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25 Killer Sites For Free Online Business Courses

25 Killer Sites For Free Online Business Courses

What would you do with an MBA from Harvard or a certification in internet marketing? As tuition costs rise and it becomes increasingly difficult for high school graduates to attend 4 year colleges and universities, talented and skilled graduates are looking for alternatives to earning a bachelors degree. With the rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and ecommerce websites, education is becoming more accessible and affordable for those looking for an alternate path.

Ready for the cherry on top? You can take top courses from universities like Harvard and Yale and you don’t have to pay a penny.

Here are 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Business Courses:

1) High-Impact Business Writing

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    What’s in it for you?

    “Effective writing is a powerful tool in the business environment. Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly. You’ll also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents. From a simple interoffice memo to a twenty-page business proposal, learn how to put good business writing to work for you.”

    Course Duration: 4 weeks, Class begins on April 6, 2015

    Provider: Coursera 

    Link to course: High-Impact Business Writing

    2) Design Thinking for Business Innovation

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      What’s in it for you?

      “Design thinking is a popular new idea in the business world – organizations as diverse as entrepreneurial start-ups, big established corporations, and government and social service organizations are experimenting with design thinking as an alternative approach to traditional problem-solving. Accelerated by the spectacular rise of Apple and IDEO, design thinking is seen as offering a new approach better suited for dealing with the accelerating pressures for growth and innovation faced by so many organizations today. But design thinking can remain mysterious for people interested in introducing this approach into their decision-making processes. Demystifying it is the focus of this course.”

      Course Duration: 4 weeks, Class begins on Feb. 15, 2015

      Provider: Coursera

      Link to course: Design Thinking for Business Innovation

      3) Launch a No Fail Business Model

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        What’s in it for you?

        You will learn to define the why of your business, how to model success, and create your “Frakenbiz” (your class project). The course is taught by Joe Fairless.

        Course Duration: 43 minutes, open enrollment

        Provider: Skillshare

        Link to course: Launch a No Fail Business Model

        4) Business Development For Startups and Tech Companies

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          What’s in it for you?

          Companies explode when they crack the code to business development. The challenge is only a very small percentage of people actually know what they’re doing when it comes to achieving massive, scalable growth through the business development. This course was created to change that and has only been available amongst a private, group of elite Business Development professionals until now… By the end of this training you will be armed with breakout business development cunning and an arsenal of proven tactics for every situation you’ll face. This course is taught by Scott Britton.

          Course Duration: 9 hours and 28 minutes, open enrollment

          Provider: Skillshare

          Link to course: Business Development For Startups and Tech Companies

          5) WordPress Essentials for Business

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            What’s in it for you?

            “The course covers almost all of the WordPress user interface. We learn by doing as we build out an actual website for a client of ours, explaining and demonstrating key concepts along the way, such as themes, plugins, widgets, images, etc. Students should download the project files from http://wpacademy.com/essentials and then follow the tutorial on their own website, repeating the keystrokes and mouse sequences as they build out their own site. You can expect to walk away from this training with an attractive website and a solid understanding of WordPress fundamentals.” This course is taught by Marc Beneteau.

            Course Duration: 90 minutes, open enrollment

            Provider: Udemy

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            Link to course: WordPress Essentials for Business

            6) Beginning Twitter for Professionals Course

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              What’s in it for you?

              “OpenSesame’s Kelly Meeker has created a step-by-step informational online training course to help you get started in all things Twitter. The course includes a tour of the Twitter interface, tips on creating great tweets and suggestions for building a strong Twitter network. After you complete this course you should have a better understanding as to how you can use the basics of Twitter for professional purposes and to better your business.”

              Course Duration: 7 minutes

              Provider: OpenSesame

              Link to course: Beginning Twitter for Professionals Course

              7) How to Build a Startup

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                What’s in it for you?

                “In an introduction to the basics of the famous Customer Development Process, Steve Blank provides insight into the key steps needed to build a successful startup. The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Many start-ups fail by not validating their ideas early on with real-life customers. In order to mitigate that, students will learn how to get out of the building and search for the real pain points and unmet needs of customers. Only with these can the entrepreneur find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model.”

