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How to Upgrade Your Skills When You Work from Home

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Whether you work from home or outside the home, one of the most important things you can do to make more money is further your education. Getting an advanced degree, or even learning new skills can help immensely when it comes to making more money. But what do you do when you don’t have the time to drive to a university and sit through classes? There are several different websites you can use to upgrade your skills when you work from home. I’ll discuss a few of them in this post.


This website provides online classes that people can take for free from anywhere. Class topics include:

  • Project management
  • Business management
  • Web Design
  • Human Resources

You can also take classes in art, health and safety compliance, and financial and economic literacy, among many other topics. One of the great things about the Alison website is that you can actually get a diploma to display on your wall if you choose, and you can also add your achievement to your LinkedIn profile. You can check out Alison’s website here: https://alison.com/


Skillshare is a website where anyone can create online courses on different topics. Many of the classes people post on Skillshare have to do with creative topics, such as writing, art, and graphic design. You don’t get a certificate when you complete a Skillshare class, but the teacher creates a class project that you can complete to show you understand the skills taught in the class — you can post your project in the class discussion, and others can comment on it. Skillshare has many free classes, but there are also many classes you can only access if you’re a premium member — a premium membership on Skillshare costs $12 a month, or you can get an annual membership for $96. You can check out the Skillshare website here: https://www.skillshare.com/r/emartin74. And for those of you who are already on Skillshare and want to check out my first class, you can do so here: http://skl.sh/2ih8WPg


Udemy is similar to Skillshare, because anyone can sign up and create a course. What’s different about it is that there’s a wider range of class topics. Udemy has classes on development, business, IT and software, personal development, design, marketing, office productivity, music, and health and fitness, among other topics. Another thing that’s different about Udemy is the class prices differ — they run as little as $25 to as much as $200. Udemy does run $15 specials on their more expensive classes quite https://www.udemy.com/

These are just a few different ways you can upgrade your skills when you work from home — there are many others. If you’ve had any success learning from home, I’d love to hear about your experience — please feel free to comment on this post.

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Erica has been working from home since 2003. She has done a variety of things, including phone work, freelance writing and transcription. She has written two books about working from home, which you can find out more about here: http://myebookjourney.com/ebooks/

Originally published at workathometipsonline.com on January 16, 2017.

I started writing in elementary school and never stopped. I enjoy sharing stories about my hard-learned life lessons and writing advice.

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