It seems like there are a million questions to ask when you start your own business, and the questions keep coming even after you get your first customer and make that first sale. Did you know there are free online courses to help entrepreneurs navigate the complex world of being a business owner?
The Small Business Administration’s website offers a Learning Center with a number of short, online courses covering a wide range of topics. Here are just a few samples:
- Legal Requirements for Small Business
As a small business owner, do you know what your federal, state and local legal obligations are? This course will give you an overview of the legal requirements of small business owners.
- Competitive Advantage
What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, and more.
- Strategic Planning
Learn what Strategic Planning is and why it is a vital part of running your business. This course will explain why strategic planning is important and describe typical steps taken in the process.
- Financing Options for Small Businesses
This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, “angel”, etc.
- Encore Entrepreneurship for Women
This introduction to business planning is directed to women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business.
Courses are around 30 minutes long and often have downloadable worksheets to use in conjunction with the course.
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