Are you looking for free online courses to help you launch a home-based career or business? 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 many 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 20 FREE online courses and resources that can help you determine which work-at-home career path is right for you.
In this free e-book from Ruth Soukup of Elite Blog Academy, you’ll learn seven outside-the-box ideas for increasing your blogging income. Each idea is broken down with concrete examples so you can implement them easily and quickly. She even includes a workbook section to help you create your action plan so you can implement what you just learned.
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! Stop dreaming and start your blog journey here!
You’ve heard of virtual assistant work, but what skills do you need and what sort of services can you offer? In Gina Horkey’s free guide, you’ll learn about 275+ services that you can offer in this role, identify the skills you already possess, a self-assessment workbook, and success stories from others who have taken the virtual assistant career path!
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!
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, 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 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.
14) Work Your Way
Want to work from home, but you’re not interested in filling out surveys or joining a direct sales company? No problem! Caitlin Pyle has put together a fantastic summit that will help you connect the dots between your skills and different skill-based businesses you can start from home. Learn from 48+ experts who successfully run businesses from home.
Here are a handful of lessons you’ll learn at the summit:
- Landing your first work-at-home job (with Angie Nelson)
- Identifying your work-at-home strengths (with Rosemarie Groner)
- Making money as an affiliate marketer (with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner)
- Exploding your income by offering digital marketing services (with Julie Stoian)
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.
16) 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 $15 a month for as many courses as you want to consume! But for a limited time, they are offering readers of TWAHW two FREE months of classes! Set yourself for more success and grab this deal 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 January 2021.