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Lock-down Learning – 21+ Free Online Courses (and some paid)

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Online courses are hugely popular and cover a wide range of subjects, check out these recommendations for some lock-down learning.

The Build an Online Empire Starter Pack

From: https://appsumo.8odi.net/PxbNN

Cost: FREE (for a limited time)

This is a bundle of 7 courses that would normally cost you $2998.80 to purchase but, for a limited time only, is available via AppSumo for nothing, zip, ziltch, nada!

The 7 courses included are:

1) Smart from Scratch by Pat Flynn (Retail: $249)

Smart From Scratch® is a hands-on, comprehensive course that enables you to develop a business idea, validate it, and determine if that idea is viable to pursue. Learn how to test whether or not there’s an audience for your business idea. Pat has helped thousands of people find their ideal business and now it’s your turn.

2) Fierce Clarity by Nicole Walters (Retail: $147)

Is my idea good enough for a business? What exactly IS my big purpose? I know I’m called to do something more, but how can I get paid for it? I have a million ideas- but I can’t get clear enough on which one to follow through on. I just WANT to get unstuck! But I’m scared, frozen, and not sure if I’m good enough. If this is you – let Nicole “Scoprah” Walters help you.

3) TeachableU by Teachable (Retail: $888)

Get Teachable’s signature program — and all four courses it contains including, “Choose your course topic”, “Create your course”, “Build your audience”, “Launch your course”. 25,000+ creators have used Teachable and their training programs to sell courses to over 30million students and earn over half a billion dollars in that time!

4) #StartYourCourse in a Weekend by Danielle Leslie (Retail: $99)

Have you invested a ton of time building content, servicing clients, and chasing followers? Danielle is going to show you the first steps to creating a course that’s positioned to stand out in your industry and command a premium price.

5) Turn Your Blog Into a Business by Suzi Whitford (Retail: $249)

In this masterclass series, you’ll get access to 11 (yes, 11!) premium workshops teaching you how to turn your blog into a business that generates real revenue and makes an impact. Get specific, actionable advice that you can use right now to grow your blog and business.

6) Execute a Multi-Channel “Blitz Launch” by Digital Marketer (Retail: $495)

In this brand-new training, DigitalMarketer CEO Ryan Deiss will show you how to brainstorm your “big idea,” storyboard your campaign across a variety of channels, and teach you how to execute and optimize your “blitz” to turn heads and drive leads… all in just a matter of hours.

7) How to Webinars by Alanna Kaivalya (Retail: $199)

Learn from Alanna Kaivalya (the “Yoga Doctor”), yoga teacher to the teachers how she has employed online webinars as the most critical part of her sales funnel to sell her online training programs. This hands-on program has everything you need to know about delivering a killer webinar, no matter what your topic and leveraging it to make actual sales for your training programs.

It’s a fantastic collection to grab for free covering a range of topics. I’ve previously taken a look at the TeachableU course (thanks to another AppSumo free giveaway) and it was a really well put together and informative course.


Oberlo 101

From: https://www.oberlo.com/course

Cost: Free (for a limited time)

If you’ve never considered drop shipping it’s likely you’ve never heard of Oberlo, let alone Oberlo 101. Oberlo lets you find products and easily add them to your Shopify store, helping you manage the ordering and tracking when dispatching to customers.

Oberlo 101 is a course design to explain how to set up a drop shipping store from scratch. I picked this course up on offer for $29 and thought it excellent value for money, so check it out while it’s available for free. The course covers:

  1. Getting started with Oberlo 101
    • How to get the most out of this course
    • A brief introduction to dropshipping
    • The three dropshipping business models
  2. Find great products to sell
    • Brainstorm brilliant product ideas
    • Choose winning products for your store
    • Find trustworthy suppliers
  3. Set up your online store
    • Sign up for Shopify
    • Develop your brand
    • Connect Oberlo to Shopify
    • Create a website that gets sales
    • Set up shipping and payment settings
  4. Launch Facebook ads
    • A brief introduction to Facebook ads
    • Research your target audience
    • Create eye-catching video ads
    • Analyze Facebook ads data
    • Launch retargeting and lookalike campaigns
  5. Scale your businessScale your business
    • Fulfill orders and track shipping
    • Manage returns and refunds like a pro
    • Next steps to scale your store 🚀

Packed full of useful information I still refer back to this course as the section on setting up Facebook adverts as it is relevant beyond drop shipping.


Free Teachable Courses

From: https://discover.teachable.com/courses/free-courses

Cost: Free (for a limited time)

Treachable’s generosity apparently knows no bounds with (at the time of writing) 17 usually paid for courses available for free. There is some overlap with the Online Empire pack mentioned above with some courses duplicated, unlike the Empire pack the courses aren’t all focused on business.

