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17 Cool & Useful Skills to Learn This Year

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One of the best ways to use your spare time this year is to learn a new skill.

You know, I always try to learn new skills as a hobby.

I don’t know if you too feel the same or not. But if you do, then you are in the right place.

Over the course of time, I have developed new skills such as

  • Music production
  • Drawing
  • Blogging
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Photo editing with Adobe Photoshop

I don’t strive to be professional in each one of them, but I make sure that I am good at it so that I can teach others the same. However, learning new skills is like a hobby for me.

I know you aren’t interested in knowing about me. But I just want to say that life is short, so try to make it more meaningful.

When you have the power of the internet, you can literally learn anything from the comfort of your home.

If you love to learn about editing photos, but don’t know how to use Photoshop, then go & learn it. Who knows you can offer the same photo editing service to others in exchange for money.

I mean there are plenty of resources available online that can teach you anything free of cost.

This is the reason why I planned to write this article. Here, I will introduce 17 cool & useful skills that you can learn online for free.

All the courses are from Skillshare which is a great site to explore video courses.

So, without any further ado, let’s begin.

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WHAT TO DO AFTER LEARNING A SKILL?

New skills to learn can be both rewarding and fun.

You can do a lot of things after getting smooth on a specific skill.

You can either start a YouTube channel where you can show your expertise through videos. At the same time, you can monetize your YouTube channel to make money.

Secondly, you can offer your service through Fiverr & Upwork where people will pay for your service.

Thirdly, you can offer your service by starting a website. There are plenty of things you can do after learning a skill which includes making money as well.

HOW TO FIND FREE VIDEO COURSE ON SKILLSHARE?

If you are not much aware of Skillshare, then this is by far my favorite online video course platform on the internet.

Do you know why?

Because it provides 2-months of free membership. 

…Well, what’s new in that?

During this 2 month, you can watch unlimited courses free of cost.

This means for the next 60 days, Skillshare is absolutely free for you which otherwise cost $8/month?

So, now the question is, how to avail this offer?

You see if you go and sign-up for Skillshare, you’ll be able to use it for free but only for 1 month.

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However, if you choose my link and sign-up, you will get an extra free month i.e. 2 months in total.

Screenshot of Skillshare two-month premium

So, if you are eager to learn any one skill out of 17 Skills which are listed here, then you can sign-up from here.

If you don’t know how to do it, then you can check out my other post where I talk about how to use Skillshare

 

17 BEST SKILLS TO LEARN THIS YEAR

1. Learn Adobe After Effects CC 2019 For Beginners

Learn Adobe After Effects CC 2019 For Beginners course

Course Duration: 3 hours 5 minutes 

Creator: Jordy Vandeput

This course is dedicated to those people who badly want to learn Adobe After Effects.

You must have seen various videos on the internet where people are doing amazing video tricks. People making themselves invisible, flying or doing stuff which you see in Marvel movies.

If you go and watch Zac King’s Instagram videos, you’ll exactly know what am I talking about.

So, if you are interested in making similar kinds of videos, then learning Adobe After Effects will be the best choice.

If you enroll in this class, you’ll learn all the following things:

  • The user interface and functionalities of the most important panels
  • How to do masking and compositing
  • Blending and working with stock visuals
  • Tracking (Mask, Motion, and Camera)
  • All about Text and Shapes
  • Animations and motion design
  • Generated Visual Effects

So, give it a shot and see if you can attract more followers on Instagram by making similar videos.

 

2. DSLR Filmmaking From Beginner To PRO

DSLR Filmmaking From Beginner To PRO course

Course Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Creator: Jordy Vandeput

If you are a YouTuber or passionate about filmmaking, then definitely you should enroll in this class.

This course is produced by media training Cinecom.net and hosted by filmmaker and Youtuber Jordy Vandeput.

It will teach you how to use a DSLR in full manual mode so that you can have more creative freedom. 

Along with that, you’ll get to learn the essentials of visual storytelling with composition, motion & lightning.

You are going to learn the exact techniques that a professional filmmaker uses.

So, if you are someone who wants to be a filmmaker or wants to do filmmaking as a hobby, then this is definitely your cup of tea.

 

3. Easy Pencil Portrait

Easy Pencil Portrait course

Course Duration: 23 minute 

Creator: Sharon Mapuvire

Have you always loved the pencil portrait?

Do you ever think that you too want to draw such sketches?

Well, guess what, this course will exactly teach you the same.

You’ll get to learn how to draw a face i.e. Eyes, nose, hair and all the facial feature. All the steps are broken down into easy & understandable language.

You’ll become familiar with shading and face proportion techniques which are essential to draw a perfect face.

So, if you really want to master the art of making a portrait, then this course is definitely for you.

 

4. Beginners Guide To Mastering Photoshop

Beginners Guide To Mastering Photoshop course

Course Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

Creator: Michael Lemma

Do you always want to learn Photoshop so that you can make great edits? I am sure, you do.

