5 Business Classes You Can Take Online For Free

Updated: June 29, 2018

Either looking to start a business, grow a business, or just looking to up your game when it comes to how you handle your finances? Going to business school might be out of the cards for you (it is expensive), but thanks to nonprofit online platforms like edX you can now take classes conceptualized by  top universities (think Harvard, UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, and more).

Did we mention the classes are completely free?

For anyone looking to build up their business accumen (and really, everyone should) we highly suggest taking a class or two.

Here are five of our favorites:

1. Effective Business Writing

This class, taught by Margaret Steen, a honored instructor of writing at UC Berkeley teaches best practices when it comes to writing an effective business letter, email, or report including things like formatting, composition and clarity.

2. Financial Accounting Made Fun: Eliminating Your Fears

Developed by Peter Wilson, a professor of accounting and law at Babson College, this class will break down the basics of financial accounting and how to use a financial statement to help grow your business.

3. Personal Finance, Part 1: Investing in Yourself

Under the guidance of Ann Witte, professor emerita of economics at Wellesley College, this class will break down how to factor financial considerations into your life, while teaching participants how to effectively consume financial information.

4. Structuring Business Agreements for Success

Under instructor Robert Hillman, a professor of law at Cornell University, this class teaches all aspects of a business agreement, explaining the laws, principles, and guidelines that go into successful business deals.

5. Retail Fundamentals

Developed by Santiago Gallino, an assistant professor of business administration at Dartmouth College, this class tackles the key parts of a retail business including forecasting, inventory management, product assortment planning and pricing.

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