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5 Skills You Can Learn Online This Year

You don’t have to go to school or attend long, boring seminars to learn new skills! There are so many valuable skills that can be learned online from the comfort of your own home. From professional skills to just-for-fun skills, the options are endless. Here are a few skills that you can start learning today right from your phone or computer!

Learn a new language.

Most people took foreign language classes in high school or college and then proceeded to forget all of it. But, thanks to apps and websites such as Duolingo and others, you don’t have to go back to school in order to learn a new language! And there are so many more options other than French or Spanish. On Duolingo, there are over 30 courses, including Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Navajo and more! The best part is that Duolingo is completely free.

Learn how to code.

Coding is a valuable skill that can set you apart professionally and can also make for a fun side hustle. Because of the increasing popularity of coding, there are so many programs and websites that can teach you how to code. But, one of our favorites is Codeacademy! Codeacademy offers courses that can teach you 12 different programming languages, such as Java, HTML and CSS. The best part is that they offer 30 free courses, as well as paid intensive courses that can teach you more advanced skills, such as web development and computer science!

Learn how to take great photos on your phone.

You don’t need a fancy DSLR camera to take amazing photos anymore! You can learn how to take professional quality photos using your smartphone thanks to a plethora of resources available online. Whether you want to up your Instagram game or just take better pictures of your family, there is something out there to help you out!

Here are some of our favorite resources for learning photography: Udemy, Canva, Creative Live, Digital Photography School

Learn how to design awesome graphics.

Canva is a great website that allows you to create beautiful graphics without having to buy Photoshop or InDesign. They also have several courses that will teach you the basics of graphic design. If you are wanting more in-depth graphic designs lessons, Udemy has over 1000 graphic design online courses that can teach you everything you could ever want to know about graphic design, from Photoshop to t-shirt design to typography.

Learn how to manage your money.

Learning how to manage your own money and budget is an important skill that everyone can learn no matter how young or old! Luckily, there are several programs and website that can teach you the basics of personal finance. Websites like Mint and YNAB make it super easy to create a budget and stick to it. If you are wanting to learn more about investing, there’s an app for that too! Acorns and Robinhood can help you invest your spare change and watch it grow overtime.

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