For a limited time you can get:

Smart From Scratch by Pat Flynn (retail $249)

How to find a winning business idea and land you first customer. Smart From Scratch® is a hands-on, comprehensive course that enables you to develop a business idea, validate it, and determine if that idea is viable to pursue. Learn how to test whether or not there’s an audience for your business idea.

The Art of Kitchen Improv by Milk Street Cooking (Retail: $59)

Master the art of cooking without a recipe, learn two dramatically different ways to prepare each of seven ingredients.

TeachableU by Teachable (Retail: $888)

This excellent course teaches you how to create, launch and sell your own profitable online course.

Deal Flow by Foundr (Retail: $49)

Learn the 3 “must-have” skills you can learn to transform any situation, close any deal, and achieve any outcome you desire

Vegetarian Milk Street by Milk Street Cooking (Retail $39)

Learn fresh approaches to creating robust, satisfying vegetarian meals, simply and quickly for weeknight eating.

Milk Street Instant Pot by Milk Street (Retail $39)

Learn tricks and techniques for making the most of your multicooker.

The Ultimate Web Designer & Developer Course by Brad Hussey (Retail $49)

Become a Full-Stack Developer – Learn Everything from Design to Front & Back-End Programming.

Fierce Clarity by Nicole Walters (Retail $147)

After you complete this course, you’ll have the clarity you need, and the direction you deserve to walk confidently in your purpose.

Videos for Creators by Dallin Nead (retail $497)

Learn the art and science of how to plan, create and market professional videos.

Programming for non-programmers by Chris Castiglione (Retail $199)

Your first course in Computer Programming. By the end of the class, you’ll learn to read code, you’ll create three web projects from scratch (seriously!)… and instead of swearing at your developers, you might end up actually wanting to become a developer yourself.

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book by Tucker Max (Retail $299)

Learn to write and publish your own non-fiction book. Every piece of information you need to write a book is right here: templates, videos, live Q&As, and special tricks from me, Tucker Max, a 4x New York Times bestselling author.

The Small Business Survival Guide by Cat Bradley (Retail $299)

Learn how to navigate the econamic impact of Covid 19. Learn how to assess your financial situation, navigate the stimulus package, stay mentally strong, and take care of yourself, your team, and your business with our free Small Business Survival Guide.

Social Brilliant by The Edgar Team (Retail $199)

Social Brilliant is a step-by-step guide for creating the most effective social media marketing for entrepreneurs. Designed by Laura Roeder, this course will teach you Laura’s secrets for how she used social media marketing to create a 7-figure-per-year business.

Execute a Multi-Channel “Blitz Launch” by Ryan Deiss (Retail $495)

 DigitalMarketer CEO Ryan Deiss will show you how to brainstorm your “big idea,” storyboard your campaign across a variety of channels, and teach you how to execute and optimize your “blitz” to turn heads and drive leads… all in just a matter of hours.

Design Your Habits by Tiago Forte (Retail $50)

In this class, you will learn the best principles and tools for designing better habits and then use them to complete a hands-on project: designing a sustainable daily habit to improve your productivity, creativity, health, or wellbeing.

Visually Savvy: A Canva Course by Andrea Jones (Retail $97)

Confidently share social media graphics that your audience loves and shares.

Writing the Short by John Warren (Retail $99)

If you want to write movies, you don’t need a feature film right out of the gate . . . you need a short script that DEMANDS ATTENTION.


30 Days to a Better YouTube Channel

From: https://videocreators.com/30-days-to-a-better-youtube-channel/

Cost: $97

If you’re a YouTuber you’ve likely come across Tim Schmoyer before, he creates a lot of very helpful content on YouTube about YouTube. This paid for course is a blueprint to setting up your YouTube channel for success. It can be applied to new or existing channels and is well worth the price if you’ve no idea where to start.


Masterclass

From: https://www.masterclass.com/

Cost: £170 per year

Finally I couldn’t write this article without mentioning Masterclass.com. Jumping on the rise in popularity of online courses the makers have pulled together a wide range of experts to create a sort of Netflix of courses.

Courses cover a huge range of topics:

  • Film and TV
  • Music and Entertainment
  • Culinary Arts
  • Writing
  • Business, Politics and Society
  • Sports and Games
  • Design, Photography and Fashion
  • Lifestyle
  • Science and technology

The unique angle they’ve taken is to create courses with often well know experts. For example Gordon Ramsey teaches “Cooking” and “Restaurant Recipes at Home”, Jodi Foster teaches “Filmmaking”, and Penn & Teller teach “The Art of Magic”.

There is really good range of options and teachers and it certainly appears to be good value for money considering all the content you gain access to.

At the time of writing the £170 gained you access to all classes for one year and got you two passes for the price of one, so you could split the cost with a friend.

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.