Besides French which I have accepted will take me a lifetime to learn, I have done pretty remarkable in learning every other thing I took interest in.
Between last year June and now, I have learned the following:
- How to create video training content using my room as a studio and doing the production myself. I recently got another pay check from Udemy for last month earnings from the online training course I produced myself.
- How to write, edit, design and publish a book on Amazon. This alone saved me about $500 I would have paid someone else to have it done. All I had to pay was $20 (or $10) to a graphics guy in Europe (or Asia, can remember) for a well-designed cover. That book has sold over 550 copies already.
- Balanced Scorecard Dashboard. September last year, I took up a volunteer job for a UN partner NGO operating in 16 or so Caribbean countries to develop a Balanced Scorecard dashboard for the management. I had to learn a lot from scratch. Now I am about to clinch a Balanced Scorecard dashboard project for a big multinational company operating in Africa. I plan to charge them well too.
- To become a bad-ass financial modeller. This is the one I am most proud of. Just yesterday I got my latest financial modelling project for a multinational technology company. And I might likely get another one from one of the biggest company in Nigeria before the month runs out. Also, I am currently training the management of a financial consulting firm on financial modelling and the feedback has been more than awesome.
- R programming language. In fact, I will be facilitating an intensive business analytics course by month end. And data analysis using R is among the list of what I will be covering.
- Power BI. By that I mean Power Pivot, Power Query, Power Map and Power View. Microsoft has changed the names of Power Map, Power Query and Power View; but I can't remember the new names. What's most important is that I now use them to get customers' work done and I get paid.
- Professional PowerPoint presentation design. This is one of my most financially rewarding new skill. I find it a lot easier to get the amount I charge when I send a PowerPoint proposal. And I assume it raises us above the competition. It was hard and expensive to learn. I spent weeks making my first professional PowerPoint slides and had to buy many professional templates online. Now I spend a day to make eye popping and delivery perfect PowerPoint slides.
- C#. I used to dread the C# programming language because I felt it was very difficult to learn, especially when compared to the Visual Basic I am very familiar with and use to build Excel macros/programs. Now I feel at ease using C# and have begun some web programming projects with C#. I plan to make companion web apps that I will sell alongside my Excel programs to companies. I am already close to making money of this skill too.