In today’s episode, Micala Quinn explains how to build a profitable skill set that you can turn into an income. Even though we’re navigating an uncertain world during the global pandemic, we have access to untold opportunities as freelancers. Join us as we discuss a four-step process for finding these opportunities and the types of skills you need to create a long-term, viable, and profitable business!
[0:40] Introduction to Micala Quinn and the topic of how to build a profitable skill set
[2:11] Micala’s freedom story - how she got started as a freelancer and pursued freedom, flexibility, and financial stability. Micala shares how she persevered to find online course work that used her teaching skills.
[10:10] The benefits and challenges of working from home and raising a family - how to become an “accidental hero” while pursuing entrepreneurship.
[11:51] What skill Micala developed to offer as a service when she built her freelance business - how she evaluated her current skill set and figured out how to translate it to other positions she was applying for. Micala and Craig explain the importance of transferable skills you can use to pivot and grow your business.
[14:52] How “skills are the currency that will power your freelance business into a successful future” - Micala and Craig discuss this quote from Craig, how investing in your skill set is one of the best investments you can make.
[18:04] Different types of skill sets that might be important for a freelancer to develop now - how to determine the right skill set to develop as a new or established freelancer. Micala and Craig describe different types of roles and the skill sets needed for them.
[22:41] How freelancers and online business owners have thrived in the midst of uncertainty and a global pandemic - which types of niches Micala sees thriving and filling a need for business owners.
[27:02] How it’s an exciting time to be a freelancer right now - Micala and Craig share stories illustrating how the freelance industry grew during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it’s possible to replace clients before your income feels a hit.
Steps to Selecting a Profitable Skill You Can Turn into an Income
[30:24] #1 Do some brain dumping on a sheet of paper - think about what jobs you’ve done and the hard skills you used for them each day.
[31:37] #2 For each of the hard skills (tangible tasks) you wrote down, think about the soft skills you have that allow you to excel at that tangible task.
[32:15] #3 Evaluate your list - determine what stands out to you.
[32:36] #4 Translate your evaluation into a freelance space - how to determine a niche for yourself based on your tangible/hard skills and soft skills.
[34:14] How you can see a pattern of the way you’re wired and then attach it to profitable niches and opportunities
[35:21] Some common services Micala sees women starting with in her area
[36:45] How to get to know Micala
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