Never stop learning.
It’s a simple concept, but a phrase you should live by.
So long as you are learning, you will always move forward in life. You’ll unlock new doors and forge new paths. You’ll keep your mind busy and excited, and you’ll create new passions. However, it’s not always easy, especially for work at home moms. You’ve got the kids running around your feet, and you may already be running a small business from home.
The important thing to remember is that home learning will allow you to envision a new future. It could help you stay relevant and land a good job when the children grow up. It could help you start your own business from home or strengthen an existing job. Here are some fantastic ideas for home learning that you can start today.
Learn a Language
Learning a new language often seems like a mountain to climb. Surprisingly, it’s easier than you think. Many well-respected teachers claim you can learn the conversational basics of any language in a few months. After all, roughly 300 words form the basis of all languages. All you need to do is learn those 300 words and get some grammar lessons under your belt. You can do all this from home too. You could try the Duolingo app for your phone or tablet that helps you learn writing, speaking and reading skills. Or try the ‘Fluent In Three Months’ challenge. If you’ve got a holiday coming up, why not try it?
Learn to Code
It’s no secret that computers and internet technology is the future. Today’s biggest businesses are all in the tech industry; the largest salaries are found here too. If you’re thinking about going back to work after the kids finish school, learning to code could be lucrative. It may also help you start building your own website. You can quickly and easily create a blog and make some money through that. Use online resources to learn the basics of coding, and you can get creative with how you use it.
Learn to Build an App
Ever thought you could create the next Angry Birds or Snapchat? Perhaps you’ve been playing with the children’s learning apps and thought you could do better. If so, it’s easier than you think to build these fantastic little applications. There are plenty of online courses available that teach you the basics of building an app. You can also use wireframe builders like Balsamiq to start sketching your initial ideas. It could be a great way to make some extra money from home.
Get a Degree
Using your time at home to improve your education is a remarkable idea. Perhaps you’ve already got your undergraduate degree and want to enroll in a master’s course. Maybe you never got the chance to go to college but always wanted a degree. It’s an amazing way to keep yourself busy and get lost in a new subject. It will set you up for a great career after the kids are out from under your feet too. Most universities now offer online programs and courses. All you need is an internet connection and the will to learn. You can take the course at your own pace, and you’ll receive a full qualification at the end.
As a work-from-home mom, you’ve probably considered the potential of writing. There are thousands of freelance writing opportunities out there. The tricky part is breaking into the well-paying sectors. Give yourself the knowledge and confidence by enrolling in online writing courses. There are lots of experienced freelance writers offering tutoring courses and learning tools. Hunt them out and start making some money online.
If you’ve got a creative eye and love photography, why not take an online course? There are plenty of options here. From simple tutorials on YouTube to full photography qualifications, you can quickly learn a new skill. All you need is a good digital SLR camera and something to photograph! You could snap the birds in your garden or portraits of the children. Follow your passion here, but use the online resources to hone your skills and learn new techniques. You’ll learn everything from composition to aperture online. Following that, take a course in Photoshop to turn those snaps into masterpieces.
Finally, immerse yourself in the world of stocks and shares. It’s an alternative way to make money from home. If you’ve always got your head in the Financial Times, it’s a great way to make some extra money for the future.
Continuing to learn will keep you busy and show you a path to the future. Never stop learning and always strive to make new qualifications. Good luck!