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10 Quality Online Courses To Make You Successful Entrepreneurs

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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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      Get Started

      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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      10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

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      10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

      Productivity planners and journals are tools of a trade. There’s an art to productivity. Just like art is very personal to the artist, productivity is very personal to the person. What works for you may not work for me. This is an important distinction if you really want get more done in less time.

      Too many of us dabble in productivity hacks only to move on to the next tool or trend when it didn’t workout for us, missing the lesson of what worked and didn’t work about that tool or trend.

      We put the tool on a pedestal and miss the art. It’s worshipping the paint brush rather than the process and act of painting. We miss the art of our own productivity when the tool overshadows the treasure.

      As an artist, you have many brushes to choose from. You’re looking for a brush that feels best in your hand. You want a brush that doesn’t distract you from your art but partners with you to create the many things you see in your mind to create. Finding a brush like this may take some experimenting, but when you understand that the role of the brush is to bring life to your vision, it’s easier to find the right brush.

      Planners are the same way. You want a productivity journal that supports you in the creation of your vision, not one that bogs you down or steals your energy.

      Let’s dive into the 10 best productivity planners and journals to help you get more done in less time.

      1. The One Thing Planner

      The NY Times best selling book, The One Thing, just released their new planner. If you loved this book, you’ll love this planner.

      As the founder of the world’s largest real estate company Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller, has mastered the art of focus. The One Thing planner has its roots in industry changing productivity. If you’re out to put a dent in the universe, this may be the planner for you.

      Get the planner here!

      2. The Full Life Planner

      The Full Life Planner is Lifehacks’ ultimate planning system to get results across all your core life aspects including work, health and relationships. This smart planner is 15 years of Lifehack’s best practices and proven success formulas by top performers.

      With the Full Life Planner, you can align your actions to long term milestones every day, week, and month consistently. This will help you to get more done and achieve your goals.

      Get the planner here!

      3. The Freedom Journal

      Creator of one of the most prolific podcasts ever, Entrepreneur on Fire, John Lee Dumas released his productivity journal in 2016. This hard-cover journal focuses on accomplishing SMART goals in 100 days.

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      From their site:

      “The Freedom Journal is an accountability partner that won’t let you fail. John Lee Dumas has interviewed over 2000 successful Entrepreneurs and has created a unique step-by-step process that will guide you in SETTING and ACCOMPLISHING your #1 goal in 100 days.”

      Get the planner here!

      4. Full Focus Planner

      Michael Hyatt, author of Platform and host of the podcast “This is Your Life”, also has his own planner called the Full Focus Planner.

      From the site:

      “Built for a 90-day achievement cycle, the Full Focus Planner® gives you a quarter of a year’s content so you aren’t overwhelmed by planning (and tracking) 12 months at a time.”

      This productivity planner includes a place for annual goals, a monthly calendar, quarterly planning, the ideal week, daily pages, a place for rituals, weekly preview and quarterly previews. It also comes with a Quickstart lessons to help you master the use of the planner.

      Get the planner here!

      5. Passion Planner

      They call themselves the #pashfam and think of their planner as a “paper life coach”. Their formats include dated, academic and undated in hardbound journals with assorted colors. With over 600,000 users they have a track record for effective planners.

      From the site:

      “An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook.”

      They have a get-one give-one program. For every Passion Planner that is bought they will donate one to a student or someone in need.

      They also provide free PDF downloads of their planners. This is a great way to test drive if their planner is right for you.

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      Get the planner here!

      6. Desire Map Planners

      If you’re looking for a more spiritually oriented planner, Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map, created the Desire Map Planners. With Daily planners, Weekly planners and Undated planners you can find the right fit for you.

      Behind this planner is the Desire Map Planner Program including 3 workbooks that not only support you in using the planners but guide you in your thought process about your life and intentions you’re using the planner to help you fulfill.

      Get the planner here!

      7. Franklin Covey Planners

      The grandfather of all planners, Franklin Covey, has the most options when it comes to layouts, binders, and accessories. With over 30 years in the productivity planner business, they not only provide a ton of planner layouts, they also have been teaching productivity and planning from the beginning.

      From the site:

      “Achieve what matters most with innovative, high quality planners and binders tailored to your personal style. Our paper planning system guides you to identify values, create successful habits, and track and achieve your goals.”

      Get the planner here!

      8. Productivity Planner

      From the makers of the best selling journal backed by Tim Ferriss, “The Five Minute Journal”, comes the Productivity Planner.

      Combining the Ivy Lee method which made Charles Schwab millions with the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused in the moment, the Productivity Planner is both intelligent and effective.

