I’ve got a secret to tell you.
Two years ago I didn’t know how to install WordPress. And now I have a completely online business building websites for a living. Such a great living I was able to quit my corporate job. You wanna know how I went from paper pusher corporate gal in the fashion world to professional web designer & developer? I taught myself the skills necessary using affordable online courses on the nights and weekends.
It started out as a just-for-fun kind of thing. It’s fun to learn new skills and ups your cool factor with friends and family when you become the go-to family photoshopper girl. But then I realized the new skills I had were quite valuable and decided to sell them.
Here are 6 awesome and affordable online places to learn new skills. Check ’em out, try ’em out, you might surprise yourself. And if you’re already freelancing, why not add some skills to your repertoire.
More skills = more services = more potential clients (and income!). Tweet that!
Lynda is a great resource for just about any software, program, or online skill you could possibly need to learn. They’ve got video classes on every Adobe product, web design, graphic design, video editing and more. If you’re lacking in knowledge in basically any online tool, you can find a course in their library. With a small monthly fee, that you can start and stop anytime, it’s a highly valuable resource to acquire some new skills. Downside- you only have access while you are a paying member. Check out Lynda.com here
Nicole’s Classes offers 4-week classes with one interactive instructor on crafty things like floral design, to photography, illustrator and photoshop. You get homework which is great for accountability and feedback from the instructor. They also have some awesome short free tutorials on their blog. You pay a one-time fee for each course and have access to it forever. Check out Nicole’s Classes here
Tuts+ premium courses are similar to Lynda’s membership program where you pay monthly and have access to the full library of tutorials during your active membership. Primarily in the web/app design and development field, they offer courses on Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver as well as some other general courses on business & freelancing. Check out Tuts+ here
Skillshare allows anyone with a skill and teaching ability to offer a class on their expertise at a reasonable price. There is a wide range of subjects, some super specific like logo design, and some more general like Intro to Illustrator. They even have a Meatball Making class! Once purchased, the video lessons for the course are available anytime online so you can come back to review your class at a later date. Check out Skillshare here and get $10 off your first class because I referred you!
Similar to Skillshare, Udemy offers classes taught by individuals or organizations who want to share their expertise. Each class has a separate fee and covers everything from business strategy, to web design to “sleep hacking”. Check out Udemy here
Fizzle.co is what founders Chase Jarvis, Corbett Barr & Caleb Wojcik call “Honest Business Training”. They brought together some of the big names in online business and created a library of resources for building your business online. For a monthly fee, you get access to the entire video library, a membership community and live office hours Q&A with the founders. Topics covered include creating effective blog content, growing your email list and affiliate marketing the smart way. Plus- they often bring on guest contributors to teach about specific topics and tools for success. Check out Fizzle here
Have you tried any of these programs? If so which one do you love and why?
Let me know in the comments below!