If you are a small business owner who doesn’t have the money to hire a full time graphic designer/ web developer or computer geek but would still like the benefits of having all those skill sets, you need to subscribe to lynda.com.
If you’re an employee or freelancer who wants to improve their skill set, especially in computer based skills but don’t have the time or money to go to college, you need to subscribe to lynda.com.
For the same cost of an annual lynda.com premium subscription (with exercise files included) you could take one course at the technical college or get about 5 hours of design work.
lynda.com is an online learning company with helpful tutorials instructed by industry insiders that helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills. They offer two membership options, one without the exercise files for $25 a month and the other with the exercise files included for $37.50 a month.
Their courses cover Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Corel, Microsoft and many other software publishers. Their video tutorial format is great especially for people like myself who learn visually. Members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.
The worst thing about lynda.com; they offer too many courses. They offer around 25 new courses a month so that means I will never catch up (as if that’s bad thing).
Some of the topics the offer courses on include:
- Microsoft Office Programs
- Web Development
- Graphic Design
And that’s just a few. They also have courses on SEO, Social Networking and even documentaries from photographers and other professionals.
My favorite courses are the Photoshop courses. The cover art on my Google Plus page was one of Deke’s Techniques. Deke McClelland is an amazing Photoshop guru who will get you going quickly with cool classes in under 10 minutes. They also offer full blown Photoshop classes that will teach more than you ever though you could know.
If you’re even curious about learning anything computer related, give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed… you may end up addicted, like myself, but not disappointed.
P.S. Yet another reason to subscribe to lynda.com is because they get relationship marketing. When I wanted to interview someone at lynda.com I filled out a form on their website and by accident contacted the wrong department, yet they replied with very courteous e-mail stating that my form arrived at the wrong department and that they would forward it on. First I was shocked that they ever responded to my form because as I’ve stated in another post, most don’t. Then they actually followed through and forwarded my message. To my surprise I was then contacted by the Director of Corporate Communications at lynda.com. How cool is that? A real person who was willing to help me out even though my blog wasn’t that well established yet. We all need to support more businesses like this.