The no-cost way to learn new skills

Posted on: January 6th, 2011

I’ve just written a report for a major technology consulting company detailing the learning and development it delivered to its employees over the past 12 months. The staff there have access to all kinds of learning opportunities to enhance their professional development – from instructor-led activities, virtual classroom sessions and e-learning modules, to DVDs and online books.

As employees, they get all this training for free. But as freelancers, we have to pay out of our own pockets when we want to learn new skills. However, it’s important for us to keep learning new stuff if we want to remain competitive.

Luckily, with so many instructional blogs, YouTube videos, articles and free e-books out there, you can access all kinds of valuable information for free. I usually set up searches on Twitter for the subjects I’m interested in, so I get alerted when new posts/articles etc appear.

Here are some of the resources I’ve accessed over the past year or so. They were all absolutely FREE.

Blog Profits Blueprint: a 50-page report from the Australian blogger, Yaro Starak. It’s packed full of invaluable information on how to become a successful blogger.

Rapid Video Blogging: an 80-page report from another Australian-based blogger, Gideon Shalwick, showing just how easy it is to create videos for your blog.

International Freelancers Day: two days’ worth of video tutorials with access lasting 30 days on all kinds of useful subjects, from marketing to social media to productivity – and more. The guys who put this together now run a weekly training video – there’s a different subject every week and you have access to this for seven days.

Social Media Marketing: Because I’m interested in picking up social media marketing tips, I read Michael Stelzner’s blog on social media. I don’t have the time or inclincation to read lots of different blogs on this topic, so I just read this one.

Blogs on blogging: Two blogs I recommend if you want to pick up useful information on how to become a successful blogger is Darren Rowse’s Problogger and Joel Williams’ BlogTechGuy.

What resources do you access to keep your skills current?

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