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28 Free Online Training Courses for Entrepreneurs
Recently wrote a blog post on Free Online Training Courses for Entrepreneurs and thought I'd share the list with you. Some of them have a paid element, but they all offer a ton of value 100% for free.
For the record, these aren't affiliate links and I'm not getting any kickback. The courses are free so that should be obvious, but thought I'd make that clear right off the bat :)
Let me know if you know of any other free courses as well. One that I missed is the Free Stanford Entrepreneurship Class, which may be the best one out there.
Management and Leadership Courses
Free access to a variety of courses on topics such as how to organize and manage departmental goals, hiring and retaining top talent, mediating and handling conflict, the art of communication, and much more.
Learn how to identify difficult behavior, as well as common triggers that can cause such behaviors to manifest in even exemplary employees. You’ll also learn effective and common strategies to manage difficult employees in the workplace.
Focus is on building personal humility and professionalism that elevate employee relations and drive employees to share the vision of leadership in order to maximize growth.
Led by George Siedel, Professor of Business Administration and Business Law, the course includes over eight hours of video lectures that provide a wealth of material on how to improve your negotiation skills.
Learn about the head and heart of everyday leadership, decision making as an individual and in a group, and how to manage motivation. Can be taken for free and offers paid options for completion with a certification.
HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (LIFE) offers a free course on becoming a more effective leader, which focuses on examining how different leadership approaches impact the workplace.
New Business Launch Courses
The course materials cover the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including skills, feasibility studies, strategies for launch, and the basics of a startup. Available for free without testing material, but is also offered in a paid version that includes testing and certification with Coursera.
Cover analyzing opportunities, improving strategic decision making, and building an innovative business model to help you launch. It’s a sound introduction to entrepreneurship, industry, and to understanding the markets you’ll operate in. The course is available for free without testing material, but is also offered in a paid version that includes testing and certification with Coursera.
This curated selection of course materials, articles, and videos includes 12 self-paced lessons that begin with the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and the process for developing a business. The material moves from basic through advanced content that covers everything from economics to social entrepreneurship, risk assessment, tools, and real-life case studies.
Comprehensive course designed to provide active or aspiring entrepreneurs with all the information they need to get a new business concept off the ground. Topics covered include building a team, finding financing, building a competitive strategy, writing a business plan, sales and marketing, legal issues, and much more.
Growth Strategy and Project Planning/Management Courses
This 5-week course from Northwestern University, taught by professors Gad Allon and Jan Van Mieghem, will teach you how to build a more stable and scalable business. The course includes material on sustainable frameworks, marketing, outsourcing strategies, and the development of scalable workflows to improve operational efficiency.
This course focuses on growing a startup by understanding the needs of the customer, and following a Customer Development Process. With this information, you’ll be able to develop, test, and validate any new ideas you have using data from actual customers.
This is another graduate-level course available for free through MIT’s Sloan School of Management. This work-at-your-own-pace course focuses on developing major innovations by concentrating on the needs of the individual customer and end-user. Those kinds of innovations are the most likely to contribute to long-term, sustainable growth in your business.
This course combines the most critical elements of project management along with team leadership to help you take better control of project planning. By better leveraging the teams you have in place, you can lead every project through milestones and critical deadlines for more successful deployment.
The course is available for free without testing material, but is also offered in a paid version that includes testing and certification with Coursera.
his PPC 101 course provides information on keyword development, different types of ads, understanding cost per click and cost per action, how to optimize for conversions, and improving your results with Google Adwords.
This Online Marketing Challenge course from Google is packed with a wealth of video content that covers everything from search engine marketing, to mobile strategy, social marketing, AdWords, and more.
The Social Media Quickstarter offers the step-by-step instructions you need to start building your social media presence across all of the top social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and even Snapchat.
This is a 20-installment course packed with 16 eBooks, and covers everything you need to know about copywriting, content marketing, keyword research, and more. The lessons are sent via email, so it’s easy to digest the content as you see fit.
The inbound marketing training program from HubSpot is completely free and is packed with over 15 classes and additional materials. You’ll learn about blogging, SEO, email marketing, building effective calls to action, and more. Once you’ve finished, you can take the certification exam and become Hubspot certified, totally free of charge.
This one-hour lecture from Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits, entrepreneurs and co-authors of The Entrepreneurs Guide to Customer Development: a Cheat Sheet to the Four Steps to Epiphany, will help guide you through determining who your ideal customers are, and understanding the strategies and tactics to make a strong connection with them based on your market.
A graduate-level course that focuses specifically on marketing concepts, methods, and strategies for startups and entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development post-launch. It’s a great course for those who are working with limited resources and could benefit from a deeper understanding of marketing.
This course, offered by HP LIFE, is designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners identify the range of opportunity in social media marketing, and how to create social media campaigns that provide more reach among specific target audiences.
