Today, freelancers represent 35% of the United States workforce and that number is growing by the day. The freelance economy is disrupting workforces all over the world and we are proud to be helping people from all around realise their dreams of abandoning the 9-5 and making their creative passion their living.
We see everyday just how liberating and empowering freelancing can be, but only if you’re willing to strive to constantly develop yourself, stay ahead of the curve and build your profile. That’s why we’ve partnered up with Skillshare – because we recognise just how important it is to constantly develop your skills so you can stand out and make the most of the incredible opportunities available. If you’re not sure where to start or feel like you’re stuck in a rut then don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s some actionable ways to take your career to the next level with Skillshare, plus a special offer to try them out for just $0.99
Be on top of the latest software
We know how tempting it can be to browse portfolios on Behance and Soundcloud. Try spending that time getting on top of the latest software instead and you won’t regret it. With Skillshare you can learn from Adobe Certified Instructors & Adobe Certified Experts to master everything from Photoshop and Ableton to incredible special effects in Cinema 4D.
Developing your skills is always a good investment of time because you can add it to your website or CV and next time a similar job comes round you’ll be able to apply with confidence. With more skills, you can pitch on more jobs and increase your rates – it’s a win-win situation!
Be results driven
As a designer it’s important to realise that you can bring a lot more to the table than just the .sketch and .PSD files you send over to clients. With Skillshare’s awesome business and entrepreneurship courses you can become more results driven by understanding the problems you’re solving. This will make you really valuable as a designer because you’ll be able to instantly put yourself in your client’s shoes and make well informed decisions to help them grow their revenue.
You’ll soon see amazing results if you can start to support your design decision with cold hard facts rather than gut feelings.
Learn to problem solve effectively
Everyone has great ideas but not all ideas are appropriate when you’re trying to solve a specific problem. It’s really important to learn when to contribute ideas and when you’re throwing a spanner in the works.
Always bring discussions back to what problem you are solving. This way you‘re constantly approaching the task with a goal in mind instead of getting lost in the visuals. Remember just because an interface looks cleaner and more beautiful, it doesn’t mean it’s going to higher conversions or be simpler to use.
Skillshare have courses which help you to communicate effectively with clients so you can manage projects and interpret feedback to avoid pitfalls and make sure projects complete on budget and on deadline every time.
Build, launch and grow a product yourself
The ultimate way to really develop yourself as a designer is to go out there and launch products from your designs. When you put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, you’ll learn that building a great product requires a lot more than just a beautiful set of interfaces. With Skillshare you can learn the staples of branding and learn how to take a Company from Purpose to Product.
Develop your own brand
We know just how stressful it can be making sure that you’re continuously getting clients and keeping the work coming in. Developing your personal brand is absolutely critical to this. If you’re not showcasing your latest projects you’re missing a massively huge opportunity. Never assume that just because your work is online people will therefore flock to see it. There’s a lot of competition for jobs online and you need to make sure you’re standing out from the pack.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Whatever issue you’re facing as a designer, marketer, entrepreneur or developer, you won’t be alone so don’t be afraid to reach out for support and advice. There’s nothing quite like learning from peers who’ve been there and overcome exactly the same problems you’re going through.
On Skillshare you can share work and insights with a community of over 4 million members and get support at every level of your career.
Why use Skillshare?
One membership gets you unlimited access to expertly taught classes on graphic design, illustration, animation, video-editing, marketing, freelancing, and so much more. As the professional landscape is constantly changing, Skillshare is a necessary tool for any modern entrepreneur, growth-minded professional, or creative spirit looking to keep their skills up to date, and to love the work they do.
What’s more, Skillshare lets you practice what you learn by encouraging you to complete projects included in each class. This means you’re learning through practical experience, which is far better than just reading ‘How to’ guides or watching YouTube tutorials.
An annual membership of Skillshare is usually an affordable $8 a month, but Skillshare is giving our readers a special offer of 2 months of unlimited access for only $0.99. Don’t wait – start learning new skills today.