| Apr 28, 2020 | | 4 min read

The 6 best online business courses for growth

Maybe you’ve got some more downtime and are looking to make the most of it, or maybe you’re just a go-getter looking to expand your business and marketing knowledge. Whatever your reason, there are thousands of online courses that you can take to challenge yourself.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or are a seasoned professional, there’s always something new to learn. In an ever-changing marketplace, it can be difficult to keep up with all the latest and greatest ideas that  keep the business world turning. Online business courses are a great way to improve a variety of business skills such as leadership, negotiation, and analytical thinking, all from the comfort of your home or office, and often for a fraction of the price of a more traditional avenue. 

However, with so many options for online business and certification courses, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. Here are six of the best online business courses available online right now:

1. LinkedIn Learning

Is it really any surprise that the biggest professional networking site also offers courses to advance your personal and professional goals? LinkedIn acquired learning powerhouse site Lynda.com in 2015 and transformed it into LinkedIn Learning, offering business, creative, and technology skills to help professionals develop their skills. While LinkedIn Learning courses are not certified, they can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, so future employers and recruiters can see them.

What Can I Learn? Choose from courses like Writing a Marketing Plan, Leadership in Tech, and Business Analysis Foundations.

How Much Does it Cost? The first month is free for LinkedIn users. Each additional month is $29.99 for a premium monthly subscription, or is also available annually at $299.98.

2. MasterClass

Want to learn from some of the biggest names in your industry? Then MasterClass might be the online course for you. MasterClass grants you access to over 80 world-class instructors doling out their wisdom in 15-minute increments that easily fit into your schedule.

What Can I Learn? Courses include Business Leadership by Howard Schultz, The Art of Negotiation from Chris Voss, and Advertising and Creativity by Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein.

How Much Does it Cost? $120 for a single class or $240/year for 2 passes with access to all classes

3. Conquer Local Academy

Do you work with local businesses? Are you looking for new ways to empower your clients? Conquer Local Academy allows you to become the expert, build your business, and ramp up your skills to better support your clients. Not only do you get training from industry leaders, you’ll also receive free access to a platform of digital marketing tools to help you succeed. For those in the digital marketing sphere, this is one of the best online business courses you’ll find.

What Can I Learn? Getting Started with the Vendasta Platform, Building Your Store, and Digital Marketing with Ease are a few of the courses you’ll tackle in Conquer Local Academy. 

How Much Does it Cost? Get access to the academy for free. Upgrades are accessible with a Vendasta membership.

4. Coursera

Coursera provides learners with the opportunity to build skills or earn certifications—or even degrees—from best-in-class universities and companies around the world, including Google, IBM, and Stanford University. Users can stream on-demand courses in a variety of topics including data science, business, and more. With over 3000 courses there’s something for everyone, including those looking for online certification courses, of which Coursera offers 20 degrees and 13 professional certifications.

What Can I Learn? Anything from entry level courses like Excel Skills for Business, all the way up to an MBA from the University of Illinois.

How Much Does it Cost? Individual courses range from $29-$99. Learners can audit courses for free, but will not earn certifications. Financial aid is also available. The cost of degrees vary, but an MBA costs $21,384.

5. Udemy

Udemy offers over 100,000 video courses, ranging from business and finance, to design and marketing. With the world’s largest selection of videos, there is an instructor and course to meet your needs. Udemy courses are available for both individual and business use, but doesn’t count towards any professional certifications. If you’re a fan of learning for learning’s sake, Udemy is a great pick.

What Can I Learn? The topics vary wildly with 100,000 courses to choose from, but a few notable online business and marketing courses you can take advantage of include Agile Crash Course: Agile Project Management; Agile Delivery, The Complete Digital Marketing Course, and Business Development for Startups and Tech Companies.

How Much Does it Cost? Udemy’s courses are often deeply discounted, and can start as low as $16.99 per course.

6. HubSpot Academy

HubSpot Academy offers online training for digital marketers to grow their business and expand their knowledge. Their courses range from quick refreshers to comprehensive certifications, covering everything from sales to marketing.

What Can I Learn? HubSpot offers courses and certifications like SEO Training Course, Content Marketing, and Inbound Sales.

How Much Does it Cost? Hubspot Academy is available for free.


Clearly, the days of needing to step into a classroom to further your learning journey are long gone. There is a world of easily accessible knowledge online at your fingertips, so why not save yourself time and money while you learn? There are plenty of options to fit any budget, schedule, and topic you’re interested in. What are you waiting for? Start learning today!

About the Author

Jenni Lawrence is a former Content Marketing Specialist at Vendasta. She has written about everything from fashion to agriculture to technology. In her spare time, you can probably find her reading a book or throwing a dinner party, because life is about balance.

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