                Course Duration: 4 weeks, open enrollment

                Provider: Udacity

                Link to course: How to Build a Startup

                8) Website Performance Optimization

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                  What’s in it for you?

                  “From Ilya Grigorik’s High Performance Browser Networking: ‘The emergence and the fast growth of the web performance optimization (WPO) industry within the past few years is a telltale sign of the growing importance and demand for speed and faster user experiences by the users. And this is not simply a psychological need for speed in our ever accelerating and connected world, but a requirement driven by empirical results, as measured with respect to the bottom-line performance of the many online businesses: faster sites lead to better user engagement, faster sites lead to better user retention, faster sites lead to higher conversions. Simply put, speed is a feature.’”

                  Course Duration: 1 week, open enrollment

                  Provider: Udacity, powered by Google

                  Link to course: Website Performance Optimization

                  9) Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

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                    What’s in it for you?

                    “You will learn, through the stories of MIT entrepreneurs, how to go from idea or technology to the necessary understanding of who and why will want to buy your product.  Specifically, you will learn how to identify prospective customers, interview them, and finally, select the right customers for your business. Course assignments will be real-life exercises that will guide you through a series of concrete, practical, and effective steps that will help you make your idea very real.”

                    Course Duration: 12 weeks, Class begins on December 2, 2014

                    Provider: edX

                    Link to course: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

                    10) An Introduction to Credit Risk Management

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                      What’s in it for you?

                      “This course offers you an introduction to credit risk modelling and hedging. We will approach credit risk from the point of view of banks, but most of the tools and models we will overview can be beneficial at the corporate level as well. At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and correctly use the basic tools of credit risk management, both from a theoretical and, most of all, a practical point of view. This will be a quite unconventional course. For each methodology, we will analyse its strengths as well as its weaknesses. We will do this in a rigorous way, but also with fun: there is no need to be boring.”

                      Course Duration: 8 weeks, class begins in April 2015

                      Provider: edX

                      Link to course: An Introduction to Credit Risk Management

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                      11) Engaging with Innovation Ecosystems: The Corporate Perspective

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                        What’s in it for you?

                        “This course is aimed at corporate executives and senior managers who need to generate new growth opportunities from external innovation by engaging with “innovation ecosystems” around the world. We will show how to assess the relevance of and design various types of programs that corporations can implement to engage with their innovation ecosystem: prize competitions, hackathons, accelerators, commercialization programs etc., taking a series of deep dives into how leading corporations have used these programs internally and externally to drive growth. This course draws heavily on the findings of MIT’s groundbreaking and unique Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), which brings together cities, regions and countries to study and learn from MIT research and from each other how to create and grow a successful innovation-based regional economy.”

                        Course Duration: Class starts in July 2015, open enrollment

                        Provider: edX

                        Link to course: Engaging with Innovation Ecosystems: The Corporate Perspective

                        12) 21 Days to Building a Web Business

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                          What’s in it for you?

                          “21 Steps To Building A Web Business is ALISON’S free online course covering the skills and techniques needed to create a successful online business. Chris Farrell, voted Number 1 Internet Marketing Service Provider, describes the process of developing an online business in a non-technical and step-by-step manner. The course is ideal for those who’ve always wanted to create an online business but lack the skills or knowledge to do so.”

                          Course Duration: 21 days, open enrollment.

                          Provider: Alison

                          Link to course: 21 Days to Building a Web Business

                          13) Diploma in Business Management & Entrepreneurship

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                            What’s in it for you?

                            “This free online Diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship course gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices behind key business management subjects. Subjects include corporate management, operations management, accounting, human resources, financial accounting, and project management as well providing insight on key entrepreneurial skills from Bill Liao, co-founder of the social networking site XING.com. This Diploma course is ideal for those who want to further their knowledge and understanding of business management and entrepreneurship, and will greatly enhance your career prospects.”

                            Course Duration: Open enrollment, self paced.

                            Provider: Alison

                            Link to course: Diploma in Business Management & Entrepreneurship

                            14) Fundamentals of Business Law

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                              What’s in it for you?

