In these uncertain and unprecedented times many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands. While stay-at-home orders are becoming the “new normal” (for the time being), many businesses – Epilog included – offer a variety of resources that can help you get through the slow times.
Online Training Suite
How well do you know your laser? Do you know how to clean it? Properly install parts? Set up ventilation? Epilog’s online training site covers all this and more. If you haven’t had a chance to familiarize yourself with your machine and its parts, check it out here.
Epilog’s Knowledge Base
Our online knowledge base includes detailed information on a variety of topics from design help, to engraving techniques, to maintenance topics and more. You can search the Knowledge Base by topic or keyword and find just what you’re looking for!
Maybe you have decided it is a good time to experiment with new materials or techniques. We have dozens and dozens of laser projects in our Sample Club featuring all kinds of substrates. Check out how to engrave slate coasters, use the rotary attachment to engrave a wine glass, or learn how to cut plastics/acrylics for signage. Or maybe get a jump start on some holiday ornaments. Yup, we’ve got those too.
Currently, through May 31, 2020, online learning company, Coursera, is offering free courses for high school students, courses for professional development, courses for mental health and well-being, and so much more. Even more than web-based classes, users can become part of the Coursera Community, which is a great place to connect with learners around the world to share advice, ask questions, and find inspiration.
Another web-based learning option is Skill Share, and online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. There are a variety of free courses ideal for laser business owners including “Introduction to SEO: Tactics and Strategy for Entrepreneurs”, “Building an Etsy Shop that Sells: Strategies for E-Commerce Success”, and lots more! If you join today, you can get two months of premium membership free.
The Awards and Personalization Association is another great resource to take advantage of if you are looking to expand your professional skillset. Currently, the APA is offering free webinars to both members and non-members focusing on several industry topics like CorelDRAW, laser engraving, sublimation, and more. And make sure to sign up for Epilog’s webinar June 4!
Everyone deals with stressful times differently, but as a community, we will all get through this. While the COVID-19 situation changes daily, we hope these resources will enable you add to your arsenal of skills and keep you engaged and always learning through these challenging times.