Free Educational Resources for The Small Business Owner

I love free stuff. Who doesn’t I also love learning and gaining wisdom on a wide variety of topics. So I have compiled a list of awesomely amazing free learning resources and educational programs available to business professionals and entrepreneurs. I am not paid or affiliated with any of these companies, but I do use their services regularly.

BookBoon.com

BookBoon.com offers an amazing array of free college textbooks, business books, and travel guides. All books are written exclusively for bookboon.com. Business topics range from accounting and finance to time management planning, IT, and marketing. You will also be able to find textbooks for varied areas of study including calculus, engineering, earth science, and statistics. My favorite part of bookboon.com is their wide selection of books on MS Office programs. Guides for the 2003, 2007 and 2010 versions of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Visio, Outlook, and Publisher are all available for download on the website. An added bonus, Bookboon.com allows users to download multiple books at the same time using a zip file.

National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB)

The NACPB is an organization composed of accounting and bookkeeping professionals. This organization is an excellent tool for accounting professionals or business owners and entrepreneurs who are responsible for maintaining their own financial financial records. Although a majority of free training and educational materials are available to members only, there are other valuable training opportunities available to nonmembers as well. The following is a listing of current lessons that are free to both members and nonmembers of the organization:

  • How to Build a Highly Profitable Bookkeeping Business
  • Accounting: The Language of Business
  • Tax: Introduction to Federal Taxation and Understanding Federal Tax law
  • The Need for Payroll and Personnel Records
  • Excel: Getting Started

NACPB also provides free accounting and QuickBooks competency tests, which can be reached through the NACPB website at http://www.nacpb.org.

Free-eBooks.net

Free-eBooks.net allows people to enjoy free limitless reading of electronic books through their website. Free book downloads are limited to 5 ebooks per month for members with free accounts. Users can pay for more or unlimited downloads. The site offers fiction and nonfiction reading choices, plus academic articles and textbooks. Books can be downloaded in several different formats, including Mobi, PDF, ePub, and HTML. Writers can also submit their ebooks to be featured on the site. For a limited time only, Free-eBooks.net will promote a writer’s ebook for free. http://www.free-ebooks.net

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the largest single collection of free eBooks, with over 40,000 ebooks available to read online or download for free. Project Gutenberg carries only high quality books that have been digitized and proofread by their own volunteers and staff. Most of the books available on the site are older literary works. A majority of the classics are available on the site for free.

BetterBottomLine.com

BetterBottomLine.com website and blog is run by CPA and QuickBooks expert, Scott Gregory. This site offers free tutorials on QuickBooks that are available for download. The site currently offers 14 free tutorial guides on topics ranging from remote access options to new features in QuickBooks 2012 edition.

Education-Portal.com

Education-Portal.com allows users to take free college level courses online. Videos of select free courses are available for viewing online. After watching the videos, students can take a free quiz to access their knowledge and understanding. The great benefit of using Education-Portal.com is that their classes prepare students for the CLEP exam. CLEP, which stands for College-Level Examination Program, was designed for independent learners and anyone can take the exam. Each exam is $77 and will earn 3-6 college credit hours.

The following are a few of the courses available through Education-Portal.com:

  • Biology 101: Intro to Biology
  • Business 101: Principles of Management
  • Business 102: Principles of Marketing
  • Chemistry 101: General Chemistry
  • Economics 102: Macroeconomics

The list above is only a small sampling of the free educational resources available on the Internet. With a good Google search one will find an array of training tutorials and eBooks, many of which are free of charge. Many businesses and organizations offer these free benefits as a marketing tool or membership incentive. Whether you are a college student or business professional, I urge all to take advantage of the free knowledge that is available in this age of information.

Further Education Jobs

Education jobs are numerous. Of course, there are those which are solely focused on teaching. There are many educational institutions offering from preschool to post graduate education which constantly hire professional teachers. They alone provide thousands of education jobs for those with degrees in education.

However, there are further education jobs out there which are not limited to teaching. For starters, there are administrative education jobs you can apply to. If you don’t like teaching kids and grown ups, you can always apply for administrative positions like being a dean, principal or department head. Your main focus will be the supervision of the overall function of the institution. You’ll be in charge of educational programs and supervising the faculty and see to it that they’re doing their responsibilities according to standards.

Another interesting job in line with education is that of a registrar and cashier. You don’t need to have an education degree to apply for such positions. A degree in accounting or commerce is enough. As a registrar, you’ll be in charge of the records of all students. On the other hand, being a cashier entails responsibilities such as organizing all accounts including payments of students and salaries of teachers.

