Build your brain for better business ideas

Professional and personal development are essential for any successful business person. Here are 12 sites that will help you build your business brain. 

1: 99U 

An excellent site with actionable insights. It shows how to get good ideas over the line. It’s good if being strategic isn’t your strongest talent.

2: Lynda 

Here are thousands of free video tutorials covering technical, creative, and business skills. One of the best education platforms online.

3: Learnist 

This is a brilliant collaborative knowledge-sharing site with thousands of useful tips on a broad range of subjects.

4: Alison 

Lots of free online courses with certification and diploma options. One of the leaders in the online education space.

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5: Brain Pump

A great place to learn something new every day and keep your curiosity alive.

6: Platzi 

Watch live-streamed courses, many of them free on topics like web and app development, online marketing, interface design and server admin. 

7: edX 

Free online courses from the world’s best universities. The site is a collaborative project of Harvard University and MIT, with free online courses from universities and other institutions across the globe.

8: Quora

Quora is brilliant, a place where you will find the best answers to any question by the most knowledgeable people on the planet.

9: Skillshare

Skillshare is a ‘learning community’ for creators. You can learn online, watch video lessons, create projects, and even teach a class yourself.

10: OpenSesame 

A place where you can buy affordable business training solutions.

11: BBC Languages 

Do you need to learn a new language, to develop an export market perhaps? BBC Languages offers free, online language learning. Handy.

12: Mental Floss

To keep your mind growing and alert, you must exercise it. Mental Floss has lots of quizzes, brainteasers, and games.

‘Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.’ Henry Ford.

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