Hands up if you’re fed up with seeing people sharing all over social media about how productive they’ve been during this UK lockdown? Although you can’t see it, I’m slowly raising up my hand, while sat on the soft scoffing my breakfast.
However, it’s quite a bad thing to feel annoyed about it. Technically, these people are making the best of a bit of a bad situation. Let me make you feel a little better about it. I think those who have indulged in spending time learning a new skill or perfecting their knowledge is down to not fully being able do their day job to their full potential while working from home.
I mean, not everyones job can be done at home, leading many people to be stuck indoors with their usual 9-5 hours empty. I’m talking about those without children here – god send help to those Mum’s stuck at home with children they’ve now got to home school. My heart goes out to them!
On the other hand, there are probably people still managing to put in a full days graft working, and then picking up their laptops during the evening to divulge into a new learning area. Well, I say hats off to them. There is nothing finer than learning, and if this lockdown has prompted a reminder to learn a new skill, then that’s one solid positive out of a real crappy situation.
Think about life after Coronavirus
Let me tell you one thing: after this pandemic is over, more and more companies and brands will be investing soooooo much more into digital. Digital was already starting to rule the world, but my wise guess would be that those who didn’t think they could take their company to the online world will now find a way.
So if you’re looking for an online course to throw yourself into, it’s wise to look at digital and tech based course. Saying that, it might not float everyone’s boat, which I why I thought I’d share a few courses from Udemy. Just a side not – Udemy haven’t contacted me to write about this. I just found they kept popping up when I had a search of online courses, and I was impressed with their array of creative courses. So much so, I wanted to share some ideas today…
Top Online Course Ideas During Quarantine
Below are a number of courses which seem to be getting the most attention this far into the UK quarantine. If you need a bit of inspo, have a scroll through, although there is a huuuuuuge list available on Udemy.
Build Responsible Real World Websites with HTML5 and CSS3 £11.99
Always wanted to learn how to create websites? Absolutley all businesses need websites, and what a great skill to offer to start-ups! This course is said to be the easiest way to learn modern web design, HTML5 and CSS3 step-by-step from scratch. Design AND code a huge project.
Here’s what they say about the learning:
Reason #1: “Together we hand-code a beautiful and responsive landing page for a fictional company that I made up just for the course. Step-by-step, you will learn more and more HTML5 and CSS3 features, from beginner to advanced. These are the latest web technologies, used by every website in the world. And we even added some jQuery to the mix.
This huge project will teach you all the real-world skills to build real-world HTML5 and CSS3 websites. This will allow you to build any website you can imagine… From complete scratch.
Reason #2: You will not just learn how to code: Coding is great, but it’s not everything! That’s why we will go through the entire process of building and launching our website project. This includes designing, coding, planning, writing clean and organized code, website optimization, best practices, and so much more.
Designing is really, really important. Have you seen all these beautiful and modern websites lately? Great! Because I will show you how it’s done. And not just in theory, but also in practice. This is the only course on the market that focuses on both coding and designing, together.
Reason #3: You walk away with a ready-to-launch website. By the end of the course, you will have a complete, ready-to-launch website that looks great on any computer, tablet, and smartphone. Of course you get the entire code and all the images and graphical assets that I designed especially for the course as a free download.
Reason #4: I make HTML5 and CSS3 easy and fun: With the right guidance, HTML5, CSS3, and responsive web design are really easy to learn and use in the real world. With a bunch of random tutorials and YouTube videos? Not so much. That’s why I structured this training around a cool and complete project that’s fun to code.”
£11.99? What a steal! Check it out here.
Public Speaking: Speak Up! Stand Out and be HAPPY
Want to polish up your communication skills? Always wanted to be able to confidently communicate with your colleagues, succeed with pitches, have faith in yourself and carry yourself with confidence and clarity?
This course aims to polish your communication skills by learning simple techniques + easy adjustments to your mind, voice + body. Read below for the course description:
Feeling confident + comfortable in big groups, speaking up + being heard, hitting it off with people you just met – these aren’t experiences that are reserved for special people. Anybody (yes, really – anybody) can learn to do these things. Being able to speak with confidence is a skill that translates to absolutely every aspect of your life – making presentations to your team, networking at professional conferences, big family holidays, dating, interviewing for new jobs. How you feel and speak about yourself directly affects your career, your personal life, and your self-esteem.
This course teaches you simple techniques and easy adjustments that (slowly, gradually) lead to big results. If you’ve tried Toastmasters (too public) or books (too boring) this course is for you. With fun, engaging videos, you can learn at your own pace, on your own time, in your own home – and review whenever you need a refresher or a pep talk.
You’re fantastic. I know it and I’m pretty sure you know it. I invite you to step up and claim the things you deserve – the promotions, the new clients, the fun friends. You can start here. Enroll now! I can’t wait to meet you.
Who this course is for: This course is designed for people who are longing to step into a more dynamic, confident and engaging persona. Whether you are longing to stand out at work, or be more comfortable among new people, this class will walk you through the tools to identify and then transform nuances of behavior. All participants are welcome.
Again, this course is a steal at just £11.99! Check it out here.
Novel Writing Workshop
Always fancied being able to write your own book? That is something on my bucket list, so I’m thinking of looking at this course next week!
Here’s what Udemy say about this course:
Turn your idea into a published novel, step by step. The course includes 27 video lessons!
Have you started a novel only to get part way into the manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel but aren’t sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft but feel it doesn’t quite have the luster of professional Novel Writing?
