NEW! Online Classes for Small Business Owners
The Small Business Administration offers an excellent array of online classes covering planning, management, finance and accounting, marketing, e-commerce, taxes and more. Classes are self-paced and use multi-media training modules, which helps keeps things interesting and addresses different learning styles. Go to http://www.sba.gov/services/training/onlinecourses/index.html.
No matter what your industry, this is a must-visit site for every business owner. The Virtual Tax Workshop is designed for small business owners. Ten lessons progress through deductions, online filing, payroll taxes and much more. Take these courses, and learn how to talk to your accountant. Go to http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=97726,00.html.
MITOpenCourseWare from Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides an awesome opportunity to take classes from the Sloan School of Management at no charge. There is a wide variety of university-level classes available online for free. No credit is given, but all syllabi, class notes and supporting information are providing for self-directed learning. Go to http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html.
The Free Micro-eMBA(SM): 10 modules comprise The Free Management Library’s self-directed learning experience. The flow of the course follows the natural progression of developing and growing a business. Go to http://www.managementhelp.org/fp_progs/org_dev.htm.
The HP Learning Center offers online classes for small businesses. Topics include: popular business software, networking, protection and risk management of your technology investments, IT, marketing and other business skills. Go to http://h30187.www3.hp.com/.
The Microsoft Small Business Center offers free online classes for Microsoft software. They also offer online classes covering basic business skills. You do have to register first to take these classes, but there are no fees involved. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/smallbusiness/small-business-plus/sign-up.aspx.