get tutoring gigs and translation jobs online and offline for a decent rate.

As a coder, there are so much opportunities out there. The best thing is, there are many free resources online such as Codecademy that will help you learn how to code. Recruitment for coders are usually open in times of economic boom or even during crisis. Coding freelance work also abound online.

6 – Writing

Ever since I was a college ten years ago, I’ve gotten writing gigs all the time. Writing is a a highly desired skill. Not only does writing land you some great freelance jobs, but it also increases your influence in your industry or space. One can simply go through Fiverr to see the high demand for writers–copywriters, content writers, SEO writers, bloggers, and the like.

I’ve started this nascent) blog Economerienda on business and personal finance to teach more people the value of investing and saving. I also have a travel blog (and much older) Postcard Pretty that has landed me some good publicity and travel opportunities with notable brands such as Cebu Pacific.

7 – Design

Sometimes, visual design speak louder than words. I learned that to get your point across, some graphic design skills may be important.

Graphic Design Skills make a profitable side hustle, and can even pave the way to a full-time career. There are limitless ways for you to make money with design: taking graphic design projects, selling printables on Etsy, providing design templates, and creating website and blog graphics. The skill to use design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite will make you stand out among the rest.

8 – Negotiations

Many people are too shy to communicate their concerns and negotiate their needs, especially Filipinos. Maybe it’s because of our timid nature, but it is difficult for us to communicate our terms.

The art of negotiation, and to be able to negotiate well, will net you many benefits. Everyday, we deal with negotiations–with clients, vendors, your boss, your partner. Being able to advocate the best outcome for your position–or even better, to create a win-win situation for both parties, will open a lot of doors for you.

Negotiations is one of the most valuable courses I took in business school (Also Read Most Valuable Lessons I learned in Business School)


These are some of the 8 Skills that monetize–not only in work but also in life.

Finding extra side hustles in this modern era is now made easier because of the rise of the gig economy: we have remote work tools and freelance work platforms (e.g. Fiverr, Upwork, etc.) at the touch of our fingertips. Once your gigs grows, you can then hire more freelancers to scale your hustle.

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