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Skillshare : Is It The Right Platform For You?

Updated: Mar 18

There are tons of new platforms for learning that are cropping up all the time.

The problem is, how can you tell which ones are worth subscribing to, and which ones should you pass by? What’s worth your time?

My drive to keep learning brought me to Skillshare. You may already know a bit about it — the rapidly growing online learning platform where you can learn thousands of skills for a low monthly price.

I figured I’d subscribe to Skillshare and then tell you about my experience in this mega-review. I’ll walk you through what Skillshare has, what it does best, how much it costs, and if it’s worth it for you.

Is Skillshare worth it? Read my Skillshare review to find out.


Skillshare is an online learning platform that has exploded in terms of amount of classes offered. There are now 27,000 classes available, with 2,000 that you can take for free.


Each of these classes is built up of pre-recorded video lessons where your instructor walks you through the lesson that you’re tackling. Each class is only about 30-60 minutes in length, with the entire video being broken up into easy to consume 2-3 minute chunks.


It’s bite-sized learning!


Skillshare’s classes are broken into three major categories: create, build, thrive.


From there, it’s further broken up like this:


  • Create

  • Animation

  • Creative Writing

  • Film & Video

  • Fine Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Illustration

  • Music

  • Photography

  • UI/UX Design

  • Web Development

  • Build

  • Business Analytics

  • Freelance & Entrepreneurship

  • Leadership & Management

  • Marketing

  • Thrive

  • Lifestyle

  • Productivity

So, right off the bat, you can see that Skillshare is geared toward teaching you skills. These are predominantly artistic skills, but also coding and computer skills, as well as a good range of business skills and a smattering of lifestyle skills thrown in.


Skillshare also has introduced great new ways to learn, including Skillshare Live (which allows you to view a class live with an instructor), Skillshare Groups (which helps you connect with your fellow students) and Skillshare Workshops (which have you take a class on a set schedule for a few weeks).


I’ll examine these in detail later in this Skillshare review.


For now, let’s take a look at who some of these teachers are!


Who teaches the classes

So who’s teaching at Skillshare? Thousands of people!

That’s part of the draw. As opposed to tightly manufactured platforms like MasterClass and Mindvalley, Skillshare draws from a deep + wide talent pool of thousands of teachers, giving you the ability to learn from as many different people as possible to figure out who best suits your needs.

There are some better known names teaching on Skillshare such as:

  • Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist

  • Seth Godin, author and executive

  • Jessica Hische, illustrator and lettering expert

  • Young Guru, music producer




They’re not the most widely known names — and that’s the point. Skillshare isn’t about hobnobbing with celebrities. It’s not about taking classes from “the big names.” It’s about learning. And you need to go to the expert teachers when you want to learn.

So that’s what Skillshare focuses on.

The good news is that there are tons of teachers to choose from. Classes are sorted on the page based on featured, popular, and trending, meaning that Skillshare is actively examining how people are engaging with courses and then filtering the good ones to the top.

Sure, there are going to be some less awesome courses, but Skillshare is working to ensure those will be less prominent. They want you to succeed!

Will Skillshare boost my career?

Maybe! Skillshare has some impressive classes for graphics, UI/UX, coding, and animation that are in pretty high demand in today’s workforce. These could seriously help you jumpstart your career, or help you shift careers if you’re looking for a change.

There are also great classes available in marketing, leadership, and business analytics that you can take advantage of to help you score that next promotion.

On the whole, Skillshare definitely balances the creative and the practical. That is one of my favorite things about the platform — how applicable the skills are.

How much does it cost?






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