Thinking of adding new skills to your portfolio? Right on!
Going out and learning important life and business skills is a great way to become more valuable in the marketplace. Not to mention give you a nice little confidence boost. 🙂
One of the quotes that actually inspired this post was: “The more you learn, the more you earn” – Warren Buffet
I’ve definitely seen that to be true in my own life. And funnily enough, I’ve learned more about making money and saving it from the internet than I have from my college education. I’m sure that could have been a different story if I’d majored in something like finance, but it’s crazy just how much knowledge we have available at our fingertips. As well as how affordable it is when compared to one college course.
So if you want to learn new skills or ones that will help you start up an online business, each of the platforms below can help you do just that. Some cover creating a business from scratch while others go into very specific skills for each field. And each makes it easy to grow your business or personal life without breaking the bank.
That said, let’s get into 3 places where you can learn new skills on a budget!
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With over 45,000 courses to choose from, you can learn just about everything on Udemy.
Here are just a few of the categories you can take courses on:
- Web development
- Online Business
- Self development
- Graphic design
My 3 favorite things about Udemy?
- You can see what thousands of other students think about a course before buying it yourself.
- Their courses are mega affordable and they hold promotions often.
- You can ask the teacher or other students questions whenever they come up.
Something to note is that each course is independently created so the length of any given course may vary. So one might be 2 hours of content while another might be closer to 14 hours.
New & Popular Courses:
- How to Build WordPress Themes: A Web Designer’s Guide
- Think Like a Leader with Brian Tracy
- Photoshop Bootcamp For Photographers & Freelancers NEW 2017!
- Cooper Crash Course: Design Thinking in 3 Steps
PRICE: $15 and up.
This is by far my favorite place to learn new creative skills! From logo design to photography to drawing illustrations, they have a diverse range of classes to pick from.
Here are Skillshare’s main categories:
I usually browse through the design, writing, and business sections and love seeing all topics to choose from.
You can find some top entrepreneurs courses on here as well, like Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk and Simon Sinek just to name a few.
Something I’ve noticed about Skillshare is that the courses are shorter and more targeted to very specific topics compared to Udemy courses.
So they’re great if you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands and need to learn something more specific.
PRICE: $15 per month for unlimited access to every course on Skillshare or $10 per month if billed annually. Click here for a FREE month of the premium plan!
Want to improve your coding skills or take a step by step program to become a graphic designer? This is the platform for you!
Lynda hosts over 5,000 courses and includes topics covering:
- Web Development
Every course is taught by an expert in the industry with years of experience under their belt, and besides the content being super organized, the audio and video quality are some of the best I’ve seen in the online education arena.
You can also go through the video lessons or read the transcripts for any of the courses depending on how you learn best.
PRICE: $19.99 per month for basic plan or $29.99 per month for the premium plan. Click here to sign up for a FREE 10 day trial!
Whether your aim is to learn more about marketing on Facebook or how to create mobile apps, there are online platforms where you can learn all that and more for a fraction of the cost of one college course.
Now, these courses will be more specific and typically touch the surface on these topics, but that’s a great way to get your feet wet and see if the subject is something that interests you or not.
These platforms are awesome for virtual assistants and other online professionals who need to continue learning new skills to further their careers. Need to learn bookkeeping for a new client you’re taking on? Awesome, there’s a 5-hour course covering everything you need to know about that on Lynda. Want to see how you can create an online business for under $50, there are loads of courses covering new business ideas on Udemy.
No matter what you need to learn to develop your business or life skills, there’s likely an affordable course you can take to build your knowledge base.
What’s your favorite learning platform? Would love to know in the comments! 🙂