I just wanted to let you know about a few free and inexpensive classes which might be of interest to anyone wanting to start a business or create a product on a shoestring budget. I am not sure how long the free courses with remain free, so sign up if you are interested quickly (I have).

Running Lean: Raise Your Odds of Building a Successful Product – Free

lean start up class

“The class is designed for entrepreneurs/intrapreneurs looking to launch a startup idea or bring a new product to market. It will show you how to get starting by first capturing your initial vision (or Plan A) and then how to bullet-proof this vision and begin the process of stress-testing your business model.”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com

Minimum Viable Product: Launch Your Startup Idea for Less than $1,000 – Free

This class is taught by the creator of Skillshare

Minimum viable product skillshare class

“Clearly communicate your startup idea in one sentence Identify the holes in your startup idea and the top 2-3 solutions to plug them Create an action plan with your first five (5) action steps towards validating your startup idea for less than $1,000 Choose one key metric you’ll use to measure success”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com

Start a profitable business without needing a tech co-founder – $25 (but save $10 with my link below)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwbtSPQ8jAY

This class is taught by Noah Kagon who has worked for Mint, Facebook and now owns Appsumo. He has ery simple ways of testing ideas.

“What you’ll learn in this course: How to validate your business ideas and determine if its worth pursuing and  how to find your first customer”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com (please note this link gets you a discount of $10 and I will also get a $10 credit)

Manufacturing: Design, Source and Manufacture Your Product Idea – $25 (but save $10 with my link below)

product development and manufacture

I have no experience of this class,  but it looks like it could be useful for anyone wanting to get a product manufactured

“You’ll finish knowing how to design, source, and manufacture your product in a step-by-step process. You’ll learn basic manufacturing “speak”, prepare for “sticky spots” like vetting factories and ensuring quality control, and hear from a range of guest experts in this field. You’ll also have access to Vendor and Supplier referrals from myself and my team. You’ll walk away with your very own Production Plan that you can use to take your idea from concept to finished product.”

Find out more about the free class and enrol on Skillshare.com (please note this link gets you a discount of $10 and I will also get a $10 credit)