Skillshare Costs: What Are Your Options?

Catherine Cooke

12 June, 2021

Skillshare cost review

If you are someone with a creative flair, then most likely you have heard of Skillshare. This online learning community is very popular among designers, photographers, chefs and artists. According to its own data, this platform seems to have over 8 million users and offers more than 35,000+ courses (they call them classes).

How much is Skillshare? Will you be able to refund your Skillshare account if you aren’t happy with the premium version of it? Is Skillshare worth it?

These may be questions you are looking to answer. Let me help you out and explain to you Skillshare’s prices.

Skillshare Costs: An Overview

Skillshare monthly cost is $32 if you pay month by month, or $168 if you decide to go for the annual membership which works out at $13.99 a month. Skillshare for Teams are made up of 3 different plans, Starter, Enterprise and Revive. The Starter is $139 per user, per year and best for (2 to 20 students). The Enterprise is great for larger teams (of 20+) and the 3rd plan the Revive is for (50+ or more) each of these plans are custom priced.

 

Free Plan Premium Plan Team Plan
Classes 3,000 + + 35,000 + 35,000
Join the community Yes Yes Yes
Offline watching No Yes Yes
Supports the community No Yes Yes
Refunds N/A 7 days 7 days
Free trial No 1 month No
Team management features No No Yes
Annual price $0

$168 ($13.99 a month)

Starter Plan $139
Enterprise & Revive Plan Custom Priced
Monthly price $0 $32
More information skillshare.com

Is Skillshare Free?

Skillshare offers a lot of classes for free, you will also have access to the community where you’ll be able to interact with other students. So yes, Skillshare offers about 10% of its total classes free of cost, not too bad right?

Free Classes Skillshare

Free Classes Skillshare

Unlike other elearning platforms, Skillshare makes it easy for you to find its free classes, as it has a dedicated filter (and page) where all the available complementary classes are shown.

However, I have the personal impression that its free classes are not always the most advanced ones, and at times a bit outdated (not always) – but hey, they are free.

Skillshare Premium Plan

Alright, if you opt-in for the premium Skillshare plan, you’ll be able to access the whole Skillshare course library with over 35,000+ classes (courses). On top of that, you get a couple of perks:

  • You are allowed to follow the classes offline
  • No ads will be shown
  • Get exclusive discounts from partners like Adobe, Shutterstock or Squarespace

Skillshare discounts for premium users

Skillshare discounts for premium users

Additionally, with your premium Skillshare account, you’ll be able to support the community of instructors and teachers.

If initially you aren’t convinced about signing up to Skillshare Premium, you can try out the 1-month free trial to get a taste of the platform, this will give you access to the full library of its classes.

Skillshare 1 month free trial

Skillshare Premium Free Trial

You can try out Skillshare Premium 1 month free trial, by clicking here. Within that 1-month free period you will be able to cancel at anytime and won’t be charged anything.

Skillshare Teams Plan

As some other elearning platforms do, Skillshare also has a specific plan for businesses and teams, so you all can keep on developing existing skills or learn new ones.

There are three packages available for organizations, the Starter, the Enterprise and the Revive plan. But before going into what each of them offers, let me tell you that you won’t be able to refund these.

Organizations like Vice, Virgin TV or Staples are clients of Skillshare and provide their employees with access to this library.

Skillshare Team Plans

Skillshare teams plans

Starter Plan

The Starter plan is very similar to the individual Skillshare plans as you’ll be able to see the classes offline and watch live classes and workshops, and you’ll be granted unlimited access to 35,000+ classes. The Starter plan costs $139 per user, per year, and is best for teams of 2 – 20 users who are looking to upskill and uplevel.

On top of that, the Starter plan also offers:

  • Easy-to-use admin capabilities
  • Feedback from teachers and community
  • Casting, offline, and mobile capabilities
  • Project-based courses

> Try out the Starter Plan here

Enterprise Plan

The Enterprise plan is great for teams of 20+ users who are looking for learning and development platform with access to a custom success manager, engaging reporting, custom workshops and more. You will need to contact sales for a custom pricing for the Enterprise plan.

Besides the Starter plan features, the Enterprise plan includes:

  • Curated wellness offerings
  • Custom & private digital workshops
  • Private community groups for your team
  • Team & User engagement reports

> Try out the Enterprise Plan here

Revive Plan

The Revive Plan is designed for teams of 50+ users or more who are looking to provide a perk for team members. You will need to contact sales for a custom pricing for the Revive plan.

