Perhaps you are wondering how to escape your day job and wish you had the skills needed to thrive as a freelancer. Or maybe you find yourself fresh out of school this spring without any employment prospects, wondering how to transfer your degree or diploma into real world skills. Don't worry, we're here to help with a round-up of online courses in some of the most in-demand freelance skill areas.
With learning hubs like Udemy, Skillshare, Coursera, and many others, there is a wealth of information out there for people just starting out or hoping to embark on a new career path. Most of the courses in today’s collection cost a modest fee and are geared towards beginners in their field. However, online courses for a wide degree of skill levels are available, so if you are already pretty experienced in your field but are looking to improve or learn a new skill related to your niche, with a little searching you can find a course out that’s right for you. This collection is only the tip of the iceberg and offers you a starting place to begin your exploration into online courses.
As with anything, online or in the physical world, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Beware of scam courses that claim to be able to “tell you the secret to an invaluable skill, if you just pay a hefty sum of money”. If you already have confidence in your niche-skills but are hoping to improve your business-related skills in order to improve your freelance career, check out last week’s SageGroupy blog post Five Sources for Online Courses.
The first in-demand skill area that we will look at is Writing and Editing. Many people come out of a Bachelor of Arts degree wondering what to do career-wise. Luckily a B.A. gives you a good foundation in writing and editing; you just have to take those skills and figure out how to apply them in order to make money. If you are interested in pursuing a freelance career as a writer or editor here are few courses to help you get started:
- Writing with Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer
- Writing for Brands: Freelancing in the Age of Content Marketing
- Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection
- Business Writing
- Become a Better Blogger: Content Planning
We live in the Digital age and having the skills to work in the digital world is a huge asset, whether you use them to improve your own website or use them to work for others as a freelancer. You might think that you have to go to college or university and get a degree in computer science in order to get computer skills, but that’s not the case - there are plenty of online course to help you out. If you’re looking to learn all about how to code, you can head over to Codeacademy, or check out these other 5 courses to see if they offer what you’re need:
- Build Websites from Scratch with HTML & CSS
- Free Online Web Design Course for Beginners
- Complete Java Masterclass
- CompTIA Linux Plus
- Become an Android Developer
Design is relevant everywhere, from the digital world and into the physical world, everyone wants their products, brand, logo website etc. to be eye-catching. If you have a talent for it, others will want to hire you to help them solve their own design dilemmas. These courses cannot make up for a degree in graphic design, but they are a great place to start for people who do not have the time or money to pursue a degree but are interested in design:
- Design - Applying Design Principles
- Graphic Design - Visual and Graphic Design
- Logo Design: Illustrating Logo Marks
- Brand Redesign: Small Business
- Logo Design and Branding - From Concept to Finish
One of the most in demand freelance skills out there is Marketing, in all its various forms. There are now so many niche areas of marketing that businesses are hiring tonnes of freelancers to help them be seen on the multitude of platforms available. It is a great time to brush up on the skills necessary to break into the marketing field, here are a few courses to get you started:
- Social Media Marketing Specialization
- Instagram Marketing for Business & Influencers
- The Secret Power of Brands
- Complete SEO Training Kent
- Brand Strategy Development
Finally, here are two more courses that could be useful to anyone working on their own as a solopreneur. If your business is taking-off but you aren’t ready to hire an outside accountant yet, the course Financial Accounting: Foundations might be able to help you out. If you find yourself missing out on jobs at the proposal stage, you might want to step-up your proposal writing game by taking the Write Incredible Freelance Proposals That Convert course.
Along with our previous post about course geared toward general freelance skills, today's list has barely scratched the surface of resources for online courses. There are so many courses available that whatever skill your lacking that is holding you back from being a successful freelancer, you can probably find it online. While you’re improving your freelance skills, you can improve your chances of getting noticed and hired by creating a profile with SageGroupy today.