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6 Skills You Can Learn Online for a Lucrative and Productive 2017

6 Skills You Can Learn Online for a Lucrative and Productive 2017

I am so much in love with this era we are in — an era where there is so much information online for self-development. A focused and determined person can learn many skills online and use them to diversify his or her income. With all the advanced, digital technology in this world, no one should give excuses of not having one or two skills to remain relevant and competitive.

In the days of yore, skill acquisition and dissemination were limited to certain geographical locations because of the low level of technological know-how. However, the advent of sophisticated technology — which propelled the development of many apps, software and social media — has made skills and knowledge easily disseminated and accessible.

 

There are countless websites readily available for you to acquire valuable skills and knowledge for free or with little fee for a productive 2017. These skills are:

1. Web design and development.

Web design and development is a highly sought-after skill. This is because we are in a digital transformation age where every business — small, medium and large scale — is extremely interested in showcasing their products and services to the world through their websites.

There are lots of sites that can teach you how to design and develop a website. By acquiring these skills, one is adequately positioned to scramble for millions of small, medium and large scale businesses who are contemplating launching or updating their websites.

2. Statistical data analysis.

Statistical data analysis is another vital skill that is in high demand by companies, entrepreneurs and students. The knowledge of Mini-tab,  Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and E-view, just to name a few, makes a person highly desirable.

As a researcher, I have smiled all the way to the bank numerous times because I have some knowledge of statistical data analytical software. Most students in tertiary institutions need an expert data analyst — companies too, especially when sophisticated software is needed for forecasting market shares, profit and other vital results that will aid managerial decision making.

You can learn these data analytical tools online, and consult an expert for clarification should you encounter some difficulties trying to grasp the calculations and interpretation of results.

3. Fashion designing.

Humans are always in need of food, clothes and shelter. These are three basic necessities of life. Both rich and poor are in need of clothes. In our contemporary world where fashion is always a trending issue, everybody wants to look classic and beautiful. This has made fashion designers kings and queens in their profession.

There are sites that can teach you how to draw fashion or make fashion sketches, and there are lots of online videos that can teach you make dresses. The beauty of having this skill lies in the way customers flock around fashion designers within few hours of setting up an office.

Fashion designing is synonymous to a football match; there is never a dull moment from the blast of the whistle. What do I mean? Even at the apprentice stage, customers are already flocking around you.

 

4. Make-up.

Believe it or not, the makeup business is growing at an incredible rate. There are lots of online videos that can teach you the rudiment of make up. An interview with Ifeoma Agu, the CEO of Ivonmelda Makeova, shocked me. She is an expert in hairstyle but felt she needed a makeup skill to enhance her business growth.

However, since she couldn’t afford the training fees, she decided to download lots of YouTube videos on makeup. The rest is history. She is one of the most sought-after makeup artists in her state as a result of her quality service delivery. Remember, she learned this skill for free. You can do same.

5. Business research.

Many people want to venture into business while those who are already in business are seeking other businesses to invest in. Many companies and investors are actually seeking well-researched business ideas to invest in.

As a business researcher, you can work on your own terms. You decide whether to sell your business ideas or become a partner in the businesses. At the end of the day, you will be surprised to see that you are a co-owner of chains of businesses.

Acquiring this skill is not as difficult as you think. I am saying this because most people are indifferent when it comes to research. All you need is to be patient, focus and determined. Read online articles and journals or watch videos on business research. It’s also a good idea to consult an expert.

6. Own a blog.

You can actually learn how to create and run a blog online. By systematically following the step-by-step instructions on creating a blog, you’ll be acquiring the skill to create more blogs for prospective clients. You can create a blog for your web design and development business, statistical data analysis, fashion designing, makeup and business research businesses.

 

Successful bloggers today started by simply creating a blog. The rest is history. You too can join the leagues of successful bloggers by meticulously following their footsteps.

There is so much to be gained by acquiring one or more skills online. Big organizations looked for people with the talents and skills discussed above in 2016. And 2017 will not be different. Learn a skill online today for a productive year.

 

 

[Source:- Entrepreneur]

If You Don’t Know ‘UX’ You’re Overdue to Learn About It

If You Don't Know 'UX' You're Overdue to Learn About It

Not too long ago, designing an appealing, functional, easy-to-use website was considered art. Or alchemy. It was a dark art.

The availability of do-it-yourself web design tools and fast, inexpensive web design services have made getting a good website less dark and less mysterious. But the evolution of web design has also made it less art and more science.

Today, web designers are more like engineers than artists. There’s no doubt that’s because web pages are no longer seen as simply online advertisements for your business. They are still that. But websites have become indisputable, non-negotiable business tools – not just engines of commerce but the engines of commerce for literally millions of businesses.

How, where and why people interact with websites is the essence of business survival. The science of how that happens – and making it happen through design – has become UX design. User experience design, for the uninitiated.

UX matters regardless if you’re Amazon.com or you’re about to launch your first website selling cupcakes. Your viewers, readers and customers can feel bad UX design, even if they don’t know exactly why they feel the way they do. That means it’s not a tech issue, it’s a public, customer issue.

Related: Can ‘User-Experience’ Experts Become ‘Customer-Experience’ Experts?

“We live in a time where everyone is in the technology business, regardless of what product or service you sell,” said Philip Tadros of Doejo. Doejo does full integrated marketing and management — they know what they’re talking about. “User Experience is everything. It’s rude to your customers and detrimental to your business if you choose to be lazy with design and engineering.”

If you’ve been to more than a dozen sites in your lifetime, you’ve probably felt bad UX — you just know it. For some people, bad UX design is what a typo is to me — a deal killer.

The shocking thing is that so many businesses, especially small ones and startups, have bad UX design but they don’t even know it. I’ve heard more than one bootstrapped entrepreneur put off UX or dismiss it outright as something they don’t need or can’t afford. For some reason, UX gets put on the “that would be nice to do” list instead of the “we’ve got to do that” list.

More business leaders would do better for themselves if they started to see UX and having a website as the same thing. As you wouldn’t have a car with no engine and no doors, it makes no sense to have a website with no UX engineering. Your customers won’t know to get in it or out of it and it won’t go anywhere.

Related: The Power of Persuasion: Using Brain Science to Get Users to Act

Moreover, when you consider the costs of other startup business requirements, decent UX planning is downright cheap. It’s possible you will spend more buying a good domain name than UX, which makes zero sense.

“Investing in a good domain name is important,” New York UX designer Elena Titova of Et 2 Graphics told me. “But having a good domain and no UX is like buying expensive real estate and not hiring a competent architect.”

Getting good UX help isn’t just good public relations and marketing advice, it’s good business advice. When you build a site, invest in UX design. Even if you already have a functioning website, bring in someone who can do a UX review – the only thing you have to gain is more customers.

 

[Source:- Entrepreneur]

Learn UI and UX design

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Providing a useful and reliable service that users want is important. But you have to make sure they stick around your site or app long enough to realize how great your product is. The courses in the UI and UX Design Bootcamp give you the keys to a successful and engaging design, and you can get it for 96% offthe retail price.

There’s over 39 hours of amazing design training packed into the UI and UX Design Bootcamp. It’s the biggest bundle of design principles you’ll find, and it will help you learn how to make design that will engage and delight all of your visitors. These courses will set you up for successful design practices, no matter what you’re building.

This is the ideal time to fill up your head with know how aimed to improve user interface and user experience when interacting with your creations. You can get the UI and UX Design Bootcamp for just $39 (approx £27).

[Source:- Creativebloq]