Get More Clients with Free Professional Skills Courses for Consultants

Consulting in a Recession

Use the economic slowdown to reskill and retrain your consulting skills. These free courses can get you new clients.

Some of these free offers are time limited!!!
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If you are not doing client work, then “down time” is the time for building your future capacity and capability. Consultants that build their capacity and capabilities during a slowdown are the first to accelerate in the new economy.

If you have a slowdown in client work use your time to,

Reskilling and Retraining is Inexpensive but Valuable for Consultants

Let’s take a look at how you can inexpensively do major reskilling and retraining.

Do not sit back and coast during a slowdown. You could lose momentum you will never regain. Also, no scientist is forecasting a V-shaped recovery for the United States.

Forecasts in September 2020 from epidemiologists, not politicians or science-deniers, are that we will not have a "new normal" until at least the summer of 2021.

Over the next year if you use your time wisely you will rocket out of any slow down in the economy. You can build a powerful brand, create a highly engaged and loyal prospect list, and significantly increase your skillset and authority. 

Why Expand Your Consulting Skill Depth and Breadth?

Expanding your skillset opens a world of opportunity and riches. I believe the greatest values are,

  • Gaining deeper skills in a niche so you can market globally
  • Earning skills and certifications that increase your authority
  • Making connections with others in a narrow niche

If you want to pivot to a new direction or take a broad approach rather dive deeper, then reskilling and retaining can help you by,

  • Learning skills adjacent to your core so you can widen a project’s scope
  • Gaining skills that open opportunities in adjacent markets 

Large corporations, universities, and MOOCs are hosting free and low-cost online courses that can help reskill and retrain your consulting super-powers. 

Free Online Professional Courses with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has 16,000+ courses ranging from snippets to lengthy, in-depth courses. Here is how you can get access for free or cheap, but often valuable.

Free Courses on a Tight Budget

If your budget is really tight, go into LinkedIn Learning and make a prioritized list of courses you need, then take those within the free 30-day window.

The lists below also contain links to 43 professional skills courses that are free until the end of September, 2020.

If you need the certification for the courses you’ve taken, pay for the extra month and complete the certification requirements for the courses you’ve reviewed.

On a Manageable Budget

Your first month of LinkedIn Learning is free. After the first month it is $29.99/month on a month-by-month subscription and less for annual subscription. Given that there are 16,000+ courses and certifications, this is a great deal.

Get a Feast of Courses and Client Prospecting Tools

As a professional consultant who is creating a successful career your best bet is to subscribe to LinkedIn Navigator Pro. That costs $79.99/month on a month-by-month subscription and less for an annual subscription. But it includes LinkedIn Learning which is $29.99/month and Navigator is an incredibly valuable tool for client prospecting.

LinkedIn Navigator is the best deal for consultants dedicated to building a thriving consulting business. You get,

  • 30-day free trial
  • Access to all LinkedIn Learning courses
  • Networking to all LinkedIn members, not just the members in your personal network
  • Highly precise member search segmentation
  • Ability to save lists of target prospects
  • Automated list searches that update as new members matching your search profile

Navigator gives you access to over 600+ million LinkedIn connections along with advanced search and save tools. Imagine how you can finely tune your search into deep niches.

In our course, Starting and Building a Thriving Consulting Business, we go into a detailed plan to get clients quickly. Although we show how to do that with free LinkedIn, the real power tool of choice that we cover in-depth is LinkedIn Navigator. (Navigator Pro is for individuals. There is also a Team version.)

Free LinkedIn Learning Courses for Consultants

LinkedIn Learning has put together collections of free full-length courses to help people on their job search during the slow down. These same courses are helpful to consultants and independent professionals in filling their prospect pipeline and engaging new clients.

Finding a Job during Challenging Economic Times

This "finding a job collection" has no expiration on its free offer and contains 13 courses and 11 hours of training. Some of the courses that can help consultants are,

  • How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed
  • Learning LinkedIn
  • Digital Networking
  • Digital Body Language
  • Building Resilience
  • Video Interview Tips
  • 10 Ways to Stay Motivated While Job Hunting

Other collections of courses for professionals that are free until the end of September, 2020 include,

The 10 Most Popular Courses Every Business Professional Needs to Watch

The 10 Most Popular Courses Job Seekers Need to Watch

The 10 Most Popular Courses Every IT Professional Needs to Watch