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Want to learn something new but at the same time not ready to break the bank, yet? Fret not, as we have got you covered with a range of free online learning courses and tools that you can learn during your free time.
These newly acquired skills would not only make you more valuable as an employee but could also help you get started with your business idea or at the very least help you in becoming a successful freelancer. First up, we have:
The is a free resource offered by Meta to help small business owners and freelancers learn a thing or two about Facebook marketing. It takes at least two days to learn the entire syllabus.
This is another free resource provided by tech giant Google. I saw a YouTube ad that said that those living in Australia, would get at least 40 free courses to learn from. So, what are you waiting for, it’s time to go loco, my friend.
This is a free program created by Google aimed at helping you to learn to code in bite sizes. All you need is five minutes per day to learn how to code. When you know how to code you can build heaps of stuff and perhaps even an app.
Semrush and Yoast
Learn about all things SEO and digital marketing from the guys at Yoast and Semrush. Thank me later.
Listing on Amazon can be a nightmare but why not make money helping others to do it. You can sell your services on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr and Upwork if you know how to work with this beast and what better way would that be than learning from the masters themselves through these free online webinars. These webinars are all presented live during lunchtime and if you can’t attend them, sign in any way, as they will be sure to email you a recording once the webinar is over.
I only just discovered this but Canva is now dishing out free training on how to use their platform. They also send out recordings once the event is over, so even if you can’t attend the webinar at the set time just sign up for it anyway and they will be sure to email you the recording once the webinar is over.
This is an open-source 3D computer graphics software that would be beneficial for you to learn how to use. It is open source so what that really means is that it is free of charge. If you know how to work this software, I can bet you 100 per cent that your employability skills will be widened. Trust me on this.
Tafe (for Australians, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens)
A range of free courses on anything and everything. Participants will be accorded certifications upon completion of each course.
Women In Business
This free online learning tool is only available for any Australian women-led businesses that have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Alison and Coursera
Alison has over 4000 free online courses while Coursera has a range of both free and paid online courses.
Learn a myriad of things for FREE with General Assembly, the courses are usually conducted online and are no more than an hour long. They also have another dedicated page that teaches coding for free and you can assess the learning here.
Today at Apple
If you own an Apple device, you will be able to take sign up for their free face-to-face courses on anything there is to do with the device. These classes are conducted on-site. You can look them up here.
Hays and Aquent
I am sure you have heard of Hays and Aquent formerly Firebrand, both are renowned recruitment agencies but did you know that they also offer free online courses? Well, they do and all you’ve got to do is just take your pick.
Alibaba Live Now (for Malaysians only)
This is a training organised by the Chinese giant marketplace for Malaysian entrepreneurs on how to successfully do live streams with the intention of selling their products. The one-day online training program is run in three languages which are English, Malay and Mandarin. All participants who attend the training will be accorded a bunch of freebies and certificates.
eLatih (for Malaysians only)
eLatih is Malaysia’s largest selection of online learning courses. Participants can choose from over 1,000 free courses and check out new and exciting content published every month.
MDEC EDP programme (for Malaysians only)
This is an agency under the purview of the Malaysian government. They have a range of courses that you can sign up for. All courses are free and conducted online. Certificates are provided upon training completion.
Have we missed any free learning tools here? If we have please email us and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to update the article as soon as we can.
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