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The Perks of Being an AND CO Member: Skillshare

January 29, 2021
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KAT BOOGAARD

Who doesn’t love learning something new? Broadening your skillset, conquering challenges, and expanding your horizons are all exciting benefits that go along with trying your hand at something that’s totally foreign to you.
However, it wasn’t always so easy to get access to the resources you needed to take on a new project. In fact, in the past, you were pretty limited—unless you could find a class at local community center or college or a step-by-step book detailing what you needed to know, you were pretty much left to your own devices.
Well, this is just another one of those ways technology (mainly, the internet) has been able to swoop in and vastly improve all of our lives. Now, we have sites just like Skillshare that not only make trying something new totally accessible—but incredibly rewarding too.
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What is Skillshare?

The purpose behind Skillshare is simple: It’s an online learning community for creators (or, really anyone who wants to become a creator).
As a Skillshare member, you’ll have access to thousands of videos from real people that will teach you something new—or help you refine a skill or craft you already have.
The vast majority of the classes are taught in bite-sized videos—seriously, an average class is 10-25 minutes long, which is then broken down into even smaller videos. So, learning something new is completely manageable. As a matter of fact, you could realistically pick up a new skill each and every day. What could be better than that?

What sorts of classes can I take?

There are a lot of great things about Skillshare. But, one of the best has to be the variety of classes offered. Skillshare knows that creators aren’t just artists—no, there are makers and creators in nearly every single industry.
Whether you want to know more about design and photography, email marketing and business modeling, cooking or productivity, you’ll find a little bit of everything on Skillshare.

Who teaches the classes?

So, you’re thinking about taking a class, but you want to know who you’ll be learning from. Well, if you’re picturing some dry, out-of-touch professor in a stuffy three-piece suit, think again.
This is one of the coolest parts about Skillshare: Teachers are real people (just like you and me) who are really awesome at something—and they want to help you become awesome at it too.
Professionals, freelancers, students—they’re all eligible to teach on Skillshare, as long as the skill they’re aiming to teach meets the guidelines.
No degree requirements and no red tape. Just learning new skills straight from the people who really do them best.

What’s the benefit?

Well, we think the main benefit is obvious: You’ll get to expand your skillset in a way that’s both engaging and fun.
But, if that’s not enough to have you singing Skillshare’s praises quite yet, how about this? Every single class includes a class project—an assignment you’ll complete using the skills you just learned.
That means you’ll not only actually get to try out your new skill, you’ll also end the class with a real piece that you can use to start your portfolio, hang on your refrigerator, or share with your friends and family.
With Skillshare, you’re not just learning—you’re doing.

Alright, so how much does it cost?

This all sounds pretty great, right? And, if you’re getting ready to hand over an arm and a leg in order to cover the inevitably high membership fees, we can’t blame you. But, stop right there.
Skillshare is incredibly affordable—there’s even a free membership. Yes, you read that right: Totally free. With that membership level, you’ll gain access to 754 classes, their awesome community of creators, and the app so that you can learn on the go.
Want to kick things up a notch? You can do so—without the hefty price tag. Skillshare Premium is just $12 per month (with additional savings with an annual plan), and you’ll have thousands of classes (7,500 of them, to be exact) at your fingertips. Even better? The premium membership gets you offline access, meaning you can pick up a new skill literally anywhere.
Remember, learning a new skill should be fun and exciting—not overwhelming and stressful. So, if you’re ready to try your hand at something new, go ahead and give Skillshare a try. We promise, you won’t be disappointed.

AND CO members can get 3 months of Skillshare for only $.99! Find out how by clicking here.

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KAT BOOGAARD

Kat is a Midwest-based freelance writer who has a real passion for helping other freelancers find the work they love and grow their businesses in the process. Her career, productivity, and self-development advice has been published by Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Business Insider, Time, and Mashable. When she manages to escape the chains of her computer, she loves reading, baking, babying her rescued terrier mutt, pretending she's a runner, and talking her husband into yet another DIY home renovation.

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