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 plethora 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, 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 some tips to streamline your search:
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.
In-depth, curriculum-based online small business classes
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 name-brand 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.
Online business school
If you are looking to add formal credentials to your résumé, you might consider obtaining an MBA. Although some big-name schools are considering digitizing their MBA coursework (Wharton began offering the core components of its MBA program online in 2013, creating an online business school of sorts), you will likely need to attend an MBA program in-person to obtain the complete degree. If in-person attendance is not an option for you, consider completing scaled-down online business courses as described above.
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
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” and face real-life business situations without investing a penny. And since you’ll likely be working alongside the startup founder, you’ll be able to observe how he or she rises above changes in a day-to-day workplace environment.
Find a business mentor
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 benefitted immensely from their coaching.
Attend Tony Robbins’ Business Mastery
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.
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. 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. Rather, 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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