“Once you stop learning, you start dying!”
Technology and smartphones have now given us a choice, to learn right from the comfort of our beds, and not depend on classrooms and timetables. By devoting just a couple of hours every week to online courses, you can definitely add new skills to your CV, and can even advance your career. So, in order to make the hunt for the right course easier for you, we have hand-listed the best online courses you can do which are not too time-consuming, and are absolutely FREE!
“How to start a startup”, Sam Altman at Stanford University
Initially given at Stanford in Fall 2014, this lecture designed by Y Combinator’s president Sam Altman features exceptional entrepreneurs like PayPal’s Peter Thiel, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky. You’ll learn the basics of user growth, fundraising, operations and management, and much more.
Duration: 20 hours / 20 lessons
“Successful Negotiation: Essential strategies and skills” by Coursera
Negotiation is the key to business success—after all, no business can survive without profitable contracts. After you finish this University of Michigan course (complete with interactive videos and a free app), you’ll know how to successfully negotiate.
Duration: 7 weeks of study, 75 minutes/week
“Diploma in Marketing Management” by Alison
This course provides a broad overview of marketing and marketing management. It also discusses ways to capture marketing insights in order to aid marketers in making decisions about their products or services. You will learn about the marketing of products and services and how they differ. You will also learn about the theory behind modern marketing and how it has evolved over the years, along with modern marketing information systems.
Duration: 10 hours
“New Venture Finance: Startup funding for entrepreneurs” by Coursera
This University of Maryland course is created for aspiring and active entrepreneurs who want to understand how to secure funding for their company. Key questions answered within the four-week course include: “What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them?” and “What are your fundraising options?”
Duration: 12-20 hours
“Introduction to Graphic Design” by Udemy
Why is that logo appealing? Why does that poster stand out? Various online courses cater to this subject, but, in this course especially, you’ll learn the theory behind creating attention-grabbing visuals and understand the basic principles and elements of design.
Duration: 1 hour / 11 lessons
“Accounting and Financial Management” by edX
Do you want to advance your career and move toward an organizational leadership position, such as a Chief Financial Officer? Ideal for professionals, this MicroMasters program will help you build the skills you’ll need to make high-level decisions that impact your organization’s current operations and financial future.
Duration: 8 weeks / 10-15 hours per week
“Adobe Photoshop CC: your complete beginners guide” by Adobe KnowHow
This tutorial for beginners will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop with easy-to-follow, practical examples. You’ll learn how to set up your work environment and perform the various editing functions that the program offers.
Duration: 5 hours 38 minutes / 16 lessons
“Introduction to computer science” by Harvard University
Duration: 180 Hours / 9 Lessons
“Robotics” by edX
Robotics is the science of building devices that physically interact with their environment. The most useful robots do it precisely, powerfully, repeatedly, tirelessly, fast, or some combinations of these. The most interesting robots maybe even do it intelligently. This course will cover the fundamentals of robotics, focusing on both the mind and the body.
Duration: 12 weeks / 8-10 hours per week
“Programming for everybody” by University of Michigan
No programming experience? No worries — “Programming for Everybody” is designed to be a first coding class and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course.
Duration: 20-40 Hours / 10 Lessons
“Internet Marketing for Smart People” by CopyBlogger
CopyBlogger presents a systematic and simple approach to implementing effective online marketing with this email course. By registering, you’ll also score instant access to 16 e-books on content marketing, copywriting, keyword research, and many more topics.
Duration: 20 lessons
“Getting started with Google Analytics” by Udemy
This training class will help you master the basics of Google Analytics and understand how to turbocharge your website performance. Apart from being able to interpret data, you’ll learn to translate the raw data into actionable insights.
Duration: 3 hours 4 minutes / 21 lessons
“Email Marketing Crash Course” by HubSpot
If you’re struggling to meet your email marketing goals, look no further than HubSpot’s video series. The videos demonstrate everything from growing more effective organic email lists to achieving a higher open rate to strengthening your lead nurturing.
Duration: 5 lessons
“Introduction to Public Speaking” by edX
Designed by the University of Washington, this course aims to help you become a more effective and confident public speaker. You’ll learn to design and deliver basic arguments, informative presentations, and persuasive, complex arguments all within 10 weeks.
Duration: 30 to 50 hours
“Marketing in a Digital World” by Coursera
Created by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this course examines how digital tools—such as smartphones, the internet, and 3D printing—are revolutionizing the world of marketing. It’ll teach you how to use these tools to persuade customers to buy, distribute, and set the right prices for your products.
Duration: 4 weeks of study, 6-8 hours/week
“Communicating strategically” by edX
Far too frequently, the people who have the most to say have the hardest time saying it. Geared toward experts (scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals), from various online courses, this course especially will help you effectively communicate with non-scientists to inform organizational decision-making.
Duration: 5 weeks, 4-6 hours per week
“Social Media 101” by Buffer
Learn the basics of social media in just two minutes a day with Buffer’s week-long email class. You’ll master everything from establishing a tone for your social media posts to understanding online marketing analytics.
Duration: 14 minutes / 7 lessons
“Competitive Strategy” by Coursera
Taught in Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, this class teaches students how businesses behave when strategic decisions are interdependent. Using the basic tools of game theory, you’ll analyze how organizations choose strategies to attain competitive advantages.
Duration: 10 hours
“High impact business writing” by Coursera
Effective writing is a powerful tool in the business environment. Learn to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that’ll allow your ideas to be better understood by readers. This course will also teach you to notice, correct, and avoid the most common writing pitfalls.
Duration: 4-8 hours
“Chinese Language: Learn Basic Mandarin” by edX
Are you planning a trip to a Mandarin-speaking country, or have you always wanted to understand some common Mandarin phrases? Basic Mandarin is a great skill to add to your resume, as many of today’s global business meetings are conducted in Mandarin Chinese. In this class, you’ll learn basic phrases for everyday life as well as the proper “tones” in Mandarin. There are several other online courses available on this platform for various other foreign languages as well.
Duration: 6 weeks / 4 hours per week
Online courses, and massively open online courses (MOOCs) in particular, are quickly moving from a novelty to the mainstream. So next time you pick up your phone, you know what to do..!!
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