Are you looking for free online courses to help you launch a home-based career or business? Then keep reading for a huge list of resources!
When I started my work-at-home search, I had no clue what I wanted to do.
What’s funny is, I knew all the things I didn’t want to do, like work in the nursing field, talk on the phone, or any occupation with a set schedule. And from the emails that I receive daily, this is a common theme among individuals who want to work-from-home.
If you’re ready to make money from home, but you’re not sure which direction to take, there is a solution. There are lots of free courses, guides, e-books, and resources to help you take the guesswork out of this question.
Best of all, these courses are 100 percent online, so you don’t have to worry about taking time away from your family.
Are you ready to find your dream work-at-home career path?
Here are 21 FREE online courses and resources that can help you determine which work-at-home career path is right for you.
Have you thought about blogging, but you have no idea how to get started? Then sign-up for my free 10-day how-to start a blog course! Each day, you’ll get step-by-step instructions via email on how to start your blog. I’ll cover topics like choosing a blog niche, your blog name, technical setup, creating a free logo, even writing your first blog post! This free 10-day training includes instruction, worksheets, and a bonus teaching on how to create a free logo! Stop dreaming and start your blog journey today!
If you’re interested in monetizing your blog with affiliate marketing, grab Michelle’s free 36-page e-book! Since 2013 at Making Sense of Cents, Michelle has been blogging, and during that time she has mastered the art of affiliate marketing, regularly earning $50,000 a month from affiliate marketing alone!
In her free e-book, you’ll learn:
- What affiliate marketing is and how it works
- How she personally got started with affiliate marketing
- The best affiliate marketing programs for bloggers
- How bloggers get paid
- 26 affiliate marketing tips for bloggers
If you’re organized and would like to help business owners stay on top of their to-do lists, then sign up for Abbey Ashley’s free virtual assistant (VA) training! Abbey started her VA business back in 2013 and doubled her corporate job salary, only working 20 hours a week and in just 30 days!
In this free recorded training, you’ll learn:
- How you can quickly earn 100k+ working as a virtual assistant
- What paying clients are looking for in a VA
- How to find thousands of clients who are waiting for your services
Are you curious about selling products via the Amazon FBA program? If so, this free 9-part video course will give you the ins and outs of getting started with Amazon’s seller program.
- Why Amazon is the best marketplace for resellers
- How using FBA gets you more sales
- The exact steps to set up your Amazon Seller account
- Two easy, affordable ways to find inventory
- How to choose profitable inventory that customers want
- Why you need to treat Amazon as a business
Do you love dogs? Do you enjoy baking? Then perhaps starting a dog treat business from home is your calling! In Kristin’s free workshop, you’ll learn about the pet industry, selling dog treats online and in-person, how to price your treats, how to earn $500-$1,000 per month, and so much more! Just click on the pink Free Training Workshop to access this training!
If you’re mathematically natured and detail-oriented, perhaps starting and running a digital tax business from home is up your alley. In this free workshop from Ben Robinson, you’ll learn:
- How much money you can make running a tax business
- What the work is like
- Who qualifies to own a tax business
- What it takes to be successful in this industry
- What tools and tech software are needed
- How to get clients (even as an introvert)
Want to make up to $60 an hour working from home as a bookkeeper? The Bookkeepers offers a free 3-Part Online Training Series that tells you characteristics of good bookkeepers, income potential, costs to get started, how to market your business, and the next steps for getting started as a virtual bookkeeper.
Have you been told that you have a pleasant voice? Does making radio commercials and audiobooks sound appealing? If so, check out voice artist and trainer Julie Eickhoff’s free mini-course.
This mini-course will give you an inside peek into the world of voice acting, covering topics like:
- What voice-over work entails
- The background you need to be successful
- Skills you’ll need to learn
- How to get work
- How much money you can earn
- Equipment requirements
- How to learn everything you need to know
If you love browsing Pinterest, you can make good money starting a Pinterest VA business from home! In this free training workshop taught by Kristin Larsen, you’ll learn nine services you can offer as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant, what to charge for your services, and how to land your first client.
Do grammar and spelling errors drive you crazy?! Are you constantly correcting people’s texts and Facebook posts?! Then Caitlin Pyle’s free workshop is for you!
In this free 76-minute general proofreading workshop, you’ll learn:
- Five signs proofreading is the perfect career for you
- How proofreading can be your ticket to freedom and financial security
- Easy ways to attract proofreading clients
If you love listening to podcasts and you’d like to help others produce their shows, then pick up this free series of workbooks and checklists! You’ll learn the skills needed for this career, how to successfully launch, and you’ll get a production checklist that you can use with clients!
Do you love watching HGTV? Then home staging may be your calling. Debra Gould, also known as The Staging Diva, has developed a free Home Staging Business Email Course, which will help you decide if home staging is the right career for you. In this course, you’ll also learn how much you can earn, what you need for your portfolio, how to market your business, recommend color, and tons more.
You’ve read stories about people creating and selling printables on Etsy, but how do you get started? Grab Gold City Ventures’ free e-book, The Seasonal Products Secret. In this e-book, you’ll learn how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make more printable sales! You’ll also get a list of the best-selling printable ideas, and you’ll learn free online tools to help you pick the best products.
Would you like to transcribe audio files into text? In this free 7-Lesson Mini-Course, veteran transcriber Janet Shaughnessy explains the industry, how much you can earn as a transcriber, where to find clients, and what you need to get started. She also includes nine signs that transcription is not a good fit for you.
If you have a way with words and you’d like to start freelancing from home, be sure to grab this free 49-page guide from American Writers & Artists Institute. In it, you’ll learn about nine different types of writing assignments that you can work on, how much they pay, what it takes to succeed, if the opportunity is right for you, and much more!
Still not finding what you’re looking for?
More Free Online Courses and Educational Resources
Google Digital Garage is a non-profit program offering free digital learning courses in data and tech, digital marketing, and career development. Many of the courses include certification once you’ve completed them and passed the end exam. Formats include online self-paced courses, and others are live webinars.
17. iTunes U
iTunes U has a host of free courses that are accessible via iOS devices. If you have an Apple device, there’s a good chance that this app is already installed on your phone. When you open it up, click on the “view catalog” and search the courses available. iTunes U has classes for school-aged children, college-level courses, educators, and more. One course I found was How to Start a Startup by Standford — completely free with 42 lessons.
Formerly called Lynda, LinkedIn Learning hosts over 15,000 online courses and tutorials taught by industry experts. The main concentrations are tech, business, design, web, photography, and marketing. With LinkedIn Learning, you’re able to access as many classes as you’d like for a monthly fee of $29.99. BUT, they let you test the waters free for 30-days. When you sign-up for a free trial, you’ll have to enter your credit card number, so be sure to mark your calendar so you can cancel your trial (unless you’d like to keep it). Otherwise, your credit card will automatically be billed.
OpenCourseWare is free classes created by universities and other educational institutions that can be accessed online, from anywhere in the world. The goal is to make learning available to everyone regardless of income or location. While you won’t receive a college degree or certification for taking these courses, you can boost your skills and knowledge right from the comfort of your home. Some sites that offer free OpenCourseWare are Khan Academy, Caltech, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Skillshare is an online learning community that hosts over 25,000 online classes on a variety of topics. Do you want to start a graphic design business from home? They got you covered. Or is social media and blogging more your thing? With Skillshare, you can create a custom curriculum explicitly based on your needs and passions, and best of all, it’s budget-friendly – only $19 a month (or $99 annually) for as many courses as you want to consume! And you can get a free 14-day trial using this link, or you can explore all of their free classes here.
Another place to search for free online courses is Udemy. Many online instructors offer complimentary classes in development, business, IT, personal growth, design, marketing, and lots more. I’ve never tried Udemy, but their website boasts more than 100,000 different courses, and all you need to do is search for the keyword free.
So there you have it, a massive list of free online courses and resources to help launch your work-at-home career. Which ones sound interesting to you? Do you know of another free course that should be on the list? Drop me a note below. I’d love to hear about it.
Originally published January 16, 2017. Content updated in May 2021.