If you don’t feel you’re a strong writer, and you don’t have the resources to outsource this aspect of marketing, then this is a course we recommend. It covers the differences between writing for print and the web, effective formatting, maintaining content online, and how to engage your audience through content.
Search Engine Optimization Courses
This one was developed by Google and, through a simple one-week course, teaches you how to optimize any website you own to improve speed and performance. Since site performance affects the user experience and can impact conversions, and site speed can directly impact your search rankings, this is a smart choice to ensure that your website works as intended and doesn’t inhibit your business growth.
The course provides an overview of the general principles of UX. Course materials also include information on the techniques and tools professionals use to improve user experience and keep visitors from leaving a site due to poor experience and performance problems. You’ll learn best practices for a user-centric design process that provides improved conversions and greater trust development among your audience.
This course lays out the aspects of technical SEO you need to pay attention to when building and improving any website. You’ll learn how the search algorithms crawl, see, and interpret the content of your site to make it easier to diagnose and fix problems.
SEOBook’s free training center has a wealth of information on social interaction, link building, on-page optimization, keyword research, and offsite optimization. There’s even course material on copywriting, PR, and content marketing for effective SEO.
1 points • thegreatfind_R
do this short course on coursera from University of Michigan University in contract Negotiation https://www.coursera.org/learn/negotiation-skills? Practice and get your money lol
1 points • thegreatfind_R
you can take a free project management course on https://www.cybrary.it/
You can read one of the best books on public speaking by Dale Carnegie https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TQP59M/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
you can do a free negotiations course on coursera https://www.coursera.org/learn/negotiation-skills
you can do a critical thinking course on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/learning/critical-thinking
as well as many other things
1 points • Novaxel
Free Courses, Certifications, Habits, and Hobbies to Help You Grow!
Given our recent discussions of skill sampling, it seems like it may be helpful to create a master list. Below is an inventory of various classes, certifications, hobbies, or habits that you can learn each month. Most of these are entirely free resources as well.
The list is organized by domain, and, by its nature, will always be incomplete. There's no way I can find everything there is, so if you know of any free (or cheap) information that can be added to the list, let me know! This way, this can become a massive resource for anyone looking for something to add to their routine.
Each domain is further organized into informational learning (courses and certifications), hobbies (usually more creative learning), and small habits that can gradually improve your quality of life. Though, I would definitely recommend considering using this time to develop a keystone habit. I've written about the four main ones (reading, fitness, meditation, and journaling) in the past.
Any items that are not free will be denoted with an *.
THE BODY DOMAIN
CLASSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Nutrition: Alison has many free courses that can teach you the ins-and-outs of food. These also provide you with certifications to boost your resume.
- Fitness: Alison also has several fitness certifications for no cost. It's a great way to learn a new skill while also gaining a certification.
- Happiness: As someone who's studied the topic extensively for years, I'd highly recommend Yale's course on happiness (technically the Science of Well-Being).
- Meditation: The team over at Headspace is offering several free guided meditations during the pandemic. This is great for relieving the stress that may come with this sudden shift in lifestyle.
- Calisthenics: Bodyweight exercise is a fantastic form of functional fitness. You can do it almost anywhere, and, at its higher end, is incredibly impressive. Chris Heria's YouTube channel has several calisthenics workouts and tutorials.
- Running: Jogging is excellent stress relief, and programs like Couch-to-5K make it accessible to anyone, regardless of your current fitness level.
- Mental Nourishment: I'm a massive supporter of striving to continually learn new things. But, it doesn't need to be a monumental endeavor. Take 10-15 minutes during lunch or a walk to listen to a TED Talk or Personal Development audiobook. It's a small enough duration to be palatable, but it adds up.
- Hourly Activity: Get up and move every hour, even if it's just 2-3 minutes. It helps keep your blood from pooling and can swiftly add up to 30-60 minutes of activity per day. (So, if you've turned this feature off on your smartwatch, I'd recommend turning it back on).
- Savor the Moment: It's easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and miss the intricacies of the world around us. Take a few minutes each day to really savor an experience. Notice all the flavors and textures of something you're eating, or be conscious of the world around you while taking a walk. Alternatively, change your notification sound on your phone; whenever the novel alert sounds, remind yourself to ground yourself in the present and genuinely recognize the things around you.
THE ENVIRONMENT DOMAIN
CLASSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Computer Science: Harvard offers an introductory computer science course for free online. Though, if you'd like a certificate, it costs 90USD. MIT has a Java course, and the University of Michigan offers Programming with Python. If you'd like to try learning C and C++, MIT offers that as well. CodeAcademy can provide 180 hours of coding instruction for free. (I can personally vouch for CodeAcademy; you can learn the basics of web development in about seven hours).
- Real Estate: This is definitely the most pricey item on this list, but a real estate license* can be obtained pretty quickly and lead to a decent salary.
- Creating iPhone Apps: Udemy offers a free tutorial on this topic. Although Apple provides its own app to teach you their code as well. I haven't used it yet, but it's lined up as my June skill, so I'll update this afterward!
