I do like to have something playing in the background while I doodle, write and blog. Bonus points for something educational for the grey-matter to absorb.
A browse of Skillshare this week and I found three free courses on freelancing. Figure there’s enough artists, writers and freelancers out there following for them to be a helpful share.
They are all 100% free. Just follow any links to the website, sign up, skip anything that asks you for money, and yay, free courses. If you do subscribe to Skillshare, you can get a two-month trial for $0.99 with no obligation to continue which gives you access to thousands of courses on every subject you could imagine.
So, without further ado, free freelance courses!
Now more than ever, we live in a freelance world. Eager to take the plunge or level up your own freelance game? Join Working Not Working‘s Justin Gignac and Claire Wasserman for a 50-minute dive into the essentials of going it on your own.
Each video lesson shares stories, examples, and tips to spark your thinking about ways to seek out the work you want — and draw work back to you. You’ll leave inspired to:
- Develop a strong body of work with a clear mission and side projects
- Craft a portfolio that catches a recruiter’s eye
- Market yourself on social media
- Pitch traditional media
- Seize opportunities for authentic networking
- Set yourself up for financial success
This class is meant to be an overview, laying the foundation for going freelance and all the things to consider. The goal is to empower, enlighten, educate, and arm everyone with the itch to go freelance!
Course Link: https://skl.sh/2GAPcnk
The secret to becoming a successful freelancer? It all starts with bookkeeping — and it’s easier than you think!
You don’t have to be a math wiz or budding accountant to better understand and manage your business’s revenue and expenses. In this easy-to-follow class, Bench’s Emily Simcox demystifies bookkeeping and provides you with the tools you need to take control of your finances. Emily’s straightforward, step-by-step process will help you understand your options and plan your next steps with ease.
You’ll learn how to:
- Choose the right bookkeeping method for your business
- Easily categorize and track your expenses
- Stay organized throughout the year
Whether you’re a freelancer getting ready to invoice your first client or a small business owner looking to organize your business’s spending and expenses, you’ll gain an arsenal of tools to help you streamline your finances and optimize your bookkeeping. After taking this class, you’ll be better positioned to make decisions with confidence, grow your business, and focus on the work that matters.
Course link: https://skl.sh/2DEU2iS
Join ANDCo’s Oliver Ginsburg for a step-by-step guide to the logistics of freelancing. Whether you’re new to freelance or have years of experience, you’ll learn essential tips and tricks to help you run the behind-the-scenes aspects of your business. From writing legally binding contracts to navigating your taxes, discover the tips, tools, and techniques that will take your freelance work to new heights.
Key lessons include:
- Taking your first steps: Choosing your business entity and picking a name
- Writing legally binding contracts
- How (and when) to find professional help
- Pricing your work & getting paid
- Understanding expenses and write-offs
- Paying your taxes
Every lesson is packed with facts, resources, and expertise compiled from the experts at ANDCo. Whether you’re a side-hustler for life or a full-time freelancer, these lessons will help you build a solid business from the ground up, allowing you to be your own boss, create your own path, and focus on the work you love.
Course link: https://skl.sh/2GBaaT6