Courses You Can do After-Hours to Boost Your Side Project

Time to get educated.

It takes a lot of guts to get out there and make ‘that idea’ happen but if you’re a little nervous about taking the plunge completely, there are other ways to go about it. Sticking with your day job and running a little project on the side is a great way to test the waters – you’ll keep a regular income while getting a chance to take a stab at your dreams. Here are five courses you can do after business hours that will help you to get started on working towards your side hustle:


Digital Design


We all know that having a website is important, but when you’re starting a side project it’s easy to get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. But gaining some skills in digital design will help make your project slick, professional and look like it’s worth investing in – to both customers and investors. Torrens University Australia, part of the Laureate International Universities network, runs hands-on courses in all areas of digital design but if you’re looking for the perfect, at-home grounding course, the Graduate Certificate in UX and Web Design is 100% online. No more excuses – you can easily fit them around your busy work schedule (or hectic family life). Plus, the money you save from hiring a web designer can go straight into your project. Or a holiday…


Startup classes


The wisdom that circulates through start-up accelerator Ycombinator is not only available to the hundreds of entrepreneurs that go through the program each year, but anyone with a computer screen. After running the course ‘How To Start a Start-Up’ at Stanford in 2014, YCombinator President Sam Altman has made all the lectures available here. That means that anyone staring down the barrel of their own project has front row access to the wisdom that has helped build companies like Airbnb and Dropbox. Plus, speakers include co-founders of PayPal, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


Handbag design


Get the inside scoop on crafting your own handbag with someone who does it for a – very profitable – living. Rebecca Minkoff, whose bags are stocked in retailers like David Jones and US giants Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue runs an online class through Brit + Co. You’ll learn everything from how to identify up-and-coming fashion trends to how to cut and shape a piece of leather into your very own bag. Even if you’re not thinking about dabbling in a fashion business, who wouldn’t want to have that skill up their sleeve?


Specialised Photography


If you’re interested in creating your own unique vision for your brand but are budget poor and creativity rich, investing in developing your skills in photography could be the perfect way to supplement your growing business. If you’re looking to sell, rent or even Airbnb your home any time soon, you could try your hand at real estate photography. This course will give you the lowdown on lighting techniques, composition and, surely, that elusive technique of making a room look so much bigger than it is. Otherwise, if you’re travelling anytime soon, Udemy offers the perfect night photography course to help you capture a city’s magic.


Masters of Business Administration

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Forget side projects – an MBA, also offered completely online from Torrens University Australia, can take you well and truly into the future, either in your current career of the one you’ve got your sights set on building. We’re talking higher-level business skills here: everything from understanding and managing business risks, solving complex problems to the effective analysis of data, you’ll be well and truly set to take on that promotion, or to spread your wings and take the helm at your very own company.


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