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Hello everyone,

Ok here is my problem. I am worried that I don't have enough experience. I am probably just selling myself short but I still can't help but think that I don't have enough experience to start my own business. So I was wanting to get more experience to make sure I can actually start up my own business all by myself since my fiance doesn't even want to help me.

I was wondering if anyone could help give me advice on how to gain more experience without paying $500 to take an online course. If anyone knows of maybe an education tutorial online or something like that. Or even a website where you can take a type of free course that would be amazing.

If you can help that would be great. I try to put something in the classifieds but the thread starter hasn't replied yet.

Thanks so much,
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Check out some of these sites:

http://www.gfclearnfree.org/

HP Learning Center

http://www.trainingtools.com/
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Rebecka,

Thanks for sharing these great tools!
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Hi Erika

You can check out ilearn
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Oh my thank you so much everyone. I have been trying to get help but I guess I kept posting it in the wrong sections. But thank you again and keep the adice coming I can use all of it.

Thanks so much ladies!
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This is not free, but it sounds like $99 would be a good investment for this course.

http://www.ed2go.com/cgi-bin/oic3/ne...tnum=BP&path=1

It is a six week course, and gives you a lot of information for the price.
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For training and information on starting a business, you can visit the Small Business Administration website. They have a lot of of information on creating business plans, etc.

Link to their website: http://www.sba.gov

Direct link to their free online courses:
http://www.sba.gov/services/training...ses/index.html
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As another option for you; go to your local library and find the resouce books/start your business/Books for Dummies, that kind of stuff. This would be self taught through books but they may be able to provide in a CD version.
My father gets alot of stuff on CD from the library because he is legally blind and I was quite surprised at the selection.
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Originally Posted by Erykah_d View Post
Hello everyone,

Ok here is my problem. I am worried that I don't have enough experience. I am probably just selling myself short but I still can't help but think that I don't have enough experience to start my own business. So I was wanting to get more experience to make sure I can actually start up my own business all by myself since my fiance doesn't even want to help me.

I was wondering if anyone could help give me advice on how to gain more experience without paying $500 to take an online course. If anyone knows of maybe an education tutorial online or something like that. Or even a website where you can take a type of free course that would be amazing.

If you can help that would be great. I try to put something in the classifieds but the thread starter hasn't replied yet.

Thanks so much,
Erika Owens
Here is a great resource for online educational tutorials from SCORE. They are a non-profit group that is part of the SBA. Along with these wonderful lessons on IRS, business planning, how to know if you can afford to start a business etc, they offer free counseling to small business owners. Although I have not used the free counseling, I have found some great advise. Keep us posted on how you progress. Good luck!

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Wow, this is great information. Thank you for sharing, have checked them out, and what a great resource.
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Thanks so much to everyone who has come forth with some advice. I am checking out every option.

Thanks again everyone. This is great!!!

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Microsoft has some free training on their website for Office 2003 & 2007

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/default.aspx
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Erika,

I will be hosting a webinar in September on Word 2007 and in October the topic will be on writing skills. I am the CWM Division President for IAAP, and believe that these are invaluable to members or non-members to get a feel for a new software or improve their skills. If you are interested, just let me know.
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I'm new to this forum, but I am loving it already. Thanks for all the information!
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I have appreciated these links as well. thanks
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Someone in an earlier post gave the link for the free online classes with HP. I signed up for one, and it was very beneficial. HP has a good variety of classes with lots of helpful information.
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Thank you everyone,
I've bookmarked those websites for future reference. Good thread!
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It was mentioned in a previous post regarding Ed2go for training...just thought I would give my for their courses. You can't go wrong on the price and I thought they did a very thorough job in course curriculum.
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Default Re: Does anyone know of free online educational courses?
I use both Ed2go and HP small business training for classes I like to take. Ed2go has a small fee and I have found if you go through a local community college you save a little more (still online too) . HP classes are free and I am currently doing one which I find helpful in the content of information.

Either way they are both good resources to keep on a skill or learn a new one.
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Thank you for the educational link. They are really helpful.
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