When online, nothing beats free stuff. With more and more of what we enjoy on a daily basis costing money, it can feel like a special treat to stumble across something you like and want, but don’t have to pay for. It might be a new article unlocked from a paywall, a song put out for free by a musician, a free subscription to Netflix, or anything else of this ilk. But whatever the case, there’s always something extra enjoyable about free online content.
What we don’t expect to run into as often though is free software that can actually lead to profits. It’s a fair assumption that if you’re going to learn or practice a skill that can advance your career, you’re probably going to have to pay to do so. But there are actually a lot of ways today to use free software to develop skills that you can potentially use professionally. And we’ve highlighted some of the areas in which you can find such software below.
A couple years ago, East Normal wrote about video editing and stated that the rising demand for this skill was “growing day by day,” as a “necessary” service that couldn’t be denied. And in the time since, this statement has only become more accurate. Video editing is in high demand in everything from entertainment to marketing, and doesn’t appear likely to go anywhere anytime soon. This makes it an extraordinarily marketable professional skill — and one that you can teach yourself through myriad free software services. Programs like Lightworks, InVideo, Blender, and even iMovie are all good examples, but also represent just a fraction of the larger selection available to you.
Sound mixing isn’t in quite the same demand as video editing, in that its uses and applications are at least somewhat narrower. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of professional paths that this skill can lead you to — in music recording, television and film, and these days even podcasting and web video production. And here too you can learn the skill largely by way of free software programs. Apple’s Garageband may be the best known option of the bunch, but rest assured there are a lot of other free services that offer similar tools and capabilities.
PCB design is the conception and creation of the printed circuit boards our electronic devices need to function. It is thus a little bit more of a hardware endeavor than the skills mentioned above. However, the actual design process takes place digitally, and as is discussed in Altium’s post on free PCB design software, design tools can in fact be accessed without having to pay for anything. People curious about this sort of design and engineering can use online programs to set up PCB schematics, which can ultimately be turned into functioning circuit boards. And while this may seem to be a niche professional skill, it’s going to be very much in demand as we move toward a future in which billions upon billions of devices will be used to establish connected smart grids and better consumer tech.
Strictly from a design and modeling standpoint, architecture is actually an industry that’s in a state of relative flux. This is due largely to the ongoing rise of virtual reality. A piece about VR at Dezeen earlier this year began by asserting that “architects are turning to virtual worlds” during the pandemic, and proceeded to paint a picture of people in this profession finding new ways to entertain themselves and socialize virtually. However, there are also serious professional implications here, as VR increasingly establishes itself as a medium of the future for architects and other designers. Ultimately though, this is probably a good thing for those curious about getting into this skill and business via free software. Already, there are some standard architecture programs you can access for free. But a future of accessible VR design programs would likely make it even easier to learn how to design your own structures — possibly, eventually, at the professional level.
If nothing else, the availability of free-to-use software in these areas can make for a lot of entertainment. It’s fun to try out video editing or sound mixing, or to design your own electronic circuits or conceive of your own buildings. To some though, the fact that these are skill that can be worked on for free can also represent a form of self-education that can lead to legitimate professional opportunities.
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