Fortunately, there are resources to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn how to manage these decisions. AARP launched the Skills Builder for Work platform to help experienced learners close the skills gap. The platform offers free and paid courses and certificate programs. Consider these entrepreneurship courses to get started:
Small Business Basics. Get started with this free crash course in small business management. The course provides ‘a fundamental understanding of the most critical areas of small business management and will help you assess whether a career in small business is right for you. You will leave with a solid understanding of the essential skills required to run a successful small business .”
Basics of online business. This free course is a great resource for any aspiring entrepreneur, whether launching a product-based or service business, to explore the necessary action items and strategies to succeed in the online marketplace. This course covers the importance of solving problems, finding your target audience online and meeting their needs.
Entrepreneur Finance 101. Budget and cash flow management are two of the most challenging aspects of starting a business, especially for creative and social entrepreneurs. However, businesses that are in good financial shape are the most likely to scale up. The Finance 101 for Entrepreneurs course covers “fundamental concepts of finance, including entrepreneurial financing; price cash flow; and financial ratios.” You can earn credits from accredited institutions such as SHRM and HRCI.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Learn what decisions need to be made before starting a business, and the success factors for long-term business success. The course also covers the strategic planning process and the financial and operational requirements for entry.
Changes in workforce demographics indicate that investment in reskilling and upskilling is a significant expense for aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners, regardless of company size and tenure. Business leaders must make lifelong learning a priority to deliver relevant, impactful products and services while keeping an eye on the changing needs of customers.
Further deepen your knowledge with free and paid certificate courses in entrepreneurship and small business management offered through the Skills Builder platform. Visit the Small Business Resource Center for People Over 50 for dedicated resources on starting, managing and growing your brand.