Recently in an Instagram post, I had shared a list of high-income skills one must own to secure their future.
It got quite a few people interested after I promised to share with them the list of 20 High Income Skills one must have irrespective of what they are doing now.
I thought I will share it with you too.
And that got me to write this blog. Like I said, irrespective of what your profession is, you need to pick up a high-income skill.
You could be a musician, designer, choreographer, writer – or just about anyone creative.
Whatever is your core passion now, mastering a high-income skill that’s aligned with your interests will help you scale your current income.
What are the High-Income Skills?
High-Income Skills are the skills that earn you a minimum five-figure income. They are skills that can fetch you $10,000 and upwards.
These are skills that are directly related to what the market needs. And most of them are evergreen skills – meaning, skills that will last you over a decade and further.
To become a high-income skill earner, you have to master a skill, put it to action, experiment and drive results.
You can position yourself as an expert at this stage.
Experts who deliver can demand a fee and the market will pay for it.
Most people I know around me are still behind degrees and certificates. While that might be good to position yourself as a secure person for your family, this mentality is going to hurt you in the long run.
If you are currently struggling to make ends meet, or are wanting to move out from your current soul-sucking job; or want to keep your passion for music, art or your hobby alive; mastering a high-income skill should be your long term strategy.
You need to stop worrying about your career
Agreed you were born to do something. But your parents and society forced you into becoming something you didn’t want to become.
Agreed you hate the current state you are in and need relief from it. And it’s a given that you are worried about money and your future.
All this and many more issues are part of the problem. I want you to stop scoping out those issues and focus on a resolution. I’m here to offer you a solution.
I want you to pick up this approach to learn and further develop these high-income skills – An approach that will change your life for good.
The skills I’m going to share here might look vague or familiar. It might be unrelated to what you are doing now.
But let me assure you, these are skills that will 10x your personal and professional self.
Learning High Income Skills
Let me tell you how I got into this.
I deep-dived into the world of the internet and where it’s leading us into.This started in late 2013.
From there, I was able to learn and master all the skills that helped me set up my own six-figure online business.
I’m proud of this achievement because this business does not carry my name. And neither have I promoted it using my ‘Prashant Pillai‘ clout.
All the growth of this business has been organic.
Currently, I have taken the lessons, learning and earnings from it and reinvested it in scaling and diversifying my investments in the business.
This was possible only by leveraging both the free and premium content available online.
I was addicted to learning.
The skills I’m going to share here are all that I have mastered and am still actively using it in my business.
You must realise that having high-income skills is a way of positioning yourself a layer above than the rest. You are putting yourself up in the top 1%.
This is your assured way to be financially independent.
So here’s the list of high-income skills you must learn.
List of 20 High Income Skills
Copywriting involves writing emails, landing page copy, Facebook ads and much more.
Right now a copywriter is the highest paying skilled job in the market. So if you are good with writing, polish up your skills and understand what the market needs and deliver.
2. Digital Marketing Consulting
Many businesses are struggling to establish their online identity.
Most of them are finding it too overwhelming or are not finding the right talents and agency that can provide end to end digital marketing solutions.
Learning this ‘consulting’ skill can make you an assured recurring active income. If you are good with the social media game and can drive engagements you can get into consulting.
Mind you it’s not the regular posting to social media and forgetting, this requires you to understand the bigger picture. You should be able to deliver a High ROI for the clients and projects you are working with.
Neil Patel Digital the consulting offspring of Entrepreneur and Marketer Neil Patel is a classic example of how you can expand you personal brand.
3. AI / Voice / Future Tech Development Expert
This is something I love. Mid 2018, I hired an engineer brain to work on Smart Speaker Technology Apps.
We taught ourselves to code and design custom Alexa skills.
Within 6 months, we executed and launched 39 active skills. They amassed over 5000 active users.
We also got recognized by Amazon with perks and one of them being a collection of 4 Alexa devices.
Most of the alexa skills we created were on diverse platforms, one of them being Invocable.
