Life is a constant lesson. Learning new, valuable skills at home benefits you personally and professionally by making you a more rounded person.
We’ve highlighted six great skills you can teach yourself:
- How to edit photographs
- How to speak another language
- How to be a better writer
- How to do meditation
- How to do coding
- How to start a business
All you need to do is learn how to do each of these great things, get started, and then appreciate the benefits they bring to you at work and at home.
1. How to edit photographs
Photo editing is the process of using a range of software to polish the rough edges on your photos and make them look spectacular.
Editing photographs is an enormously valuable skill that helps you in a range of ways.
Professionally, you can use them for your own branding. You can add gorgeous images to your LinkedIn profile or website. This adds a sharper look to your CV, giving off a better first impression to prospective clients or employers.
Personally, you can record your life in the way you want to. You can accurately represent the photos from your countryside trips or holidays abroad, making your memories truly unforgettable.
You can teach yourself how to edit photographs from the comfort of your own home by using an online photo editor, such as Canva.
Canva is free to use and comes with a selection of helpful tips, so you can learn how to edit photographs at your own speed. Try it now and make your photos really stand out.
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2. How to speak another language
Being able to speak another language can open doors professionally and allow you to get more enjoyment from your private time.
It gives you the option to work in and with another country, broadening your horizons and giving you some amazing and life-changing opportunities. It also means you can converse with people you meet and get by more easily when you take trips abroad.
Babbel is a brilliant tool for learning another language. It allows you to set daily exercises, covering basics or focusing on specific topics, so you can learn at your own pace. It gives you a limited but pretty decent range of features for free and costs just £4.75 per month to get the full bilingual benefits.
It’s not just Babbel that can help you learn a language either — there are all sorts of language apps or programs out there like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone that can help you in your learning quest. It’s just about finding the one that fits you.
3. How to be a better writer
Being a better writer isn’t something that only copywriters can benefit from. Being able to represent your thoughts and arguments in a way that’s clear and powerful is a really valuable tool.
Many people have to use writing and being able to express yourself through the written word makes you a more effective communicator.
At work, you need to converse with employees, superiors, or clients. At home, you need to communicate with friends and family, or anyone else you meet in day-to-day life. If you can get your point across better then it improves your chances of getting what you want from people.
Simplicity is one of the keys to becoming a better writer and the Hemingway App is a great free tool that helps make your writing easier to understand.
The Hemingway App tells you how difficult your content is to read and makes suggestions for how to improve it. You can write within the tool or drop your words into it. Check it out and see what tips it suggests to improve your writing.
4. How to meditate
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Meditation is a range of techniques that are designed to focus your mind by clearing clutter from your thoughts.
Meditating allows you to ‘achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state’.
This is a skill that provides real benefits to both your professional and personal life. The focus meditation brings you means that you can be more attentive and decisive in your work tasks, while the unravelling of clutter makes you a more balanced person at home.
Headspace is the ideal tool for getting started with meditation. It has a variety of classes, from quick breathing exercises to longer meditations. Not sure it’ll work for you? You can download the Headspace app and give some of the free classes a go before deciding if you want to invest in a paid plan.
5. How to do coding
Coding is getting computers to behave in the way you want them to, by using a programming language to pass on your instructions.
With the world’s increasing digitisation, websites are only going to become more important.
Whether your interest is in building websites or using them, coding affects you each and every day. Coding gives you new business opportunities, with an employer and on your own. This is because you’ll be able to build, bend, and manage websites.
Getting started with coding might feel intimidating, but the best thing to do is to learn a bit about it, either by reading some articles or watching some training videos. Once you’ve done this, you can then try one of the many free coding tutorials.
6. How to start a business
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Launching a company based on your own vision is a dream for many people. Starting your own business gives you freedom to do the things you really want and to get paid for them.
Of course, it’s not easy. There’s a huge amount that goes into starting your own company. There are legal considerations, financial aspects, plans for delivery and so much more, so you need to be prepared to work hard.
But if you’ve got a unique idea for a business, something that you care about and that taps into a gap in the market, then this could be a viable option for you. This article has some valuable tips that will help you to find a great idea for a new business.
Once you’ve settled on the idea for your company the hard work really begins. The video below outlines some of the work that you’ll need to do. Watch it now and then put a plan in place to start your new business.
We’ve given you some ace skills that you can teach yourself at home, qualities that help you in both your professional and personal life. So, pick your favourite one and get started now!