You don’t need to go back to college in order to advance your career, or even strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. Here are 20 (mostly free) online courses you can do in your spare time that’ll put you on a path to building a fulfilling, long-lasting career.
Career Edge: The Path to Career Success
Not sure where to start? This course can help offer insights on a career that is right for you.
Beginners Adobe Photoshop
Knowing your way around Photoshop is valuable no matter what you do for a living. You’ll appreciate having the ability to create custom images to post on your business social media pages or even just to add “basic Photoshop” to your skills list on LinkedIn.
Introduction to Graphic Design
Even if you don’t want to be a graphic designer, having some basic design skill is invaluable in a number of careers. Following the basics of Photoshop, develop your graphic design skills to open doors for yourself.
Getting Started With Illustrator CC
This course will teach you the basic skills you need to work with Adobe Illustrator.
Getting Started With Google Analytics
If you work with websites, you undoubtedly work with Google Analytics. Get a crash course in using this powerful tool in this online course from Udemy.
Introduction to Web Development: HTML
Whether you’re hoping to become a web developer or you just want to make changes to your own site, you’ll need to know at least some HTML. This course will give you a solid set of foundational HTML skills.
Quick Start Excel: Getting Started With Excel
Do you know how many jobs use Excel? Basically all of them. This course will show you how to use this simple but powerful program.
SEO for SEO Beginners
Learn to optimize a website and top the Google search results with this 5-star rated free online course on Udemy.
Programming for Everybody (Getting Started With Python)
If you want to learn programming, (and why wouldn’t you? It’s one of the fastest growing careers) Python is a great place to start.
How to Build a Startup
Starting a business isn’t as simple as coming up with a product and then selling it. This course will get you ready to build your own startup.
21 Critical Lessons for Entrepreneurs
There’s no better person to learn about entrepreneurship from than someone who’s been there. This course covers everything from coming up with a workable idea to hiring staff.
Creativity and Entrepreneurship
This course will teach you how to use your creativity to advance your career.
Law and the Entrepreneur
If you’re being held back from pursuing your dreams by fears of accidentally ending up on the wrong side of the law, this course is for you.
How to Write the Ultimate 1 Page Strategic Business Plan
Start your business off on the right foot with a solid plan.
Marketing and Communication
Marketing in a Digital World
Learn how to get your business seen and draw in potential customers with this introductory marketing course from Coursera.
Professional Communication Essentials
Being able to communicate clearly and professionally both in person and in writing is one of most basic yet crucial skills necessary to advance in just about any career.
Create Income Opportunities by Learning Power Writing
Honing your writing skills can create new opportunities in a variety of career paths.
Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator
Want to rock your next interview, score a new client, or finally get that raise you’ve been longing for? Better brush up on your negotiating skills.
Manage Your Social Strategies
Social media marketing is both a growing field in its own right and a valuable specialization for entrepreneurs.
Introduction to Public Speaking
A familiarity and level of comfort with public speaking will help you do more than just deliver a memorable Best Man speech — it’ll also advance your career.
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