Have you noticed that being a creative entrepreneur also means you’re a life-long learner? I sure have! There are always new things I need to learn in order to grow my business. (And quite honestly, that’s fine by me! I love learning!) That’s why I love Skillshare! I’m actually a Skillshare student, teacher and affiliate because I think it’s so great, so I thought I’d share these creative business classes you can take on Skillshare.
If you haven’t heard of Skillshare, I like to think of it as the Netflix of online learning. For a very low monthly fee, you can watch unlimited classes on a variety of topics: like business, marketing, Illustrator, Photoshop, Social Media, Drawing/Painting/ and all kinds of Art and Creative classes, Freelancing, Writing, Photography, Web Design, Technology, Languages… I mean, the list really just goes on and on!
And, when you use the affiliate links in this post, you can get Skillshare for free for the next two months! Imagine ALL the classes you can take in that time… especially since many classes are more “bite-sized” and take only 15-60 minutes. (There are some that go much more in-depth if you prefer, too.)
I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite and/or most popular Skillshare classes for you to browse through (or you can just go there now and start searching for yourself).
Passive Income Classes You Can Take On Skillshare
Start a Creative Passive Income Business in 7 Days or Less is one of my classes. In fact, it’s currently my most popular class with nearly 6000 students at the time I’m writing this.
If you’ve been on the Internet long enough, you have probably heard of “passive income“. But you may be wondering…
What is that, exactly? And how do you make it?
Well, that’s what this short but informative class is all about: starting a creative online business that generates passive income for you! So that you can work from your sofa or by the pool – really anywhere you can have a laptop and WIFI… And make money while you sleep or play!
This class is for creative people (artists, writers, bloggers, crafters, etc.) who need to know the basics of starting their own online business, for free! This is a system you can use to work full-time for yourself, or do it as a side hustle after your 9 to 5 job, or when the kids are sleeping or in school!
I know people using these types of ideas who pay their car notes with the extra income, and others who travel the world full-time from their creative passive income. Of course, I can’t guarantee any income… But the possibilities are really limitless!
Creating and Selling Your Illustrations: Society6 by Katie Sanvick. From the class about page:
“In this class you will learn how to experiment with different mixed media to create fun and interesting illustrations, and how to turn your creations into products that sell on Society6.
I will take you through the creation process, showing you how to simplify what you see to create fun and loose illustrations, inspiring and showing you many tips and tricks along the way! You will gain the confidence and knowledge to take your illustrations to the next level as I show you how to prepare and upload your work to your own Society6 shop-applying what you’ve created onto phone cases, throw pillows, blankets and more!
All levels of illustrators are welcome! I will outline the set of materials I love to use, but feel free to use any other materials you love to work with! This class is all is about getting your creativity on the page, so any kind of paper will do. Use your favorite sketchbook, or artist paper! By the end, you’ll have finished illustrations ready to sell.
Print-on-demand websites like Society6 handle the production and shipping of your artwork so you have more time to focus on creating. Set your own prices for specific merchandise and collect the royalties for each order, leaving you more time to focus on your work.”
Affiliate Marketing Side Hustle: A New Entrepreneur’s Guide is another one of my classes. 🙂
Have you ever thought about starting a part-time (or even full-time) online business from your home? This class will give you a peek into just one of the many ways you can start a side hustle… In this case, with affiliate marketing!
In this course, I’ll introduce you to affiliate marketing: what it is, what it isn’t, some of the rules you must follow when using affiliate links, and so much more. Then we’ll cover how to promote your affiliate links in a variety of ways online, and I share 9 ideas that really equate to endless ideas when used creatively!
I even show you some real-life examples of other entrepreneurs who are using affiliate links in their businesses. In the end, I share the most important part about starting an affiliate marketing side hustle. You’ll have to watch the class to find out what that is. 😉
Print On Demand for Artists: Painting to Pattern to Product, The Complete Process by Nic Squirrel. From the class about page:
“This class is a practical step by step walk through my entire workflow for POD. It’s packed full of information, from research and designing the original painting with POD in mind, scanning large artwork on a regular scanner, piecing it back together, removing the background, adjustments and variations, putting the pattern into technical repeat, formatting for POD and uploading to Redbubble and Society6.
