If you want to earn more, learn more.
And it couldn't be truer for anyone working online.
Put simply, if you want to get into that coveted high-income bracket, you'll need some high-income skills first. Pure and simple.
But how do you get these high-income skills?
Like with everything else, through learning. But I guess that's the real problem right there, ain't it?
Like you don't have enough to deal with already, now you've got to learn? Yes!
And I know for the majority, going to a real class is downright a no-no, but you shouldn't have to in this day and age.
Enduring 3 hours of boring lectures to get a high-income skill is a pre-internet thing.
Not that there's anything wrong with it, but if you've got mouths to feed, you need that money like yesterday.
And that's the reason MOOC courses have become such a favorite with many.
Not only for the convenience they offer and speed of learning but also because they downright work.
Personally, whenever I want to learn a new skill (like I have in so many times, learning WP plugin development now btw), the first stop is on an online learning platform.
And within a day or a fortnight, if I so choose, my services are on sale. The rest is a matter of daily practice for competence and that’s it.
But which online learning platforms are the best to join, if one wants to jumpstart or advance their career?
Don't worry, I've got you with the 5 best online learning platforms to get started with today and even for free.
So with no further ado.
Let's jump in!
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The 5 Best Online Learning Platforms For 2019 To Learn New Skills And Get Paid.
As I test more, I'll keep on adding them to this list for you but only the best.
Dedicated to improving lives through learning, Udemy is of the most popular online learning platforms creating opportunities for both students and teachers.
This means not only can you learn a new skill on Udemy, but you can also teach what you already know and bank hard.
And with over 130k courses available, there's hardly any field you can't expand your knowledge and skills in from Tech to Knitting.
Explains why Udemy has over 40+ million students, from all over the world, all with an unquenchable thirst for learning.
Courses are paid for individually, so make sure you take your time to choose the best ones.
SkillShare is another great online learning platform, similar to Udemy, offering both free and paid classes to fuel your academic growth.
But unlike Udemy, where you pay per course, SkillShare is paid for monthly. Meaning you only pay $15/mo (or $99 per year) and gain access to over 23k Premium classes to learn as you want, anything you want, and from anywhere (they have mobile apps).
You also have access to 1,800+ classes for free, if you don't want the premium access. But for 60 days you can test drive their premium classes for free.
You can also turn your knowledge into money with SkillShare as a teacher. Top teachers make over $100k annually just teaching what they know or have experience in.
Did you know Gary Vaynerchuk teaches/has classes you can take on SkillShare?
Anyway, if you're willing to learn from the best cost-effectively and stay competitive in any niche or workplace, SkillShare's your answer.
3. LinkedIn Learning (Lynda).
LinkedIn Learning is a mix of both Lynda's high-equality expert courses and LinkedIn's data.
This unique combination ensures you get personalized course recommendations, base on your current skill-set and what others like you are learning.
The courses taught here are of supreme quality from renowned industry experts.
And to keep this so, not every application gets accepted. So if you're looking to teach online, start with the two above.
They have monthly and annual payment plans; $29.99/mo and $17.99/mo (save 40%) respectively. With a 1-month free trial included with each.
This gets you unlimited access to over 15k+ expert courses and all of their other premium features.
And having been in this business for 20 years, serving over 10k organizations, and thousands of solo professionals, be sure to get your money's worth.
Born out of a Stanford University experiment, Udacity aims to power careers through tech education.
So if you're an aspiring programmer, you'll find Udacity a favorite. Featuring in-demand tech programs from A.I, machine learning, self-driving cars, and data visualization to the usual C++, Android, IOS, Java and UX design.
What's awesome is that they tailor their courses around what companies are looking for. Making it highly probable to land a high-paying job right after finishing.
And if you want to really ramp-up your skills and fast-track your career success, they have Nanodegree programs you could take.
These will give you everything you need to succeed, from hands-on learning with real-world projects, study groups, and project reviews, to dedicated career coaches.
You can also become a mentor to students and earn, but you'll first have to be on top of your game. 🙂
All in all, if you want to learn impressive tech skills and get paid well in today's world, Udacity is your ticket.
Founded by Stanford University professors. Coursera is a unique online learning platform that offers you free access to courses from companies and World's leading universities such as Stanford, and Yale.
You get personalized course recommendations depending on your career interests if you so choose. And also get to do course quizzes and projects for competence.
Courses offered are over 3k and in different disciplines such as Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Business.
But what's unique though about Coursera, is that you'll also get completion certificates, Bachelor's and Master's degrees from these universities and companies (subject to payment & terms).
Even so, you're guaranteed of quality learning and curriculum fit to achieve your personal and professional objectives.
With the above learning platforms, self-studying at your own pace to an impressive academic level is now a possibility for everyone.
What's even better before you can start paying, you enroll for free and start learning, meaning those “I-don't-have-money-excuses” are simply that.
In my next post, I will share with you the best places to sell your new-found skills, from the learning sites above, to make a full-time living online.
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If you're looking for a different way to earn a living online, find the best ways listed here with accompanying in-depth guides.
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That's it from me today with the best online learning platforms to advance your skills and hopefully, get paid.
And till next time, as always my friend…
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