If you’re a bookworm, you’ll find the job as librarian very enjoyable. Most educational institutions prefer licensed librarians to work for them but for small schools, a degree in education is enough. In addition, you have to be extremely organized and strict when it comes to the policies of the library in case of borrowing and using of books and other resource materials.

Being a guidance counselor is one of the most challenging education jobs out there. You need to have a degree in psychology to get into this job since it’s very sensitive. You’ll be dealing with students of all ages and from different backgrounds. Oftentimes, you have to help students deal with their problems, decision-making, and preparing them in choosing their desired careers in life.

Just so you know there are also education jobs you can now find online. Many online education portals are looking for tutors to teach English as a Second Language to non-native speakers. You can earn extra money by simply teaching English to foreigners for a few hours everyday or by helping kids with their homework. Not only that, but you can also help others publish eBooks, write articles, and maintain blogs.

Education jobs are varied that even if you don’t have a degree in education, you have a big chance of getting in. You can earn a reasonable salary as a full time employee and earn extra cash at the same time working online or after school hours.

The Advantages Of Higher Education Through Online Schooling, And How To Get Started?

Number one, and the most obvious advantage to education is Money, but it could be getting that job you have always wanted. Our daughter wanted to be a teacher and recently she earned her Masters Degree, online in teaching. Not only did she get the job she wanted, her pay was a lot higher than if she had not pursued her Masters. The average increase in pay for a Masters Degree from a Bachelors Degree is $7,000 – $15,000 per year for teaching, multiple that by the number of years she will be teaching, and you can easily see the benefits of online schooling. Statistics show that a person with a Masters Degree earns $31,900 more per year on average than a high school graduate, that is a difference of about 105%!

Average Annual Earnings for College Graduates and Non-Graduates:

Professional Degree $109,600 per year

Doctoral Degree $89,400

Masters Degree $62,300

Bachelors Degree $52,200

Associate Degree $38,200

Some College $36,800

High School Graduate $30,400

Some High School $23,400

Average Annual Earnings-Different Levels of Education. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Surveys, March 1998, 1999, and 2000.

As you can plainly see, a person with a Bachelors Degree will earn, just about twice as much as workers with a high school diploma over a lifetime ($2.1 million compared to $1.2 million).

Workers-Life Earnings for Full-Time Employees, Including College Graduates and Non-Grads: (In $ Millions)

Professional Degree $4.4 million

Doctoral Degree $3.4

Master Degree $2.5

Bachelor Degree $2.1

Associate Degree $1.6

Some College $1.5

High School Graduate $1.2

Some High School $1.0

Average Lifetime Earnings-Different Levels of Education. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Surveys, March 1998, 1999, and 2000.

So, how do you get from here to Master? There are numerous ways, but the first step is that you need to get started.

You can go to any online schooling educational portal, or a college of your choice, and do a search for online classes in the career field you are interest you.

We suggest that you contact at least three schools, because, they will each have different criteria and programs. When the counselor calls you about enrolling, listen to what they have to say, and if they don’t answer these basic questions then ask, where classes are held, if they’re completely online or on campus and online? If you are not sure of the field of study you should be in, ask if the school offers career testing, this will narrow down what area of study you should concentrate in. Also, ask about financing, see what type of financial aid they have and scholarship programs that could apply to you. There is plenty of financing out there for you, it is just a matter of finding it, and ask your boss if they pay for any educational programs.

Other questions to ask a counselor:

How many online courses does the school offer?

How long has the school been offering courses online?

What is the student to instructor ratio?

What are the direct costs to take courses from the school?

What is the schools refund policy?

What type of financial aid is available to you? – Again, this is a very important question, you want to find out what types of aid is available (grants, scholarships, loans), their sources (federal, state, institutional), and whether you meet the eligibility criteria.

Does the school accept transfer credits?

Does the school accept test credits?

Does the school require you to spend time on campus?

What are the student services that will be available to you if you enroll? Many colleges offer tutorial services, career planning, and general counseling to students on-campus. Find out if these services are available to you as a distance learning student.

What are the job-placement rates for graduates of the programs you’ll be taking?

How will lectures be conducted?

How will you be expected to submit assignments and collaborate with other students?

What is the dropout rate for the programs you will be taking?

What is the graduation rate for the same programs?

Advantageous to online schooling:

Setting your own schedule – not having to be in class at a certain time.

No drive time – saving you time and money.

Studies – you can complete most of the coursework when it is convenient for you.

In conclusion: Remember schools make their profit by working with you, they need you, and we all know that everybody benefits from a higher education, but you’ll have the biggest benefit of all, the knowledge and a diploma.