Learning a New Skill is Easier Than You Think

About a month ago, we posted a blog with 7 ways for idea girls to challenge themselves. One of the challenges that we had mentioned was to learn a new skill. While it can be difficult to pick up a new skill, especially when you're so busy, there's a lot of online resources that can help make learning a new skill easier than you think. Whether you want to learn coding, sewing, or photography, you probably can from the comfort of your couch. Here's our list of some of our favorite online resources (some that we've used ourselves!) to help you learn a new skill.


The website that's better known for its fun articles is also teaching everything from font design to vintage embroidery. While there are a lot of paid classes, Brit & Co also offers various free ones to choose from as well.



Skillshare is a service that does exactly what you would think it does-- allow people to share the skills they have with the world. After paying a subscription fee, you'll get access to unlimited classes. And with a selection of over 15,000, you're sure to find something for you.



These days, you don't have to be a college student to take college classes. Kadenze allows their users to take classes from all over the world. They offer various price points depending on the course, and you can even get college credit for a little extra money.



Code.org is a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing free computer science education. They want to increase female and minority participation in the computer science industry through completely free tutorials. 



Coursera allows their users to take classes from colleges like Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, and more. They have a wide variety of subjects, from math and logic to social sciences. The courses range from 4-6 weeks and are set at different price points.



Have you ever wondered how video games were created? Techrocket allows you to actually learn the coding behind them. They also offer basic coding and graphic design classes, all for free.



Jam.com is a service tailored towards kids that offers lessons in all kinds of things. They charge a monthly subscription fee for one child to take one class. Their classes range from music production to machine building and each course has a bunch of different projects to go along with it.



If you just type "how to do ______" into YouTube, chances are that there's a tutorial for it. We created this awesome tutorial for how to build your own website using Strikingly, so definitely check it out.

"I don't know how" is no longer an excuse to not try something. Learning a new skill takes a lot of courage, but once you've mastered it, the possibilities are endless.