Developing a Pro Level Alexa Skill for brands can earn you a fees of $8 – $10K per skill.
With this side project of mine, I have enabled 3 people in my team to earn the virtual badge of being A Voice Development High Income Skill Earner.
4. Branded Video Creation
This is one skill that can take you places.
Photographers and videographers should maximize their potential here.
You’ll love this story of David Rock or DRock as he is called now. DRock was a simpleton videographer who used his persistence and skill to connect with Gary Vaynerchuk – entrepreneur, author, speaker and internet personality.
He followed Gary for a day, and made this kickass video titled “Clouds and Dirt”
What he did in this video was to document the life of the entrepreneur and hustler that Gary was. He slick edited it and made it into a documentary style presentation – A concept that was new to the entrepreneurial space.
The video took off.
And a few months later DRock was hired by Gary and his life and career now is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers around the world.
Today DRock is a Noun.
The question, “Do you have a DRock in your team?” is a common thing to ask.
Now, how you can take DRock’s inspiring growth story and apply it to your hustle.
The Huge Opportunity :
There is a huge opportunity in the corporate sector to capture Gary Vee Type of content.
Content that is a vlog, but more real and one that captures the essence of the entrepreneur and business.
This video model is catching the world over and helping brands and their CEO’s explode into their markets.
If this is something you love, you can learn a few core skills in videography and reach out to the influencers in whichever industry you’d like to scale.
Make a short video for them for free.
Show them the value you can bring to their business with slick but real videos and get hired either on contract or full-time.
If you provide your clients content ideation and scheduling services clubbed with the video documentation, then this high income skill can earn you an upwards of $10 – $15K per month.
5. Branded Podcast Creation
Spotify recently acquired Anchor and Gimlet Media.
They were the popular and power players in the rising podcasting industry.
The investments made by Spotify scream out a sign of huge opportunity for musicians, sound engineers, music producers and even singers.
How you may ask?
If you are creative enough and technically sound, you can design podcast shows and series for the corporate sector.
There are brands who are looking for ways to connect with their prospective audiences by not being pushy with loud adverts and commercials.
They have realised that podcasting is a powerful way of building engaged communities.
This can be achieved by having strong, meaningful and honest stories to tell.
The brands themselves will not be able to execute a podcasting strategy.
Below is one of the brand podcasts. It’s for the brand Blue Apron which was produced by Gimlet Media. Listen to this episode to get an idea of how to design a branded podcast.
You High Income Skills can be put to use with your creativity by offering – Podcast Programming, Podcast Editing, Podcast Scheduling, Podcast Marketing services.
These are just a few of them that you can kickstart with. Podcasting still is in its nascent stages, and you can rule over it by mastering the podcast creation skills.
6. Public Speaking
Do you have good speaking skills?
Are you being specifically praised for the clarity in your speech and how you are able to convince people around you?
If so, you can master the Public Speaking Skill. The only high income skill in this list with instant gratification. The feedback, appreciation and engagement you get with this skill is soul-satisfying.
Corporates from diverse industries and specifically the education sector globally are looking for powerful speakers to educate and inspire their workforce and students.
You can conduct workshops, seminars and masterclasses as a service and reach out to corporates and brands.
If motivating people with a clear and specific actionable message is in your DNA you can take a good share of the money that is there in this field.
A few years back I had taken Chris Anderson’s course on Public Speaking. Chris is the founder and curated of TED Talks. And it helped me understand the core concepts of sharing powerful ideas.
7. High Ticket Sales Expert
Knowing how to sell a product – not once, but repeatedly and at scale is an art.
Selling requires an understanding of both the product and the customer requirement.
When you can successfully be the dependable bridge to connect the product to the customer, you are in the top 1% of high income skill earners again.
Now selling here does not refer to small valued products.
What I’m referring to are high valued products.
These are Product and Services highly priced and most are attached to top-level experts, influencers or celebrities.
This episode on How to sell High Ticket Products and services will get you started in understanding the concept.
