What are the best free online courses?

If you are also bored, it is time to look for new occupations. What do you think of an online course? 

If you are an entrepreneur, have a short-term job, or have lost your job due to the Coronavirus, now is the time to learn new skills and expand your training to be ready when the crisis ends. 

It is also time to turn these difficult times into opportunities by taking advantage of the wide range of free courses on the internet. And why not start making money from home?

In this article, you will find links to various online courses, distance learning courses, and many other training resources.

Do you want to finally learn how to use Excel? Why not train in legal matters or SEO? The offer of online courses has never been so varied.

What are the best free online courses?

Learning online has never been so easy. The Internet is an inexhaustible source of distance training courses that will allow you to learn all kinds of subjects regardless of level and even obtain degrees. Who knows, maybe they’ll even let you change careers after 40.

Approved or non-approved online courses?

No matter what field you want to study in, there are certain questions you need to answer first:

  • What goal do you want to achieve with this training?

Get a diploma, a certificate, or simply acquire new knowledge? Note that there are free online courses with a certificate (see below). So if you are looking for approved courses, you have come to the right place.

  • How much time do you have?

Are you unemployed? Do you work full time? There are plenty of free online courses for the unemployed so training may be what you need to find a job.

  • What budget do you have?

If you have time to spare, training can be a very interesting option. But if this free time that you now have is a direct consequence of the coronavirus, be careful with the duration of the training. We don’t know when this crisis will end, but it would be a shame to invest in a course you can’t complete.

Choose the right course

There are hundreds of platforms that offer online training open to everyone, but not all of them are recommended. Remember, for those platforms, it is a business. Therefore, it is very important to be well informed before spending money.

It is advisable to give preference to distance education and training courses recognized by the State. Here you can find a link to the course offer of the UNED. However, be careful because the exams are face-to-face. Check the test centers near you before starting any course.

If the official qualification is not the most important thing for you, you can consult the Aula10 offer, which has a wide catalog of online courses and training.


free online courses

Aula10 is a platform that offers free training courses. It is a platform with a wide range of courses and training in different areas and fields of knowledge. The offer is very wide: from coaching and HR to architecture, passing through the protocol, tattoos, or veterinary among others.

online language courses

Why not learn a new language or finally spend time perfecting what you already know? It is an excellent idea, especially since it is a field in which there are many resources and platforms available.

If English is what interests you, the British Council offers many free online resources to learn for all ages. 

There are many apps that can help you learn languages. One of the most popular is Duolingo. It is a free and fun learning app. Duolingo allows you to learn English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portuguese from home.

Babbel​​ is the other star of the language course pages. With Babbel, you can take English courses in 14 more languages. The classes are designed by a team of linguists and are adapted to your level and pace. The lessons consist of videos, texts, and tests. Prices vary depending on the length of your subscription, from €5.99 to €9.99 per month. 


Online courses for entrepreneurs

But as an entrepreneur in constant training and learning, this is as good a time as any to take the opportunity to learn something new that you can use to boost your business.

Google Analytics Academy

If you have an online store or even any website, you should use Google Analytics. This free statistics tool is essential for any marketing strategy. It allows you to track the volume of your audience, provides information on the behavior and demographic profile of users, and much, much more information.

For this reason, Google Analytics is a powerful and quite complex tool and to get the most out of it you have to know it thoroughly.

To do this, Google offers free online training: Google Analytics Academy.

Analytics Academy

A team of Google trainers leads video courses for beginner to intermediate users. You can see the different lessons and to validate them you have to get more than an 80% score. At the end of the 4 levels, you will receive a Google Analytics certificate. Free online training that will give you a certificate that will look great on your CV!

ABC dropshipping

If you are looking for comprehensive training on eCommerce and dropshipping, Oberlo ABC is exactly what you need. This Oberlo course starts from scratch and explains in a simple way everything you need to know to set up your own online out-of-stock dropshipping store. As it is designed for beginners, you do not need previous knowledge. And… best of all: it’s free!


Marketing Courses on Facebook Blueprint

Facebook for Business should be familiar by now as it is an essential tool for any self-respecting online business. Facebook Blueprint is another resource offered by Facebook that offers online marketing training. Through courses, a variety of resources, and certifications, you can improve your knowledge of digital marketing and thus boost your business online.

Facebook for Business

This Facebook course will teach you how to advertise with Facebook Ads or from your page and even how to manage your professional Instagram account. It’s a great tool for learning things that can be immediately applied to your business.

Free training on YouTube

Do you have a YouTube channel? Or do you want to create one? Then the YouTube Academy is for you. YouTube’s online course platform offers free online courses to optimize your channel. The first steps, how to create quality content, produce quality videos, or how generate income on YouTube, are among the topics covered.

free online courses for unemployed



Udemy is an international platform for online training courses. With more than 150,000 courses, almost 60,000 trainers, and more than 65 languages, the offer is impressive. Udemy offers business training, marketing, free computer courses, and software. In addition, it also has courses on personal development, law, design, and photography.

This is a good option for new entrepreneurs since the courses are general and promotions are common.

Usually, the price is around €200 for SEO training or a short training in digital marketing, €20 for a guide on tax matters for freelancers, and €100 for the graphic design course with Canva.

free webinars

A webinar is an online conference. Although they are not classes, strictly speaking, webinars are a great source of learning. For example, Femxa courses. On this page, you will find a large number of talks and webinars that you can enjoy for free.

Online courses in English

If you have a good level of English, there are, of course, many other online training platforms where you can take courses to expand your knowledge on various topics.


free online office automation courses with certificate

Udacity is a course platform dedicated to programming and code. Product manager, UX designer, Java developer, or data analyst are among the courses offered by this platform. This is the ideal site if you are looking for training in programming and creating software or web pages. The offer is huge and all classes are free for a month. Rates vary between €100 and €200 per month depending on the type of training.

master classes

free online english courses for adults

Masterclass is something like the crème de la crème of online training. Your teachers are nothing less than international stars. The price may seem high at first but it is not if we compare it with the rates that other platforms have. You pay an annual subscription to access training from the best in their field for one year. There are very specific courses taught by other platforms that may cost more.

If you wish, you can learn to cook with Gordon Ramsey, learn more about the world of fashion with Marc Jacobs or discover how to direct movies with David Lynch. If you are interested in courses with application in the business world, you may be interested in those of Sara Blakely (founder and executive director of Spanx), the fashion popess Ana Wintour (editor-in-chief of Vogue USA), or the king of negotiation Christopher Voss (ex-FBI agent, businessman, and writer).

Online courses for adults

Learning new things can be very beneficial for your business, but it’s also good to know when and how to relax. You will find many free and paid courses on the internet and not free on music, dance, or even graphic arts or crafts.

Online cooking courses

online cooking courses

Schoolinary is a platform that offers more than 100 courses that you can access through various subscriptions. The annual plan is only €14.99. In addition to the courses, the platform offers live masterclasses with renowned chefs. Why not spend a little time learning more about something as important and rewarding as cooking?

And you, what do you want to learn during this pandemic period? Do you know of a course that you would like to share with others? Tell us in the comments.

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