If you check Fiverr, there are many freelancers who are offering the same editing service and making at least $100-$500 per month.

So, if you enroll in this class, you’ll learn real-world techniques, tricks, and tips, that can be used to advance your knowledge of Photoshop.

You can apply all the knowledge into your work, improve your workload, or even start a portfolio. Within 1-2 weeks, you’ll start making cool works after going through this course.

 

5. Master the Basics of Adobe Illustrator to Create Awesome Illustrations

Master the Basics of Adobe Illustrator course

Course Duration: 2 hours 23 minutes

Creator: Julian Burford

This course is all about the illustrations using Adobe Illustrator.

You get to learn how to make realistic illustrations using a few basic tools and simple techniques.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to sketch using the Blob Brush tool from the first layout sketch to the final sketch in color.
  • How to trace your sketch using the Pen Tool.
  • How the Pen Tool works and how you can use it to trace your sketch fast and efficient.
  • How to color your illustration realistically and use the gradient to give it an extra level of depth.
  • How to give a finishing touch to your illustration

You will be able to create the exact type of illustration as shown below. 

Sample illustration

 

6. Music Producer Masterclass (Make Electronic Music With FL Studio)

Music Producer Masterclass course

Course Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Creator: Chester Sky

Have you attended any electronic music festivals?

Did you ever feel to create your own electronic music?

If yes, then this course will teach you the same using FL Studio.

If you are someone who wants to become a music producer or wants to produce music as a hobby, then the first thing you must know is a music production software like FL Studio.

Well, I used to produce music myself some 2 years ago and after starting this blog, I stopped producing it.

You can listen to my sample music here.

Anyways, in this course, you will learn:

  • How to use FL Studio
  • Understand music envelopes and how to learn any instrument plugin quickly
  • Create vocal chopping effects like the musician Skrillex
  • Add amazing effects to your voice using vocalizers
  • Create Dubstep growls
  • Pitch correct vocals
  • Layer with backing vocals and instruments
  • Fully appreciate compression and when to use it
  • EQ your music like the pros
  • Add a side chain compression to balance kick drums with your bass melody
  • And much, much more…  

 

7. Travel Photography: Seeing, Shooting, and Editing

Travel Photography: Seeing, Shooting, and Editing course

Course Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes

Creator: Dan Rubin

If you like traveling or visiting any new city, then you have definitely captured all the beautiful moments.

Because photos tell a lot of stories about us & it’s a great way to keep your memories alive.

However, many of us are not good photographers who can take beautiful clicks.

That is why, if you are interested in photography, then you need to check out this course.

Why? Because…

You will learn 5 favorite photo styles and editing tips — plus hints for iPhone, DSLR, and film cameras alike.

You get to know:

  • How to think like a travel photographer?
  • Choosing the right camera for the job
  • Must-Have Accessories
  • Basic Editing Apps
  • How to take photos that tell your story?  

 

8. User Experience Design Essentials – Adobe XD UI UX Design

Copywriting For Beginners course

Course Duration: 10 hours 56 minutes

Creator: Daniel Scott

Enroll in this class and learn Adobe XD.

Adobe XD is a fantastic design tool, used by industry professionals to produce high quality & functional mock-ups.

This video course is aimed at people who are interested in UI/UX Design. It will take you from the very beginning and work all the way through, step by step.

If you already have some UI/UX Design experience, then this course will definitely increase your knowledge more.

 

9. Copywriting For Beginners: How To Write Web Copy That Sells Without Being Cheesy 

Copywriting For Beginners course

Course Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

Creator: Jesse Forrest

If you are a writer or a blogger who is struggling to write web copy that sells, then this course will teach you a lot of stuff.

You’ll discover how to write web copy that can sell products and services (even if you’re a total beginner).

This class is for beginners, experienced writers and anyone who wants to learn the basic principles of writing for the web.

If you are weak at the following topics, then you must definitely enroll in this course.

  • Copywriting 101
  • How To Write Headlines
  • Read Your Audiences Minds
  • Speak Their Language
  • Stand Out with Competitive Advantages
  • Content Writing VS Copywriting
  • Turn Boring Features into Irresistible Benefits
  • 3 Ways to Overcome Writers Block

 

10. Bookkeeping for Freelancers: How to Handle Your Finances

Bookkeeping for Freelancers course

Course Duration: 38 minutes

Creator: Emily Simcox

If you don’t know how to manage a business’s revenue and expenses, then in this course, you will learn bookkeeping and what are the tools needed to control your finances.

Whether you’re a freelancer or a small business owner who is getting ready to invoice his/her businesses spending and expenses, this class will definitely teach you a lot.

You’ll get to learn about different tools that will help you streamline your finances and optimize your bookkeeping.