Though not limited to it, you can find opportunities to be a Sales expert in the SAAS and Startup domains too. Dan Lok’s program 7 week high ticket closer dives in deep into the art of high ticket selling.
8. Chatbot Marketing Expert
Building Chatbots is the easiest in the list of Skills you can master.
Chatbots are part of a brand’s content strategy.
Chatbots are also an effective way to engage with a well-curated community.
There is a rising belief that Chatbot marketing is going to overtake the grand old Email Marketing.
That said, I had a fun time creating Chatbot for my business and for my own brand.
You can try the Prashant Pillai Messenger ChatBot that was built using Mobile Monkey.
Once you learn the basic wire-framing and the blueprint of building a bot, you can charge a high retainer fee for building simple or complex bot for businesses – depending on their marketing strategy.
9. Sales Funnel Expert
A sales funnel expert is someone who is a master of analytics, optimization and conversion.
Conversion here refers to sales. Sales that’s mostly online.
I started off learning about sales funnels using Clickfunnels, and then later moved on to Thrivecart for my businesses. As a Sales Funnel expert, you can be hired in the B2B or B2C domain.
Below is the GIF of Funnelytics a sales funnel and tracking software that I’m using for
10. Email Marketing Expert
Email marketing is definitely not dead.
Email marketing is, sending out messages and promos regarding your products or service.
Many brands and entrepreneurs still struggle to implement an effective email marketing strategy to boost their businesses.
Club this skill with copywriting and you are opening up yourself to a world of opportunities. With this High Income Skill you can create effective email marketing campaigns for SAAS, FMCG, Health and Fitness and more booming industries.
Coaching and teaching require a completely different skillset.
If you are good at mentoring and teaching, it does not immediately qualify you as a coach or teacher.
A pro-level coach is someone who is empathetic, understanding and brings in life-transforming changes into peoples lives.
There is a need for Professional Business Coaches, with the current rise of young and naive CEO’s and leaders heading million dollar startups.
Right business coaching and mindset and skills training for them will help them balance out their undying passion for their business.
A thorough training and real life case studies in your portfolio will make you a top notch High Income Skill earner.
12. Productivity and Systems Expert
This high income skill mostly relates to building dependable productivity systems for optimized working conditions.
This job also involves you to research and analyse work culture and its effects.
You will be designing customised working systems across departments for the workforce to work effectively.
Your clients can be startups and large scale companies who are looking to diversify and scale.
The productivity and systems expert can save millions of dollars for the client for whom they can create systems that are easy to follow and monitor.
13. Meditation Expert
One of the projects I’m involved in right now has my sister working as a meditation expert.
The meditation expert in the corporate, education and health sector is like a healer.
With the focus being on inner joy and overall wellness, mastering the art of meditation and mindfulness can pay off in the long run.
It’s very recently that I learnt about Ziva Meditation and it’s founder Emily Fletcher. What she promotes and teaches are customised and top notch meditation programs designed to elevate core experience from within.
You can also follow Tara Brach one of most popular meditation and mindfulness experts. You can learn a lot from her from her live sessions and interviews on podcasts about meditation and infinite living.
14. Webinar Expert
With a lot of businesses being online, there is a huge demand for the master salesman. And Salesmen who are good at webinars.
Webinars are still being used as an effective tool for prospecting, lead nurturing and sales.
In the video below you’ll see how Dan Lok takes us through a case study of how Matt drove $89K in Webinar Sales making him a reliable High Income Skill Earner. It’ll give you an idea of what potential being a webinar expert has.
I’ve used Zoom, and currently using Big Marker and Webinar Jam for my businesses effectively and these help in contributing to the six-figure income.
The skill of Investing is one that is getting rarer by the day.
I’m not talking about traditional investments in stocks and real estate.
Yes, that still works.
But what I’m focused on is curating and investing money in skills, companies, influencers.
And one of the master investors I know is Gary Vaynerchuk.
He knows what it takes to outreach and connect to rising stars across the multiple talents that include music and sports.
