One of the most common refrains is this: “I wish I made more money.” While wishing is fine, if you really want to make it happen, you need to get out there and make it happen. One of the best ways to do this is to develop marketable skills that make you valuable. Whether you want a promotion, or a new job, or to start your own business, the right skill set can show others that you are worth what they pay you.

Here are 5 skills that make you valuable in almost any situation:

1. Adaptability

Develop a certain flexibility, and you will find that you are more valued. Can you adapt to different situations? Are you capable of doing more than one “job description”? Too often, we get caught up with labels, or stuck in a job rut. If you are adaptable, though, showing the ability to take on different roles, and do it well, or to go with the flow when things change, you will instantly become more valuable as an employee. You will also become more capable and effective as a business owner or entrepreneur.

2. Active Listening

Do you know how to listen to others and understand their needs. Active listening skills are vital if you want to learn how to help others and address their concerns. All bosses like to be listened to, and if you can show that you are good listener, you’ll go far. On top of that, business owners know that they need to listen to their customers in order to build loyalty. A good listener is welcome just about anywhere, and can be a valuable addition to any team.

3. Good Attitude

No one likes a downer. You don’t need to be overly cheery, either, in order to show your positive attitude. Be that “can-do” person that looks for ways to stay upbeat about the situation — or at least learn from a mistake and move forward. The ability to boost morale in others is also prized during times of economic difficulty. Help keep spirits up at the company, whether it’s someone else’s or your own, and you will find that many people are drawn to you, and grateful for your contributions.

4. Problem Solving

It’s good to be able to identify problems. It’s great to be able to solve those problems. Develop a reputation as a problem solver, and you could be valuable almost anywhere. Look for creative solutions to problems, and find ways to help others get things done more efficiently. Problem solvers are always sought after, and it will give you good experience.

5. Solid Ability to Communicate in Writing

Writing skills are increasingly important right now. Emails, social media messages, press releases, memos, and other items all need to be written. Develop the ability to communicate in writing, and you could provide a number of services in a number of companies. Know how to express yourself in writing, and you could render yourself necessary to someone whose writing skills aren’t as polished. You can also develop other communication skills, including speaking and presentation, to show yourself valuable.

Tom Drake

Tom Drake

Tom Drake writes for Financial Highway and MapleMoney. Whenever he’s not working on his online endeavors, he’s either doing his “real job” as a financial analyst or spending time with his two boys.