“No matter how much experience you have, how many degrees you have, or how well known you have become — there is always something new to learn. Don’t rest on your past experiences. If you do nothing to improve your skills, you won’t stay where you are.”
– Laura Spencer
As an entrepreneur, it can be tough to remember to focus on important things like self-improvement, learning, and constantly challenging yourself intellectually. After all, you already have a lot on your plate.
Maybe you don’t have the time and mental bandwidth to dedicate to a full-blown college degree — but you’d still like to take a course that gives you something to show for your hard work once you’re through — something that legitimizes your experience.
Certifications might be the thing for you. Let’s look at a few different certifications that can make you a better entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur Certificates to Make You a Better Business Owner
UCLA Extension: Online Series in Entrepreneurship
This online course includes five courses and six electives that all focus on entrepreneurial growth. This certification allows you to self-pace and is flexible enough to accommodate an entrepreneur’s hectic schedule. Courses range from marketing, to business planning, to basic finance.
60-72 hours of learning time for courses
10-12 hours of learning time for electives
Cost: $1,420 in registration and course fees
Best for: Entrepreneurs who want a relatively low-cost option that is in a flexible online format and allows for customization via electives.
Daymond John Certificate in Entrepreneurship for Adults
Love watching FUBU Founder Daymond Johnson on Shark Tank? Then an entrepreneur certificate with his expertise might be perfect for you. Each of the five modules span four weeks, and the next program runs November 9, 2015-May 28, 2015. Within this program, you’ll learn about entrepreneurial sustainability, marketing and social media, branding, staff development, financing, growth strategies, and pitching.
Availability to complete online courses November 9, 2015-May 28, 2015
Application in by November 7, 2015
Cost: $1,300 for five modules (group discounts available)
Best for: Beginner to intermediate level entrepreneurs who want to learn from a seasoned expert within a flexible framework (without breaking the bank.)
Tarkenton Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Another online option for busy entrepreneurs, University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business offers the Tarkenton Certificate via the Schoolology platform. In six modules (and about 100 hours), participants learn about: Principles of Entrepreneurship, planning, funding, customer acquisition, financial and legal, and operations.
- Course completion by December 31, 2015
Cost: $150 (limited access), $175 (monthly payments), or $850 for all course modules
Best for: Beginner entrepreneurs, early retirees, and sidepreneurs who want to gain a foundation of entrepreneurial education.
Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate
The prestigious university brings an in-depth, eight-course certification program to experienced and advanced entrepreneurs. Covering topics like innovation skills, people insights, and current market research, enrollees also get the benefit of working with Stanford coaches within this program. The course is online and includes four hours of lecture and four hours of assignments that are available for 90 days.
5 years minimum work experience
Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 minimum GPA
Cost: $995 per course or $7,960 for all eight courses plus $75 document fee
Best for: Seasoned entrepreneurs managing large or quickly growing teams.
John F. Kennedy University Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship
In just six months, learners enrolled in this entrepreneur certificate program can complete an intensive training course on everything from business plan guidance to understanding investors and lenders—all while working one-on-one with a mentor. This course is conducted on campus in Concord, CA, and does entail a significant time investment.
- Two academic quarters (11 weeks classroom for 70 hours and 15 weeks of mentoring)
Cost: $5,910 for tuition and fees + $1,164 for books and materials
Best for: Entrepreneurs who want a submersive learning experience with personalized support via a mentor.
If you’re not as concerned about getting a certificate to make you a better entrepreneur, there are many more skill-based online courses you can choose from to sharpen your business skills within a specific arena. Or, if you want a broader learning experience, there are also online courses that cover a wide breadth of subject matter that can improve your business.
Whatever you choose, remember this: Keep learning. If you don’t, you’ll get left behind.
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