5 APPS TO HELP YOU ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS THAT WON’T COST YOU A FORTUNE

I don’t know about you but I’m always learning!  I love to learn though so you can image my excitement to learn about 5 apps that will help you acquire new skills that won’t cost you a fortune!  I hope these help you on your quest to improve your knowledge, health and fitness and skills.

 

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Stress is something that we all have to contend with on a daily basis. Whether this be in work, or at home, worrying about things is a hard habit to break. This year, vow to improve mental wellbeing, increase mindfulness, work on your stress management with the help of mental wellbeing app Remente. The app is free to download and guides the user through every step in order to make their goals a reality, and offer courses and boosters. It does this by breaking down your overall aim into daily goals, making large tasks manageable and keeping you ‘on track’. Total inner peace might not be such a cliché after all.

 

What did you want to be when you were younger? Was it what you are working in now? Many of us have given up our alternative career and creative dreams in order to ‘pay the bills,’ so why not get back to your passion by using Skillshare, an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, technology, business and more. Investing your time in a side hustle, will not only develop your skill set in something that you’re interested in, but will also help you to build a passive income stream.

 

Skillshare is designed to be quick and easy to set-up, create your profile, upload your videos into a portfolio, and build your brand. This will then connect you with thousands of professionals and students all over the world – building your own new career has never been so easy and it all starts with you.

 

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As well as being a great skill to show off on holiday, learning a new language can boost self-esteem, build mental muscle, and even give you leg up in your career. Research by Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences has proven that learning a new skill with tangible deadlines, such as progressing through an online language course, makes you better able to concentrate for longer periods of time. A separate study in Current Biology has found that it activates a section of the brain which makes you happier! With classes lasting only 15 minutes, Babbel encourages learning in achievable bursts directly from the app.

 

  • Learn more about the world and follow current events with Acast (acast.com)

Whether you want to delve a little further into the world of politics, fancy brushing up on your history, or just want to be better equipped conversationally, podcasts are a great way to indulge in some learning while multitasking, or even when relaxing at the end of the day. One app and audio platform is Acast as it has a huge amount of podcasts for you to choose from, and it is free to download. For example, the ever popular History Hit show by Dan Snow and Olive Magazine podcast for the latest recipes are just a couple we recommend!

 

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Whether you want to take up cooking, piano, or any other skill, a blog is a good platform to start with. Blogging about a hobby or a topic you want to learn more about can help you to dwele deeper into the subject, and connect you with similar people which opens up for opportunities that help you learn more.  There are several platforms that will help you set up a website and create a blog such as WordPress, Wix and Blogger.  Creating your very own blog does not only help you to learn new things, but can also help you make money from your new interest.

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6 PRACTICAL WAYS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT MONEY

An important part of financial success of any individual or family is to be able to establish a budget and then learn to live within that budget.   However, it is not that straightforward and when it comes to children it can become difficult if they have never been taught about money nor the fundamental concept in budgeting and economics which is our needs and our wants.

Needs are something you must have for survival.  For example, food and water.  Without food, you would not be able to live.  Wants are something that you would like to have, but it is not necessary, and you could do without it.

Sometimes needs and wants overlap.  For example, cake is a food, but it is not a need, but a want.  In general, you need a basic diet to survive, but that diet does not need to include cake.

Teaching your children these valuable lessons is a skill that will be extremely valuable in later life.

 

Below are some fun ideas to teach your kids about money.

 

  1. Pay for some items in cash

This may seem a little strange but as most transactions are completed online and a lot of purchases are made using debit or credit cards some children have never seen cash!  So, let them see money so they get a sense of income and expenditure.  Also, explain to them how debit cards and credit cards work.

 

  1. Give them a budget

Setting a budge together for your child will help them overall.  Give them pocket money and work together writing down the amount and what they spend it on.  This simple tracking money will be so valuable as they grow older and earn their own salary.

 

  1. Teach them how to earn money

Ask your children to do tasks around the house and let them ‘earn’ their own money.  Also, teach them about selling unwanted toys or books on EBay or at a car boot sale.

 

  1. Making saving money fun

Buy your child a piggy bank and encourage them to save their pennies – let them see how quickly putting money away can add up.  Why not make up a savings chart so they can see the amount of savings grow!

 

  1. Talk about money

It is very important to talk to your children about money, discuss needs and wants as well as the basics of how people earn money and what types of things you pay for in terms of your monthly bills.

 

  1. It’s not all about money

If you are anything like me, you love spending time with your family and sometimes that means going for a walk on the beach or taking photos together or watching a favourite TV programme.  Teach your children that it is not all about money – that doing things together as a family is priceless!

 

Happy teaching!

Elf x

 

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