It’s Back-to-School time, and that makes it the perfect time to focus on educating yourself for the benefit of your creative business. So we’re rounding up a list of helpful resources to take you to school – in the comfort of your own home! Grab your laptop and a cup of tea and let’s get our learn on, shall we?
Educational Resources for Creative Business Owners:
1. CreativeLive – This site hosts a variety of classes on topics in these categories: Photo + Video, Art + Design, Music + Audio, Craft + Maker, and Money + Life. Sounds like a ton of information that might come in handy for a creative entrepreneur, eh? You can take a class for free when it first airs (live), or purchase the class to have instant access to it at any time. Some of our favorite titles? Marketing for Crafters with Tara Swiger, Creating Websites with WordPress with Janine Warner, and Worth It: Negotiating for Creatives with Ted Leonhardt.
2. TED Talks – You’ve probably heard of this already, unless you’ve been living under a walk. TED is a site dedicated to the spreading of ideas. Though its original focus was on technology, education, and design – now you can find educational and informative talks on almost any subject. They’re quick and fun to listen to or watch while you work – see how they might inspire you during your next session of Making! Some talk suggestions for you: Let’s Teach Kids to be Entrepreneurs, Success is a Continuous Journey, and Your Elusive Creative Genius.
3. Udemy – Here at Patterned, we’re firm believers that you can learn practically anything online. Of course, part of the problem with doing a random search is that you’re going to get random results. Udemy takes the guesswork out of that, with their mission to teach anyone anything online. With courses in topics ranging from music to development to health & fitness, there’s something for everyone. For the creative entrepreneur, start with these categories: Marketing, Design, and Personal Development. There are several free courses available, and the rest are reasonably priced.
4. Khan Academy – What started off as a way for a creative uncle to help his nephews learn to enjoy math has exploded into a website with the goal of providing a world-class education to everyone, for free. While many of the courses available are for traditional classroom subjects like math & science, there are also courses available on topics that might interest creative business owners, like Entrepreneurship and Computer Programming.
5. Udacity – If you’re looking to expand your tech skills, this could be the place! The best that Silicon Valley has to offer has put together a wealth of classes on web development, software engineering, and more. Plus, they’ve even got a few non-tech classes, including How to Build a Startup.
6. Lynda.com – This site aims to teach people to improve their skills through online tutorial-based courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills. Become a member and get unlimited access to the courses, or watch the unlocked courses for free.
So, are you ready to go back to business school? Do you have any favorite sites for online education? Share them with us in the comments below!
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