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Forget the late nights Googling answers to your biggest creative business challenges. Whether you want to learn marketing, business, or design skills, there’s now a super user-friendly and fun platform to help you succeed. Combining visual and written learning, as well as community, Skillshare is becoming one of the most helpful tools to learn new skills for a stronger business.

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Skillshare as part of our new series: Marketing Tools We Love. We’re a huge fan of creative business growth here at Selz: our team is equipped with a premium Skillshare membership every year, where we’re able to continue honing our skill set to best help our sellers with their businesses. We’ve taken courses that cover content creation, marketing, SEO, branding, and design so far and we’re just getting started. his is the most user-friendly platform we’ve found to take an online course at your own pace; and, a platform that serves the online entrepreneur and small business community very well.
Tools We Love: How to Learn Marketing, Business, and Design Skills Through Skillshare
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All About Skillshare
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Skillshare helps creative people learn and unlock their creativity through online courses; and, with a community of over 850,000 students, it appears they’re doing a pretty good job. If you’re wanting to approach your business in a creative way, or curious by nature and enjoy self-directed learning, Skillshare is a great tool for you.

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Skillshare Classes
By taking a peek at their current classes, it’s obvious that Skillshare provides some of the highest quality content and teachers. Here are ten Skillshare classes that we’ve taken and other current classes that are perfect to learn marketing, business and design:

  • Curate Shareable & Likeable Content: Content Planning for Bloggers and Start Ups by Mark Espanol
  • Become a Better Blogger: Content Planning by Andrea Goulet Ford
  • Learn SEO to Grow Your Website by Josh Cavin
  • Getting Started with Email Marketing by Allyson Van Houten
  • The New Business Toolbox: Help Your New Business Do It Right The First Time by Seth Godin
  • Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners by Meg Lewis
  • The Art of the Story: Creating Visual Narratives by Debbie Millman
  • The Modern Marketing Workshop by Seth Godin
  • Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Freelancing for Creatives: Kickstart Your Independence by Margot Harrington

As you can see, there’s a nice array of classes to choose from, depending on your skill level and what you want to learn. The best thing about Skillshare classes is that most range between 1 and 4 hours, giving the student ample information in a short amount of time, which is totally self-directed, yet supported by a built-in community.
Skillshare Membership
Skillshare offers different access to their online courses: for free, or through membership. The free membership allows you to enroll in the free classes and post class projects and discussions. The Skillshare Membership gives you access to 1246 (and counting!) classes both online and offline, while supporting the teachers who make Skillshare what it is. With the amount of access and flexibility, the $8 a month fee if you sign up for a year easily pays for itself through the content you have access to. If you want to pay month to month, it’s $10. Of course, putting your learnings to work is where the true worth of Skillshare shines.

For current membership fees, click here.
Track your classes
With a premium membership, you’re able to enroll in as many classes as you’d like, save classes for later, and keep track of the classes that you’ve finished.

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Short lessons
Each course on Skillshare comes with a handful of short lessons, which keeps your learning experience bite-sized, so you can work at your own pace. Each short lesson provides hands-on projects to solidify what you’re learning.
Connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs and online business owners around the world through the Skillshare community. Each course encourages participants to share their findings and projects to connect with each other around learning.
Each course is rated by Skillshare ‘students’, which allows for honest reviews about the course.

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Students can filter searches by ratings, trending, relevancy, highest rated, most students, recently added, and recently updated.
Mobile App
Skillshare offers a free mobile app where students can track their classes, discover new ones, and manage their account. If you have a Premium membership, students are able to access their courses offline as well.
Onto you!
Skillshare is one of the Tools We Love because of its simplicity, community and user-friendly platform. No longer do you have to figure everything out on your own when it comes to your business. With Skillshare, you have the answers at your fingertips, the teachers to help guide you, and a community of other students to tap into and connect with. Sign up for one of the classes above, or purchase a Skillshare membership here. In the comments below, let us know what class you’d most like to take!

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About the author

Kristen Runvik

Content strategist and holistic herbalist with experience in collaborative content creation and strategy implementation, multidimensional and highly creative content development, ecommerce growth, and medicinal plant, flower, and herb expertise.

Kristen is also the Founder of Lagom Body Co., a multidimensional skincare and lifestyle brand.

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