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7 Ways to Sell Your Knowledge (and Earn)

Regardless of your professional experience and level of education, I bet you have a set of unique skills and capabilities that others don’t. Perhaps somebody is even a little jealous of your virtuoso guitar skills, fabulous dance moves, coding knowledge or the way you managed to master Chinese within a relatively short period of time. Simply put – all of us have that little something that could be turned into euros (or dollars, if you wish). Blogs and the internet as a whole has opened so many opportunities for entrepreneurial people to be paid for their knowledge and creativity; we’ve come a long way, and technologies have enabled us sharing knowledge (and therefore earning) easier than ever. Scroll the list & pick your options - there are plenty of amazing ways to make money using the skills you already have!

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1. Teach

Whether you are sharing your knowledge teaching people through webinar, Skype or teaching platform, teaching can be both personally and financially rewarding. Selling your knowledge teaching is one of the simplest ways to earn and have fun at the same time. Let it be marketing trick or a DIY assistance in gardening, you can share your content and teach your skills via Kajabi. Users of the company have sold content for over $350 million and made knowledge available for millions of people around the Earth. The platform allows you to set up online courses and monetize the content. Yet another platform that allows you to do the same is Udemy. Via the platform you can either earn 97% of the suggested amount (3% is kept for payment processing fee) or 50%, if Udemy promotes your course. Majority of courses, however, are free of charge.

2. Provide Consultations

A “brother” alternative to teaching and providing other people with your knowledge off-line could be to become a “teacher on demand”. By providing consulting services you can earn some side income as well. Platforms like ClarityPrestoExperts and SmallBizAdvice allow you to work from home and earn money giving advice or providing consulting services online. While you will rehearse your knowledge and will have to assist people whenever needed, you will be rewarded both mentally and financially.

3. Host Webinars

Earning extra cash using a live video option is yet another opportunity to make some side money. ClickMeeting is a great webinar hosting platform that allows you to earn while sharing your expertise online. If you can teach it… you can earn it!

4. Create New Content

Xomba is one of the popular and well-known platforms where you can earn money by employing your writing skills. The platforms allows you to creates 5 different types of articles – a blog, bookmark, list, recipe and a review. By creating a piece on the platform you contribute to the shared network of independent websites. Beware that the platform takes around 50% of your revenue (Xomba shares a 50/50 split) since it’s an AdSense revenue-sharing site.

5. Reuse Old Content

Well, what can I say… Writing pays off, for sure! If you are eliminating writing for your extra-income earning options you might be overlooking a quick and easy way to earn. If you re-purpose your (already existing) content, add small bits and pieces and market it wisely you can turn it into an e-book which will serve you as a steady source of income for quite a while. Amazon is definitely the dominant platform for e-books, whereas iBooks is popular alternative to Amazon.

6. Answer Questions

If you have some free time, you should consider an option of generating additional income by… answering some questions! JustAnswer is a platform where people can ask questions from a number of categories (health, legal, medical, taxes, computer etc.) and get answers from certified professionals. Long story short – if you happen to be a professional, you can earn money answering questions relating your field! Also, if you are not an expert but happen to know one, you can earn $50 Amazon gift card for each referral.

7. Sell

Becoming an affiliate isn’t overly difficult: all you have to do is register on an affiliate network site such as Avangate, Amazon or Clickmeter, fill out an application form, become a member and pick affiliate programs that interest you. Once you’ve chosen the affiliate programs, the merchants review your website and (if they find it interesting) they will provide you with affiliate links that you will use in your content to sell. Even though amount of money you earn per action is normally quite small, over time, especially as you progress in your viewership, it can generate a nice amount.

The above list is just a sample of activities that you can start to generate an extra income using your existing skills. There are hundreds, if not thousands of opportunities online where you can deploy your knowledge and turn SKILLS into SAVINGS. Good luck doing that!

Use Your Summer Wisely

Once the exams are passed, the school books put aside and the weather in Denmark starts actually reminding of summer it could be worth thinking of how to use summer to plan study and career activities. After all, July in Denmark is a big holiday month when nearly all companies (universities including) are taking a break – so using that time to carefully plan the next steps could be more than just a ‘good idea’.

 

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Relax

First an foremost, relax. It’s summer and you need to get some ‘fresh air’ to refresh your body and your mind. You need to ‘restart’ and recharge your batteries, get new energy and focus on new things with the fresh eyes. To do so, it would be best if you simply forgot your PC for a couple of days and used these days for active leisure, such as biking, camping or simply gardening and assisting someone plucking berries (and putting some in your mouth, too). Use the time wisely and do not think about your problems and issues at least for a while. Trust me, you need that.