Apart from this, you’ll also learn:

  • How to choose the right bookkeeping method for your business
  • Easily categorize and track your expenses
  • Stay organized throughout the year 

 

11. Microsoft Excel: Top 50 Formulas in 50 Minutes! And Much More!

Microsoft Excel course

Course Duration: 4 hours 39 minutes

Creator: Bryan Hong 

Are you an average user of Microsoft Excel?

Do you only know the basic tables and calculations?

Want to learn more stuff about excel that will surely benefit you if your work revolves around it?

Then, you must definitely join this course that will teach you the top 50 formulas in just 50 minutes.

If you’re someone who use Microsoft Excel for business or personal related projects to do important tasks, text processing, or calculations on a daily basis, then this course will provide you a lot of value.

Not only this, but you will also get to learn a lot of stuff which you can use in your day to day excel life.

This includes:

  • Text formulas
  • Mathematical formulas
  • Date & Time formulas
  • Financial formulas
  • Informational formulas
  • Charts
  • Advanced Charts
  • Excel Power Query 

 

12. Stock Trading Simplified: The Complete Guide for Beginners!

Stock Trading Simplified course

Course Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes

Creator: Nayem khan

If you want to learn how to make money in the stock market by trading stocks, then you can enroll in this class.

You will get to learn the techniques and strategies you need to know, to secure profits, and reduce loss.

In this course, you will learn the entire learning process of trading stocks from basic to advanced level concepts. 

You will also learn the actual stock trading techniques & strategies that you can use to make money.

 

13. Building Your Freelance Business: From First Steps to Getting Paid

Building Your Freelance Business course

Course Duration: 33 minutes

Creator: Oliver Ginsburg

If you’re new to freelance or have some years of experience, then this is a perfect class for you.

Here, you’ll learn essential tips and tricks that are needed to run your freelance business.

This course is great if you want to know the tips, tool, and techniques that will skyrocket your freelance business.

It includes:

  • How to choose a business entity and name?
  • How to write legally binding contracts?
  • How & when to find professional help?
  • Pricing your work and getting paid
  • Expenses & write-offs
  • Paying your taxes

 

14. Python 3: A Beginners Guide to Python Programming

A Beginners Guide to Python Programming course

Course Duration: 7 hours 22 minutes

Creator: Tony Staunton

Want to learn Python?

Then, enroll in this course where you’ll learn all about the stuff related to the Python programming language.

You know that Python language is used in many web apps & data analysis.

It is one of the simplest programming languages to learn & recently, Google is also investing on the same.

If you don’t know, Pinterest & Instagram also uses Python.

So, pretty much, it has a huge demand and you won’t regret it learning.

This is a step-by-step guide where you will learn:

  • Variables
  • Strings’
  • Number
  • Comments
  • List
  • User input
  • Conditional tests
  • Dictionaries
  • & much more  

 

15. How to Make Android Apps with No Programming Experience

How to Make Android Apps with No Programming Experience course

Course Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Creator: Philipp Muellauer

Have you ever thought of making your own Android app?

I know, it can be pretty daunting to know that app creation can be tough.

However, if you enroll in this class, then you can start creating your own Android app with no programming experience.

This course is created by London App Brewery who have trained several people.

So, with this course, you’ll learn all the fundamental steps involved in app creation and then, you can use this knowledge to create your own apps or apps for others.

If you allow Google ads on your apps, you can also start making money online.   

 

16. Knife Skills: A Mini Class to Chop Like a Chef

Knife Skills course

Course Duration: 12 minutes

Creator: Chef Elana Karp

This is a short course where you’ll learn how to use a knife to chop like a chef.

You’ll learn 4 essential cuts and gain fundamental skills in the kitchen that will help you to prepare your meals faster.

You will be able to chop vegetables more smoothly, which makes your chopping work more enjoyable.

Along with this, you also learn:

  • Basic cuts for everyday ingredients
  • Fun hacks to enjoy your time in the kitchen
  • Great tips on selecting and safely using your knives 

 

17. Learn to Solve the Rubik’s Cube the Easiest Way (CFOP Tutorial)

Course Duration: 33 minutes

Creator: Mike Boyd 

If you suck at solving the Rubik’s cube, then you should definitely need to learn the CFOP method illustrated in this course.

CFOP stands for Cross, F2l (First Two Layers), Orientation and Permutation of the Last Layer. This is also known as the Fridrich method.

Using this method, you will be able to solve the cube in no time.

You’ll get to know all the algorithms and methods which is essential in solving the Rubik’s cube. So what are you waiting for?

Go and start learning.

 

IN CLOSING…

These are 17 cool & useful skills to learn that can add value to your life. 

All you need to do is choose any one skill and start working on it for the next one month. Spend at least 30-60 minutes each day on it so that you can enhance it better.

With time, you will definitely become better and then one day, you can even teach others the same.

So now my question is “Which skill are you going to try first?

Drop your comments to let me know. Also, show some love by sharing and pinning this article.

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