How to Learn New Skills Online for Free

Today we are going over just an overview of websites, apps, and other tools so you can learn skills online or on your mobile device, whether you're starting from scratch (e.g. learning to code or speak French) or updating your knowledge base (catching up on the latest Photoshop or Illustrator has to offer).

Alison.com

www.alison.com - free

Alison.com has something for everyone, including some free certifications.  I wouldn't necessarily say they are great if you need something specific in a niche, like my husband likes the field of 3D printing within mechanical engineering and industrial design.  But they still have a wide range of subjects including languages, software include Microsoft and Adobe, economics, nutrition, web development, accounting, and app development.

Blogs

Anywhere and everywhere - free

It goes without saying that blogs are valuable resources for practically anything.  I pride myself on trying to simply introduce readers with new products, ideas, concepts.  But other blogs in more closer "niches" can teach you how to build a bed, transform basic Ikea into masterpieces like this bookshelf, build and style an outdoor bar cart, improve your business skills, make blue mason jars, how to travel lightly, and DIY french vanilla candles.

I mean, let's be honest, Pinterest wouldn't exist without bloggers.

Groupon

www.groupon.com - cheap

Groupon has many options for learning skills and new talents.  I often see deals for online real estate courses, language courses in person and online, cooking classes, project management certification, dance classes, CPR and first aid certification, online accounting and bookkeeping courses, glassblowing 101, and even social media marketing.  The options are quite literally endless!

Lynda.com

www.lynda.com - cheap

For a monthly membership fee, you can take courses to perfect your skills in business, blogging, design, technology, drawing, photography, video, coding, and more.  My husband and I can both personally vouch for Lynda.com, and there is also an phone app that can let you learn on the go.

Similar includes skillshare.com and udemy.com.

Podcasts

The Internet - free or cheap

Podcasts are all over the Internet, including Apple's iTunes University, and can include a full semesters worth of materials from universities like Harvard and MIT on a plethora of subjects or just smaller one-time classes similar to something that can be found on Youtube.

Skill Space

www.skill-space.com - free

Skill Space is more than just finding someone to design your blog, manage your social media, or help you with your taxes; it also provides free resources!  For instance, Q&A's with bloggers to understand the behind the scenes, a round up of blog series for blogging tutorials, starting a business tutorials, e-courses and e-books, and more.  Also, there are a lot more exciting things in the works to help you for free!  Skill Space is working hard to be your all-in-one, one-stop-shop for bloggers, brands, and small business.

YouTube

www.youtube.com - free

We all know what YouTube is, right?  Well, it is filled with many helpful videos.  My husband says he learned physics from YouTube, not from his teacher.  I've touched up my Photoshop skills in the ten years I've been using Photoshop.  You can learn a new language, how to properly contour your face, how to play guitar, and how to make a macaron like the French!

Other Resources for Specific Skills

This is list is not all inclusive, simply a sample starter list for guidance.

Business & Marketing

  • Alison.com: free
  • Blogs: free
  • Coursera: $50/month per course
  • Facebook courses
  • HubSpot Academy: free
  • Lynda.com: cheap
  • Moz: free
  • MyOwnBusiness.org: free
  • Princeton MediaCentral: free
  • YouTube: free

Home & DIY

  • Alison.con: free
  • Blogs: free
  • DoIyYourself.com: free
  • Instructables: free
  • Pinterest: free

Learning a New Language

  • Alison.com: free
  • Babbel: free
  • Duolingo: free
  • Groupon: cheap
  • YouTube: free

Academic Classes

  • AcademicEarth.org: free
  • Alison.com: free
  • Curriki.org: free
  • edX.org: free
  • Khan Academy: cheap
  • iTunes University: free and cheap
  • Lynda.com: cheap
  • MIT Open Courseware: free
  • Podcasts: free
  • Princeton Media Central: free

Technology & Skills

  • actDEN.com: free
  • Alison.com: free
  • inpics.net: free
  • Lynda.com: cheap
  • Groupon: cheap
  • Skillshare.com: cheap
  • Udacity.com: cheap
  • YouTube: free

Coding

  • Alison.com: free
  • CodeAcademy: free and cheap
  • Groupon: cheap
  • W3Schools: free
  • Udacity: cheap
  • YouTube: free

Yoga

  • Alison.com: free
  • YogaGlo: cheap
  • YouTube: free

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