In this lively and fun course Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. Here you’ll learn How to Write a Novel Step by step you’ll breathe life into old manuscripts create new novels that real like bestsellers and put the spark back into your writing life. Topics include:
- Story Structure
- Character Building
- Writing Big
- Beginnings and Endings
- Getting Published
Whether you’re a first time novelist still planning your story or an experienced author looking for ways to bring your fiction to life Novel Writing Workshop is the course for you.
Yep, you guessed it, this again is just £11.99 and can be checked out here.
How To Start A T Shirt Transfer Printing Business From Home
This is something I think would be fabulous for those who have always thought about getting their designs onto T-shirts – or any type of clothing really. Are you creative and have a passion for creating logo/graphic tee’s? Read on to see what Udemy say about this course:
In this course we’ll be taking you through the whole procedure on what you need to start a home business in the t shirt transfer printing business. We’ll show you exactly the things we do and show you the equipment and the different procedures you’ll need to know including the correct materials and equipment you’ll need to produce successful decorated t shirts.
SECTION 1: Introduction – A bit about how we started in the T Shirt Transfer Printing Business including the mistakes we made and why Transfer Printing is the most cost effective way to get into the T Shirt Printing Business. The Different Types of T Shirt Printing – In this section, we look at the other ways to print onto T Shirts and explain the pro’s and con’s with each method.The Equipment Needed – In this section we look at the equipment required and share the equipment we use and are still using.
SECTION 2: The Transfer Paper – In this section we reveal the transfer papers we use and the differences between the papers for printing on different color garments. Creating Your Designs – In this section we show how we use the cutter software and actually get an image onto transfer paper and produce the cut lines for the cutter to automate the job.
SECTION 3: Using The Heat Press – In this section we show you how to use the heat press to produce the finished garment including some important pre press procedures to ensure there is no moisture present when pressing images onto T shirts. Black T Shirt Transfer Application – In this section we take you through the differences when printing on a black or coloured T shirt compared to printing on a White T shirt. Conclusion, Marketing And Resources – In this section we give you some tips that we used when we started off by generating local customers on a limited budget.
SECTION 4: Heat Press Facts – In this section we show you why you shouldn’t buy an inferior heat press and what to check for when you buy this important piece of equipment.
For £11.99, you can read more about it here (you may need equipment for this one)
BEGINNERS Watercolor. Get clear on the basics and just paint
Want to enjoy painting in watercolor? Start with the real BASICS. This course takes beginners on a journey of how to play, learn, gain understanding & confidence as you play & paint.
As well as enjoying the art, it’s great for calming anxiety and mental health
- Black ink pen or felt tip and a 2B pencil
- A box of water watercolor paints, according to your budget.
- Two jam jars to hold water. One for cleaning the brush and one for mixing colors. Some absorbent kitchen paper
- A round paint brush, size between 7 to 10.
- Some watercolor paper as thick as you can afford. 300g or 140 lbs is the best.
- You will need to have an open mind. and be able to trust yourself and just play.
Check out this course, for just £11.99, here.
The Complete Digital Marketing Course – 12 Courses in 1
If you really want to get your foot in the door with the digital marketing world, then look no further than this ultimate course. Master Digital Marketing: Strategy, Social Media Marketing, SEO, YouTube, Email, Facebook Marketing, Analytics & More!
What Udemy explains about this bumper course:
Join 200,000+ students in the bestselling digital marketing course on Udemy!
With over 20 hours of training, quizzes and practical steps you can follow – this is one of the most comprehensive digital marketing courses available. We’ll cover SEO, YouTube Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Google Adwords, Google Analytics and more!
Learn By Doing
The course is hugely interactive with projects, checklists & actionable lectures built into every section. Learn step by step how to market a business online from scratch across all the major marketing channels. Follow the steps on screen to get results at work, for own business or for your digital marketing clients.
12 Courses in 1: Covering 12 major online marketing topics and comprising of 20+ hours of clear cut lectures & practice activities – this course is “incredible value for money!” as one student said. We’ll cover:
- Market Research. Ask 3 simple questions to validate your business idea.
- WordPress. Build a world-class website in 1 hour without any coding.
- Email Marketing. Build a mailing list of 1000 people in 30 days from scratch.
- Copywriting. Writesales pages that make the cash register ring!
- SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Get free traffic to your website with SEO.
- YouTube Marketing. Drive traffic & sales with simple “how to” videos.
- Social Media Marketing (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Quora).
- Linkedin Marketing. Go viral on Linkedin and 400x your connections.
- App Marketing. Discover 43 Ways To Promote Your App.
- Google Adwords. Avoid common mistakes and set up profitable campaigns first time.
- Facebook Ads. Make money with Facebook Ads without spending a fortune.
- Google Analytics. Improve your marketing with Google Analytics data.
By the end of this course, you will be confidently implementing marketing strategies across the major online marketing channels.
Find out more about this course, for £22.99, here.
Other ideal courses over on Udemy:
- How To Start a Podcast
- SEO & Social Media Marketing Strategy
- Content is King: How To Write Killer Content
- How To Do Facial Yoga
- Sourdough Bread Baking
- The Ultimate Law of Attraction Guide
- Hip Hop Dance for Beginners
- How To Have A Successful Air BNB Business
- Ultimate Photoshop Training From Beginner to Pro
- Vegan Nutrition: Create Your Own Plant Based Diets
Of course, the above are a very tiny sample of whats on offer. Take a look at their site and have a good old browse.
Also, if you guys know of another affordable online course site, do let me know – always keen to discover more for my own plans!