Get back with the ‘fresh eyes’

Once relaxed, you are ready to make a strategic plan for whatever you want to do next. Do you have an aim to find a study job starting from September? Make a list for potential places where you can work, give your favorites a call, engage in a discussion. Want to focus 100% on your studies and achieve best possible results? Purchase all the books in advance, go through the study list, read an article or two to get ‘hooked’ on the topic. Want to start a new activity? Make a list of interesting after-class things going on, pick one or two and research more on what is it like. Give yourself time, start planning and acting.

Get a taste of your future career

If your aim is to start your professional career, it could be a good idea to identify a couple of ‘dream jobs’ and ‘dream companies’. After that, try to write a list of skills yet needed to acquire and look for places and/or courses where you could acquire the skill. Want to get better at finances? Maybe you could get an extra course in university. Want to learn about the PR? Maybe it could be good to find an interesting PR specialist on LinkedIn and invite him/her for coffee. After all, if you manage to find someone who works in your area of interest, ask if you could be a “job shadow” during their day – maybe there would be a possibility to volunteer in that company and actually see what that person is doing and how the job actually looks like? Or maybe you could just ‘hang around’ in the company for a couple of hours seeing how it feels like? Start making lists and acting.

Have fun and… network

Network has recently become such a buzzword that is used all the time and everywhere. But, believe me, there is a huge reason why this is the case: networking does bring value in both short and long-term. During the summer people are usually a lot more relaxed and willing to meet, as they have time and are not occupied with work and work-related activities. Use that time to get in touch with the ‘right’ people no matter what your goal is – and try to manage and keep these relationships active. Try to keep your ‘eyes and ears open’ no matter where you are – who knows, maybe you will meet a potential HR recruiter of your dream job during the Roskilde festival, while standing in the line for beer? Or maybe in a party? Be active, go out and try to find new people. New people = new opportunities!

3 Reasons Why Diversity Matters

Have you ever experienced the struggle to communicate with culturally different people than yourself? I know I have. But I also know that such struggle brings new knowledge, challenges and makes everyone more informed, mentally engaged and, well, let’s be honest – entertained.

Let’s start from the very beginning: I am Lithuanian who lives in Denmark. I’ve worked in Switzerland and New Zealand. I am writing my thesis supervised by a Greek professor, for lunch I meet my German and Bulgarian friends, I go to the city where I have dinner at my favorite Indian restaurant, I buy my vegan hot dog at a place run by a Malaysian caterer and I work in a Danish company, where my colleagues are from all over the world. Before I moved to Denmark I could even barely speak English and now I am fluent in 4 languages and am eager to learn more. My worldview is broadened, I learned not to judge others based on “insert-reason-here” and I have become a truly global individual. As demographics shift and global markets emerge, diversity becomes a necessity rather than a “cool thing to have”. I realized the value of diversity nearly anywhere (school, university, workplace, after-work activities etc.). The world’s increasing globalization requires more attention among people from diverse backgrounds and workplace, obviously, is one of the places where we experience our cultural differences to the great extent.

As workforce demographics shift and global markets emerge, workplace diversity becomes a necessity rather than a “cool thing to have”.

It’s probably not too surprising that McKinsey analysis proves that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians; and here are three substantial reasons why having a diverse workforce can make a positive difference – even in the business is small. Or rather, especially if business is small. Here are 3 values that diversity brings to any environment:

1. Diversity Increases Adaptability

Knowing, hearing and learning about differences in theory does not necessarily translate into successful behavior in practice.  Do you remember the first time you met someone quite different than you? I bet you had issues. You couldn’t probably understand what exactly that person is saying (the accent was totally different than yours!), he/she was talking about the things and issues you’ve never even thought of and in the end, the person looked really, really weird (hell of an outfit, I’d say!). The second time you met someone different than you, you were less shocked and more calm. By the 1000th time you met a person of a different ethnicity, cultural background and traditions you were kind of okay as you understood that we all can’t be the same. “It’d be boring to live if we were all the same”, people say, and you’ve got to admit – well… that’s kind of true. Learning experience it is, after all.

