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I’ve been a “learner” all my life. Even in high school I always preferred non-fiction books over fiction. And once I started my first online business at 26, I began to read All. The. Books. About marketing, selling, self-improvement, money, mindset, and all things business-related. That was a long time ago, and while I still love to read those types of books, there is this whole new world of online learning. There are plenty of places to learn, but one of my favorites is Skillshare. (And I’m not only a Skillshare student, I’m a Skillshare teacher, too!) So I thought I would round up some of my favorite creative business classes online for you.
All of these classes are either completely free, free for premium members, or you can get a Premium Skillshare membership for FREE for the first month when you use this affiliate link. You can do a LOT of learning in one month, especially because most Skillshare classes are around 30 minutes or less. 🙂 Here are some of my favorite creative business classes online:
FREE Class: Monetize Your Side Hustle: Turn Your Creative Passion Into Profit – Covered topics: Your passion can become your main income stream. You just need to know when you’re ready to monetize your work, several different channels and websites to make money with using your talents, and how to make your creative business grow. There are also success stories, budgeting tips, and more!
Sell Your Work! Create Greetings Cards or Prints to kickstart your business – Have you ever wanted to open an Etsy or start selling your own designs at fairs? This class teaches you how to clean up your illustrations and get them ready for printing on your own products, specifically greetings cards. She also shares some business tips and some ideas on how to get to get started.
Setting Up Shop – Sell Fantastic Prints — This class is for people who are interested in opening an online shop of original prints, as well as for those who have an existing shop and want a refresh. With the collective insights of several shop owners as well as recommendations for further linking, reading, and viewing, this class is absolutely helpful class! Also: each video segment ends with a hack or a free download. How cool is that?!
FREE Class: DIY Viral Video: A Mini Class on Making iPhone How-To Videos — In this class you’ll learn how to use your smart phone, iPad or tablet to create a how-to video that has the potential to go viral! In this short class, drawing from her own success with DIY videos, Darby Smart founder Nicole Farb shows how you can create your own video in a scrappy, easy, and high-quality way. With easy, step-by-step lessons, she shares tips and tricks for her proven formula: Ingredients + Process + Outcome = Viral Video Success. This class is perfect for everyone who loves making and wants to share their projects with the world.
Professional Practice In Illustration Following a Creative Brief and Executing An Assignment – This class is especially great for artists or new illustrators who are interested in expanding or beginning their illustration businesses, working for clients like book publishers, magazines, surface design and stationery companies, advertising agencies, big and small companies alike. While illustrators new to the business will especially appreciate Lisa’s insider insights into the illustration world, the principles shared will be useful for every creative field working with clients.
Hooked: Building Habit-Forming Products — This class will give you tactical, insightful steps to creating your own product that people keep coming back to again and again. Short, tactical lessons walk through the 4-step process used to create the products that people can’t get enough of, and they share real-life examples every step of the way.
FREE Class: Brand an Online Shop: Create a Cohesive Product Line — This is a 30-minute class on developing cohesive product lines. Perfect for independent makers and creative businesses, you’ll learn lessons from real-world experience — as well as business and merchandising essentials — to grow your shop and your brand.
Pattern Design: Bring Your Artwork to Life on Products – In this class, full of inspiration, design considerations, and best practices so you can put your learning into action, it also includes a wealth of downloadable, easy-to-use templates for testing your own artwork in different formats. You’ll learn how to create a beautiful mock-up of your dream product — perfect for sending to clients, or even just for fun. This class is perfect for designers, illustrators, artists, aspiring surface designers, and pattern enthusiasts seeking creative inspiration.
FREE Class: From iPad to Home Decor – with Paper53 and Photoshop — Paper53 is one of the easiest, funnest apps for iPad. In this class you’ll learn how to make your Paper53 illustrations and patterns into things like pillows, mugs, and more, that you can sell online at places like Etsy, RedBubble, etc. For this class you’ll also need Photoshop.
Personal Brand Manifesto: Who Do You Think You Are? – This class (/pep talk/art therapy/joking around with a guy you don’t know) is perfect for freelancers, creative business owners, designers, makers, creators, emerging artists… basically anyone who’s working so hard that they’re forgetting they’re actually a human being with their own unique core values.
FREE Class: Selling Online: Business Skills for Product Designers — In this class you’ll learn how to develop a collection and a brand story that reflects it. It also covers a host of marketing tactics you can use to boost sales and a framework for how to think through planning out a viable product-based business.
Watercolor Branding: Create Your Own Custom Watercolor Logo — In this class you’ll learn how to create your own custom watercolor logo by establishing thoughtful logo font choices and learn how to incorporate textures, elements and typography. At the end of this class, you’ll be able to create your own branded watercolor logo.
That’s it for this round-up, but there are SO many other classes you can take on Skillshare, I encourage you to check them out! And remember, when you use this affiliate link you can get your first month for FREE! 🙂
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