The Revive plan includes:

  • Curated wellness lists & offerings
  • Onboarding & engagement support
  • Reporting & analytics 2x per year
  • Custom workshops available

> Try out the Revive Plan here

Accepted Payment Methods & Currencies

You can use either a credit card or PayPal to pay for your Skillshare premium account. They have a program that if you refer friends (and he or she subscribes to Skillshare), you’ll be awarded free months of Skillshare premium access.

Skillshare is available in many currencies, so you can most likely pay for your annual or monthly subscription with your local currency. Check out the table below to see the prices for the most popular currencies.

 

 

Yearly Plan Monthly Plan
US Dollars ($) $13.99 a month $32
Pounds (£) £6 £13.70
Euros (€)  €6.99 a month €16 a month
Canadian Dollars (CA$) CA$10.25 a month CA$23.55 a month

Skillshare Gift Cards

Skillshare Gift Cards

With Skillshare you’ll be able to buy a gift card for a loved one. You can decide between giving 3, 6 or 12 months subscription, and by the way, the gift cards never expire.

Financial Aid

There are a couple of ways in which Skillshare makes the resources available to those with financial needs:

  • Every student that has a valid .edu email address will have a 50% discount on the Skillshare Premium cost.
  • The One for One Skillshare policy means that for each premium subscriber they donate a free membership to those in need of financial help.

To apply for a Skillshare scholarship you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Create a free Skillshare account
  2. Submit the scholarship form and explain how you will use what you’ll learn at Skillshare. Submit a summary of your financial situation.
  3. Wait for the Skillshare confirmation
  4. If approved enjoy access to Skillshare for 1 year for free

The scholarships are awarded at the beginning of each month, you’ll receive an email from Skillshare if selected. Be aware that you’ll need to be over 13 years old to apply for a scholarship at Skillshare.

If you’d like to help someone with limited financial resources by giving them access to Skillshare, you can become a benefactor to sponsor students.

How To Cancel Skillshare

You’ll be able to cancel your Skillshare premium membership at any time. To cancel your account you’ll need to find the ‘Payment’ section under your ‘Accounts Settings’ and then cancel the membership account.

Please be warned that once you cancel your account you’ll lose access to the premium classes, materials and you won’t be able to watch classes offline anymore.

Skillshare Refunds

Skillshare only offers refunds on the annual Premium membership payments. To get your full refund you must contact Skillshare within 7 days after the charge has been processed and it can take up to 14 business days to receive your refund. Sadly, they do not offer refunds if you choose the monthly membership (e.g paying month to month).

Skillshare Refund

Skillshare Premium Start Your Free Month

If you click Start your free month (see image above) for the Skillshare Premium you are agreeing to be charged after that 1 month finished. If you do decide to cancel before the 1 month has finished you won’t be charged.

If you purchase Skillshare via a third party (e.g. Google Play or Apple), you’ll have to contact them in order to request a refund or cancellations – Skillshare won’t be able to help you here.

Note: Please, be aware that there aren’t any refunds available for the Teams plans.

Skillshare Costs: Last Thoughts

Alright, we’ve reviewed Skillshare costs and we’ve seen that:

  1. It’s reasonably priced for the content you have access to
  2. The Skillshare prices and plans are easy to digest

This popular platform is focused on improving or learning new (creative) skills and if you are an individual you can choose between the annual or a monthly membership. If you choose the annual subscription, you’ll be given a big discount (over 50%), but be ready to pay the full amount ($168) upfront. Note that there’s currently a 1-month free trial on the Premium membership and Skillshare regularly has different discounts and offers.

If you are a business or team you can check out one of the 3 team plans. The first plan starts at $139 per user, per year – a minimum of 2 users required. The other packages are a little more comprehensive and for larger teams which you will need to contact Skillshare for to get a custom quote.

If a more comprehensive review on Skillshare is what you are looking for then give it a read here. I hope you have a clearer understanding of what the different Skillshare costs are and which plan you should choose.

Please, leave a comment below if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Catherine Cooke

Hey. I am Catherine and have been working as a freelancer for many years now and I believe that you are in charge of your own destiny. If learning a new skill or having a career change is something you want to do, then there is no better time than the present. If you have a question please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.
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