Online business courses

As a business owner, it is critical that you undergo sufficient training so that you have the skill set necessary for business success. Online business courses are one of the most cost-effective ways to not only learn new skills but also increase your sense of self-efficacy in running your business. There are a number of options out there, ranging from a-la-carte “one-off” coursework to full-blown curricula via online business school. There is no one-size-fits-all, and it is essential that you select the option best suited to your business, personality and desired skill set. With the right tools and training via online small businesses classes or other options, you’ll be able to truly elevate your business to the next level.

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Online small business courses and classes

Online small business classes come in all shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, curriculum-based courses may be easier to find than a-la-carte training – but if you do your homework, you can find the right option to meet your needs. Here are the types of in-person and online business classes available and why they may be right for you.

One-time, skill-based online business courses

If you are in need of a quick, one-off training tool to learn a specific skill without investing in an entire course, consider enrolling in an online business class comprised of modules instead of an entire curriculum. For example, Google’s Online Marketing Challenge, one of Inc.com’s top five free online courses for digital marketers, contains modules covering topics like search engine marketing, display advertising and digital analytics so you pick and choose your modules to tailor your coursework. Study.com also provides mini online business classes comprised of brief video sessions along with self-assessment quizzes, so you can customize your coursework to fit your schedule and learning needs.

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In-depth, curriculum-based online small business classes

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If you are in need of a well-rounded and comprehensive business training program without a formal MBA, the options are virtually limitless. In fact, online small business courses are becoming so popular (due to their effectiveness) that many prestigious schools are getting in on the action. For example, Business Insider reports that schools like Yale, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia and Duke are offering formal small business classes online, covering topics like financial markets, entrepreneurship, game theory, risk management, debate skills, behavioral economics and marketing. Online business classes of this variety typically last anywhere from several weeks to a few months and are ideal for those who want professional training but aren’t in need of an advanced degree.

Online business school

If you are looking to add formal credentials to your résumé and already have an undergraduate degree, consider obtaining an MBA. Prestigious universities are beginning to offer MBA programs online and some even have accelerated options where you can obtain your MBA in as little as 12 months. Though some of these online business courses will require you to attend on-campus residencies or immersions, you can still do a majority of your work from the comfort of your own home. Institutions such as the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business are constantly updating and enhancing their online business school to provide MBA options for non-traditional students and those who prefer to do the majority of their degree online. Whether you are unhappy at work and want to get your MBA so you can strike out on your own or you want the advanced degree to improve your current career, attending online business courses is an investment in your future.

In-person alternatives to small business classes online

While the benefits of completing online business school are immense (and heavy on convenience), online education does require a certain level of self-discipline and, depending on the course, a baseline of existing knowledge. As an alternative to online small business classes, you might consider in-person training to cash in on the benefits of full immersion. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Work at a startup

Working at a start-up is an excellent, real-world alternative to attending online business school and can help you learn the ins and outs of the small business world while making money instead of investing it in a degree. Why would you want to work at someone else’s startup business instead of completing small business classes online? You gain the opportunity to learn “on the ground,” face real-life business situations and have the opportunity to make and learn from mistakes before launching your own endeavor. And since you’ll likely be working alongside the startup founder, you’ll be able to observe how he or she rises above challenges in a day-to-day workplace environment and really get into the head of today’s business owner. If the founder is especially savvy, you have a role model to base your own business practices on. If not, you can learn from where they go wrong and make different decisions when the time comes for you to start your own company. These are simply things you cannot do through online small business classes.

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Find a business mentor or coach

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Having a mentor is a time-tested way to learn new skills from someone who’s not only been there, but is also happy to lend their knowledge. Mentors also provide much-needed emotional support for mentees who are learning to run a business. In fact, Tony Robbins himself had mentors and benefited immensely from their coaching. Look for mentors in your area of business, as well as complementary industries, and always approach the relationship with a mindset of gratitude for the time the mentor is willing to spend with you.

Another good alternative or complement to online business classes is working with a business coach. An experienced business coach can help integrate any online small business classes you are taking into your overall business goals, as well as offer helpful business tips and develop an effective business map for your future.

Attend Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery

Immersion – even if it’s only for a short period of time – is the spark many businesspeople need to take their careers to the next level. The best short-term immersion programs combine elements of small business classes online with activities to help change your state, break through limiting beliefs and develop a winning mindset.

Business Mastery is a 5-day event that allows participants to learn game-changing business strategies from world-class entrepreneurs. You’ll get the benefits of full immersion  – getting out of your norm (and your comfort zone) while surrounding yourself with some of the brightest innovators in the world, all while making connections with other business owners. Whether you’re a new business owner or someone who wants to break bad business habits and take their current career to the next level, Business Mastery is the perfect place to focus your energy on your business goals. 

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The role of self-care in business mastery

Last but not least, don’t forget about the importance of self-care while working to develop new business skills or attending online business school. Remember, becoming comfortable running a company requires more than the technical know-how you will acquire through online small business classes. You must also work diligently to cultivate your peak state through holistic mind-body practices. Think about it: when your energy is low, your mind wandering and your emotions in a rut, how can you really apply yourself fully to your online business courses? You can’t. You must commit yourself to your overall health. The good news is, anyone can master simple strategies for mindfully engaging the body, focus the mind and master emotions. The end result will only elevate your learning outcomes upon completing your business training.

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