Watching some of his vlogs will help you understand what I’m referring to here.
In this next video he gives some deep insights into how to look at investing and what to do with your money.
Learn the art of future curated investing and it’ll make you the most wanted expert.
16. Online Events Marketing
There has been a recent rise in online events and virtual summits.
Of late, a lot of on-ground events have been offering virtual and online tickets sold at almost the same price of an on-ground ticket.
Currently for one of my businesses, I’m working on a online summit that is due in mid-June.
17. Coder / Software Developer
Makers are being revered across the Tech field. Their skills can be ranked on top of the High Income Skills List.
If you have an idea and know to code, you are indispensable.
All you need is your super coding cape and your vision to develop life-changing products and services.
Recently, I have seen so many amazing makers who have launched the unthinkable products online.
Also, there was a recent thread on twitter where I was introduced to a brilliant club of makers. Let’s start with Pieter who share his success story with his creation of remoteok.io that makes him $35K in MRR.
It’ll be an enriching experience to read Nathan Barry’s Convertkit Success Story titled 15 Lessons from the first $15 Million and Sahil Lavingia’s writing that reflects his journey of developing Gumroad.
18. Growth Hacking / Marketing
This is my favourite high income skill of the lot – Growth Hacking Expert or a Growth Marketing Expert.
Speed and results are your best friends here.
The growth marketer can create marketing campaigns and generate quick results in increased customer acquisition, awareness, and relevance among the target audience.
I’ve applied a lot of the popular growth hacking approaches to pivot various aspects of my online business.
It requires patience for sure. I’ve learnt that having by developing a non disruptive fallback mechanism mindset comes in handy when these growth experiments do not work.
It’s a sophisticated position and requires you to be a super generalist.
It means that you need to have knowledge in all the fields of digital and traditional marketing. Reading up about ace growth hacker and marketer Josh Fechter’s own growth story will get you scribbling a lot of ideas.
19. IT Systems and Network Engineer
Tech is getting sophisticated.
AI, machine-based learning and robotics base tech are rapidly increasing.
And all of it is built on strong networking.
The role of a Systems and Network engineer is not that of a handy technician anymore.
This high income skill requires top-level troubleshooting skills clubbed with precise execution.
This is one of the screenshots of a recent job opening for the position of Health IT System Engineer, AI Healthcare.
Source : Google Job Board
You can master your geeky skills and be of high value to a rising catalogue of startups in the AI, VR, AR, Machine learning, and Robotics domain.
I have a few friends whose friends are pro level engineers and are loving their hustle.
20. Customer Success Engineer
A customer success engineer is a happiness engineer.
The job involves you to come up with creative ways to onboard a client, and retain them for as long as possible. This is a tough job, but if you’re a people’s person, this high income skill will make you bank account happy.
You need to have the right communication and outreach systems in place to keep the customer hooked on your product or service.
Unlike a customer success manager, the customer success engineer here has to bring in strategy to make sure the customer retention mechanisms are in place.
As they say, leveraging and upselling to your customers is more profitable than finding new ones to sell to.
With this I end this exhaustive list of high income skills you as a creative person can learn and master.
Remember to pick one or more skills from this list that you can relate to, or that’s part of your previous skills.
I would suggest you to avoid jumping into this blindly just because it’s high paying. Craft your way into being an invaluable asset with your knowledge and results.
The same position in a HR role will that of the likes of Claude Silver who is a chief heart officer at Vaynermedia.
1. All these high income skills need a certain level of learning.
2. Deep dive and research into each of these skills and see what suits and interests you.
3. You can learn about high income skills from both free sources and paid sources online. Youtube, Udemy, Skillshare and blogs and courses by influencers will be a good place to start.
4. The key here is to find projects to implement and experiment with your high income skill learnings.
5. Your goal should be to drive successful results, even if it is for your personal projects. Back it up with good content and solid numbers (data/analytics).
6. These results and your documentation of it will be used to build your authority in that skill.
7. This will open up opportunities for you to scale up from your present state to become a high income skill earner.