As successful entrepreneur you have to wear a lot of hats, especially when your company is just starting out and you don’t have enough budget for employees to cover all the important areas you need.
Learning the new skills necessary to start your new business can be very expensive too. Fortunately there are free, high-quality, educational resources online which are very good for starters.
Here are some of the resources available to learn more about marketing, entrepreneurship, business management and more:
1. HubSpot Academy
The free online Platform (http://academy.hubspot.com/) offers courses on inbound marketing, including landing pages, website optimization, and lead nurturing. These skills are a MUST for business owners as they try to grow their business and online presence.
This free site (https://www.edx.org/) currently has over 300 courses on a variety of topics, including “Financial Analysis and Decision Making” and “Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?” etc. The courses cover business in general, and also can help you learn more skills that are applicable to your industry, such as big data and environmental conservation.
For the most users that YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/) is one of the world’s largest search engines, as there are videos on just about anything you can imagine. A great free resource on just about any topic is “TED”. The Video presentations are covering how to build a business.
Learning search-engine optimization (SEO) to make sure your website is as visible as possible, is very easy in MOZ (http://moz.com/learn/seo). Having the free Moz Academy, there are also webinars (live and recorded), and beginner’s guides to SEO, link building, and social media.
Even the most successful entrepreneurs know how to manage their money both on a business and personal side, the, LearnVest classes (http://www.learnvest.com/classes/) can teach you something more. They offer some classes for free, such as “Building Better Money Habits” and “How to Budget” which are very interesting.
7. Niche consultant courses
Do you want to start your business in a specific niche? The Internet has made for a coaching boom, which is extremely helpful to entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start in a specific niche. Few great coaches and organizations have free courses and ebooks on building a business. Try searching “niche keyword” + “business course” to find one most applicable to you.
8. MIT Open Courseware
These are actual courses taught at MIT and offered for free (http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm). The school put together an entrepreneurship page (http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/entrepreneurship/) that lists available courses that are beneficial to new business owners such as “Early State Capital” and “The Software Business.”
9. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
This university has almost 100 free on-demand college courses (http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/course_listing.asp?course=3) that are extremely applicable to entrepreneurs. They are covering business planning, operations and management and small-business tax.
MIT’s Open Courseware, has 114 educational partners that provide free courses to almost 10 million users. One benefit to Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/ ) is that there are very specific courses that fit perfectly into particular niches. Few of them are “Data Management for Clinical Research” and “Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace” and they have a wide network of partners allows for a biggest selection.