Phew! All that in under an hour!
Nothing is left out, and I’ll throw in my tips and tricks throughout the class. This class is suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to prepare and sell their paintings on POD stores, and for more experienced artists wanting to streamline their process.”
Business Classes You Can Take On Skillshare
Etsy Side Hustle: How to Make Money with Etsy Without “Making” Anything is, yes, another one of my classes. 🙂
If you’ve ever said: I love shopping on Etsy…
Or… I wish I could make money pinning on Pinterest! It’s so fun!
Or even: I’d love to have a fun, part-time side hustle to make a little extra money each month.
Well, I’m here to show you, YOU CAN! (And it’s pretty easy and a lot of fun!)
Did you know that you don’t have to have a shop or make any products in order to make money with Etsy?
You see, I’ve figured out a way to create an Etsy side hustle, without ever having to “make” anything. In this class, I’ll teach you how to use four powerful tools to create an Etsy side hustle income. They are:
Watch this quick but thorough class to find out exactly how, and be on your way to making extra money with Etsy, today!
Surface Pattern Design 2.0: Design a Collection | Start a Career by Bonnie Christine. From the class about page:
“This course is designed for the person who dreams of becoming a professional surface pattern designer. I’ll walk you step by step through the process of creating a pattern collection that is unique and engaging, and I’m sharing all of my industry secrets with you along the way! We’ll discuss what to include in your portfolio and how to begin contacting companies to start your career.
Whether you’re looking to become a professional surface pattern designer, or are just hoping to enhance your pattern building skills, this course is for you!”
How to Make Money with Art Licensing by Ronnie Walter. From the class about page:
“Have you been looking for another way to monetize your art and design? This introduction to Art Licensing with illustrator, writer and art business coach Ronnie Walter could be the answer you’re looking for. With over 1000 licensing contracts under her belt, she shares everything you need to understand the basics of this method of making money with your art.
In How to make Money with Art Licensing you’ll learn:
- What Art Licensing is and how it works in the market
- How to build a portfolio that gets noticed
- Whether this market is right for you—and your work
- The essential items you need in a Licensing Contract
- Steps to take to connect with Art Director and decision makers in the industry
In just a little over an hour, Ronnie will demystify the process, help you discover what you have to offer with a list of resources to take you further on your journey. Also included are worksheets to help you keep track of your progress and a resource guide to help you learn more.”
From Paper to Screen: Digitally Editing Your Artwork in Photoshop by Cat Coquillette. From the class about page:
“Cat will walk you step-by-step through her entire process to show you how she gets her artwork from paper to computer, focusing on all the steps she takes to digitally transform her artwork into top-selling pieces, including:
• Fusing multiple scans of artwork together into one image
• Removing the paper background Erasing pencil marks, paint splatters, and errors
• Exploring color variations
• Creating patterns
• Adjusting artwork for various template dimensions
• Saving artwork files for optimization”
From Goal Setter to Goal Getter: 4 Steps to Setting and Achieving Your Creative Business Goals is one of my favorite classes I’ve created, and I think it’s kind of under-rated! Well, it has 100% positive reviews (at the time of this writing) but not a lot of students. People are missing out here!
We’ve all been there: it’s the first day of the year and you feverishly write down some pretty arbitrary goals for yourself and/or your creative business for the year ahead. But by the end of the year (or, let’s face it, maybe by the end of January) those goals were swallowed up and forgotten by your long daily To Do list, life, and maybe even some new “shiny penny” goals.
If you’ve set goals in the last few years you haven’t reached (or maybe even forgotten about), this class is for you!
For the last couple of years I’ve been using a goal setting system that has 5X’ed my own creative business, and now I’m sharing it with you in this class!
