Sometimes we need to enhance our career by adding to our skills in order to attract more work for our freelance business. Thankfully, as the saying goes, “There’s an app for that.”
Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or a seasoned professional we can all benefit from adding to our education. While some of us may be led to obtaining a bachelor’s degree or upgrading to a master’s most just need a certification or added expertise in a particular area.
Today I have 10 mostly free resources you can use to learn just about anything from email marketing to building a lead funnel to creating a YouTube video for your business. Are you ready to add to your experience portfolio? Here’s the top apps and websites to choose from:
1 – edX
Get top-notch, free learning from the leading universities and colleges all over the world. Some of the schools that participate are Harvard University, Arizona State University, Caltech, Cornell University, and more. There are over 1,700 subjects to choose from with each course being self-paced so that you can learn as you go. You can choose to take the classes for free or pay a nominal fee to get certified in each one, which is a lot cheaper than paying for a traditional course. What’s great about their certificates is that you can save them as a .csv file and add them directly to your resume and LinkedIn profile. They have a few other cool options if you want to go the degree route, too:
- MicroMasters™ program to earn credits toward a Master’s Degree
- Global Freshman Academy for college freshman who need college credit
- Charter Oak State College transfer credit
- ACE Alternative Credit Project to finish up your degree
2 – Khan Academy
Learn just about anything for free from Kindergarten all the way up to Adult Learner! This is a great resource for both you and your entire family to take classes, get study help, prepare for important state exams, and so much more. If you’re launching into a new career and need to find your focus then you’ll love their section on Careers, which includes featured profiles and a list of choices such as travel, building, community service, research, ect. One of the top choices is Start a Business. Maybe you would like to start a food truck business or become a freelance journalist? This section will help you decide with information on:
- How much money you can make
- Budgets and planning
- How to get started
- Job requirements
- Startup advice
Dive even deeper in other areas outside of courses such as financial planning, taxes, cybersecurity, housing costs, and interviews with top entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Marc Ecko.
3 – Udacity
Are you a techie type who wants to build more into your own knowledge base? This resource is a smart go-to for all things related to mobile, virtual reality, software engineering, digital marketing, and even self driving car technology. Get started as a beginner all the way up to advanced learning with both free courses or Nanodegree programs that are in partnership with corporations like Amazon, Google, IBM and more. Here are some of the careers you can explore here:
- Data Analyst
- VR Developer
- Robotics Software Engineer
- Business Analyst
- Mobile Web
Picking up these new skills can help open the doors of opportunity either as a freelancer, startup, or remote worker at some of the top companies in the world.
4 – Coursera
Learn a new skill or earn a certificate for under a hundred bucks for each class. These are taught by top instructors from recognized universities and educational institutions including Stanford, Duke University, and John Hopkins University. Choose from popular classes or what you want to focus on. Their offerings include business, technology, computer science, art, and more.
Specialize in a specific career for a monthly fee that can earn you a certificate that can applied to your resume within 4 to 6 months. You can even earn a college degree on this website for half the price of what it costs to attend a traditional school.
5 – GCF Learn Free
Do you shop at Goodwill stores? I do! Did you know a lot of their profits go to support free education? And you can take their courses online as well. Brush up on your Microsoft Office skills, update your technology knowledge, and find out more about career planning, freelancing, and finances. If you need to learn basic skills that are useful to business and would like to know more about working from home then this resource can help answer those questions for you.
Maybe you’re the creative type? Use this resource to learn how to design a website, logos, or even get certified in areas like branding and animation. If you’d like to earn a side income you can also become an instructor and teach 1, 2, 3, or 4 week classes.
Like many other online education programs you can pay to take one course or sign up for the full meal deal and earn your certificate. This is high-level design training taught by experts in the industry through a company that’s been involved in the industry for more than 20 years.
7 – ed2go
Get an online education that prospective employers and clients will perk up to with financial assistance available. Get the fundamentals or go directly to advanced career training. There is even an admissions counselor available to help you find the right path to take.
Courses include the arts, business, information technology, computer programming, construction, and more. There are quite a few top colleges that partner with ed2go, and even include externships in fields like wedding planning, interior design, and floral design.
8 – Udemy
Gain new skills for your business, personal development, or in technology on the go. This is another website that offers payment for you to teach your own expert classes. Learn from their database of 55,000 courses, which include student rates and instructor bios.
There is a large section dedicated just to entrepreneurs who want to work for themselves and learn how to run a home business such as starting an Amazon store, eBay store, a website design business, freelance social media manager, ect. The fees for each class are very low, and include a certificate of completion to add to your portfolio.
9 – Skillshare
Find out what other leaders in our industry suggest with personalized learning online or on your smart TV with this monthly service. Take classes or sign up to teach your own for extra income in subjects covering branding, freelance work, logo design, film, photography, and more.
Build a trusted portfolio your clients can reference as you learn by doing each project. You can also connect with their community of 2 million students and teachers from all over the world. Right now you can get started with one free month, which provides access to 17,000 classes.
10 – Code
Even a famous basketball player can learn code according to this website, which hosts the now popular Hour of Code. If you’d like to get up to speed with HTML or learn how to develop a website you can click through their free tutorials, which include the correct code to use for each. You may not be able to earn credit for these courses, but the knowledge is invaluable when you need a solid tutorial on how to accomplish a technical task with easy to follow steps.
Are you excited yet to get started on your new year of education planning? I hope these resources help you get your business to a profitable place as you are able to add more skill sets to your portfolio.
Got a another great resource to share? I’d love to see what’s worked for you!
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