Sometime last year, I was thinking of something new I could do on my phone at spare time. I thought, “what if there was an app to learn how to draw?” I went on Play store and found a lot of them. I downloaded Infinite Design and SketchBook; and free-style once in a while. Well I didn’t commit to it, since it was just a hobby. But I was able to complete a drawing that is better than anything I’ve ever drawn in my life.
You see, I’ve always appreciated the power of Smartphone. Why wouldn’t I, when I started my business with nothing but my Nokia 3230 phone. I really want you to understand the enormous potential locked within that tool in your hands. If you have a Smartphone, you have every opportunity to be an empowered human being. You can learn a high income skill that can get you a job or that you can offer as freelance service or that you can use to start a business. In this video, I’m going to share with you 7 high income skills you can learn on your phone right now. You don’t have to wait till tomorrow. Just use the tools recommended or find tools of your choice and start learning right away. Before we get to it, be sure to subscribe to After School Africa for more insightful videos like this.
- How to Trade
The number one industry that has produced the most number of millionaires and billionaires in the world is the finance and investment industry, according to Global Wealth report. It pays well to trade in the stock and forex market. But note that it also comes with high risk. This is why you need to gain extensive knowledge before getting into actual trading.
Before now, you needed a stock broker to buy stocks from the stock market, and sometime ago, you needed bureau de change to trade foreign exchange. But fintech has revolutionized the industry and has gone even further to bring this power to your smart phone. With an app on your phone you can learn how to trade local and international stocks and foreign exchange. You can study stocks of different companies as you learn to trade. And the best part is that most of them are free. Also many of the actual trading apps come with in-built training. I will not mention any app for this category. Simply search for ‘learn to trade stocks’ or ‘learn to trade forex’ in the app store and you will find a variety of options to choose from. Since you won’t be using actual money, there is nothing to lose if you try out different apps to see which works best for you.
Once you are confident in your trading skill, also take out time to research the right app to start practicing live trading. Trading stocks or forex is risky, so you have to educate yourself and be willing to bear the risk of losing money.
- How to Blog
Blogging is a great way to share your experiences, thoughts, adventures, lifestyle and expertise with the rest of the world. It’s also a great marketing tool if you can handle the rigorous and competitive publishing market. Interestingly, you don’t need to have a high traffic blog to build a business off it. I wouldn’t go into the details of building a successful blog in this video. Let’s stick with learning how to blog from your phone. You can download a blogging app like WordPress or Blogger; use a text editor app like Google Doc or MS word for writing your blog post; use image editing apps like Canva or Plixlr to design images; and use social networking app like buffer to stay active across your social media accounts. Buffer is an extremely useful webapp that allows you to queue up social network posts for a variety of sites and automatically post them at specific intervals, essentially automating the process for you. And then use Google analytics app to gain insight on how visitors are finding and interacting on your blog. This is an army of tools you can use to kick off an online publishing career right from your phone.
- How to Vlog
Vlog is the short form of video blogging; and YouTube, the second largest search engine in the world, is a huge video blogging platform today. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are also video blogging platforms.
To get start vlogging, you can learn to use your Smartphone camera to record a near professional video; using video editing app like VivaVideo to edit your video; use image editing app to design your thumbnail. And use the YouTube app to upload your finished video to your YouTube channel. You will get better with consistency.
- How to Draw
At the beginning of this video, I mentioned learning to draw from an app as a hobby. How To Draw – Easy Lessons is also one of the most popular drawing apps out there. It offers step-by-step lessons perfect for beginners and a wide variety of categories, including cartoons, animals and nature.
Once you have fine-tuned your drawing skill, you can earn income if you are able to channel it in the right place. You can make money creating unique drawings for people and businesses, selling your doodle drawings as vector artwork, or creating cartoons. If have a passion or interest in a field, you can build your brand on social media using drawing to uniquely express your views and knowledge. It all depends on how you want to commercialize your drawing skill.
- How to Speak a new language
You can learn to speak any of the popular languages of you choose right from your Smartphone. Language learning apps like Duolingo offers a variety of language options and tools to learn to speak and write a new language. This particular app has over 30 popular languages to learn. You can practice listening, writing, reading and speaking the language of your choice.
Whether for travel, school, career, relationship or mental exercise, knowing how to speak a foreign language like Spanish, French, German, Italian or any other popular language, is an added advantage that can open doors to you.
- How to Code
As Barack Obama once said, “Don’t just play on your phone, programme it”. There are really good apps out there that can teach you how to code. Just search for ‘apps to learn to code’ on Google and pick one. Coding is a highly valuable and high income skill to learn today. From solving personal problems, to creating products that solves other people’s problems to offering programming service to businesses, you can build a lucrative career from your coding skill.
- How to Play Musical Instrument
Music is food for the soul. It’s a therapeutic, relaxing and commercial skill. And yes, you can actually practice to play your musical instrument from your Smartphone. An app like Yousician offers a solution for those looking to learn guitar, bass, ukulele, piano or singing. The app acts like your personal music tutor, to teach you music the fast and fun way with a huge library of thousands of songs, lessons and exercises to guide you. The app caters to every skill level — as long as you have the instrument you want to learn how to play. As you get good at it, what you do with your music skill is totally up to you.
Since you are still here, here is a bonus for you…
- How to Work-out
You’ve probably seen a good number of fitness instructors on social media with a lot of followers on social media. These people simple built a high paying career while doing what they love. You don’t have to do it for the money though. Keeping fit is a health priority. Most people know how to jog or do jumping jacks, but when it comes to more specialized exercises, you’ve never set foot in a gym, you might find your knowledge lacking. If you want to do it the right way, fitness apps like ‘7 minutes Workout’ or ‘Home Workout – No Equipment’ can help you. There is also fitness tracking apps to tell you how much you are exercising. Whether you want to improve your workout schedule for personal health or professional reasons, you can learn and practice using simple apps on your Smartphone.
You can learn and practice other highly valuable skills like photography, podcasting or cooking right from your Smartphone, mostly for free. Just pick one skill and start learning right away. If you found this video helpful, do well to like and share it. If you are yet to subscribe to After School Africa, now is a good time to hit the subscriber button. Until next time, YOUR SUCCESS MATTERS!