Not only do you get the 5 quick, step-by-step video lessons, but I’ve also created a 13 page printable PDF for you to fill out as we go along. As well as a pretty, printable 12 month calendar to help you keep track of — and achieve your goals! (The calendar is undated, so you can start this class in January or July: really ANY time you need a reset and a fresh start for your creative business.)
And while this class is geared towards business owners, it can really be used for any area of your life that you’d like to improve!
Fundamentals of Google Analytics by Jeff Sauer. From the class about page:
“Learn how to get the most out of your website data with Google Analytics expert Jeff Sauer in this new, straightforward class.
From understanding user demographics to creating the perfect dashboard, every lesson is packed with actionable tips and tricks to help you articulate your goals, increase conversions, and use your website to improve your business. Key lessons include:
- Setting custom goals based on visitor behavior
- Using segments and content groups to understand your users
- Tracking campaigns and search terms for insight into traffic sources
After taking this class, you’ll be able to expertly navigate Google Analytics, ensuring you can understand your data, distill it into actionable insights, and vastly increase the effectiveness of your website.”
Social Media Classes You Can Take On Skillshare
Instagram Success for Artists : 2 Week Challenge to Grow Your Following by Ohn Mar Win. From the class about page:
“There’s a theory that goes if you perform a certain task every day for 30 days, new pathways are formed in your brain, so it becomes a habit. This can be applied advantageously to many areas of your life. I also feel this is a great approach for gaining great follows on Instagram.
This class for those who are already using or wish to use Instagram as part of their art, illustration or design business. I believe if you made consistent effort for at least 2 weeks, using the tips I’ll be outlining in the class you’ll seen tangible results in that time: more followers !!”
Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World by Gary Vaynerchuk. From the class about page:
“Don’t just tell your brand’s story, tell it right. Learn to develop a results-driven social media strategy perfectly adapted to each major social media platform—a strategy that guarantees your brand is telling the right story in the right context. Gary will break down the right story for every relevant platform—Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest—all in under 90 minutes. These are the same tactics Gary’s used to grow brands like GE, PepsiCo, and the NY Jets. Any opportunity to enter Gary’s brain is an exciting one, and this class is no exception. Don’t miss it.”
Promoting Your Online Business on Pinterest (Especially for artists, makers, and creatives!) is another one of my classes.
Did you know that Pinterest has 200+ Million monthly users? And a huge portion of those users are not only clicking through on pins to get more information, but they’re also BUYING things they find there!
When I noticed that over 60% of my own traffic was coming from Pinterest (where I have around 6600 followers) and only 3% was coming from Instagram (where I have 110k+ followers) — despite the fact that I was spending way less time on Pinterest and way too much time on Instagram I knew I needed to change my game plan.
Maybe you do, too?
In this class I’ll be covering:
- Perfecting Your Pinterest Profile
- Creating Eye-Catching Pinterest Boards
- The Anatomy of a Perfect Pin
- Pinning from Etsy
- Pinning from Your Website or Blog
- How to Pin? Yep! How to Pin!
- Making Your Life Easier by Scheduling Pins
And in the end we will share our class project: a Pin based on all of the information we learned in the class! (Plus I share a link to a free trial of my favorite Pinterest approved software!)
This class is especially for artists, makers, and creatives! But it will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn more about the power of free exposure you can get on Pinterest.
I hope you’ll join me in the class!
How to Create an Influencer Marketing Strategy for your Brand by Peg Fitzpatrick. From the class about page:
“Wondering how to grow your brand and build awareness for your next big event or project launch? Working with an influencer could be the answer for you. If you’ve been hearing how amazing Influencer Marketing is but haven’t figured out how to use it – this course is for you! Join this course that covers the basics of Influencer Marketing and you’ll learn the following:
Influencer Marketing Overview:
– How to find influencers and set a strategy
– What are your goals for your influencer campaigns?
