When you work for a company, learning and development are built into the experience.
But as entrepreneurs, it’s a totally different story. The onus is on us to learn new skills that’ll ultimately make us more money.
Luckily, this wonderful thing called ‘the internet’ gives us access to a virtually limitless volume of free or cheap knowledge and information. All you need to do is know where to look.
So, we’ve compiled a list of amazing e-learning tools and resources that’ll teach you pretty much anything, even if you’re on a budget.
If you’ve ever read HubSpot’s blog, you know they offer a crazy amount of free content on topics ranging from marketing to sales, customer success, and more.
HubSpot Academy takes this one step further, offering free courses and certifications that will help you develop a working knowledge of everything from digital and inbound marketing to content marketing, digital advertising, social media, sales, SEO, content creation, and more.
Price: Free for the first month, then between $20 and $50 per month depending on your membership
Formerly known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning offers courses that teach you business, creative, and technology skills.
Much like HubSpot Academy, LinkedIn Learning offers a ton of resources on things like social media and SEO but it also has courses focused on skills like brand leadership, Google Analytics, Augmented Reality... and even Microsoft Excel Essentials, because is anybody actually proficient at this?
If you’re looking for academically-validated learning opportunities, check out edX. This platform gives you access to thousands of free online courses from 140 learning institutions from across the globe, including Harvard and Berkeley.
You can find courses covering everything from data science to healthcare, business, computer science, and design. This includes basics like digital marketing and negotiation as well as super complex courses like fintech, AI, and machine learning.
For our friends in the creative field (or those who aspire to sharpen their creative skills), Adobe Learn is an official collection of manuals, tutorials, and FAQs straight from Adobe.
It’ll help you learn the essentials of each application, brush up on new features and techniques, and connect with other Creative Cloud users to discuss new tricks and best practices.
And it offers the majority of its course offerings in video format, so they’re easy to follow along with.
Believe it or not, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was one of the first academic institutes to release virtually every piece of its courseware to the public for free.
Don’t get us wrong, it takes a certain type of person to work through this type of material on their own. But it’s an insanely valuable tool that gives you access to the same information that some people pay tens of thousands of dollars to learn in-class.
You can find courses ranging from business to humanities, social science, society, and more.
Price: Freemium (paid Pro version available starting from around $20 a month)
There’s no two ways about it: coding is super complicated. But by understanding how to do it, you can open yourself up to a whole ton of opportunities. Whether you’re looking to start a career in coding or just trying to figure out how to make tweaks on your WordPress site (arguably one of the most finicky things known to humanity), having access to free coding courses is amazing.
Price: Free (with the option to upgrade to a paid plan)
Another one for the creatives, Skillshare has a ton of courses covering things like animation, design, illustration, photo and film, and writing.
What’s cool about Skillshare is that its courses are taught by people who are icons, experts, and industry icons in their respective field and they have real-world wisdom and experience to share. We really like the personal feel of it.
Price: Courses start at $19.99 per
If you haven’t heard of Udemy, here’s the rundown: it’s essentially an online learning and teaching marketplace with 155,000 courses and 40 million students. You can learn skills like programming, marketing, data science, and coding, among many others.
Not to pump our own tires, but coworking spaces are also an incredible opportunity for learning and professional development. At Project Spaces, we’re a melting pot of incredible professionals spanning a ton of different industries. And we have an incredibly immersive community that’s all about building connections between people.
If you’re interested in learning more about us and our community, get in touch today and come check out Project Spaces! We’d love for you to join us.
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