Photography Camille Valbusa
Bravo! You’ve decided to go off and start something all on your own. Now, where exactly should you start? While building a business can seem daunting (trust us, we’ve been there!), so many valuable resources are literally a click away. Today, we’re sharing seven free online courses we tracked down to help you get started on this fresh new move of yours. Here are some top tips on how to start a business.
1. Build a successful startup
The main idea behind this course from Udacity.com is to learn how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback.
Searching for the real pain points and the needs of customers will help you find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model.
2. Start a business
This collection of short videos, articles, and checklists from Lynda.com was designed to help you work through the following objectives: Evaluate yourself and your idea, create and share your company story, choose your business structure, finance your business, and establish operations.
3. Pick a great domain name for your website
This course from Mike McLaughlin (Domains Senior Vice President & General Manager from GoDaddy) explains how great names make great websites and demonstrates how to give your business a unique and memorable address online. Also, find out how to be a successful blogger by reading this article.
4. Build your tribe of loyal followers
Small Business consultant, Cyndie Spiegel invites you stop comparing yourself to others and become even stronger because of the success of others, rather than in spite of them.
This course is great for figuring out how to get those followers and how to overcome jealousy that could be holding you back.
5. Keep your customers coming back
Learn how to develop an active engagement strategy that yields repeat purchases, long-term loyalty and new referrals with this step-by-step guide.
The hardest thing to do is to give people an incentive to keep coming back to your new business, so check out this course and you’ll have that loyalty factor.
6. Use SEO to get the best web page ever
Join “Wizard of Moz” Rand Fishkin for a dive into the heart of SEO. This class shares actionable insights and tactics for optimizing your content and organically raising the online presence of your business and brand.
By Rachel Curran