Thanks to tech-innovation, you can get the information you need for cheap, and oftentimes for free. In this article, we’re going to investigate some of the ways people today are saving money and still getting the niche educations they need to partake in the modern workforce.
For anywhere from $50 to $150 bucks or so, you can buy big packages of information products around just about anything you can think of, from bass fishing to options trading. ClickBank sells legions of them and modern information products are high value, in-depth and all digital. We’re talking video courses, ebooks galore, PDF guides, print books, and so on. Many of these information products are connected to online communities that focus on exchange of information, which is kind of like being in a collaborative classroom – only a lot bigger.
Open Source Education
What’s the difference between actually attending a lecture and watching one on your computer, live or recorded? MIT established the OpenCourseWare back in 2002, but today there are countless universities that offer free classes and courses to anyone with a PC, an internet connection and an email address. Then there’s sources like the Khan Academy and Academic Earth which make it possible to get access to valuable information for absolutely nothing.
Online tutors cost money, but compared to the price of an AA or BA degree, we’re talking pennies on the dollar. It’s one-on-one time with an industry professional/specialist and the student typically for an hourly rate. Oftentimes there are live online tutoring sessions with students from around the globe. A tutor these days can go online and create a successful company around there services that can reach the entire planet!
Social Media Networks
How many skill-sets could someone learn from YouTube videos for free? How many DIY projects can you learn from Pinterest? How many different professional groups can you hook up with on Facebook? How many free tutorial videos are floating around the social web? How many more are being made at this moment?
Hell, in reality what can’t you learn by using a Google search engine? Within a few years the vast majority of all human knowledge will be available (mostly for free) and a few clicks away.
Online Specialty Degrees
Along with online-specific universities, many technical schools and community colleges now offer specialty degrees (think MBA) and certificates through exclusively online courses. What good is a “well-rounded” education anymore? It’s all about very specific knowledge and skill-sets. What can you deliver? That’s what counts.
Freelance Work – Get Paid to Learn
This is a relatively new path to gaining expertise that you might not have considered before. The big upside here is that you actually get paid to learn rather than the other way around. Anyone can head to major freelancing platforms like oDesk, Guru or Elance, and set up a contractor profile for free and begin taking jobs as a researcher.
They can optimize their profile around a certain type of research, for example, business, nutrition, marketing, technology, etc. and begin getting paid to search the web and collect information on any given topic.. How much would you learn about online marketing if you were asked to read 100 unique blogs about the subject, all 500-1200 words long, within 1 month?
These last 6 options are by no means all-inclusive. Each month that goes by, more information becomes available at our fingertips. Information is flowing in so many different forms now. Ebooks, webinars, videos, streaming, social media, search engines, open source, and on and on we go. That you can educate yourself for cheap is the reality – the only choice is how much you need to know and how fast you can absorb it. Get started!