I don’t call myself an entrepreneur, but the outside world does. I’ve learnt a lot about starting and growing my own business from courses I’ve taken and blog posts I’ve read online. The best advice I can give someone ready to take their passions online is: skill up. Keep learning and growing, there’s always some extra knowledge you can add and try in your online business.

There’s so much power in investing in your knowledge.

I have so much respect for the crazy motivated online biz owners always talking about the latest and best online entrepreneurship courses they’ve completed. While I wish I had more time to actually finish my online courses (and start building my own), I know there’s significant value in finding the right online programs for you and your business.

Many online business owners simply don’t invest at the start, and that’s where it ends. If you just expect to know it all and do it all from the beginning, you’re never going to grow.

Find a gap in your skill set — fill it with knowledge or hire a professional. Here are the best courses for online entrepreneurs out there currently; it’s not exhaustive, but it’s a start if you’re ready to follow your passions online.

Online Entrepreneurship Courses

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Certified Associate (DMCA)

Designed to make you a well-rounded digital marketer, SimpliLearn’s DMCA course is the perfect introduction to the skills and tools you need to execute your own digital marketing campaigns in your biz. Get your head around all the essential online skills, including:

  • SEO
  • PPC
  • Content marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Marketing automation
  • Marketing strategy

+ earn yourself a certification in the process!

Free Course: HubSpot’s Inbound Certification

Most digital marketers have taken this course. I was recommended this course by a previous manager in my old job; it’s essentially the future of marketing. Your online biz will not survive based purely on cold calls and emails. Inbound marketing is everything to an online entrepreneur: SEO, blogging, landing pages, lead nurturing, conversion analysis, reporting. HubSpot really does teach it all — and free of charge!

HubSpot pride themselves on this course, and that’s because it’s truly awesome free knowledge for online business owners.

Ryan Holiday: Smart PR for Artists & Entrepreneurs

If you’ve ever studied PR and/or marketing at a university in the past few years, you know who Ryan Holiday is. He’s a pretty big deal, and I mean that (only 29, a best selling author and known for his ‘lying’). You can learn his best PR techniques directly from him for just $99.

The course has a bunch of bonus material, including Ryan’s recommended reading list. He’s regularly reading up to 7 books in a week and managing high profile jobs with American Apparel and as a partner at creative agency, StoryArk. He has stellar reviews for this course, and you’ll even find a comment about the course being offered for double the price previously. Sign up here — you’ll receive the 21 video lessons instantly!

Facebook Blueprint

Navigating social media can be difficult as a new online business owner. The Facebook Blueprint is a global training certification to help you gain valuable social media marketing skills. Learn from Facebook experts in a free, self-paced environment. More info here.

Design

Lynda.com

Everything I know now about design programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), I taught myself using Lynda.com when completing my journalism degree back in 2014. It’s basically the best way to up-skill as a young online entrepreneur — and check with your university, you might be able to get all the epic courses for free.

So whether you want to polish up your design skills (training and tutorials here) or you’re in need of some tech skills before you dive into the world of online business, Lynda.com is exactly where you want to start. It’s LinkedIn’s learning platform, so you know it’s proper legit.

Graphic Design Masterclass: Learn Graphic Design in Projects

Udemy’s premier graphic design course is run by Dr. Chad Neuman; he teaches the basics of Adobe’s Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign over almost 4 hours. The content is aimed at beginners and teaches students how to learn and apply graphic design principles, color and typography for better designs. You will need a Creative Cloud subscription to successfully complete this course.

Related: How I Went from Lifestyle Blogger to Full Time Business Owner

Business

Intro to Entrepreneurship: Get started as an Entrepreneur

Interested in starting your own business and living that entrepreneur life? Of course you are! And you can, with the help of this Udemy course for budding entrepreneurs like yourself.

Over 11,000 people have taken the leap and enrolled in this course to kickstart their entrepreneurial dreams. It boasts 4.6 ratings, 90 lectures and over 14 hours of content — and it’s priced for your beginner budget.

Melyssa Griffin’s Online Courses

I’m currently a student of Melyssa’s Blog to Biz Hive (not currently enrolling), however her three sub-courses are just as popular and useful to creative business owners and online entrepreneurs:

  • List Surge — Get 1,000 new email subscribers in the next 90 days with strategic list-building methods for bloggers and entrepreneurs.
  • Pinfinite Growth — Infinitely grow your traffic and email list with your new secret weapon: Pinterest.
  • Social Media Superhero — Game-changing strategies so that you can grow your community and authority on social media.
Graduate Certificate in Collective Entrepreneurship

This online course will transport you into the epic world of online entrepreneurship via the wonderful Lisa Messenger of The Collective Hub. In just a year, unleash your inner entrepreneur and build or grow your business to new heights. Learn more.

The Doing School

I’ve mentioned Grace Lever before on the blog, her concept of ‘doing’ has raised her profile as a business consultant to female entrepreneurs. She currently has a free online entrepreneurship course I know you’re gonna love — How to Start Dreaming and Start Doing! I’ve attended the training before (actually when I was on holiday, it’s that good), you’ll learn the money making secrets to tackling the online biz world.

I hope you invest in at least one of the online entrepreneurship courses to help start or grow your digital journey. While you’re at it, grab the free content marketing strategy guide to plan out your big dreams + business ideas.

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