Online Courses for Creative and Technical Professionals

Being self-employed has many advantages. It also motivates you to remain competitive with your talents and skills. For me that means finding ways to get training for working with different content management systems, increasing my spreadsheet savvy, and learning more coding.

Finding a valuable and affordable option is key for me. One such resource that I use is

Investing in Your Career

I heard about a couple of years ago from a friend who has a web design business. He mentioned to me that it was a great resource and it had courses and materials for every program that he uses in his business. Curious, I decided to check it out.

I quickly joined and I’ve found it to be a incredibly helpful site for my business. Courses

As of today (summer 2012), offers around 1,400 online courses. Some of the popular courses offered include:
Grow your brain.

  • Photography
  • Photoshop
  • Home Computing
  • Adobe
  • Dreamweaver
  • Final Cut Pro

The courses cover beginners looking at improving their familiarity with the computer and the office suite to professionals seeking to hone their skills and further their career.

Membership Costs for offers different online subscriptions, either a manageable monthly payment or a discounted annual payment. The online subscription gives you access to 700 training courses with approximately 44,000 instructional video lessons. According to the site, they add new courses on a weekly basis.

  • Monthly Subscription – $25.00/month
  • Monthly Premium Subscription – $37.50/month
  • Annual Subscription – $250.00/year
  • Annual Premium Subscription – $375.00/year
The prices are a great option for those looking at working at their own pace and having access to training 24/7.

Can Give You a Good Return on Investment?

While it can vary person to person, I think if you’re self motivated and you’re looking to build or advance your skill set, can be a very affordable option that can easily pay for itself. For those still on the fence on whether or not to sign up for the site, you can get 7 days of free unlimited access to

I’d also want to hear your stories on being a successful freelancer. What have you’ve found extremely helpful to growing your business?


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