Growth September 16, 2020

Turning your self-taught skills into professional income

tavislochhead

Building and marketing your own startup leads to numerous new skills learned.

I started my career doing marketing in the startup world and moved my way into corporate. During my corporate career, I started building my own startup projects on the side and have leared a lot of new skills through the process, like web app development, SEO, influencer marketing, and so on.

I'm curious if anyone here has translated their self-taught skills from personal startup work into consulting or full-time work. If so, how did you go about it?

I feel like a lot of us (myself at least) spend countless hours self-learning to support personal projects that have intentions of profit and scale, but don't always think about how these new skills can also lead to professional income.

With a rapidly changing economy, having wider professional options with new skills can be a life-saver.

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    @arvidkahl turned his startup experience into a successful book.

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    I have the same question. I'm wondering what job role I could get that could strengthen my skills or provide me insights for starting a venture. I have a business background and I'm self taught on several programming languages but you only get to do so much in corporate.

    I'm just beginning to look at roles on angel.co, I'm thinking maybe I can find some high growth roles there. I think about consulting from time to time but I can't get over the thought of it just creating another job for myself.

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    I completely agree but it's hard to keep working on your side project and also think about monetizing your self-taught skills in the same time all while you are working at a company and have a full time job.
    My approach to this is that I'm helping out more on stuff at the company I work at and I'm a lot more valuable asset for them knowing so much => this way I'm growing myself and my personal value.
    If you don't have anything to show for yourself it's kinda hard to get started on consulting IMHO.

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