Forever a Student: 11 Types of Courses That Prepare You for the Future of Business

Business.com / Education / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

The entrepreneurs at YEC share their sources for learning. Take a crash course on these business subjects to fill your knowledge gaps.

It may have been years since you've been in school for finance or maybe you know nothing about getting out of a bad partnership.

Whatever you need help with, chances are there's a related course out there.

Even taking an hour-long, online course can give you a huge advantage over business owners who aren't thinking about continuing education.

If you're not sure where to start, the enetrepreneurs below from YEC suggest looking into these subjects.

1. Corporate Law

The best business degree you can get is a law degree. Corporate law teaches you what your company actually is, how it must operate, how to govern it, and how to prevent yourself from getting into a legal mess down the line. 

You might not see dividends immediately, but when you have your first lawsuit, you'll thank me. – Joel Butterly, InGenius Prep

2. Corporate Finance Techniques

It has been many years since I received my master’s, so I would take a refresher course in corporate finance techniques.

Ultimately, every decision in my company comes down to me. To reach a conclusion, I am often presented with a multitude of financial reports that need to be synthesized.

It is vital that I interpret the data in a short time frame because a majority of my decisions are time-sensitive. – Luigi Wewege, Vivier Group

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3. Apple Hacks 101

With all the built-in shortcuts and hacks on Macs, iPhones and iPads that we are simply not aware of, every CEO is losing hundreds of hours of time per year.

Learning how to optimize your settings on your devices in just an hour would be a huge return on investment.

Check your local Genius Bar and see if there are any Apple seminars in your local area. – Matt Wilson, Under30Experiences

4. Speaker Training

I enjoy participating in panels and discussions at conferences, so I'd love a course that could help me hone my speaking skills.

I've never taken any specific course so learning any tricks or tips on how to present, project different voice levels, maximize my pauses and maintain audience engagement would offer a way to increase my speaking opportunities on the event circuit. – Drew Hendricks, Buttercup

5. Whiteboarding

While we have whiteboards in every meeting room and in many of the hallways, they aren't used as frequently as they could be.

Part of the issue is a lack of training. I'd like to take a course on whiteboarding, the art of communicating visually.

As beneficial as PowerPoint or Keynote presentations are, I'd like to add another medium to my communication tool set. – David Ciccarelli, Voices.com

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6. Mastering Press Opportunities

Receiving media training to create opportunities to appear in the press would be extremely beneficial. Much of receiving media attention is simply knowing the right tools and ways of offering content to the media to earn visibility.

I would love further training in this area as all our different companies and clients could benefit from this expertise. – Marcela DeVivo, Homeselfe

7. Global Expansion

We went through the painful process of establishing a new office abroad during summer. There was a lot of work and a few mishaps that could have been avoided.

I want to attend a course or a training on global expansion for a small business trying to scale globally.

The U.S. market is very competitive for certain industries, so international markets can be a great potential. – Duran Inci, Optimum7

8. Employee Psychology

More than 75 percent of my business is understanding employees. Every leader must know the psychology of her/his employees.

I haven't always gotten it right. Although I feel that we have an "open door" policy and great communication, there are some conversations in which I try to determine the "real message." 

It can be difficult, so a business-related psychology class would be my choice. – Tamara Nall, The Leading Niche

9. Exiting Bad Partnerships

Although there are so many other courses out there that teach you about the idiosyncrasies of business, there is nothing that prepares you for dealing with bad partnerships.

Finding a way to pivot out of a bad relationship is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in the professional world. For some, this can even mean spending thousands or millions to buy out ineffective partners. – Blair Thomas, EMerchantBroker

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10. Video Editing

Video content will continue to grow in importance as the most-consumed and most-shared content online. I would love to be able to quickly create, edit and share videos for my business without having to depend on outside resources. 

Although video-editing courses may not be considered "business-related" exactly, I think it's an important skill for entrepreneurs to learn. – Brittany Hodak, ZinePak

11. Influencer Marketing

I'd like to learn more about influencer marketing and how companies can use influencers to gain more traction in the marketplace.

This is a new and growing area with multiple possibilities that, along with it, has more firms developing interesting technology to locate, connect and track these influencers. – Cynthia Johnson, RankLab

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