We, human beings, are adaptable. We’re a bit like cockroaches – we adapt to the circumstances of a given situation and we learn to cope with the issues that come our way. Even more than that, people, unlike other animals, are empathic and are able to put themselves ‘in else’s shoes’ – we are not only able to understand other people, but are able to learn from them. Studies show that the bigger exposure to diversity, the more culturally adaptable the person becomes. In those cases, you become more able to recognize, respond and work effectively with people who are different than you. Cudos to that!

2. Diversity Fosters Innovation

Decades of academic studies have shown that socially diverse groups are more innovative than their homogeneous counterparts. One can guess that due to increased adaptability we learn that our differences can actually add value from different angles; due to our differences, problems (and solutions to them) become more obvious. Being with similar others leads us to think we all hold the same information and share the same perspective. When individuals differ, a more creative solution can be expected: whereas one individual might focus on one specific problem (and solution), another individual will notice something completely different that the other one might not have even noticed. Diverse environment brings a variety of viewpoints and offers a more effective execution: environment that encourages diversity inspired individuals to perform to the best of their abilities, given the circumstances.

A diverse environment, after all, means a wide range of diverse perspectives. Once the perspectives differ you can expect a more challenged, diverse and psychically engaging environment.

3. Diversity Brings Results

We know more or less intuitively that diversity matters, but it’s also increasingly clear that difference actually… makes difference! It has already been proven that diversity has a positive impact on many key aspects of organizational performance. Research by recruiter Korn/Ferry in November 2013 found that almost all the global executives it polled believe diversity and inclusion can boost results. They offer a variety of viewpoints and a wider range of experience, which improves decision-making and problem-solving. The researchers claim that having a diverse workforce can lead to higher employee engagement and improved business results.

There’s increasing evidence that diversity can enhance effectiveness, creativity, and commitment; solutions to the problems can be more creative, faster and greater. So instead of asking whether we need diversity, we should rather ask on how to think inclusively.

The Voice Of Educated & Jobless: “Give Me The Job!”

It seems that Denmark has trouble holding onto highly educated and ambitious immigrants since, according to the newest research conducted by DEA, an independent non-profit think tank, based in Copenhagen, there is no significant need of highly skilled labor anymore.

The recent study has been carried out among 400 high-skilled foreigners, who have had constant difficulties with job search in Denmark regardless of their education and, to some extent, experience. ”It would be really sad to lose such a large number of highly educated foreigners simply because they are not “incorporated” in the country and cannot find jobs. We know that these highly skilled foreigners create value in companies, as they generate tax and revenue to the public sector. However, the situation is, that job market is pretty tough”, says Martin Junge. It seems that the country is open for foreigners to come… but is not interested in keeping them here?

Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education Morten Østergaard acknowledges that there are a lot of clever foreigners who are considering leaving the country. “This number is way too high”, says the Minister.

Besides the Bachelor and Master graduates, who are unable to find the jobs, a number of PhDs, unable to find research positions, has increased, too. A number of international researchers coming to Denmark to do research has increased, but even more of them intend to leave the country after they finish their PhDs. According to a Danish National Audit Office, since 2003 universities have doubled the intake of PhD students in science, health and technology areas, however, due to poor university investigation which areas need researchers most, majority of them are forced to leave the country as they have troubles finding jobs after the graduation.

Job crisis?

Young, qualified and jobless seems to have become a “tag” for a number graduates, who are not able to find jobs due to shortage of them. According to the research carried out in Europe, there are more than 5,5 million under 25-s without a work, and such numbers are growing every month. The official EU unemployment rate is now one in eight of the labor force. You might have heard the highly educated and jobless called “lost generation” since our parents, baby boomers, would usually remind us that education is a guarantee for the job… “My mother and father divorced when I was two, and my sister and I were raised by my mother, who had no education and kept blaming herself for that. That’s why she has always told me and my sister to study as hard as we can, and therefore a secure job with a satisfactory salary would be guaranteed”, says Clara, 25, who has spent 5 years in Denmark, out of which, 1, searching for a job. “I feel hopeless. It seems I have done everything I could. I can work anywhere and do anything. If you need a secretary, I will be a secretary. If you need an assistant, I will be an assistant. Just give me the job”, she says.

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“I have always been a good student…”, starts her story Yin, 28, who has studied at Aarhus Business School. “I have always prioritized university and studied very hard but after I finished university I couldn’t find a job. I was told that I have no experience and no language skills and, even though I am educated, but I am not needed here”.

