The last four posts I made on this site have been about penny stocks and my last one was a very interesting look at how to get started in the stock market for just a $100. I am dead serious. That gives people no excuse now. But now I want to get back to something that I feel I should share. It is basically learning things for free. Just a time investment.
I think a great place to do this would be howstuffworks.com where I have been mastering HTML before I move onto greater things in life with CSS and PHP. I mentioned these plans of mine in my "Starting a Business with No Cash" post on this same blog. Of course, we also have Wikipedia which is really becoming solid information. But let’s leave the internet aside for a minute.
One tip that I could give you. This might only help if you have a university nearby like the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. But this does cost a small amount of money. Anyway, let me explain. Basically, become a patron of a university that has a significant library(s). The University of Minnesota has 17 libraries and I know there are a lot of big universities in this country that have this. It costs only $80/yr ($40 for me because I am an alumni) to become a patron of the library. I think most other libraries across the nation charge similarly.
When you do this, you can go ahead and check out at least 20 books (I assume you only need 2 or 3, really) which you need to read to master something. I have checked out textbooks that MBA students use to study financial modeling and likewise for internet web programming – books that those geeks in the college of science and engineering use. The only real downside to this is that the instructor and currently enrolled students have better privileges than an outsider and therefore can recall a book.
But this rarely happens. Even if it did, most universities will have a book that will always be in the library and is not allowed to be checked out – not even the instructor has permission – and visitors can go to the library and read this in their spare time.
Another tactic that I’d like to share is to try to find out what the course outline is of a certain skill whether it is MATLAB or just plain negotiations. One could then go ahead and search these terms on the web and become a master by watching free videos on YouTube, etc. I am still experimenting with this particular technique and would very much like to know your thoughts about it.