Free and low-cost training is a convenient and cost-effective tool states can use in building their Self-Employment Assistance Programs. The convenience of online training allows entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build a successful business of their own, anytime day or night. At the click of a mouse, entrepreneurs and gig workers can take courses at their own pace while maintaining control of their own learning.
SBA Online Small Business Training
The Small Business Administration offers more than 30 free self-guided online business training courses covering a variety of topics including How to Prepare a Business Plan, Franchising Basics, Government Contracting, Green Business Opportunities, and more.
Money Smart for Small Businesses
This new instructor-led training curriculum developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) contains 10 training modules covering key topics for new and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
Learn about team building, idea generation, writing, planning, marketing, legal issues and investment through this online program. Students are provided with lecture slides, cases, handouts and resource links to aid in their learning.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
A course designed to help students develop a flexible way of thinking about marketing problems and understand key marketing concepts, methods, and strategic issues relevant for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs.
Finding Money to Start a Business
This course teaches entrepreneurs how to develop a capital strategy and mentally prepare for entrepreneurship. Gain an understanding of the pros and cons of various funding resources and rule out funding that may be harmful for certain start-ups.
The Open University
This course provides insights on the personal aspects and behaviors involved in turning an innovative idea into an entrepreneurial product and building a team. Course topics include developing entrepreneurial work styles and understanding economic functions.
On-Demand Online Learning Programs
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
With more than 90 entrepreneurial learning programs, this is one of the largest collections of free, on-demand training resources available in the United States. There are a myriad of topics including accounting, marketing, legal, sales, taxes, and even a sizable selection of courses en Español.