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Upskilling in AI: A Practical Guide for Freelancers

As you might have noticed, AI has been creeping into our lives bit by bit. Whether we like it or not, AI is changing the game in almost every industry. As an online business owner, upskilling in AI is not just about keeping up with the latest technology – it is also about staying relevant in an increasingly competitive market.

🌊The AI wave is here, and those who learn how to surf it will stay dry!

In this practical guide, you’ll learn why you should care about AI, how to determine what AI skills you need as well as our best resources for learning more.

Let’s dive in!

Why you should care about AI

As a freelancer or business owner, you might wonder how the AI wave applies to you. The answer is simple: by gaining AI proficiency, you'll become more competitive, improve your productivity, and future-proof your career. Let me explain:

Stay competitive in the market

As more companies are incorporating AI into their operations, the demand for AI proficiency is increasing significantly. Simply put, those who upskill in AI will have an edge over those who don’t.

Improve efficiency and productivity

AI has the potential to significantly streamline your workflow to improve efficiency and productivity. This allows you to focus on higher-level, creative tasks, and provide higher-value services to your clients and customers. Read more about how to streamline your workflow with AI.

Future proof your business

By upskilling in AI, you will be better prepared for shifts in your industries, and adapt your business accordingly.

What AI skills do you need?

Alright, now that we’ve covered why you should upskill in AI, let's figure out what skills you should be focusing on.

The answer largely depends on your field, so a great place to start is researching the applications of AI in your field and identifying the key skills that might come in handy.

For example, if you’re a freelance writer - there are countless AI tools out there that can speed up your workflow. AI tools can for instance help you write content faster, brainstorm better headlines and titles as well as suggest edits to improve SEO.

Another tip is to tap into online communities in your area of expertise and join the ongoing AI-discussion (trust me, there will be one), for example in Facebook groups or Slack channels.

Where to learn more about AI

There are endless resources out there for learning about AI - the key is to identify the appropriate skill level and the perspective that is relevant for you. That said, here are a few beginner-friendly resources I highly recommend.

Online courses about AI

In Elements of AI, a free course created by MinnaLearn and the University of Helsinki - you get an introduction to artificial intelligence for beginners. The course combines theory with practical exercises and you can go through it at your own pace. Elements of AI is a great place to start if you are a complete beginner and want to learn more about the basic concepts.

This is an introductory-level course aimed at explaining what Generative AI is, how it is used, and how it differs from traditional machine learning methods.

Podcasts about AI

In Machines we trust by MIT Technology Review - this award-winning podcast, hosted by Jennifer Strong, thoughtfully examines the far-reaching impact of artificial intelligence on our daily lives

AI podden - this podcast, hosted by AI researcher Ather Gattami, sheds light on AI developments and their impact on society.

Stay curious and open-minded

One of the most important things when it comes to upskilling, in my opinion, is to stay curious and open-minded about the possibilities and implications of AI. Ask questions, try new tools and keep iterating your workflow. Also, keep an eye on the social, and economic aspects of AI, and how they affect us at a societal level. Seek out platforms like TED to watch and read inspiring and thought-provoking stories and opinions on AI.

The bottom line

Embracing AI is not just a trend—it's an investment in your future. Whether you're a freelancer, a creator, or an online business owner, you are going to be affected by AI sooner or later. Make sure to future-proof your business by staying in the loop, keeping up to date, and learning how to use AI to your advantage!


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