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10 Free Online Courses First-time Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Miss

Coursera is one of the most popular online platforms which provide free online courses from top universities and colleges worldwide. We are able to experience the future of education by accessing lectures and participating in virtual class rooms from every place in the world with Internet access.

Don’t miss these ten great, free and always available online courses, which can give you valuable knowledge and information that can be very useful for your startup journey.

Essentials of Entrepreneurship: Thinking & Action

Course description: “Success in business can be greatly enhanced with an understanding of key entrepreneurial characteristics and competencies solutions. This interactive course provides potential entrepreneurs with the knowledge of succeeding in an entrepreneurial opportunity. Topics include: how creativity, opportunity and feasibility are best evaluated; business strategies for new businesses; importance of a business plan; achieving success in a new business.”

Project Management: The Basics for Success

Course description: “This course combines the essential elements of Project Management and Team Leadership into one course. Through class engagement and reflection, you will acquire further understanding of the responsibilities of leadership and become better prepared to apply this knowledge to the project environment.”

Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part I

Course description: “This course focuses on the common growth challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially.”

Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part II

Course description: “This course focuses on the common human resource (“people”) challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially. “

Effective Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Course description: “Critical thinking – the application of scientific methods and logical reasoning to problems and decisions – is the foundation of effective problem solving and decision making. Critical thinking enables us to avoid common obstacles, test our beliefs and assumptions, and correct distortions in our thought processes. Gain confidence in assessing problems accurately, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating likely risks…”

Foundations of Business Strategy

Course description: “In this course, we will explore the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy. We will develop your ability to think strategically by providing you the tools for conducting a strategic analysis…”

Introduction to Public Speaking

Course description: “The class’s focus on understanding the key parts of an argument and drafting clear and concise arguments translates directly to other academic assignments. In service of this goal, we will study the principles of argumentation and arrangement; critically examine our own speeches and the speeches of others.”

Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills

Course description: “This course provides you with a practical, holistic introduction to the strategies and skills that can lead to successful negotiations in your personal life and in business transactions. The course covers the four key stages of negotiation: (1) planning, (2) negotiating, (3) creating a contract, and (4) performing the contract…”

Competitive Strategy

Course description: “In this six-module course, you will learn how businesses and organizations behave in situations in which strategic decisions are interdependent, i.e. where my actions affect my competitors’ profits and vice versa. Using the basic tools of game theory, we will analyse how businesses choose strategies to attain competitive advantage…”

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity

Course description: “You will be able to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques that you have learned in goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity.”

─ April 10, 2015