If you've just started a dropshipping business or are looking to start one, you are probably looking to learn more about it.
Because, after all, who doesn't like to improve their knowledge and skills related to their business?
However, when looking at dropshipping courses, you might have noticed most of them have a hefty price tag.
But did you know that there are plenty of dropshipping courses available for free?
In this article, we will explore six of the best ones. Let's start!
6 Best dropshipping courses you don't have to pay for
Here are some of the best free dropshipping courses to improve your knowledge in 2023:
Each course is taught by a professional experienced within that particular niche. All for free!
One of the best courses on the Shopify Learn platform for learning to dropship is called Dropshipping 101:
Dropshipping 101 is around two hours long and will go over how to set up a Shopify dropshipping store and ecommerce brand each step of the way.
But wait, there's more! Shopify Learn has various courses to help you with your business.
Here are some of these courses:
- Find winning products to sell
- 3 Automated Emails That Will Increase Your Sales
- Build a Print on Demand Empire
Shopify also has many great free webinars that you should check out!
Udemy is another online educational platform with a wide variety of course subjects, including dropshipping, business, and much more!
Their courses are presented in a video format, with instructors providing presentations and demonstrations.
Udemy offers both paid and free learning. What's great is that the course we're covering today is free!
Before we explain the course, a couple of drawbacks to free courses on Udemy should be addressed first:
With the free courses, you don't get access to things like certificates of completion or access to ask the instructor questions.
But that's okay because, after all, it's free, right?
Udemy's dropshipping course is called Dropshipping with AliExpress:
This dropshipping course will guide you through setting up a store on Shopify and show you some plugins to use and how to fulfill orders using AliExpress.
You'll learn how to sell your first product and build trust with your potential audience. What's great about this course is that it will even show you how to use Facebook Ads.
It's fantastic that you get this in a free course, right?
As we mentioned earlier, Udemy offers many different courses, so this isn't the only one they have to offer.
Coursera is an online education platform with thousands of courses and guided projects, paid and free.
One great thing about Coursera, like the rest of the platforms on this list, is that they allow learners to study at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Coursera's material can also be accessed on desktop or mobile devices.
Coursera also grants certifications as soon as you complete one of their courses (usually, this isn't the case with free courses). However, the course we are discussing today does include a certificate of completion.
The course we are discussing today is called ