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15 Best Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

Mar 10, 2020

15 Best Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

Just a few decades ago, the ways to learn about operating a small business were limited—get a business degree from a college, find an experienced mentor, or just dive in and learn as you go. While these options are still viable today, it has never been easier to learn how to start or grow your company, irrespective of your industry.

Between official certifications from Silicon Valley titans to free classes offered by the government, the internet now ensures you never have to stop your business schooling.

Where to Find Online Courses

The field of online courses—especially online courses aimed at business topics—has exploded over the past 7 years. Now many top universities, including institutions like Stanford and Harvard, offer classes that are available to anyone.

Several platforms have sprouted up to become leaders in the online course world—Coursera, Udemy, and Udacity are some of the top platforms providing massive open online classes (or MOOCs). Some classes are free, while others require a one-time payment or come with a monthly subscription.

LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda, is another popular website for business classes and is connected to the business social media outlet LinkedIn. Many of these classes come rolled into a monthly subscription, and many can be completed in less than a day.

The United States government also has a series of free classes aimed at American small business owners through the Small Business Administration. The video lectures for these courses are usually pretty short, but the information is extremely useful, especially if you are new to entrepreneurship.

Pretty much every internet platform used by small businesses has some form of training programs for entrepreneurs interested in enlarging their digital footprint, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

Evergreen Courses

There is an entire industry of courses you can take any time of year and at your own pace, although it’s worth checking out some of the platforms mentioned above to see if there are any specific online classes scheduled that best suit your business interests. Here are 15 online business classes that are always available.

About the Author

Barry Eitel

Barry Eitel

Barry Eitel has written about business and technology for eight years, including working as a staff writer for Intuit's Small Business Center and as the Business Editor for the Piedmont Post, a weekly newspaper covering the city of Piedmont, California.

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