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Roundup: Resources, Freebies, and Discounts for Crisis Times

Mar 20, 2020

As many of us are now sequestered at home during the "Covid crisis", I thought I'd share some resources I've gathered from around the interwebs to educate, inspire, and calm you. 


It's been heartening to see the generosity of individuals and companies during this time of challenge for us all. Whether you want to learn something new, find work, or just pass the time, I've got you covered. 

Please note that some of these things are always free/discounted/available, others are time-limited. So if you click a link and don't find the offer I mentioned, it must have expired (womp womp ... sorry).


I may receive commissions for purchases made through links on my site. Please see my full disclosure for further information.


 Without further adieu, here's a list for you - enjoy! xo

Courses/Learning for Grownups

"Hope for Writers" free online event - releasing 15 of their favorite teachings from their library to encourage you in your writing life, including writers like Jeff Goins

"Spiritual Business" show and podcast with Maria Saraphina, my spiritual business mentor

It's a great time to sign up for my free 30-day trial of Kajabi, the all-in-one platform to run your online coaching, courses, or service business. Especially if your income is hanging in the balance, why not start earning money by selling your knowledge - which you can do 24/7/365 from HOME?! If you sign up with my link, you can then email or message me with all your questions as you get started.

Learn to meditate - and access lots of other soothing free resources - at Calm.com.


Homeschooling/Learning for Kids

"C-SPAN Classroom" has free video-based learning materials on a wide range of topics from English Lit to Geography and more.

Livestream "Lunch Doodles" each weekday by Mo Willems.

Virtual National Park tours

Virtual museum tours like the Getty in LA, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris 

Lots of homeschooling and kid resources shared by my friend Jess in her free Facebook group,  The Unexpected Homeschool Family



Daily "Kitchen Quarantine" Instagram post from Italian chef Mossimo Buttura - he speaks lovely Italian and his daughter translates 

Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco has the cutest daughter! 

Free at-home live performances from people like those below (go to your favorite celebs' IG and FB pages and see if they're sharing free performances!)

Escape into other worlds with nightly Metropolitan Opera streams.

Have you already gone through all the good stuff on Netflix and Hulu? Check out Amazon Prime and YouTube Movies & Shows (buy or rent). 



If you're in the market for hardbound books, I hope you'll always check out my curated book list at Bookshop.org/shop/erikafriday with my favorite business, marketing, writing, and fiction books. The cool thing about Bookshop is they give a percentage of sales back to independent bookstores (to date, almost $60K and it's still in beta!). Yes, I ❤️ Amazon but let's spread the wealth a bit and help save brick-and-mortar bookshops.

Hear an astronaut read a book from space at Storytime from Space.


Online Business

Get 30% off of CleanMyMac, which removes digital clutter and keeps your Mac clean; discount is only with my link.

FreshBooks invoice and accounting software has 50% off for 3 months right now.

The screen recording app Loom has removed all video recording limits for Free plan users through July 1, 2020 and the Pro plan is 50% off. Loom is my choice for everything from quick answers to Kajabi questions to the way I'm recording screen share videos for my upcoming courses. I used this deal to upgrade from Free to Pro today and, paying annually, it was only $48.


Need Work?

Outschool.com needs 5,000 teachers.

Amazon is hiring and giving raises.


Just for Fun

Go on virtual Disney World rides ... wheeeeee!!!

... And I leave you with this beautiful "alone but together" concert by Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest. Listen with your earbuds in if you can 🎻🎼🎧




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