In these times of self-confinement, low motivation, and uncertainty, most of us are stuck at home with no end in sight before at least a few more weeks. That’s a long time to stay locked up.
A lot of companies have decided to offer their services for free during this unprecedented and international pandemic. Some offer freebies for a few months, some for a year.
A lot of the services I’m going to present have nothing to do with the Coronavirus outbreak. They’re just free for you to try, while they normally cost money. Since you probably have a lot of available time, you might as well give some of them a go! You might find something that truly adds value to your life, and that you can justify paying for later on. Remember to differentiate unnecessary expenses and money well spent on self-development though!
Let’s get straight to it.
The NBA and Turner Sports are providing all fans with a free preview of NBA League Pass, the league’s premium subscription-based product, until April 22. Complimentary offering will provide access to full length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019–20 season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content.
Similar offering from the NFL. Watch live NFL preseason games, replay regular season games and listen to live gameday radio broadcasts with NFL Game Pass.
All games played during the suspended 2019–2020 regular season are available to stream on demand.
This is the streaming service for theatre fans, and their library of nearly 300 productions is now available to watch for free.
Sling TV is offering free access to a variety of news channels. Always remember to get your information from multiple sources, to challenge what you read/see, and to double check numbers. For more on this, read Factfulness.
Live TV feature free for 3 months.
Bigfish is a video game editor with its proprietary publishing platform. A lot of their games are now available for free.
Board games are also a good way to have fun, and this one is a classic. It’s made PG-friendly in order to play with the whole family, and here is the genius thing: the creator released a free, downloadable, at-home printable version of the game, which holds on less than 50 sheets of paper.
Coursera for Campus will be available globally at no cost to any university impacted by COVID-19. That’s free access to more 3,800 courses and 400 specialisations. For students only.
Babbel is the leading platform to learn many languages. They now offer a 3-month membership, but only in the US, and only for students.
I came across the University of Leiden website, which offers a huge summary of all the free resources for students but also researchers, during the COVID-19 crisis. A gold mine of knowledge and information.
Note: you need a student login to access some of the resources.
Elevate Labs are mostly famous for their app Elevate, a brain training app designed to help you stay sharp, build confidence, and boost productivity. They recently released another app called Balance, which is designed to replicate the experience of working with a live meditation coach. It’s free for a year for anyone who signs up now.
The famous meditation app released a page full of free resources: meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.
Dark Noise offers a wide-ranging library of different noises to help focus. This includes things like campfires, rain, thunder, white noise, and much more. The TestFlight beta is now available to download for free, for everyone.
Always be careful when reading the news. I cannot recommend the book Factfulness enough. A lot of people have a very biased view of the world in general. We all live with stereotypes, assumptions and judgments, but some of them are more unhealthy/dangerous than others, especially in those days. This book does an amazing job at explaining how to properly read numbers, graphs and stats, and how to avoid misinterpreting data. The illustrations are amazing too.
With that being said, here are the news websites that have removed their paywall in an effort to keep people informed during the pandemic:
The actor Chris Hemsworth has a fitness app, and it normally costs $29.99 a month. It’s now free for 6 weeks.
600 audio and video workouts free to use at home.
Free classes streamed live on facebook, everyday at 4 pm PT.
Peloton is offering an extended 90-day free trial to its at-home workouts application during the Coronavirus outbreak. The in-app workouts don’t require you own any Peloton equipment, and include yoga, HIIT, stretching, and other categories.
All of Nike Training Club Premium workouts are now free. All you have to do is download the app.
Hundreds of workouts for free on the (normally paid) app.
Free trial of premium features. You still need the bracelet though ($100).
Down Dog makes a handful of popular fitness services for iPhone and iPad, including apps for Yoga, HIIT, and more. All of their apps are now available for free. These include Yoga, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout.
The famous book-summarising subscription service is now available for free until April 25. All you have to do is download and open the Blinkist app and enjoy. If you had a free account prior to the outbreak, it automatically got upgraded to Premium.
The Amazon audiobook service for kids will be available for free as long as schools are closed. All stories free to stream on desktop, laptop, phone, tablet. Stories cover 6 different languages.
All digital book collections available for free for 30 days.
Apple Books released a Stay at home collection available for free. A lot of the titles available are the first book in a series, and series are not available for download. But you have to start somewhere.
Linkedin released a series of 16 course entitled Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success. You can also access the other courses with a free 1-month trial of the service.
Novoresume is a service that offers templates mostly for resumes and cover letters. Their one month premium membership is now available for free.
Free video conferencing for educators (K-12 schools), health-care provider, or non-profit.
Hangouts Meet is the enterprise-grade video conferencing from Google. The premium version of this tool is now available for free until July, to help businesses and schools working remotely.
The popular instant messaging platform is offering free upgrades to paid plans for teams working on coronavirus research, response, or mitigation.
Free six-month Office 365 E1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams.
Neil Patel’s popular SEO tool now comes with more features included in the free version.
If you’ve been thinking about launching your online store, now might be the time. Platforms like Big Cartel make it really easy to get started with no inventory, and no upfront costs.
The e-commerce company is offering a free 90-day trial for all new customers. If you’re currently on a 14-day trial, you can extend it to 90 days.
The fastest way to learn SEO, free until May 31st. Use the promo code wegotthis to sign up.
Tripit is a trip planner and flight tracker. You’re probably not planning on traveling a lot these days, but Tripit can help you if you did have travels in the pipeline, and all your plans are now being changed. Sign up or upgrade your existing account between March 13 and April 14. You’ll have access to a free Pro account for 6 months.
The professional video editing software from Apple which normally costs $299 is now free to use for 90 days.
Nikon has an amazing library of different courses about photography and video editing. For the whole month of April, all of their streamed courses are accessible free of charge.
Reaper is a complete digital audio production application for computers. It’s extremely powerful, it normally costs $60, and it’s now available for free, no limitations.
Thanks a lot for reading, stay strong, and look forward to brighter days! If you want to take control of your time, stop wasting your energy, and prioritise the right things, my free tool The 168 Hours Spreadsheet will help!