Looking to learn a new skill this year? These affordable e-learning programs have you covered

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Fri January 5, 2018

Story highlights

  • Looking for affordable online classes to take? StackSocial has a number of budget-friendly e-learning offerings.
  • Top picks include Excel, leadership, music production and fitness courses.

The new year is as good a time as any to learn a new skill. For those looking to strengthen their resume, this could mean mastering the basics of coding. For amateur photographers hoping to take their hobby to the next level, this could mean Photoshop and photography webinars. Whatever your New Year's resolution and goals may be, there's an e-learning program that can help you out.

And many of these courses are affordable. Take the offerings on the CNN Store and Stacksocial, for example. Currently you can find personal and career development classes that span everything from photography courses to Excel bootcamps. The best part? All of the e-learning packages are on sale, some as much as 98% off their original price tag. So price isn't going to hold you back from making serious life changes this year.

If you're ready to embark on a new adventure and learn valuable skills on the way, scroll ahead. We've rounded up some of the top courses you can shop right now. Of course, this is just a sliver of the massive offerings available to shop. If you want even more online classes to check out, click here for its full list.

Note: The prices below reflect the listed retailer's price on the date this article was published.

The Ultimate Excel Bootcamp Bundle ($49, originally $1,380; store.cnn.com)

Highlights: Mastering Excel can save you time and energy during your 9-to-5. By doing so, you can solve complex problems, automate spreadsheets and master graphs with complete ease. This will make doing everything from creating presentations to problem solving that much easier. This interactive bootcamp features 32 hours of content and 160 lectures to make sure you know the ins and outs of the program. And since the price includes lifetime access, you can always have it on hand if you need a quick refresher.

Make More, Work Less: Time Management and Productivity Course ($15, originally $199; stacksocial.com)

Highlights: Time management skills are essential to virtually any job. The problem is, understanding how to properly manage your time is easier said than done. Thankfully, there's a course to help. The Make More, Work Less course features over five hours of tips, tricks and ideas to help you overcome barriers. The thought is that with the course, you'll be able to get more done in less time. Sounds like a win-win to us.

Pay What You Want: Complete Photography Bundle (starting at $1, originally $1,048; stacksocial.com)

Highlights: Avid photographers looking to improve their editing skills and people starting from scratch will love the Complete Photography Bundle. This course features eight different sections, including The Art of Travel Photography, Portrait Photography Masterclass and Advanced Creative Photography Skills, which total over 26 hours of content to help take your photos to the next level. And since the course is pay what you want, you can learn how to take professional grade pictures for as little as $1.

TMAC Year-Round Beach Body Bundle ($12.10, originally $128; stacksocial.com)

Highlights: Want to spend 2018 focusing on your physical well-being, but you're not sure where to start? This fitness course will help you learn how to build muscle, lose weight and strengthen your core. The videos feature five 20-minute workouts, as well as a nutrition guide to help kick start your fitness journey.

The 2018 Learn to Lead Bundle ($29.99, originally $2,490; stacksocial.com)

Highlights: Being a leader in the workplace is by no means easy. But you won't have to go it alone. This bundle, which features 12 distinct units of study, including performance management and personal productivity, will serve as your go-to guide as you navigate a leadership position. You'll learn about key workplace theories to help motivate the people around you. And while the collection of classes normally costs upward of $2,500, you can now get your hands on the bundle for a paltry $30.