As a small business owner, you have already demonstrated you have a vision. What can improve that vision is continuing your education. The more you know, the more information you have to leverage in the way you run your business. We have identified some free online courses that can help you grow while your business grows.
- Entrepreneurial Marketing by MIT
This course clarifies key marketing concepts, methods, and strategic issues relevant for startups and early-stage entrepreneurs. The major questions this course can help answer are: “What and how am I selling to whom?” and “How do I best leverage my limited marketing recourse?”
This course details the four categories of SWOT Analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. It is for absolute beginners or skilled professionals, making it great for all types of small business owners. It takes less than an hour to complete the entire free course.
- Financing Options for Small Businesses by U.S. Small Business Administration
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include: determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses. It is self-paced, but most people complete the course in about 30 minutes.
- Entrepreneurship – Creating the Business by Alison
This free course takes 2-3 hours to complete and there is an assessment as well as an option to obtain a certificate stating you completed the course. Upon completion of the course, you will have a good knowledge of the development and planning processes involved in the launch of a new product or service.
- Digital Branding and Engagement by Curtin University via edX
This free online course is self paced, but note that it is recommended that students spend 3-4 hours a week on the class over the course of 4 weeks. If you can and are willing to pay for a certificate of completion, you can obtain one for $99. The modules of the class are: the digital consumer, content marketing, owned media assets, and earned media.
Don’t let a lack of funds or an inability to go attend a physical class keep you from learning and developing your skill set. Utilize your high speed Internet and spend your free time cultivating your mind.
If you’re currently looking for fast, reliable connectivity (you will need it to take these courses), look no further than iRis Networks! With iRis, you get the best of both: global solutions that can handle big data needs, and a local partner with hands-on support for peace of mind and a better user experience.
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