These days, some of the best learning that we can do is not in a college or other educational institution, it’s at home. We have the option of visiting websites to do research, instructional videos to watch on YouTube, and plenty of forums to communicate with others who are attempting to do the same thing as us or, better still, are more experienced at it.
Loads of these activities can be really fun to learn so, while they may start out as educational ventures, they can soon turn into hobbies – or vice versa!
If you have an instrument or you’d like to create some electronic music, learning about music production can be a way to push out your talents to the world. Setting up a home studio can be done by anyone, although you will need an aptitude for the music itself.
Investing in the correct equipment and software is absolutely imperative, so you ideally need to be committed to the project before you start. You also need to take into account practical considerations such as finding a quiet room and adequate space. Who knows? Perhaps you could learn the ropes enough to be the next big thing someday, and take it out of the house and onto the world stage!
Create Websites, Games & Apps
Interested in learning programming? The Raspberry Pi is a minuscule computer that doesn’t cost a lot so it’s ideal for beginning practical projects. If you’re interested in coding, start by making a personal blog; you can play around with the different “languages” that you will need to create pages. The future is in apps so you don’t want to get left behind.
Creating things that are specially designed to make the most of our increasing reliance on mobile technology will keep you on top of the latest trends, and may even bring you lots of financial success, too.
Easy apps include games; they appeal to a range of audiences from hardcore gamers to casino fans. In fact, writing code for simple but timeless activities like blackjack and bingo has introduced developers to new systems for decades, and the wealth of mobile bingo sites out there suggests that the same practice is still very much true today.
Become A DJ
Being a DJ can come in many forms, and whether you intend to take the music world by storm, or you simply wish to build up the confidence to be paid to party, you can make this happen from home.
Of course, you will need a lot of equipment to make this dream a reality. In addition to turntables, you’ll need a DJ software package such as Serato. Obviously, a good computer and headphones are also a must. Once you have everything together, it’s all about combining technological and musical knowledge together to beat match and start to create mixes!
Create A Podcast Or Radio Station
You don’t need to be on national radio to have experience in making your very own radio station. Ham Radio (otherwise known as amateur radio), gives users space to explore the airwaves in a way that isn’t for commercial profit, to share their interests with others. You can do this from literally anywhere – across town, the world… or even space.
Of course, in 2017, you can also set up a podcast, uploading it to your website or even Spotify. You could focus on a particular musical genre, a hobby, or even comedy – it doesn’t matter. Providing you feel that you could get an audience, you just need to put it out there. The fun is in the creation, anyway.
Be A Digital Artist
Whether you want to design websites or create sound art, the use of digital technologies in visual art gives you a whole realm of exciting possibilities that you can do from the comfort of your own bedroom. Although you will need to invest in various software, you will learn exciting techniques which are both artistic in the traditional sense, and somewhat mathematical.
It is often purely computer-generated but can also come from other sources like a scanned photo. Learning these skills at home will make you attractive to employers in the future in fields such as advertising so make sure that you keep examples of your work together in a portfolio.
No matter whether you’re learning technological skills at home as a hobby or to further your employment prospects, remember that these fields change all the time as new advances develop. You’ll need to constantly research and utilise trial and error in order to keep on top of your chosen area or field.