I wrote a post a few weeks back about why its soooo important for entrepreneurs and professionals to continue our education. In that article, I briefly mentioned some courses by a program called Shaw Academy.
Now, I’ve been using Shaw Academy for a few months now, and I’ve found that they’ve got some really great courses and programs that are either completely or partially free. As a mom, I know just how hard it can be to come up with enough disposable income to pay for online courses. But I also know how much it can help us in the business world. I cannot recommend Shaw Academy enough, but since I know that personal experience will speak louder than…well, my blog, I wanted to share with you all a few courses and programs that you can begin now, no cost, and no strings attached.
Shaw Academy offers a great range of course subjects, but they aren’t always offered for free, so if you’re interested in investing in your creative and/or business skills, now is the time to start!
1. Photography Courses
I’m going to start with the photography course, because I have been a freelance photographer for many years, and this is especially close to my heart. I really can’t stress how important it is for aspiring photographers to gain the skills offered in this course. Even the seasoned professional can do well to brush up on them.
2. Photoshop Courses
So this Photoshop course is especially amazing, because they are also offering a 30 free trial of Adobe Creative Suite, which, as many artists and photographers know, is an absolutely awesome collection of programs including Photoshop, Lightroom and others.
In my line of work, the ability to navigate and use photo editing software is absolutely essential, so this is something I’ve invested time and money into. Before this course, I paid a couple hundred dollars a year for all of the (separate) programs included with Creative Suite, and I so wish I would have found Shaw Academy sooner. (And saved myself the extra cash while also learning some invaluable skills!)
Pro-tip: Photoshop knowledge looks great on your resume.
3. Social Media Marketing Courses
I have spent many years studying Social Media Marketing (SMM) on my own. I worked as a social media marketing manager for a couple of years and really enjoyed my time doing it. This course was still eye-opening for me, and has taught me a lot about the finer details of SMM that I wasn’t able to learn, or just completely missed before. This is a great program if you are working in the SMM field, or even if you’re just interested in learning how to better market yourself or your business via social media.
4. Digital Marketing Courses
Similar to SMM, but a bit more broad and informative, is the digital marketing course. Although I have yet to be able to enroll in this one, I know that all the relevant courses I have taken with Shaw Academy have been incredible. (So I can guarantee this one is no different.) This is a really great course for anyone who runs an online-based business. More often than not. we end up being our own marketing specialists!
5. Graphic Design Courses
Another useful course for all you creatives out there is Shaw Academy’s graphic design course. This one teaches you everything you need to know to begin your graphic design journey. These skills can open the door for so many opportunities; from advertisement to logo creation and even interior design work. This is a course I highly recommend to any artist, as its another indispensable skill to have as an entrepreneur in the creative fields.
6. Nutrition Courses
I think knowledge of proper and healthy nutrition is just necessary for everyone, let alone busy moms and entrepreneurs. Although this may be less of a business skill for many of us, it can be helpful in making sure we are caring for our bodies the correct way while be embark on the journey that is starting and running a business. After all, if we aren’t taking care of our health, how can we take care of our families and businesses?
7. Leadership Training Courses
I saved this course for last, because it was by far, hands down; the best and most useful online program I have ever taken. Leadership skills are the most important skills we can develop in the professional world. As entrepreneurs, we are expected to show leadership each and every day. After all, we run a business, which means that people are looking to us to lead them in the right direction. If you take only one course with Shaw Academy (which I doubt, because I’m sure you’ll get hooked just like I did!), make sure its this one.
Since I know you’re itching to start…
I’ll leave you with this; as I have said many times before, knowledge is the key to success. We are so lucky to be alive in the day and age where education and information is so accessible to us. If you’re ready to continue your education, and gain some of the most necessary and significant skills you can have as a professional and entrepreneur, start with Shaw Academy.
There’s no risk, as these courses are completely free right now. But if you choose to continue with paid courses, certificates, and diploma programs, more power to you! Investing in your education means investing in your success. I promise you won’t regret it.
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