Open Education Sources for Small Businesses

Last Updated: August 1, 2017

We are in the middle of Open Education Week, which lasts from March 27th to 31st this year. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about sources, uses and benefits of open education. We conducted some research to find open resources that will be helpful for a small business owner.

Although many websites offer free courses aimed at small business owners, it can be difficult to determine their quality. We decided only to look at recognized high quality platforms that offer free courses.


Coursera collaborates with 150 institutes across the globe to put together online courses open to all. Here you will find a wide variety of business related courses ranging from entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and business strategy. You have the option of taking a course, completing a specialization or even finding a degree. There are various affordable options for anyone on a budget.


Started by Harvard University and MIT in Cambridge, USA, this platform hosts an impressive array of courses and programs. You can find a wealth of options on business related topic here. “People Management for Entrepreneurs”, “Family Business Strategy Essentials” and “Entrepreneurship 102: Do you have a product?” are just a few that seem really interesting!


This platform offers courses for the tech savvy. Marketed as “online university by Silicon Valley,” Udacity offers courses that would help web and app developers or anyone interested in learning the basics (or advancing their knowledge) on programming, artificial intelligence, machine learning etc.

Other platforms of interest are:

There are other sources of learning as well. We often feature helpful articles with tips on our Twitter account. You can also learn from good content marketing sections on company websites such as on Hubspot. Last but not least, don’t forget yours truly: the Small Business Accelerator! Check out our E-Tools and Industry Guides for free resources to fast-track your small business.

Bonus Tip: If you are looking for open-source pictures for your website, check this out!



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