If you’re a blogger, small business owner, or bootstrapped startup owner then you will, no doubt, invest time into discovering quality free software to help run your business. Free doesn’t mean low quality when it comes to web-based software and tools. Here are some excellent free resources for entrepreneurs that I use weekly. Want to learn about passive income but don’t have the means to buy courses and books? Looking for some cheap ways to bootstrap your entrepreneur education?
I’ll show you how to save a lot of money by looking in the right places for free or almost free resources.
Free Entrepreneur Books
If you have a kindle or the kindle app on your devices then be sure to check out Amazon.com for free books.
Search for Entrepreneurship in the Kindle section. Then sort by Price: Low to High.
My results showed around 50 books in the $0.0 range. You can’t get a better deal than that.
I recommend Nick Loper’s Side Hustle for a start. Even if you’ve got bigger plans than building a side business this book is well worth reading for the entrepreneurial insights. And it’s free!
Free Online Courses
if you are into learning high-level university material and you’re not concerned with the qualifications for now then look no further than M.I.T.s OPEN Courseware. The famous university put its entire catalogue online for everyone. You can’t take the exams without paying but the same lecture notes that students enrolled in MIT use are available to download for free.
Here’s the Entrepreneur course list.
Udemy is an online course website with strange pricing structures which change frequently. This is obviously designed to convince people that they are getting bargains all the time. If you’re paying more than $29 for a course you’re most likely paying too much. It might be worth checking the site in Incognito mode on Chrome or Private Browsing on Firefox to see if the pricing changes. Also worth trying is using a VPN to make your location and pretending to log in from the US, for example.
Always look around for discounts. Type ‘Udemy discounts’ and browse a couple of sites to see if you can pick up a discount code that works. They change regularly so it’s important to look at the time of ordering.
Searching for Free courses on Udemy is easy. Here’s a list of free Entrepreneur courses available
Skillwise is a great option for discounted bundled courses on building business websites. If you’re technical at all then this is a great way to get into software development but it’s also a way to bootstrap your entrepreneur efforts by doing the websites yourself. Understanding how websites are built is a great skill to have even if you’re not the one coding away all day.
Continuing with the coding route, I recommend CodeAcademy. The site’s structure makes it simple to learn to code. There’s no clutter and they get straight to the practical learning using a clever interface. 100% free!
For insight into the Entrepreneur mindset, you can find some great interviews with the likes of Richard Branson and Elon Musk on the Khan Academy website.
OpenLearning.com curates courses about many different topics. Here’s a link to the entrepreneurship courses that you can take for free.
Udacity has a free course specifically about building a startup.
Startup Engineering, a free course from Coursera can get a bit technical but it is an excellent resource for specifics relating to building a business online.
Podcasts are fast becoming big business these days and it’s not hard to see why. They are less time consuming to produce and easier for interviewees to take part in. There are many great podcasts out there dealing with entrepreneurship and business but I’d recommend the following for anyone interested in business.
Mixergy: Startup Stories with 1000+ entrepreneurs
Andrew Warner has been doing the podcast thing for many years and his show is one of the most popular in the world. Millions of people listen in to stories from entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses. Andrew’s interview style is quirky and direct. He gets his guests to give us the good stuff.
The Tim Ferriss Show: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig
I’ve been listening to Tim since day one of his podcast and year one of his first ground-breaking book, the 4 Hour Workweek. There’s plenty of nuggets of information here for business people, writers, thinkers, and more. Tim touches on a lot of subjects so you will definitely find someone useful and actionable.
Conversion Aid: SaaS, Startups, Growth Hacking & Traction
Omer Khan presents a great show for software entrepreneurs but non-programmers will find tons of useful information here. Growth-hacking, business development, marketing, and traction are all covered.
eCommerce Fuel: Build, Launch and Grow a 6 Figure Plus eCommerce Business
If you have an ecommerce store or even a drop-ship store, or indeed, you’re planning on building one then check out eCommerceFuel. Andrew’s podcast is slick and to the point. Actionable advice from someone that’s done it all in the world of eCommerce.
Unemployable: Actionable strategies for thousands of freelancers
If you’re like me and most of the listeners of this podcast then you’ve probably got the entrepreneur spirit. Brian Clark, founder of StudioPress (for excellent WordPress themes) offers monologues and interviews about making it in the world of entrepreneurship. Brian is a straight-talking guy who has been building businesses on the internet since the early days.
The great thing about podcasts is that you can learn while you are at the gym (as long as it’s not CrossFit class effort), walking, or driving.
OK, So I cheated with the title here. These aren’t masterminds, per se, but that’s not to say that they can’t be. Meetups for niche topics can be extremely productive and are fantastic for networking. Check out your local Meetup to connect with other entrepreneurs and learn. There are plenty of Meetups for budding business people. Meetups can be invaluable sources of inspiration, networking, and learning. Talking with people that are building businesses just like you can be really helpful. Learning from entrepreneurs that have already established businesses is a fantastic free learning channel. With any exchange, it’s not all about taking so try to give something back to the community also.