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Whether you are a Harvard lecturer or a do-it-yourself entrepreneur, we all stand to benefit by learning a new skill.

In the age of the internet, you don’t even need to step into a classroom to get educated.

From learning how to fine tune marketing techniques to mastering a new language, there are scores of websites that offer resources to help you develop your skill sets. Many of these online resources are free, and all of them can be done in your spare time from the comfort of your home.

Forget tuition bills and packed classes. Check out these 10 online learning resources to see how they can help you and your business flourish:

Udemy

From digital marketing to yoga, Udemy offers more than 45,000 courses focused on everything from business skills to personal pursuits. The site also offers a business service with courses specifically geared towards employees. Courses are priced between $20 and $200 each, but some are discounted as low as $10.

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Lynda

Check out this site to sit in on nearly 6,000 courses focused on business, technology and creative skills. You can access the resource for free for 30 days, but after that it costs $25/month for a basic subscription and $37.50/month for a premium subscription.

Skillshare

Skillshare offers more than 17,000 online projects and classes, and while subjects range from the culinary arts to business, Skillshare classes tend to emphasize the importance of creativity. Basic access to the resource is free and full access costs $15/month.

General Assembly

This company provides education for some of today’s most in-demand skills in coding, business and design. In addition to running campuses in 20 cities and offering classes online, General Assembly partners with businesses to create customized staff training programs. While this resource does offer some free classes, most courses are not cheap and cost several thousand dollars.

Coursera

A less expensive option than General Assembly, Coursera lets you sit in on courses taught by professionals at top universities. The resource boasts business courses from Yale and Columbia and gives you the option of paying for a certification to show you’ve completed the course. That certification does not represent academic credit, and if you don’t want it, you can still listen to the lectures for free.

Highbrow

If you don’t have time for full classes but want to learn a new skill, Highbrow could be a good fit. The service offers 10-day courses broken down into 5-minute lessons delivered to your inbox each morning. Courses range from learning how to grow your business with Pinterest to planning your own backpacking expeditions. Many of the courses are free, but some require a $7/month membership to access.

Codecademy

Whether it’s building a website or learning how to deploy that website online, Codecademy uses an interactive technique to teach people how to code. Websites are vital for small businesses, and this tool can help you create and optimize your website yourself. Best of all, this resource is completely free.

Dash

One of General Assembly’s best free classes, Dash teaches you how to make an awesome website using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. This course is especially useful for small businesses since it is geared towards beginners and focuses entirely on creating a website that stands out.

DataCamp

DataCamp teaches users how to deeply analyze data. Understanding data is critical in most industries, and from Python to data visualization systems, this site teaches you how to get the most out of your data. The resource offers some free material, but to access all courses you need to pay $29/month.

Duolingo

This site uses interactive software to help you learn a new language, and it’s 100% free. Whether you are looking to expand your business internationally or simply want to broaden your horizons, learning a new language has the potential to unlock both personal and

Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio

Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio

Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio creates content that informs, helps, and, with luck, entertains professionals across the marketplace. From covering happenings in the commercial real estate industry to unpacking small business finance, his writing explores critical topics in the world of business.

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