Skillshare is a community for online learning with thousands of classes. Have you wondered if Skillshare worth it? Today we’re doing a Skillshare review. We’re impartial, and we’re hustlers. Read on, friends!
It’s 2018, my friends! Do you have goals this year? Have you dreamt of starting a little side-hustle or hobby? On today’s agenda, a Skillshare Review. Real-talk: Online courses are the way to go.
Every day, courses are marketed to us – whether it’s a travel vlogger selling a course about how to become an e-entrepreneur or health “gurus” selling their nutritional programs, the internet is littered with how-to this and how-to that.
More often than not, these come at a great expense and risk – how do you trust this person to create content that you can actually help you?
Of course, there are content creators who take great care and attention in making sure that their pricing reflects the perceived quality of the course or e-book; people that spend their weeks creating gems to help others.
With “online academies” you are risking a lot less by signing up (for a free trial even) and paying either a small monthly fee or per class. They have the security of reputation and of options.
Today we’ll be dissecting online learning and answering the very important question: is Skillshare good?
How does Skillshare work?
With Skillshare, you sign up (often with a free trial) and choose between different topics that interest you from their 4 main categories.
The categories are Creative, Business, Technology and Lifestyle.
Within those categories, there are classes for more niche topics. Let’s take “Creative” as an example.
Within Creative, you can choose to show interest for:
UI/UX Design (website design)
Once you select what interests you, you can start watching premium videos with your free or paid membership. You do not even have to start with a free trial for premium; you can watch some classes for free to get a taste for how Skillshare works and how it can work for you.
On your home page, you’ll get a “continue watching” section, a personalized recommendation dashboard, recent classes, and recommended lists for niche interests such the aforementioned categories and their subgroups. The more you use Skillshare, the more the suggestions become personalized and relevant.
A great incentive is that you can download the classes on the app and watch from your phone without a data connection; if you have a long public transit commute, learn as you go!
One of the big advantages of Skillshare is that you can try it for free, premium or not, before committing.
After that, you have the chance to cancel (easily), suspend your account for months at a time, or continue with either a monthly subscription (16$) or a yearly one at a discounted rate.
If you think about it, Skillshare is about as expensive as Netflix, but you get way more out of Skillshare in terms of not only entertainment but also self-development and learning.
Not only that, Skillshare also gives you a free month for every friend that signs up and uses a premium (not free) month with your link.
You don’t need to be a blogger or Youtuber to spread word of mouth and be thanked for your referral. That’s pretty legit.
There are many quality teachers and classes on Skillshare. You just need to go through a few 1-minute introduction videos to find teachers that you like and vibe with and then you’re good! You can then follow those teachers for their new classes and content.
Skillshare also allows you to practice your new skill with “homework” – the classes have optional projects to help you put your new skills to use and share those projects with other classmates. The best part is that it’s all on your own time so there is literally no stress (and you won’t be wondering when you’ll actually apply what you’re learning to real life because it’s obvious). Welcome to adulthood! 😉
My husband and I use Skillshare to teach ourselves new crafts or tools to take our hustle to the next level. Personally, in 2018 I want to start illustration and graphic design, and Idriss is learning SEO (search engine optimization) mostly as well as coding since he’s always had an interest in computers and almost became a computer engineer :O
An example of the worth Idriss got out of Skillshare was using it to improve his SEO knowledge-base with Rand Fishkin, founder and “Wizard” (I swear) of Moz. (Link: https://moz.com/about) Moz is an SEO consulting company with free SEO search tools and a lot more. The course helped Idriss get to the next level and made him a hardcore fan of Skillshare.
Skillshare is an online academy and a place to mingle. You can chat with classmates, share your work, follow classmates and teachers, as well as get the chance to get taught by world-class teachers and “celebrities”. The classes are judged by reviews and number of students that took the course. You help improve the quality of classes by upvoting what you think is a quality class.
A quick look
Skillshare has free content and a premium membership (16$ and less per month) which opens up all the courses.
Udemy, you pay per class, which can vary between 30$ to 110$+
Skillshare has a vast and growing library of various categories and their subgroups; Udemy has very particular and niche classes with many categories.
Udemy categories include development, business, IT & Software, personal development, design, marketing, lifestyle, photography, health & fitness, teacher training, music, academics, language and test prep. Within those categories, there are subgroups of content from learning Feng Shui to pet care & training.
Obviously there are thousands of courses with both Skillshare and Udemy so I cannot vouch for the content on either of those sites, all I can say is that I’ve used both Skillshare and Udemy and love them both, but tend to fangirl over Skillshare before Udemy.
I’d say that Skillshare is an all-encompassing library for someone who is still exploring interests, whereas Udemy would be for the professional who wants to learn X, Y, Z for their self and professional development on occasion.
Skillshare has that accessibility factor and is rapidly growing to become a #1 option amongst people in my age-group. Udemy I view more as an expertise-building platform for someone who wants to learn haphazardly throughout the year and has more money to spend on online courses since each course is paid for individually.
Let’s be honest… It is doubtful that getting a job solely on the merit of having passed an online course from either Skillshare or Udemy is a thing.
All I can say is that your credibility is on you.
It’s up to you to prove yourself and it’s up to whoever hires you to do their due diligence too. I’m not saying taking online courses is not valuable, I’m saying that let’s be honest about the worth of a certificate of completion… Saying you work in x and practice in it is just as valuable (if more so with the presentation of a portfolio) than a certificate of completion. Just saying.
But then again, if a certificate of completion tickles your fancy, cough up the extra dough and visit Udemy. So, if you want actionable practice and work, Skillshare offers projects which you can do (or not do) and add to your portfolio. You can even take the formula and keep on keeping on. Food for thought.
Skillshare Classes We’ve Loved
So, all-in-all my Cheeky Hippies, the answer is YES. Skillshare review results in Skillshare is good. Very good. The good news is you can try it for 3 months for 99 cents by clicking here, and if you’re not happy with it, you can just opt out. Although I doubt that you will be unsatisfied.
Thank you for reading!