With the “new normal” that 2020 has sprung upon many of us, we’ve seen an uptake in business owners using their spare time to upskill and learn new things.

Although times are challenging, it’s great to see people have the chance to focus on skill development; something many of us simply don’t have the time for during the usual hustle and bustle of life. 

If you’ve found yourself with some extra hours on your hands, and you’re fed up of Zoom calls and quizzes, take a look at some of the ways you could bring a new skill into your business or job role. 

Photography. 

Thanks to the advancement of smartphone cameras, almost everyone can grasp the basics of photography and create some incredible imagery. 

Our Director Matt Wildbore has been practising photography with a reasonably simple and budget-friendly setup. 

Just look at how they turned out. 

How To Pick Up New Skills To Help Your BusinessHow To Pick Up New Skills To Help Your Business

There are plenty of resources online to help you get started with photography. 

And, why not get creative? Use objects in your home and ask those who you’re locked down with if they’re willing to model.

Design. 

So many people we speak with wish they had some basic design skills. 

Well, now is the perfect time to practice. 

Adobe has loads of training courses for its Creative Cloud Suite. Meanwhile, subscription sites like Skillshare offer a number of classes taught by professional designers who use the tools every single day. 

Learn Adobe Creative Cloud

Drawing.

Not only is sketching a huge stress reliever, but it’s a handy skill to have for many aspiring designers. 

This skill is possibly the most budget-friendly to learn. All you need is a pencil, some paper and a bit of imagination. 

But, if you’re stuck on how to get started, there are so many free tutorials on YouTube, or paid courses on websites like Drawspace

In fact, Drawspace has a few free starter lessons, including an Introduction to Traditional Drawing and one for Drawing People. 

Drawspace Learn How to Draw

Marketing. 

Unfortunately, many businesses have found themselves in a position where they’ve had to pivot their marketing strategies. 

Now could be the perfect time to get clued up on the different marketing strategies out there and figure out which one could be right for your business. 

HubSpot Academy has a number of free courses on everything from Ecommerce Marketing to Digital Advertising.

The Taking Your Business Online lessons is particularly relevant at the moment.

HubSpot Marketing Courses

Digital skills. 

An alternative to Hubspot is Google Digital Garage

While Google also provides a range of marketing and sales-focused classes, there are also modules on coding, interview skills, cybersecurity, public speaking and digital wellbeing. 


How are you spending lockdown? If you’d like some advice on a new project for your business, get in touch with us today

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