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Top 5 online business courses for solo entrepreneurs

Whether you’re looking to start your career as a soloist, or want to upskill to take your business to the next level, a good online course can go a long way in helping you achieve your business goals.

But with thousands of online business courses to choose from, how do you shortlist the best options for you? Plus there’s the thing about affordability.

Here’s the good news - our friends at Small Business First have tied up with Udemy, one of the Internet's top short course providers, and they’re offering our members their best courses at heavily discounted prices.

We’ve cut through the time consuming process of going through all the courses and listed 5 top courses on entrepreneurship. Read on and pick one that’s best for you:

1. How to come up with killer business ideas: workshop

Cost: $18.99 ($174.99)

Do you know what do Facebook, Groupon, Twitter, Pinterest, & Instagram have in common - besides being ultra successful businesses?

Every single company started with an idea that was TERRIBLE.

Yes, that’s right. Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Andrew Mason, Kevin Systrom all started their businesses not with immediate success, but with immediate failure, ridicule, and frustration.

  • Facebook started as a way to compare attractiveness between classmates.
  • Pinterest started as an app that let you get notified when your favorite designer goods went on sale.
  • Groupon started as a website for raising funds for charity.
  • Instagram started as Burbn, the 400th app to let you “check in” at your favorite businesses.

And yes, Twitter started as a website to list and find podcasts.

None of these ideas were brilliant. They weren’t clever. They certainly weren’t insightful. And they certainly weren't "ahead of their time". But they were created by people who supposedly are.

Business ideas are not an art. They're not things that are limited only to those with experience & creative insight. Anyone can come up with, develop, and improve business ideas. Business ideas that can be life changing - and I guarantee a whole lot better than the first idea of most major companies.

Stop being intimidated by the process of coming up with business ideas. Learn it, master it, and conquer it. Learn the science behind creating great business ideas with this course.

2. Build a Shopify Dropshipping Business from Scratch

Cost: $18.99 ($204.99)

Another Udemy bestseller, this course helps you start your own business from anywhere in the world, and learn from a 6-Figure e-Commerce Shopify Entrepreneur.

So what’s the course all about? Follow your instructor’s videos showing you exactly how to build your own E-Commerce Dropshipping Business from the ground up. You’ll find the whole process documented, right from the initial idea, all the way through to the first sale through Facebook Ads.

3. MBA in a Box: Business Lessons from a CEO

Cost: $18.99 ($199.99)

MBA in a box is a collection of the five courses that are most frequently taught to MBA students. The course creators have carried out extensive research and explored the curriculums of the most successful MBA programs around the world including Harvard Business School, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, Booth School of Business, London Business School and others.

Even if you are a complete beginner and you know nothing about business or finance, the course can help you build your knowledge from scratch. The course contains plenty of real-life examples and case studies that make it easy to understand.

The becomes more interactive with a gamebook that will test what you have learned and will simulate a real-world environment in which your decisions as a business executive will have real monetary consequences for a company.

4. An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof

Cost: $18.99 ($204.99)

In this course, you will learn everything you need to know about business, from starting a company to taking it public. This course covers important topics you will learn from getting an MBA from a top school plus real life practical business concepts that will help make you more successful.

This course is taught by an award winning MBA professor with significant real world experience working at Goldman Sachs as well as in the venture capital, hedge fund and consulting industries (he has founded several companies and sits on several boards). The professor of this course is also the author of "101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You in Business School," which Forbes magazine recently called "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs need to read right now."

The course makes the general business, accounting and finance process very easy to understand.

5. The Essential Guide to Entrepreneurship by Guy Kawasaki

Cost: $18.99 ($99.99)

The hardest part of starting your own business is taking the first step. This course is designed for budding entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and experience levels.

In this course, you’ll not only learn the essential principles of starting your own business, you’ll also benefit from the course instructor Guy Kawasaki’s 30+ years of experience working as an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor.

Whether you already have a detailed business plan or just a great idea that you’re passionate about, you’ll find value in the way this course breaks down the various concepts of entrepreneurship in an easy and accessible manner with plenty of real-world examples, tips and tricks, and wisdom from a seasoned entrepreneur.

If you’re looking for courses on any other topics, such as, strategy, management, design or home business, have a look at the Udemy website for more options.

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