Is there such a thing as a lucrative freelancing skill anymore?
January 15, 2014 10:12 PM Subscribe
I've just come out of a short stint of unemployment, now working a fairly low-wage job but with decent hours, giving me spare time to kill. Thought perhaps that this would be a good time to pick up some new skill or other to fill the hours and perhaps make some extra money on the side.
posted by AdamCSnider to Work & Money (13 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
After poking around the Internet for a while, I've found myself wondering where best to put my time and energy to use. Queries to Google or Reddit or various message boards seem to throw back either suspiciously rosy forecasts ("learn this and make THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A DAY!!!") or bleak predictions ("don't learn this/this other thing/this third thing, there's a million people doing it for pennies"). Often the two extremes will coincide in a single comment thread or discussion. Basically, it's hard to judge between perspectives.
So naturally, I decided to turn to Metafilter, where I've gotten damn good advice previously.
I'm open minded. I've learned foreign languages before (German, Latin, some ancient Greek back when I was aiming for a Ph.D.) and I've played around with some HTML and C++ enough to know I could have an enjoyable time learning and using them. I've been looking into electrical work and plan to apply to apprenticeships, but that's not something you freelance in, obviously! Generally I find that a given subject will interest me if I get to know it well enough. And I don't expect to become terribly rich, I'm looking for something I can learn in three to six months that would provide an extra grand or two a month, perhaps. Is there anything like that out there? Or should I just go with plan B, and start knocking over liquor stores?