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Start Your Business Entrepreneurs

Continuing Education: Free Courses for Entrepreneurs

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Universities all over the country have adopted entrepreneurial programs in response to the rapid emergence of startups. For graduates who've been able to take advantage of such programs or for entrepreneurs starting from scratch, there are a wide variety of free resources available to help with the operations of a new business.

There's always a benefit to continuing your education and we live in an age where it's possible without taking evening classes or paying a hefty tuition. Accessing resources online has never been easier.

Coursera is an online learning platform founded by two Stanford professors that offers courses, specializations and degrees. The site currently offers more than 2,400 free courses ranging from topics on corporate entrepreneurship (University of Maryland) to data analysis (PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Every course on the site is taught by top instructors from the world's best universities and educational institutions. Upon completion of a course, you'll receive a sharable electronic course certificate to promote your accomplishments. Coursera also offers advanced courses, specialization and even online degrees available for purchase.

Once you've opened your business, it's important to promote and market it properly. Facebook Blueprint is a global training and certification program for marketing on Facebook and Instagram. The social-media giant offers an online education program, a course to obtain certification and even an in-person training program.

Facebook Blueprint offers eLearning courses in 16 categories. Whether you're trying to target the right audience or increase online sales, Facebook has created free resources for you to learn how.

Upon singing in to your Google account, you'll get access to the company's "Academy for Ads." The site allows users to complete courses that range anywhere from about 40 minutes to beyond five hours on such topics as YouTube Asset Monetization or Double Click Search Basics.

The Google Ads certification is a professional accreditation that Google offers to individuals who demonstrate proficiency in advanced aspects of Google Ads, the website reads.

Aside from these massive learning tools, you might be surprised at how many resources are available in your local community. Using tools such as Eventbrite, you can filter through events in your area using keywords that apply to your industry. Take advantage of the numerous workshops, networking events and other business events that are right in your back

To be a successful entrepreneur, you must utilize every resource that comes your way while being conscious that you're not wasting time. Before you embark on a six or seven-hour educational video, make sure it's worthwhile to your new operations.

Carlyann Edwards

Carlyann is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Journalism with minors in sustainability and music at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will graduate in 2020. She is incredibly interested by the intersection of business development and environmental preservation. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys working for non-profit organization Carolina Thrift, running and playing the ukulele. She can be reached on LinkedIn.