Another student from Aarhus School of Business, Kristina, told that she decided to go home since she thought that going back home would be easier. “My decision to go back to my home country Lithuania was based on a couple of motives. First of all, I came to Denmark considering and option to go back home at some point in my life. Besides, it is not very easy to be a fresh graduate in Denmark (especially if you want to work and not only collect the unemployment benefits) – companies are not interested in offering internships for the graduates and qualifications that I had were quite standard, where a native Danish speaker would always be preferred.”

Bye bye Denmark – welcome homeland, (again)

When foreigners, who came to Denmark hoping to stay in Denmark realize they cannot do so since job market is very touch, they realize that an option of coming home might be not bad at all, after all. “I couldn’t find a job and my mother started asking if I would like to come back to China. I was not very happy about it, but she knows someone who could help me getting the job and I am seriously thinking about it”, Yin revealed. “I am strongly considering coming back home even though I might need to do something else not completely related to what I have studied. I think that in such times with mass unemployment our expectations of job are lesser that they could be, and we are ready to take more or less satisfactory”.

However, in such case nearly no one expects to face a culture shock. It seems that you had a perfect plan – you moved to another country for a certain purpose and you decided to come back home; one thing to remember: more than a half of us feel a reverse culture shock when we return back home.You might think that feel that you are not fitting in to your home country, and it happens mostly having returned home after having lived abroad. “It was difficult to  find a job in Denmark and I got a very good job offer in Romania. After having lived here for almost half a year I still feel a little stuck in between those two countries”, says Ionut, 32, who had worked in Copenhagen for a while and, after he lost his job, decided to come back to his homeland Romania.

Education might be the problem

If you have studied in university, you probably know that lecturers mostly teach theories, but there is no emphasis on practice whatsoever. You can actually finish the whole degree (Bachelor+Master), which will take you approximately 5 years, with zero practice. “We need modern schools with a focus on individual learning and practice. I think that education has to create a framework for the future job, especially in management and sales”, says a candidate for the city council, Theresa Blegvad. “I believe that Denmark needs more modern schools where homework would be based on projects. Pupils and students have to get prepared for the future in that way. They have to get hands on experience, not only practice”.

You might question in this case, what would and ideal college and university look like? No answer for such a complicated question could be provided. One thing that has become clear is, that university does not provide the same amount of value it did 10 or 20 years ago. The amount of graduates is raising with each year, we have more and more educated people, therefore the competition in the job market is incredibly high. Plus, due to the the fact that people now live longer – one can realize that they work longer, too. A solution? Creative teaching and creative job search, I suppose…

@Reuters Staff Joshua Persky, who tied a sandwich board to his body and got a job

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Joshua Persky, who tied a sandwich board to his body and got a job

Photo by Bita Honarvar A Georgia woman used Christmas lights to spell out her resume outside

Photo by Bita Honarvar
A Georgia woman used Christmas lights to spell out her resume outside her house

Is it hard to get a job in Denmark as a foreigner?

Couple Of Must Do’s In Your Professional Life

A fierce competition in 21st century keeps us focused on to our education and job experience, yet, according to numerous surveys, it is not enough to have a brilliant resumé in order to catch employers attention: you have to make yourself visible and your skills needed. Keep in mind that majority of HR managers are required to check your name and surname online to evaluate your online presence and seriousness. Therefore in case you’ve got a crazy Facebook picture as your profile picture, it could be a good idea to invest in a professionally-looking one.

Social Media Presence

You simply have to have fluent, clear and easy-to-read information about you. Adding a catchy and business-like professional picture as well as clear and positive information about you on Facebook can definitely add more points to your “invisible account” in employers eyes (no stupid pictures, no pictures with other people and no pictures with alcohol). Professional Twitter and LinkedIn profiles are must-to-have.

Being familiar with social platforms as well as having social media presence could definitely boost your CV as well as visibility (which consequently means that potential employers might find your profile and get to “know” you much easier than before).

Networking

Even though the word itself has become a widely used buzzword, you should not underestimate the value of it. You should always be professional in meeting other people and present yourself who you are, what you do and mention, that you are looking for new opportunities/challenges. Who knows, maybe a friend of a friend of yours knows someone, who is looking particularly for a new [insert your profession here] in his company?

Helping Out Others

Experience in volunteer job nowadays has become even more important than ever before. Volunteering experience shows that you are willing to do something without a reward just because you enjoy it. If the volunteering experience is relevant to the job you are looking for – it could be a good idea to tell (write) about such experience to your potential employer! Who wouldn’t like to employ a person who is passionate about what he/she does?