“Why should I subscribe to SkillShare if I can study these topics for free on YouTube? It’s not worth it.”
That was what I said three years ago when my 14-day free trial on SkillShare was about to expire.
I was working as an English educational materials writer, but the industry felt restricting. If I left, I’ll get a job in the same industry. But I wanted more. I wanted a skill that’s in demand in any industry.
That was my light bulb moment — digital marketing would be perfect! Writing was already one of my skills, so I just needed to upskill, so I can be marketable in other industries.
I tried SkillShare’s 14-day free trial and studied SEO.
SkillShare offers varying lessons from crafts to digital marketing, so SEO wasn’t the only thing I studied. I studied blogging and graphic design, too.
I made sure to make the most out of my free trial.
In the end, I didn’t push through with the subscription.
Back in December 2020, I saw SkillShare ads featuring Olivia Wilde, but I still wasn’t interested. It was just another ad for me.
I never thought of subscribing to SkillShare until January this year.
A friend, knowing I’m a perennial learner, asked me if I wanted to use his company’s Premium SkillShare account.
“Sure.” I said.
“Does SkillShare have a Watch History?” I asked.
“Oh, yes, it does.” He replied.
I asked because he’s from a different industry. If other users of the account see courses on digital marketing, they might wonder who’s taking it.
We both decided not to risk it. He didn’t share his company’s SkillShare account with me.
Investing in SkillShare
Since he no longer shared their SkillShare account with me. I was again filled with curiosity.
“Maybe I should try SkillShare again for 14 days?”
Then I saw a SkillShare ad on my Facebook feed: SkillShare was offering 30% off on annual subscription!
From the annual subscription fee of Php 1,200 (US $20), it became Php 720 (US $15).
I’ll try it out!
… or maybe not?
Php 720 (US $15) is still Php 720 (US $20)! The miser in me was speaking. I asked myself again, “why pay for something that I can get for free (on YouTube)?”
After a few hours… I realized…
“Wait a minute, Php 720 for a whole year is a small amount! So why shouldn’t I go for it?!”
Right then and there, on February 1, I subscribed to SkillShare! One week into my subscription, I’ve finished five courses already! I still had 358 days to make the most out of the platform and learn new things! So yes, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!
What You’ll Like About SkillShare
1. The platform offers courses on diverse topics.
Unlike Udemy, you can access different lessons with just one payment. My lessons list includes copywriting, social media marketing, getting clients, LinkedIn marketing, and design.
2. You can download lessons.
You can access your lessons without having to use your mobile data connection.
3. The courses are based on teacher’s experience they built over time of practice.
I was never a fan of platforms like this because the lessons are taught by “Internet gurus.”
These courses are not official like those you see on Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, edX, and Digital Marketer.
But after taking courses on these platforms, I realized, the lessons were theoretical rather than practical. These “Internet gurus” are sharing the lessons they learned on their own experience, their own journey — that’s what makes the lessons unique and easy to implement.
4. It’s interactive.
Each course has an optional project. If you submit a course, the teacher and other students can comment on it. You can also start a discussion on each lesson.
5. SkillShare offers discounts.
Member perks include discounts on Adobe products, Squarespace, Canva, and a lot more!
What You’ll Dislike About SkillShare
1. Some courses are too short.
Some lessons last for 13 minutes only. This kind of lesson could’ve been uploaded on YouTube.
2. It doesn’t give out certificates.
If you need a document to certify that you’ve finished a certain course, then SkillShare isn’t the platform for you.
3. It doesn’t have many technical lessons.
Although the platform offers courses on different topics, they don’t have too many courses on technical. So, if you need IT courses, you may want to check out a different platform.
Should You Subscribe to SkillShare?
YES, if you value learning and continuous growth. You can try it out for 14 days here. SkillShare is a simple investment you can make for yourself. If you want to see other ways of investing in yourself, check out Investing in Yourself: 5 Life-Changing Activities.
NO, if you’re happy with where you are right now.