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Lars S Member Since: Jul 19, 2015
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Hello. I am translator and customer service representative here on upwork, but I really want to learn new skills, so I have opportunities for other work here. Is there some sites on the internet where I can learn new skills? For example SEO, Web design etc.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Lars, personally I think it would serve you better to hone, improve, and market the core skills you already have, rather than to dilute things by adding something new which you won't properly *master* for a long time.


Don't get me wrong, I think learning new skills is an amazing thing to do, but it takes time before any new skill becomes marketable at a rate that makes it worthwhile. I doubt you could learn Web Design to a standard where you could, in all clear conscience, ask clients to pay you for it, in a few months.


If I were you I'd concentrate on what you already have, and improve upon that so you win more contracts and at higher rates.


Work on your English, hard, for example. Market your translation skills more effectively and aggressively.


At the stage you're at I don't (personal opinion) feel that adding a new skill will bring anything to the table. The way to go (again personal opinion, but from someone who is working in the same 2 areas) is to maximise what you have and make that pay more.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Lars, if you are not satisfied with the results you are achieving with the skills you are currently promoting, I think you have the right idea to learn new skills, new areas of expertise, new software packages. You may wish to carefully peruse the incoming job feed, unfiltered, to review ALL jobs, and consider which skills are asked for which have few replies, because there are relatively few contractors with those skills. Expertise in less common skills and software packages can be very profitable, probably more so than expertise in skills for which there exists a large surpluses of contractors.

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John B Member Since: Feb 20, 2009
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Hi Lars,


you can learn to code right in the web browser alone on


I have been coding for years and I still like to see what is being taught now days.


Try doing one languages on there.


Then after that you could try

  1. Khan Academy ->
  2. Codewars ->
  3. HackerRank ->
  4. Check IO ->

All of these are free online resources helping people learn.