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10 Quality Online Courses To Make You Successful Entrepreneurs

10 Quality Online Courses To Make You Successful Entrepreneurs

As technology continues to evolve at a fast pace, it becomes clear that it affects the way things get done.  As an Entrepreneur, it is important to stay ahead of the curve, taking the opportunity to prepare yourself in order to provide quality results.  This usually means making the time to continue your education.  Enrolling in online classes is a great way to improve your skills and to gain new skills, because you can set your own hours in order to fit a learning opportunity in with your busy schedule.  The opportunities are invaluable for Entrepreneurs whether you are starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

You now have the opportunity to learn and to grow your business from the privacy of your home, with affordable courses.  Not every course is long and strenuous; from coaching programs, to mini courses and engaging video courses, there is something for every Entrepreneur.

Below is a list of 10 Quality Online Courses to Make Help You to Succeed as an Entrepreneur.

10 Quality Online Courses to Make You Successful Entrepreneurs

    1. Redefining Branding: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Mastering Branding by Analyzing The Best

    This unique course, specifically structured for Female Entrepreneurs, approaches branding by analyzing the best in order to help you gain insight into your own challenges, and mistakes.

    The 6 week program will be an opportunity for you to truly understand what it takes to build a successful, powerhouse brand, by exploring the most powerful brand.  You will have the opportunity to dissect your own brand strategy as you compare it to one that works in order to understand why you may be failing.

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    A fun opportunity to connect with other Entrepreneurs through our secret Facebook Group, in staying true to the Chic Mompreneur Vision our hope is that this will not only be a learning opportunity, but an opportunity to create invaluable connections with like minded women.

    This 6 week course begins September 1st, Enroll today, to secure a place today!

    2. Savvy Branding: How to Build an Irresistible Brand

    This awesome mini course is taught by Amazon Best Selling Author and the founder of Red Slice, Maria Ross. It answers the questions so many Entrepreneurs have about branding. The course, if provided through Learn Savvy, is a one stop shop for women to gain the business, technical and life skills they need. This premier educational marketplace allows women to not only teach, but to learn together. The Savvy Branding course will allow you to create an irresistible brand for your business.  Helping you to understand why branding is more than just a logo and how to create the essence, value and promise that needs to be communicated to your audience.  A step by step process for building a rock-solid online and offline brand strategy. Take a class, Give a Class, Means that for every course you purchase, Learn Savvy will donate a class to a woman who would not be able to afford to take a class. Get started on Learn Savvy.

    3.  Characteristics of The Successful Entrepreneur

    Jeff Hawkins is the co-founder of Palm and Handspring, he is also the architect of the Palm Pilot and the Treo smartphone and many other computing products.  This course is an opportunity to follow the journey of an established entrepreneur and see the valuable lessons learned, challenges with work/life balance, and more.  Hawkins discusses how to design successful products, market research and the importance of testing products continuously.  There is a lot to be learned from the experience of Jeff Hawkins, and he tackles it all. This is a great option for business students interested in technology.

    For more information about Characteristics of The Successful Entrepreneur, with Jeff Hawkins, visit the site here.

    4. Entrepreneurship–From Idea to Launch

    Over 44,000 students have completed this Udemy course, by Dr. Jeff Cornwall.  New to business or considering Entrepreneurship as an option? Join the 44,097 students who have taken this course in order to gain a practical understanding of what it takes to turn an idea into a successful business. This course offers Exercises to help you apply what you learn to your own idea, and offers lectures that include: The Life Cycle of a Business, Market?, What is a Business Model?, and more.

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    You can find more information about this Udemy course, here.

    5. How to Build a StartUp

    Join 287,000 students, and prepare yourself to start an awesome course!

    What do you get from this course?

    • Actively listening and engaging your customers to find out what exactly they want in your product and how you should deliver it to them
    • Gathering, evaluating and using customer feedback to make your product, marketing and business model stronger
    • Engaging your customers through the three phases of the customer relationship management lifecycle: get, keep, and grow
    • Identifying key resources, partners, activities, and distribution channels required to deliver your product to your customer
    • Calculating your direct and indirect costs for delivering your product

    If that is not enough to interest you, Steve Blank as an instructor may give you the jolt you need to explore this free course!

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      6. CodeAcademy

      I am currently a student of Code Academy, and it is a great course for anyone interested in learning how to create a website from scratch. Whether you would like to offer your clients more services, are interested in exploring a career as a freelancer, or would just like to explore a new hobby.

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      Even the mayor of New York has had nothing but great things to say about Code Academy!

      For more information about this de Blasio endorsed course, Click Here

      7. Think Digital

      Understanding Social Media as an Entrepreneur can only be a benefit.  Think Digital teaches you how to leverage the power of social media, to gain more traffic, more customers, more clicks, more shares, more purchases and more involvement in a shorter period of time.

      Register NOW

      8. Hubspot Academy

      This free program from HubSpot is great for CEO’s, Entrepreneurs and students and prepares you to start a business online. Take advantage of digital marketing today and gain a better understanding of website optimization, landing pages and lead nurturing.

      Not only do you get a certificate, but a badge that you can share on your website, LinkedIn page or Email Signature.

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      9. Startup Engineering

      Startup Engineering is a 12-week course for the Techpreneur.  By the end of this course you will have the skills to build a tech startup from the ground up.  Taught by Stanford’s Balaji Srinivasan and Vijay Pande, you will build a command line application, expose it as a web service, and create an HTML5 mobile app.

      For more information, visit Coursera

      10. Design Thinking for Business Innovation

      Approach the world like a creative, preparing yourself to approach business with the same process, and tools that the best creative minds use to build innovative brands.

      Though designing as a craft requires years of dedicated education and talent to master, Design Thinking as a problem solving approach does not.

      Get Started

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      The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

      The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

      What happens in our heads when we set goals?

      Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

      Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

      According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

      Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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      Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

      Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

      The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

      Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

      So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

      Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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      One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

      Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

      Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

      The Neurology of Ownership

      Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

      In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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      But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

      This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

      Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

      The Upshot for Goal-Setters

      So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

      On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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      It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

      On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

      But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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