Building a successful company often requires you to be a jack of all trades and fill in wherever is needed. While you don’t need to be an expert on any one subject, it helps to have some experience and knowledge in a variety of areas, such as marketing, sales, business planning, and bookkeeping. Fortunately, with information more widely accessible than ever and all kinds of training options available, there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. If you know where to look, you can find plenty of training that doesn’t break the bank.
Free and Low-Cost Classes You Can Take in Person
If you prefer to learn in-person or you’d like the opportunity to network while you improve your business skills, you can find workshops, seminars, and other events throughout the country. Both the federal government and local governments set up their fair share of events, and the Canada Business Network lists many of them on its Learning Events page. That page includes links to events calendars for different regions of Canada, allowing you to find training opportunities that don’t require you to travel far from home.
Another excellent and underappreciated place to find business training is your local library. Several of the libraries in Canada, including the Toronto Public Library and the Calgary Public Library, hold workshops for small business training. Even when there’s no workshops going on, you can borrow business books or use the library’s research tools, and it doesn’t cost you a thing.
The Business Development Bank of Canada offers workshops and business talks all over the country during its annual Small Business Week, which typically has insightful presenters with a wealth of experience. If you’re interested in the next Small Business Week, the bank has a newsletter where it sends updates.
Modern technology has made it much easier to build your knowledge if you’re willing to put in the time. Online resources you can use to improve your business skills include courses, tutorials and guides, and webinars.
Course sites such as Udemy are a great way to learn something new on whatever subject you’d like. The course creator sets the fee for taking the course, and you can check reviews to make sure the one you choose is worth the money. There are also several colleges and universities that offer business courses online. While some have a course fee, others are completely free of charge.
Tutorials and guides are available in text or video format, which means you can find something that fits how you like to learn. The QuickBooks Tutorials page offers a range of video tutorials that help you learn how to use QuickBooks for accounting.
If you like the classroom format without going in to an actual classroom, the webinar is a good compromise. The webinar presenter covers a specific subject, and you’re free to ask them questions about the material. Business Link offers live webinars on business topics, and while advance registration is typically required to reserve your place, many of the webinars are free.
You don’t need to spend all kinds of money to learn the ropes in business. Choose the right options and you can develop the skills you need to make it as an entrepreneur.