The emotional rollercoaster of freelancing is rockier than usual at the moment, so if you don’t feel up to taking an online course, or your living situation doesn’t permit it at the moment – that’s okay. You don’t have to do this. This article is not about making yourself learn when you don’t feel like it. We’re not just working from home right now, we’re working from home during a global crisis, and there aren’t any rules on how to do that.
If, on the other hand, this extended period of time spent indoors, possibly alone, worrying about where work is coming from over the next few months, has led you to reassess your work situation – this article is for you.
The speed with which we entered lockdown and the general public found themselves working from home – or just bored – has pushed all kinds of training online. As a freelancer, I make part of my income from training, and I’m due to give podcast training next week via Zoom. Before I do that, though, a friend more well-versed in presenting on the platform is giving me a crash course in teaching on Zoom!
Do you want to skill up on business knowledge? Perhaps take some time out to learn more about managing your own wellbeing? Or maybe you’d like to work on your own creativity? There are courses out there for each of those needs. The great news is that many of them are free, and a large number are on sale right now.
Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.
Training that helps your business
1. Marketing For Freelancers: Get Clients With No Budget: £10.99, down from £199.99
This course covers vital areas for freelancers, such as: email marketing; using platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, Facebook and Twitter; using networking and referrals to find more clients
2. The Cold Email Masterclass: free
This course will improve your email pitching., which is the cornerstone of any freelancer’s business.
3. Successful Negotiation - Essential Strategies and Skills: free
Negotiation is also the key to business success for freelancers, so it’s never a bad idea to brush up on your skills.
Training that helps your mind
1. Thrive: free
This NHS-approved app tracks your mood and teaches you methods to take control of stress and anxiety
2. Mindfulness and Mindfulness Meditation Course: £19.99, down from £199.99
It’s a stressful, uncertain time, and some of us are trying to work under trained circumstances. This course will teach you meditation techniques, some of which can be done in less than a minute.
3. Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance: free
Increased anxiety and poor communication can become huge stumbling blocks for a freelancer. This course teaches you mindfulness techniques which can help end this unproductive behaviour.
Training that helps your creativity / productivity
1. Improve Your Presentations With Improv Thinking: US$17, down from U$29
If you’re scared of public speaking, you could be missing out on freelance work opportunities. This course uses improvisational thinking to give you the tools to not only be a better storyteller.
2. The Power of Deep Listening: £19.99, down from £74.99
This course will teach you valuable concentration and interviewing skills, plus help you build rapport with new contacts.
3. Collaborative Working in a Remote Team: free
As a freelancer you do have the choice to collaborate with others on certain projects. Learn how to make that situation a reality with this course, which covers technologies for collaboration and project management tools.
Unusual training courses that will boost your confidence
1. Become a Master at Resolving Conflict at Home or Work: £19.99, down from £79.99
This course might actually prove an urgent need for some of us on lockdown. It will help you learn to resolve disagreements and turn conflict into productive conversations.
2. One-to-one webcam comedy lessons: first lesson free with most instructors
Comedy courses help you understand how you come across to other people, and how you can use your wit to tell stories - important elements of networking and winning over clients.
3. Learning Online: Managing Your Online Identity: free
Your online presence is a significant factor in how well your freelance business does. This course teaches you to optimise your online presences, while keeping your information safe and secure.
Suchandrika Chakrabarti is a media trainer based in London, and is available to teach online courses.