The wealthiest, most successful people appreciate the power of learning long after college or any formal education is over.
Today, it’s easier than ever to continue your education with the chance to take online courses from some of the best universities in the world.
From learning personal finance basics to developing negotiation skills, we’ve picked out some of the best classes for anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge and grow their wealth. All are free, but some have paid versions that offer more extensive experiences.
Figure out how to decode the books
After learning how to read the three most common financial statements — income statements, balance sheets, and cash-flow statements — you’ll develop an understanding of how to make smart decisions based on what those reports tell you.
Negotiate everything, from prices to salaries
Negotiation can save you money when it comes time for a large purchase — or help you earn more when you ask for a promotion or seek out a new career opportunity.
This course covers the four steps of the negotiation process and gives you opportunities to practice your skills in real life.
Decipher your investment portfolio
If you want to understand your portfolio, this class is for you.
Taught by professors from the University of Illinois, it touches on key principles like risk and return, optimisation, and security pricing.
You’ll also learn to understand market efficiency and common behavioural biases of investors.
Understand how the world’s financial markets work
Yale’s renowned class on financial markets includes visits from guest speakers like Hank Greenberg and Carl Icahn.
Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll learn the history and theory behind banking, insurance, securities, futures, and the derivatives market, and where these institutions are headed in the next century.
Become fluent in the language of finance
How do analysts, CFOs, and investors make their decisions?
This corporate finance class will teach you how to use tools like Microsoft Excel to review data and evaluate financial statements.
You’ll also learn the basics of accounting principles, and how you can apply them to measure the value of potential investments.
Get a head start on planning for your future
This class covers everything that you need to know in order to create a financial plan.
You’ll begin by learning how to read financial statements and create a budget, then move on to the basics of income tax, credit, risk management, and investing.
Get the most out of your time
What if you could work fewer hours in the day, but make more money?
This class is dedicated to teaching you time-management techniques that will make you more productive.
Make life-changing connections
You might think (or wish) that you’d left the idea of popularity behind in high school, but research suggests otherwise.
As it turns out, being popular can help you connect with the people who can help you succeed. Self-made millionaire and author Steve Siebold explains, ‘Exposure to people who are more successful than you are has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your income.’
The social insights taught in this class are sure to help you build those relationships.
Share your money wisely
Whether you donate your time or your money, you want to be sure that it’s not going to waste. This class is intended to help you make practical and unsentimental decisions about how to evaluate a charity’s effectiveness, or decide which causes to support.
Build your personal brand
In this day and age, anyone can make money doing what they love and building their personal brand around it, emphasises entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk in his TED talk: ‘We’re going through a gold rush of branding. In the old days, to become a brand, you needed a lot of mainstream media attention — but now, if you get talked about enough in all these social webs, you can get there. You can build your brand or your company’s brand.’
Start with this course, which will teach you how to create a personal brand — and then how to maintain and inhabit that brand.
Start a side hustle
‘Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace’, University of Maryland, College Park
The wealthiest, most successful people choose to get paid based on results and are typically self-employed. ‘It’s not that there aren’t world-class performers who punch a time clock for a paycheck, but for most this is the slowest path to prosperity, promoted as the safest,’ Siebold says. ‘The great ones know self-employment is the fastest road to wealth.’
Start down your entrepreneurial road with this course, which will teach you how to turn your ideas into something tangible and profitable.