Skillshare is an online learning platform that provides classes in a number of different areas but focuses on creative subjects. Classes like illustration, photography, and web design are examples of what you will find at Skillshare. They also have a number of courses focused on the business sector such as analytics and marketing, but that is not their current bread and butter.
Skillshare operates on a subscription model that gives you access to all of their content, which is nice compared to some platforms that only allow for access to certain courses. They also have a wide variety of instructors as they allow individuals to create classes of their own. That of course creates an opportunity for those who’d like to create a class and make some extra cash as well.
The classes offered by Skillshare as mentioned before focus heavily on the creative side of things. But within creative, they have a very diverse offering, and if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s an easier platform to find what you’re looking for.
Here’s a quick look at the Skillshare categories in the creative bucket:
- Creative Writing
- Film and Video
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
- UI/UX Design
- Web Development
Beyond these creative classes, Skillshare also adds Business Analytics, Business Management, and some Marketing classes to their platform. We’re talking more basic classes on things like Excel, or Microsoft Office. These courses are great for beginners looking to get some basic skills.
It doesn’t get much more simple than the Skillshare cost structure. Once you’ve decided you’d like to take a course, you sign up for an account and will get access to a 7-day free trial. After that, you pay a monthly subscription fee which you can pay each month or for an entire year upfront. If you go with the upfront option, you’ll end up saving a good amount of money.
Currently, the price is $8.25/month if you pay for a year, and if you opt for monthly then it’s $19.00/month. So the savings is over 50% off if you decide to pay by the year. If you know there are a number of Skillshare classes you’d like to take, think strongly about the annual membership.
If you are looking for something with a little more structure and guidance, then consider a Skillshare Workshop. These are curated sets of classes around a topic that are intended to keep you engaged. You will get a better sense of working with a community and will have a calendar to follow to help keep you on track.
Most of the Skillshare workshops are very creative in nature, which lends itself to the community aspect of learning. The workshops we looked at all ran over a specific period of time and contained anywhere from two to seven individual courses.
Skillshare For Teams
Skillshare for Teams is similar to the Enterprise or Business offering that many other online learning platforms have. It’s focused on creative businesses or schools that want to supplement material they are teaching in the classroom or online.
The cost is similar to that of individual plans at $99/year/user. But when you consider the cost of getting training for employees or students through other mediums, this is a major bargain. And again, you get access to Skillshare’s entire library of classes.