      It allows for six months of planning, 5-day daily pages, weekly planning and weekly review, a prioritized task list, Pomodoro time tracking, and extra space for notes.

      From the site:

      “Do you often find yourself busy, while more important tasks get procrastinated on? The Productivity Planner helps you prioritize and accomplish the vital few tasks that make your day satisfying. Quality over quantity. Combined with the Pomodoro Technique to help you avoid distractions, the Productivity Planner assists you to get better work done in less time.”

      Get the planner here!

      9. Self Journal

      Endorsed by Daymond John of Shark Tank, the Self Journal takes a 13 week approach and combines Monthly, Weekly and Daily planning to help you stay focused on the things that really matter.

      Self Journal includes additional tools to help you produce with their Weekly Action Pad, Project Action Pad, the Sidekick pocket journal to capture your ideas on the go and their SmartMarks bookmarks that act as a notepad while you’re reading.

      Get the planner here!

      10. Google Calendar

      You may already use Google Calendar for appointments, but with a couple tweaks you can use it as a productivity planner.

      Productivity assumes we have time to do the work we intend to do. So blocking time on your Google Calendar and designating it as “busy” will prevent others from filling up those spaces on your calendar. Actually using those blocks of time as you intended is up to you.

      If you use a booking tool like Schedule Once or Calendly, you can integrate it with your Google Calendar. For maximum productivity and rhythm, I recommend creating a consistent “available” block of time each day for these kinds of appointments.

      Google Calendar is free, web based and to the point. If you’re a bottom line person and easily hold your priorities in your head, this may be a good solution for you.

      Get the planner here!

      Bonus Advice: Integrate the 4 Building Blocks of Productivity

      Just as important to productivity planners as the tool are the principles that we create inside of. There are 4 building blocks of productivity, that when embraced, accelerate your energy and results.

      The four building blocks of productivity are desire, strategy, focus and rhythm. When you get these right, having a productivity planner or journal provides the structure to keep you on track.

      Block #1: Desire

      Somehow in the pursuit of all our goals, we accumulate ideas and To-Do’s we’re not actually passionate about and don’t really want to pursue. They sneak their way in and steal our focus from the things that really matter.

      Underneath powerful productivity is desire. Not many little desires, but the overarching mother of desires. The desire you feel in your gut, the desire that comes from your soul, not your logic, is what you need to tap into if you want to level up your productivity.

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      A productivity planner is just a distraction if you’re not clear on what it’s all for. With desire, however, your productivity planner provides the guide rails to accomplish your intentions.

      Block #2: Strategy

      Once you’re clear on your overarching desire, you need to organize your steps to get there. Let’s call this “strategy”. Strategy is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. You must first turn over all the pieces to see patterns, colors, connections and find borders.

      In business and life, we often start trying to put our “puzzle” together without turning over all the pieces. We put many items on our To-Do lists and clog our planners with things that aren’t important to the bigger picture of our puzzle.

      Strategy is about taking the time to brain dump all the things in your head related to your goal and then looking for patterns and priorities. As you turn over these puzzle pieces, you’ll begin to see the more important tasks that take care of the less important tasks or make the less important tasks irrelevant.

      In the best selling book, The One Thing, the focusing question they teach is:

      “What’s the One thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else is easier or unnecessary?”

      This is the heart of strategy and organizing what hits your planner and what doesn’t.

      Block #3: Focus

      With your priorities identified, now you can focus on the One Thing that makes everything else easier or unnecessary. This is where your productivity planners and journals help you hold the line.

      Because you’ve already turned over the puzzle pieces, you aren’t distracted by new shiny objects. If new ideas come along, and they will, you will better see how and where they fit in the big picture of your desire and strategy, allowing you to go back and focus on your One Thing.

      Block #4: Rhythm

      The final building block of productivity is rhythm. There is a rhythm in life and work that works best for you. When you find this rhythm, time stands still, productivity is easy and your experience of work is joyful.

      Some call this flow. As you hone your self-awareness about your ideal rhythm you will find yourself riding flow more often and owning your productivity.

      Without these four building blocks of productivity, you’re like a painter with a paintbrush and no idea how to use it to create what’s in your heart to create. But harness these four building blocks and find yourself getting more done in less time.

      The Bottom Line

      Your life is your art. Everyday you have a chance to create something amazing. By understanding and using the four building blocks of productivity, you will set yourself up for success no matter which planner, or “paintbrush”, you choose to use.

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      As you experiment with different planners you will narrow which one is best for you and accelerate your path to putting a dent in the universe.

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