This year’s most in-demand freelance skills and how to get themSuccessful freelancers make the most of their tradable skills. As our world becomes increasingly more digital, and clients’ priorities change, your skills need to develop along with them. In 2020, freelancers need to keep up with data science, the most in-demand forms of marketing, and the Internet of Things. This is how to learn those new skills and get ready to market them to your clients.
Data science and analysisMore and more industries are building their products and services on and around data. The kind of data crunching and calculating skills companies need are usually not available in-house, so they look to specialists and their algorithms to process informative data and turn it into something useful. How to learn it:
- Learn Data Science on Udemy. This bestselling online course is affordable, and teaches Mathematics, Statistics, Python, Advanced Statistics in Python, Machine & Deep Learning.
- Data Camp. ‘Bitesize’ lessons in data you can pick up anywhere. Includes courses in Python, R, SQL, and more.
Podcast recording and productionEven though it seems like everyone already has a podcast, there are still plenty of businesses keen to start recording and producing. They care about quality too. Just like video production, many companies don’t have the know-how, time, or resources to get down to business on their own. Freelancers that are savvy with audio, editing, and content could generate a lot of business by making it easier for companies to start conversations and promote themselves on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. How to learn it:
- This step-by-step guide from The Podcast Host is a great place to start. It includes how to choose equipment, plan episodes, record, edit, and promote.
Internet of things (IoT)IoT is a phrase that’s been floating around a lot for the past couple of years. It basically refers to connecting devices like our phones and smart speakers easily to the internet, so they can speed up and simplify everyday processes. This now applies to all kinds of household objects and appliances like fridges, thermostats, and security cameras. This is a key skill for developers to be aware of, because it will affect what they build and how it connects to the internet. Your current and future clients should know that you’re IoT literate. How to learn it:
- Learn to build IoT products from scratch on Udemy.
- This guide to the best IoT online courses from Tech World is helpful for developers looking to specialise.