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Best Skills to Boost Your Income

By Forrest | Last Updated: September 20, 2019

In today’s society companies are willing to pay top dollar for highly skilled laborers. So it’s in your best interests to learn some of these skills that will help to boost your income and job outlook. The best news, many of these skills you can learn online for FREE. That’s right, an internet connection is the only thing required, leaving you with no excuses.

Web Development

While this skill can seem daunting at first, it can pave the way for future career growth and there are many free resources online to help. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 13% increase in job outlook from 2018-2028. We’ll list some of the basic types of code you should learn in order of importance and difficulty. Web development is a great way to earn $20.


This code, abbreviate for Hyper Text Markup Language is what your web browser reads to determine what shows on a page. HTML determines the content on the page, and not necessarily the looks.

A basic HTML code snippet is shown here:

	<div>Hello world, I’m new to code</div>


This code, abbreviated for Cascading Style Sheet gives your HTML a look and feel. It styles your content so that you can make it look exactly how you want it to. From your webpage layouts, to borders, and space between items, CSS is a must-learn for any web developer.

A basic example of CSS is shown below:

.basic {


While JavaScript is not completely necessary, it can bring your webpages to life. Some animations use JavaScript as well as contact forms on your page. It is meant to manipulate the content on your webpage to your desired appearance. JavaScript is more advanced than the previous two languages and will take more time to master. There are several JavaScript libraries that aim to simplify JavaScript such as jQuery. We recommend learning jQuery as it is fast and somewhat easy to learn.

A basic example of JavaScript is shown below:

<script> console.log("Goodbye, World!"); </script>

Those are the three most common web development languages. Listed below are a few resources to help you learn!


In business, content marketing is all the rage right now. Getting your website found online is a huge priority for many companies. To do that, companies must churn out consistent, unique, high-quality content that search engines are able to analyze, compare, and rank.

Sharpening your writing skills gives you a unique skill set that comes with career opportunity. In fact, Search Engine Journal reports that content marketing jobs increased 33% from 2017 to 2018. The best part about writing, almost anyone can do it. And similar to many things in life, the more you practice, the better you will get.

Start by taking 30 minutes a day to write. You can write about anything. You could create a daily journal or perhaps write an informational blog post. Either way, creating a structured time to write will help you become a better writer. Over time, try to write on more complex topics and various lengths.

Once you feel comfortable writing, you can offer your services as a freelancer. Typically you can aim to earn anywhere from $25-$500 depending on the length, topic, and publication you are writing for.

Real Estate Agent

Working as a real estate agent can be a great way to boost your income. While you'll need to spend some money to take a real estate license exam to become a licensed realtor – it's a great way to supplement your full time job. Depending on your state, it can cost a few hundred dollars to obtain your license so it's best not to fail your real estate license exam. There are some hoops you'll have to jump through if you do. 

For those who are more devoted to becoming a real estate agent – you can turn it into a full time job. 

Customer Service

With the growing e-commerce sector, customer service is becoming more and more valuable. Being able to solve customer problems swiftly and thoroughly is a skill that goes beyond a customer service job. Solving customer problems will have a lasting impact on the customer, and ultimately whether they decide to purchase your products again.


Learning how to sell an item is a great skill to have for many reasons. Companies salivate over a salesperson who can build long term relationships with customers that bring them back time and time again. Outside of business, learning how to sell will help you to become a better communicator, negotiator, and help you become more self-disciplined.

Many people believe that people are “natural born salesmen”. And while we’ll openly admit that some people are naturally better at sales than others, that does not mean that you can’t be a great salesperson. Learning the steps to the sales cycle can help anyone become a better salesperson, and provide more value to your company.

Business Management & Entrepreneurship

Learning the basics of business can prepare you for many different careers and business journeys. Understanding concepts such as corporate finance, marketing, and Human Resources can all help you to become a valuable asset for your company. In addition, being able to analyze data and consistently make smart business decisions will further impress those above you and help to further your career and potential earnings. Whether you decide to work for a company or start your own, learning the foundations of business can provide a long term path to success.

These are five skills that you can learn to boost your income. Have one of the skills listed or think we might have missed one? Comment below!

Forrest is a personal finance, entrepreneurship, and investing enthusiast dedicated to helping others obtain life long wealth. He owns several different blogs and is also passionate about health and fitness.
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