- Graphic Design: Adobe has a pretty comprehensive selection of tutorials for all your Photoshop or Illustrator needs. Similarly, Udemy also has a bunch of free graphic design courses.
- Entrepreneurship: Learn how to start a startup with a Stanford course and then how to fund that startup with Coursera. MIT has a course on Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager. Learn competitive strategy to help your business thrive. You can even learn about product design from Google. They also offer classes that can teach you about Google Analytics, a useful skill for any entrepreneur.
- Licensed Radio Operator: Becoming a radio operator is pretty cheap. However, I hear that the hobby can be pricey once you get into it. Fair warning.
- Pick Up an Instrument: Learning to play an instrument is a tremendously productive replacement for habits like video games. The feeling of accomplishment when you master a song or technique is unparalleled.
- Financial Triage: Fix up your financial health by creating a budget and sticking to it. Apps like Qapital can help to gamify your savings and round up purchases to the next dollar, adding the excess to a savings account.
- Sunday Prep: Use your Sunday to streamline the rest of your week. Take care of any grooming, cleaning, meal prep, and laundry that you'd typically do during the week. You can even go grocery shopping or write a to-do list for the week. It allows you to keep your momentum and get everything done quickly. Plus, it helps to free up your more stressful weekdays.
- Long-Distance Plan: Charge your phone in a different room from your bedroom each night. It'll help you fall asleep faster and get out of bed quicker in the morning. And, cleaning up your sleep hygiene can have incredible benefits.
- Clean Sink: It's a little discouraging to wake up to a sink full of dishes. Take care of them the night before so you can wake up stress-free.
- Quick Morning: Lay out everything you need for the morning the night before. This could be gym clothes, a glass of water, or prepping the coffee maker. This lets you get going much faster. In general, downing a glass of water is a great way to do first thing in the morning.
- Create Go-Kits: A couple months back, a Reddit user discussed the habit of making "go-kits". The idea is to organize a few different bags for different occasions. These bags are always packed and really help simplify your life. Essentially, they're a "bug-out bag" for events like work, the gym, travel, grooming, and things of the like.
THE INTERACTIONS DOMAIN
CLASSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Social Media Marketing: Buffer has an intriguing email class that teaches you the basics of marketing on social media in just two minutes a day. Alison offers a free diploma in web business development and marketing. Udemy has a basics SEO course; these look fantastic to potential employers, but the free courses from Udemy do not offer certificates. Copyblogger gives you 14 ebooks on internet marketing. Similarly, Coursera has a class on marketing in the digital world. Hubspot has a basic guide to email marketing. In general, Google Garage is an excellent resource for online marketing. Hootsuite* also has several courses.
- Become a Notary: You can become a notary* for under $100, and it's great on a resume since most businesses need a notary.
- Socialization: The University of Michigan teaches you how to successfully negotiate.
- Business Writing: Coursera can show you the art of high impact business writing. Or, you can learn about the secret sauce of writing from an ex-Wall Street Journal editor. If you're more into writing about contemporary issues, MIT can show you that.
- Foreign Languages: Alison teaches you basic French in 6-10 hours. MIT has Spanish I for free. Maybe you're more into German, though. You can also learn the essentials of Italian pretty quickly with the BBC.
- Ordained Minister: This one is a bit random, but if you want to marry your friends, you can become an ordained minister for free through ULC.
- Reading: Reading is a great way to learn how to improve your social skills. Services like Audible or Scribd offer free 30-day trials, and audiobooks can be an easy way to ease yourself into the habit. For some recommendations, you can check out my Recommended Reading list.
- Just One: If you're feeling low-energy and can't force yourself to do anything, try to just do the simplest thing you can. Throw out one piece of trash, write one sentence, or read one page. If you want to stop after that, go ahead. A lot of the time, even one thing can provide enough momentum to get started. But, if not, that's okay. Be easy on yourself, because you did one more task than you would've otherwise.
- Spreading Smiles: Compliment one person each day. Everyone likes a genuine compliment. It takes 30 seconds, and you could literally make someone's entire week.
- Old Friends, New Tricks: It's easy to fall out of touch. Pick one time a week to call up a friend and catch up. They'll definitely appreciate that you're thinking of them, and it'll help feed your socialization.
- Condition Yourself: Anyone familiar with dog training knows that it's critical to stimulus and response as quick as possible. (That's why clickers are so effective; you teach the dog to associate the click with getting the treat, which allows you to bridge the gap between command and reinforcement). So, you can invest in a clicker for yourself to reinforce your good habits, or snap a rubber band on your wrist to discourage bad habits.
- Relationship Maintenence: With any problem, proactive prevention beats a reactive solution. Take 15 minutes each week to talk with your partner about how they feel about the relationship. Ask about any potential stressors or concerns. Make sure that you're familiar with healthy methods of communicating so that everything goes smoothly.