Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What’s your favorite resource for learning new business skills cheaply?

1. Coursera

Andrew SchrageCoursera offers a wide variety of business-related Web courses for free. You can take and complete courses as you wish and communicate with other students.

- Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

 

 

2. Accelio

Liam MartinAccelio has a number of step-by-step guides written by industry experts (versus some professor). The lessons cover anything and everything — not just business. The unique thing about Accelio is that courses are task-specific, and you only learn what you need to learn.

- Liam Martin, Staff.com

 

 

3. Experts

Aaron SchwartzAlthough reading a book or taking an online course is great for learning, as a CEO, my time for self development is limited. To improve different skills, I ask close friends who work for tutorials. Spending two hours taking a friend to dinner and chatting with an expert allows me to focus my questions on the issues that are relevant to my business.

- Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches

 

4. People Who Are Smarter Than You

Andy KaruzaThey say wise men learn from other men’s mistakes and fools learn from their own mistakes. Put yourself around people who are smarter than you, and learn from them. In fact, you can learn something from everybody, even people who you would least expect. Also, take the time to read every night from industry experts and thought leaders; it’s free knowledge without the lunch!

- Andy Karuza, brandbuddee

 

5. AppSumo

Danny BoiceAppSumo offers great deals on learning resources and tools. It’s like LivingSocial, except that it solely caters to founders and geeks.

- Danny Boice, Speek

 

 

6. Lynda.com

Joe ApfelbaumAs a busy professional, it’s hard to find time to learn new business skills. I find that every time I learn something new, our business improves. I read a lot of books, but when I don’t have time to read books, I listen to audio interviews and courses. I like Lynda.com for software skills and Mixergy for business skills.

- Joe Apfelbaum, Ajax Union

 

7. Audiobooks

Mark KrassnerI spent a lot of time following prominent bloggers and reading as much business news as possible. I was becoming the jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Therefore, I decided to read more books that took a deep delve into topics that were important for my business. I struggled with finding time to read and started listening to audiobooks while working out. The results have been powerful.

- Mark Krassner, Knee Walker Central 

 

8. Udemy

Lauren PerkinsUdemy is an online education platform that’s ideal for busy entrepreneurs wanting to learn new skills on the go without being fully immersed in a classroom. Topics can range from business foundations to SEO training. The depth and intensity of the courses vary, so it’s perfect if you want to learn the basics of a new skill.

- Lauren Perkins, Perks Consulting

 

9. Online Communities

Phil LaboonI am constantly gaining new insights from reading industry blogs. I’m a big fan of Moz and use them a lot as a resources for insights key to our industry. There are so many low-quality sites trying to pump out false data about our industry, and Moz always seems to do a good job blocking that stuff from their site. I enjoy learning from the different points of view in discussions and forums.

- Phil Laboon, Eyeflow Internet Marketing

 

10. Quora

Ronnie CastroFor getting up the learning curve quickly, nothing beats talking to an expert directly. Quora is a nice alternative where you can find candid thoughts from leaders concerning specific business decisions.

- Ronnie Castro, Porch

 

 

11. Mixergy

Mike CuestaMixergy is where I go to get brutally honest advice and lessons from real entrepreneurs. Andrew Warner who runs Mixergy is an overwhelmingly energetic and transparent interviewer. There are hundreds of interviews from real entrepreneurs who have overcome all sorts of obstacles. Even more impressive is the breadth and depth of companies interviewed — from bootstrappers to VC-backed tech giants.

- Mike Cuesta, CareCloud

 

12. Peers

Natalie McNeilChances are that you know someone who is strong in one area of business that you would like to learn who could learn something new from you, too. I’ve acquired many new business skills simply by swapping information and training with other successful entrepreneurs. It’s a win-win situation.

- Natalie MacNeil, She Takes on the World

 

 

13. Skillshare

Derek FlanzraichSkillshare continues to be the best way to learn something specific at an affordable price from the best teachers.

- Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

 

 

14. YFS Magazine

Anthony SaladinoYFS Magazine provides free, actionable business advice from some of the brightest entrepreneurs worldwide. Regardless of your niche, you will find useful information throughout the website that is sure to help you learn techniques to improve your business.

- Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings

 

 

15. Mozinars

Fabian KaempferMy favorite resource for learning new business skills are webinars from Moz. They’re free webinars with experts in marketing and SEO. The content of each “Mozinar” is very specific, valuable and actionable, rather than general and vague. You can leave a webinar with lots of great insights and tactical approaches you can apply to your own company or situation.

- Fabian Kaempfer, Chocomize

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