6 Amazing Places To Learn New Skills Online

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.


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

nicoles_classesNicole’s Clases

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

logo-ftfschoolThe FTF School!

How could I possibly make this list without including the FTF School?! It’s my online school with tons of courses on all the strategies I used to take my freelance business to six-figures within the first year. Come check it out!

Have you tried any of these programs? If so which one do you love and why?

Let me know in the comments below! And if you want to try out the FTF School – get free access to one of my courses below.


Leah Kalamakis Leah Kalamakis is the founder of The Freelance To Freedom Project and a web designer/developer for brilliant entrepreneurs. When she’s not hanging out in the FTF Community, you can find her people watching on the streets of NYC. Come say hi on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


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  • I have use them and i love them. It´s like creating your own university 😉

    And i really love Treehouse 😀

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Yes isn’t it! Ah- forgot to add Treehouse, although I haven’t tried it yet. Glad to hear a positive recommendation!

  • Amazing Leah – thank you so much! I’m having such a dreamy Sunday with a cup of tea in one hand and reading your posts! Sharn xx

    • Leah Kalamakis Leah

      Oh that makes me so happy Sharn! Glad you are enjoying it 🙂

  • Great list, thanks for sharing! Although Treehouse, in my opinion is one of the best! And I think they give you a free trial as well.

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