– Using influencers to build your company’s brand
– Crafting a good email and making an offer
– FTC guidelines and what needs to be disclosed
– How to measure the success of the social campaigns
You’ll learn tons and get valuable downloads in this course for businesses and brands looking to connect with influencers for social media marketing campaigns.”
Creative Classes You Can Take On Skillshare
Draw Your Life: Intro to Illustrated Journaling | A creative exercise for any level! From the class about page: “Combine your journaling and drawing practices into a great creative exercise for any level! Illustrated journaling, or “illoging” as I like to call it, is something anyone can benefit from.”
Watercolor: Loose Florals by Peggy Dean. From the class about page: “Ah, the sweet, playful, loose watercolor florals… these are the ultimate coveted style that we are all striving to create. This class will guide you through some basic techniques to help you create a few different styles of flowers (yes, peonies are in here), but more importantly, show you the brush strokes needed to move into a style of your very own.”
Finding Your Creative Mantra by Ria Sharon. From the class about page:
“Words matter. A few years ago, when I began to take more conscious steps towards designing a life I truly wanted, I started a tradition of picking a word as my mantra for an entire year. Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, just one word became my guide; an affirmation that inevitably became my experience and narrative for that year. Intuitively, my word embodied what I most needed at the time (even if I didn’t know it).
I invite you to join me for this playful 10-minute class, where we’ll explore the process of picking one word as a mantra for your creative practice… and bringing it to life in a physical piece of art that can be a reminder to you in the months ahead.
This class is perfect for anyone who is looking for some playful guidance and enjoys making things. No prior experience needed, just an openness to whimsy and magic.”
Illustrating Flowers & Arranging Bouquets in Photoshop by Dylan Mierzwinski. From the class about page:
“In this class we’re going to use our hands and favorite pens to draw some pretty blooms. We’ll bring these drawings into Photoshop to bring them to life with color, texture, and final composition. This class utilizes the workflow from my first class, Digitizing Hand Drawn Sketches, so watching that course first can be helpful, though I do go over the workflow briefly in this class, too. ”
Photography Classes You Can Take On Skillshare
Stage the Perfect Instagram Flat Lays to Showcase Your Art! Peggy Dean is one of my favorite teachers on Skillshare (which is why I’ve shared two of her classes in this list!) So I definitely recommend any/all of her classes.
From the class “about” page: “This class will have you ready to stage the perfect flat lay to showcase your art on social media, and will be sure to capture the eyes and interest of a much broader audience. You will learn the essentials and the options to include in your flat lay images, along with bonus information on how to effectively target big names for a better chance of exposure.”
DSLR Photography For Bloggers with Lindsay Ostrom. From the class about page:
“Calling all bloggers! Get ready as photography pro Lindsay Ostrom shares all of her behind-the-lens tips and tricks. Learn the basics of your camera, as well as how to light and style your shoot. At the end, you’ll see a notable difference in your photography!
Stunning photography has the power to take your blog or website to the next level. In this class, photography superstar, Lindsay Ostrom, will show you how to take photos that will make your content stand out. First, get a quick overview of how to use manual controls on a DSLR. Then she’ll focus on how you can use lighting to take your photos from average to amazing. Finally, Lindsay will cover styling, including how to get the perfect detail shot of a DIY or how to take the perfect overhead picture of your breakfast spread. At the end of this class, you will know the essentials of manual photography, lighting, and composition. Plus, your readers will notice your new photography skills!”
DIY Studio Photography Lightbox + Demo by Tabitha Park. From the class about page:
“This class takes you step-by-step through the construction and practical use of a simple studio lightbox.
- Polish your product photography skills by creating a small, portable studio space
- Learn how to utilize its features indoor and outdoor, day or night.
- Customize your box to enhance your photographs for greater variety
Perfect for beginning photographers, professionals, and smart phone photographers. ”
As I mentioned before, I love Skillshare, and part of the reason for that is because these classes are just a mere sample of the hundreds, if not thousands of creative business classes you can take on Skillshare.
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