Thanks to quarantine, millions of people worldwide are being affected in several ways. Many Americans have made the transition of working from home and taking online courses. We are living through a global crisis in which, for the first time, everyone must stay home and focus on their health and safety. While this is an unprecedented time, this can also be a major opportunity for people looking to invest in themselves and their respective businesses.
Unless you’re an essential worker, you must stay home. And at home, you’re, more than likely, spending time learning TikTok dances, scrolling through Twitter, or watching Instagram live videos. However, it is crucial to realize that we have two things going for us right now that can help us tremendously: time and opportunity.
This week, The Success Bug put together a list of how you can use your time at home to improve your technical and business skills, so you can use your time more productively.
Improve Your Technical Skills Through Online Services
In business, the more skills someone has, the more opportunities available to them. Resources are abundant out there that people can use right now for free. Many businesses have even decided to offer their products and services for minimal costs. According to Adobe’s website, they are offering free home access to their creative cloud services to students for up to 3 months. Also, Adobe is offering other free and paid services that include:
- Adobe XD, which allows users to share links and edit documents,
- VIP Renewal which allows current creative cloud VIP users to use Adobe’s products for an extended period of time
- Magento and Marketo training which teaches users the ins and outs of creating an enjoyable shopping experience for customers online and various other services which can be found here.
These are excellent resources for business owners, marketers, designers, and students to utilize the various products and services that Adobe has to offer at minimal costs. Another resource is HubSpot, a CRM platform that provides in-depth courses for its users. These topics include inbound marketing, lead nurturing, conversion optimization of ads, social media marketing, and more. Many of HubSpot’s courses offer free certificationsthat can be put on your Linkedin profile and resume!
Here are some other websites that are perfect for skill building (and to boost your current resume!)
- Udemy offers classes on practically everything business-related. This includes marketing, global business, drop shipping, leadership, team building, management, entrepreneurship, public speaking, and more!
- Coursera allows users to take classes with some of the top educators in the world. Coursera has an abundance of courses on finance, computer science, personal development, and more.
- LinkedIn is the largest business networking site in the world and even offers certifications in various courses including Google Ad Words, leadership, Microsoft excel, coding languages like Java, Python, and more!
Develop a Quarantine Fitness Routine
Have you ever caught yourself or someone else saying, “I would work out more if I had time?”
There’s no better time to develop a fitness regimen and improve your physical health than now. With quarantine in place, many of us find ourselves with more time than ever before. And if you are like many of us, you’ve probably even been snacking more than usual.
An excellent way to combat overeating and lounging at home is to build a daily schedule that includes fitness-related activities. Some trainers and Youtubers have created workout playlists specifically for people who are staying home to self-quarantine. Using this time to invest in your day to day habits and overall fitness can place you miles ahead once the pandemic is over.
Now Is The Time To Invest
With the rise of COVID-19, the stock market took one of its biggest hits since the 2008 financial crash when the Dow Jones, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 fell more than 12% in March. With many companies’ stocks plummeting, this is the perfect opportunity for people to invest in a stock portfolio.
Resources like Robinhood are an excellent user-friendly way to start investing in the stock market.
Investing will give you another way to increase your financial wealth. Apps such as Robinhoodand Acorns are excellent, user-friendly resources for young people to start investing in stocks. But make sure to do your due diligence first by researching the news surrounding firms before putting money into any company! Apps such as TradeHero and Best Brokers are great paper trader tools for beginners to learn basic investing.
Remember that time is what you make of it. With COVID-19, resources and opportunities are now abundantly available at your fingertips. Using self-quarantine to pick up new skills, expel negative habits, and create new ones will allow us to come out of quarantine more educated, skillfully wealthy and, productive individuals.
How will you use this time in Quarantine to better yourself? Let us know in the comments!