                              “This course reviews important principles found in business law. These principles include details on sole proprietorship, general partnerships, limited partnerships and incorporations. This course explains principles of business law in a clear and easy to understand way. The course also covers topics such as legal requirements, legal recommendations, financial status, taxation, and liability related to these principles. This free online course will be of interest to business professionals and students of law who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of laws relating to business and commerce.”

                              Course Duration: Open enrollment, self paced.

                              Provider: Alison

                              Link to course: Fundamentals of Business Law

                              15) Diploma in Business Process Management

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                                What’s in it for you?

                                Major advances in technology have resulted in the widespread implementation of information systems into businesses and organisations. The management of processes and data is critical to the overall success of a business. This free online Diploma course introduces the learner to business processes and their management. The course will explain business intelligence and knowledge management systems, systems analysis, systems design and systems implementation. This course will also give learners a basic knowledge and understanding of how to design, test and implement information systems for a business process. This Diploma course will be of great interest to business professionals, as well as any learner wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of business process management.

                                Course Duration: Open enrollment, self paced.

                                Provider: Alison

                                Link to course: Diploma in Business Process Management

                                16) Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship: Pitching Your Business and Yourself

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                                  What’s in it for you?

                                  Find out what makes a great entrepreneur from Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran.

                                  Course Duration: 42 minutes

                                  Provider: Skillshare

                                  Link to course: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship: Pitching Your Business and Yourself

                                  17) Pinterest for Business: How to Get More Traffic and Sales with Pinterest

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                                    What’s in it for you?

                                    “By now you’ve probably hear of Pinterest and all the success online businesses are having with it. You’ve probably heard about how it drives massive traffic. How businesses are using Pinterest to generate massive online sales. How businesses are leveraging Pinterest to better serve their current customers. You want to have that massive success with Pinterest too! The problem is, you don’t know where to start.. Or, maybe you’ve played around with Pinterest and still don’t see what the fuss is about. This course is your step-by-step guide to Pinterest success. No matter your current experience with Pinterest, this course will unlock the secrets of Pinterest and who you how to leverage it for your business.”

                                    Course Duration: 3 hours and 24 minutes, self paced, open enrollment

                                    Provider: Skillshare

                                    Link to course: Pinterest for Business: How to Get More Traffic and Sales with Pinterest

                                    18) Beginning Facebook for Business

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                                      What’s in it for you?

                                      “With over one billion users, Facebook has come to the forefront in popular social media applications. Now more than ever, businesses and companies are using Facebook as a platform to display essential updates and messages for their target audience. Max DuBowy, a content specialist at OpenSesame, has created a beginning course for businesses to maximize their marketing strategy and approach using Facebook. This course provides businesses with simple and easy to understand Facebook functions and tools. Getting started on Facebook and creating a page is compelling because its free. If your business is struggling to remain in the presence of your audience, try incorporating a Facebook page to approach your target audience. Use the specific applications and tips covered in this course and your business will be visible to Facebook users around the world.”

                                      Course Duration: 10 minutes

                                      Provider: OpenSesame

                                      Link to course: Beginning Facebook for Business

                                      19) Foundations of Business Strategy

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                                        What’s in it for you?

                                        “Strategic analysis is critical for analyzing the competitive context in which an organization operates and for making reasoned and reasonable recommendations for how that organization should position itself and what actions it should take to maximize value creation. In this course, we will explore the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy. Managers, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, analysts, and consultants all may find value in mastering these fundamentals.”

                                        Course Duration: 6 hours, self paced

                                        Provider: Udemy

                                        Link to course: Foundations of Business Strategy

                                        20) University of The People, Business Administration

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                                          What’s in it for you?

                                          “The Business Administration Program offers broad exposure to business administration and economics. Behavioral and quantitative sciences are studied in both theoretical and applied contexts. Mathematics is used as a key tool in the analysis of complex problems and in the interpretation of data. Emphasis is placed on effective written communication. Students are made aware of the need for imaginative, innovative solutions to business problems that encompass human needs and ethical objectives.”

