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  • Extra cash during the Christmas season is always appreciated. With gifts, decorations and the Noche Buena feast to spend on, sometimes, even the 13th month pay doesn’t cover it. Earn more by trying your hand at a raket or sideline. Here’s where you can go to learn the skills you need to start: 

    1. Heny Sison Culinary School 

    Christmas season is baking season, whether for pleasure or business. If kitchen is practically your second office, this is a logical step for you to stretch your cooking and baking muscle. And to take your skills to the next level, you can do no better than The Heny Sison Culinary School, which offers one-day workshops for cookies, sylvannas, cronut, and doughnuts, cupcakes, ice cream, sausages, fruitcakes and more. Check them out here

    2. Manila Workshops

    Manila Workshops always has a handful of fantastic seminars lined up. They’re currently offering a workshop titled "Home-Based 101" that will teach participants how to earn from home as a virtual assistant (you work in an administrative or creative capacity from home) or a blogger. Also on the list is "The Art of Sushi Making" where participants can learn how to creatively make adorable characters out of sushi (at the very least, you can use it for your child's bento box). See all their workshops here

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    3. CraftMNL

    If you’re thinking of selling handmade crafts but don’t know what to make, CraftMNL can show you. Here you can learn how to sew (to make decorated throw pillows) and crochet. They also have classes on leather crafting, screen printing, baking and more. Perfect for parents looking for a hobby that they can earn from at the same time. See all their workshops here

    4. Skillshare.com

    You don’t even need to get out of the house to start learning a new skill. There are lots of online services that offer online courses. And, if it skills you want to learn Skillshare.com is a good place to start. They have over 8,000 classes on crafts, culinary, design, writing and more. They don’t take long either as each video lesson is usually around an hour long. It's just the thing if you’re already a working parent and only have a few minutes to spare. 

    Why not try learning how to be a blogger or freelance writer, make handmade soap or sell products on Instagram and Etsy? Get started on Skillshare.com by creating a free account, which lets you watch all the free online classes or register for a premium account than which gives you access to all the videos. Take note, they have more premium content than free ones. 

    5. Lynda.com

    Like Skillshare.com, Lynda.com also provides online courses that focus on skills. They don’t offer craft courses but the lessons go in-depth on subjects pertaining to business, technology and creativity. Here you’ll learn how to program or do web design; become a social media manager or a data analyst; be better at photography and more. See if you like it by trying out their free 10-day trial.

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