10 Online Business Courses You Should Take in 2019
Consider These 10 Online Courses for Business Owners:
1. Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
This six-week course, taught by Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna, is available for free through edX. You’ll gain an awareness of opportunities in fast-growing emerging markets and a better understanding of the issues that can be solved through entrepreneurial solutions. The site suggests dedicating three to five hours of your time to this course each week.
2. Business Bootcamp: 7 Weeks to Start Your Own Business
Udemy’s Business Bootcamp promises to give you the skills and know-how to start a new business regardless of your passion. You’ll learn how to build an online presence, find customers, and manage and scale your business to maximize income. The course is typically available for a nominal fee and provides lifetime access to a variety of helpful resources.
3. An Entrepreneurship Course Offered by Alison
Alison provides free online business courses for busy people, allowing you to earn diploma-level certificates in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Business and Legal Studies, or E-Business. The site has 16 entrepreneurship courses spanning topics from negotiation to practical strategies for starting a business. You can go at your own pace, choosing the courses that are most applicable to you.
4. Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health
If you want to improve the well being of your employees and boost productivity through a culture of health, check out this course taught by leading faculty from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Business School. In this free nine-week course, you’ll learn strategies and tactics to give your business a competitive advantage in a marketplace plagued by health-related interruptions.
5. Inbound Certification Course
Through HubSpot’s online academy, you’ll learn the skills necessary to attract new customer leads, engage prospects, and keep your existing customers happy. The course — a seven-module series of videos ranging from 10 to 33 minutes in length — teaches you how to align your marketing and sales efforts for more predictable revenue growth.
6. Client Service Course
The SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education offers self-paced training on the basics of customer service and how it can impact your business. You only need to invest about 30 minutes of your time to gain an understanding of customer service best practices and opportunities.
7. Startup Financing Without VC
Relevant to all business owners, this course provides five models to get your customers to fund your business, so you don’t have to jump through the hoops of securing venture capital. You’ll be asked to complete a series of real-world exercises and participate in an online discussion board with other like-minded entrepreneurs. The course has flexible deadlines and on average takes students seven weeks to complete.
8. Become a Google Ads Expert
Did you know that nearly $80 billion were spent on Google Ads in 2016? Due to Google Ads rising popularity, you could benefit from taking this course which includes topics such as search, display, video, and app advertising. You’ll also learn how to run your own Google Ad campaign to make sure the money you spend is put to work efficiently. The course starts shortly after the New Year and can be completed in three months.
9. The altMBA
Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on an MBA when you can gain the same skills in four weeks? Created by bestselling author Seth Godin, the altMBA is an intensive four-week course that promises to give you the leadership and business management skills you need to take your business to the next level. Although this is one of the more expensive online courses included on our list, the program boasts several notable graduates and gives you access to a large network of coaches and educators. Admission is through application only.
10. How to Be Good at Stress
Running a business is inevitably stressful. To keep stress from getting in the way of your goals, this course, offered by Highbrow, will teach you how to manage it more effectively. You’ll receive one email a day for ten days with easily digestible information to help you channel your stress in a productive and healthy way.
Are You Ready to Learn in 2019?
A common trait of successful business leaders is a commitment to ongoing education. No matter your passion or line of work, there’s no shortage of online courses available to help you sharpen your skills and grow your business.
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