                                          Course Duration: Open enrollment, must apply to be accepted into the Business Administration Program. The application is on the University of The People’s website.

                                          Provider: University of The People

                                          Link to course: University of The People, Business Administration

                                          21) Building a Business

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                                            What’s in it for you?

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                                            “Building a Business is a lecture series designed to teach the fundamentals of developing a business. Each lecture provides practical information and examples to identify key aspects of successful entrepreneurship. These ppodcasts are the lecture video recordings registered at the Said Business School in Oxford, United Kingdom.”

                                            Course Duration: 27+ hours worth of lectures, open enrollment. Self paced.

                                            Provider: University of Oxford, iTunes University.

                                            Link to course: Building a Business

                                            22) Corporate Finance

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                                              What’s in it for you?

                                              “In my (biased) view, Corporate finance is the ultimate big picture class. It lays out the financial principles that govern how businesses, small or large, public or private, should make choices (and decisions). In particular, it looks at how businesses should allocate scarce resources (the investment decision), where they should raise the funds to makes these investments (the financing decision) and how much cash to leave in (and take out of) businesses (the dividend decision). This class focuses on the big picture, while paying attention to the details that matter, and is designed to be an introductory class for MBAs. Anyone who has had exposure to accounting and basic statistics will be be access and use the material.”

                                              Course Duration: 30+ hours worth of lectures, open enrollment. Self paced.

                                              Provider: New York University on iTunes, open enrollment.

                                              Link to course: Corporate Finance

                                              23) How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services

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                                                What’s in it for you?

                                                This course has 4 lectures delivered by professor Eric von Hippel.

                                                Course Duration: 4+ hours worth of lectures, open enrollment. Self Paced.

                                                Provider: MIT Open Courseware on iTunes

                                                Link to course: How to Develop Breakthrough Products and Services

                                                24) Valuation (Online Class)

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                                                  What’s in it for you?

                                                  “Valuation is a key tool in almost every aspect of finance – corporate finance, investing and portfolio management. Understanding it is essential to not just bankers, analysts and appraisers, but the rest of us who get to see the products and are sometimes are targets of their work. This is an entirely online version of my MBA valuation class that is designed for someone who wants to understand the valuation process and its inputs, but does not have the time nor the inclination to sit through 80-minutes sessions. It is constructed in three parts, with the first a series of short webcasts on the concepts that underlie valuation, the second a collection of in-practice webcasts on the mechanics of putting the concepts into use and the third an ongoing series of my valuations of companies.”

                                                  Course Duration: 4+ hours worth of lectures, open enrollment. Self paced.

                                                  Provider: New York University on iTunes

                                                  Link to course: Valuation (Online Class)

                                                  25) Writing for Strategic Communication

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                                                    What’s in it for you?

                                                    “Writing for Strategic Communication is part of La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Strategic Communication degree. It is about writing strategically as a specialist vocation but is equally applicable to developing written strategic communication skills to use in organisational life, irrespective of your job role. From tweeting to speechwriting, it provides an overview of various forms of professional writing including writing for traditional media and writing for web and social media. Students are encouraged to explore the concept of ‘great writing’ as a construct for understanding the power of words and developing their own writing skills.”

                                                    Course Duration: 4+ hours worth of lectures, open enrollment. Self-paced.

                                                    Provider: La Trobe University on iTunes

                                                    Link to course: Design Thinking for Business Innovation

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                                                      Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

                                                      Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

                                                      Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

                                                      I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

                                                      The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

                                                      People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

                                                      I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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                                                      “What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
                                                      “What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
                                                      “What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
                                                      “What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

                                                      After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

                                                      One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

                                                      If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

                                                      Everything takes energy

                                                      Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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                                                      Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

                                                      The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

                                                      Find something that is worth doing

                                                      Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

                                                      When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

                                                      I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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                                                      When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

                                                      It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

                                                      Other excuses I often hear are:

                                                      “But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
                                                      “I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
                                                      “At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
                                                      “Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

                                                      I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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                                                      I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

                                                      Conclusion

                                                      Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

                                                      Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

                                                      Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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