For many of us, it’s starting to set in that we may be at home for a while. Here in Ohio, a stay-at-home order is in place through May 1. It’s easy for the monotony of daily life during quarantine to get you down, but think about it like this — when else do you have three weeks or more to focus on learning new skills?

Luckily, there are quite a few reputable online course providers offering free or discounted resources while we’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future. Here are some to check out in the coming weeks:


Through May 31, you can access every course available through Moz Academy for free. You won’t be able to take the official certification exam for SEO Essentials, but you’ll still be able to learn everything from fundamental and advanced SEO concepts to how to start finding clients. This is invaluable knowledge even if you just plan to use it for your own website. You’ll need to use the code “wegotthis” at checkout.

Google Digital Garage

The great thing about learning with Google is that the courses are free and so is the certification. Google’s Digital Garage is no exception, and you know what to expect if you’ve ever taken Google Analytics or any of Google’s other courses. Learn everything from the fundamentals of digital marketing to how to expand businesses overseas, land your next job and increase productivity.


Wordstream’s Growth Academy is free, though you will have to provide information to sign up. Once you’re in, you’ll have access to 15 lessons covering online advertising, lead generation and ecommerce strategy.

Hom Sweet Hom

If you like hand lettering and aren’t already following Lauren Hom (@homsweethom) on Instagram, you need to be! Her feed is full of beautiful, colorful lettering and practical business tips. She was kind enough to compile all of her free resources into one place, including tutorials, videos, worksheets and challenges. These resources cover more than just lettering — learn about growing your business with social media and gaining confidence as a creative, too. Lauren also is offering her full courses at 30% off until April 17, just use code “stayathom” at checkout.


These are just a few of the sources out there offering free or discounted learning tools to help you gain new knowledge and improve on skills you already have. You can stay busy while practicing appropriate social distancing and come out of quarantine even smarter. Win-win-win.

If you’re looking for ways to grow your technological literacy before you dive into new online courses, check out Haley Fite’s recent blog post: Five ways to improve your technological literacy while working from home.