Online Business Education in 4 Ways
Keeping business skills up to date is like brushing your teeth; you have to make it a habit. Fortunately, an abundance of resources exists right from your smart phone. If you’re seeking information to refresh business skills or cultivate new ones, lucky you, here’s a list of mostly free business resources for learning whenever and wherever you want.
Listen for It
Podcasts are a convenient way to digest information particularly when traveling. Add a set of ear phones and you’re all set. Start with this collection of 20 business podcasts and subscribe to your favorites.
Maybe you’re a visual learner. Youtube is great for showing you how to do stuff, even business stuff. Here’s a useful list of 25 top YouTube channels for small business owners and entrepreneurs. These YouTube channels cover everything from starting and running a business to learning how to manage projects.
For those who like something more formalized with a curriculum and homework, but without the inconvenience of actually showing up somewhere, online coursework is a nice option. A collection of coursework from a variety of experts can be found on Udemy. Find online courses or MOOC (massive open online courses) offered by top colleges and universities on Coursera. For a monthly subscription fee, lynda.com offers unlimited online learning.
Rainmakers Who Teach
We have many experts within Rainmakers (but you know that, don’t you?). Here are three Rainmakers who offer learning opportunities online.
Marketing Technology with Douglas Karr/Edge of the Web Radio. This podcast covers topics in online marketing, search engine optimization, pay per click, inbound marketing, conversion optimization, analytics, email marketing and social media marketing strategies.
Emily Tisdale created Leap for Woman, an online community with exclusive content (white papers, e-courses, webinars etc.) for female entrepreneurs.
Neil Richmund, Strategix Marketing, offers online marketing courses for small business owners.
This list is not comprehensive, so add your favorite learning resources from Rainmakers or from anywhere across the web in the comments below.