What’s one must-take virtual business course and why?
The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.
1. Coding Fundamentals
If you want to win in the tech sector, a basic understanding of computer programming can be extremely empowering, whether you’re an entry-level or a top-tier executive. Codecademy offers free online courses that provide everything you need to know from the basics to creating beautiful, fully functioning websites from scratch. And if you’re game for the really technical stuff, they’ve got that, too.
2. Behavioral Economics
Dan Ariely taught at Duke University and is now teaching his course through Coursera. It blends the best thinking in economics with psychology and marketing. He is also highly engaging; you will love every minute and forget you are learning tips for your business.
3. Introduction to Business
Introduction to Business is offered by Kaplan University, and it’s a must-take for anyone looking to gain the basics of business management, economics, HR and communications.
Accelio is a great source for real-world, need-a-focused-answer-now kind of virtual business course. Instead of buying large courses, Accelio gives you a focused checklist of what you need to do to achieve a particular result or deliverable. It’s been a great resource for me, and its mini courses cover every aspect of business.
Mixergy has a ton of great business classes focused on every part of running a successful business. Whether you’re weak in lead generation, sales, systems, customer service, etc., Mixergy likely has a course suited exactly for your current situation.
6. Noah Kagan’s YouTube Videos
Watch one of Noah Kagan’s longer video interviews or speeches on YouTube, and you’ll get an (entertaining) virtual business education in entrepreneurship and marketing.
7. One Month Rails
One Month Rails teaches the fundamentals of Ruby on Rails over a span of 30 days. At the end of one month, you will have successfully used GitHub, Heroku hosting and designed a successful project with Ruby on Rails. It also teaches the basics of Twitter Bootstrap.
8. The World-Changing Writing Workshop
You need to be able to tell your story in order to market your company effectively. Pace and Kyeli Smith’s workshop is an effective way to learn not only how to write well, but also how to reach readers emotionally with your writing. That’s the core of marketing when you get down to it.
9. A Crash Course on Creativity
Tina Seelig, executive director at Stanford Technology Ventures Program, teaches an essential course on creativity that helps individuals understand creativity and its role in organizations. It’s more structured than many virtual classes but highly effective.
10. Data Analysis
General Assembly offers a fantastic set of courses and certifications for technology and business topics. In particular, check out data analysis. Students learn Excel hacks, infographic creation, mobile analytics and more. It’s all about using data sciences to gain insight about users, products and content.