For Adults

Sharpen Your Business Skills: Free or Low Cost Online Courses

04/28/2020 | Business, Online Classes

So you’re starting to get a little stir crazy being stuck at home. You’ve caught up on all the Netflix series you wanted to watch, the news is too depressing so you stay away from those channels, and playing the Game of Thrones version of Monopoly has gotten, well, monotonous.

If you have a business but it is shut down for the foreseeable future, or want to get one started, now is a great opportunity to sharpen your business skills. There are a wealth of courses, classes, workshops and webinars online which are absolutely free (or very low cost). Here is a list of some of the largest, most comprehensive collections of learning materials that you can access to learn a new software, get better at ones you already use, learn the latest marketing techniques, and much more.

This first link is a great jumping off point. As the name suggests, it is a central directory of just about all the (FREE) online coursework available from around the world.

Class Central
Class Central is a listing of online courses. We aggregate courses from many providers to make it easy to find the best courses on almost any subject, wherever they exist. We focus primarily on free (or free to audit) courses from universities, offered through massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. Whatever you are interested in learning, it is more than likely that our catalog includes a course that will meet your needs.

More specific online resources:
From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more— offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

Khan Academy
For both adults and kids. Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP, SAT, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.

Universal Class
Take an online course to continue your education or learn a new skill in technology, business, hobbies, writing, real estate, homeschooling, self-help, accounting, psychology, entrepreneurship, health & medicine, history, and more. [*requires an Indy Public Library card account to access]

Open Culture
Find over 150 courses, many from leading universities that will deepen your professional education. Topics include finance, technology, entrepreneurship and much more.

Alison offers over 1000 free online courses across nine distinct categories. The types of courses across the categories include: Certificate Courses, Diploma Courses and Learning Paths.
Find free online courses, lectures, and videos from the best colleges in the country. Take online classes from schools like Yale, MIT and Stanford.

Open Yale Courses
Provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats.

MIT Open Courseware
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective; students find additional resources to help them succeed; and independent learners enrich their lives and use the content to tackle some of our world’s most difficult challenges, including sustainable development, climate change, and cancer eradication.

Thousands of university classes and courses. Not all, but many are free.

Similar to Coursera, a high level education at little or no cost.
For the more creative types, Skillshare offers hundreds of courses in Animation, Design, Illustration, Photo & Film, Business, and Writing. You can get full premium access for two months for free. If you want to then join, an annual membership with full access to everything is only $99/year.


Additional resources can be accessed based on individual need. For more information on the library's business resources, contact the library at 317-275-4184, text 317-333-6877, or through Ask-a-Librarian.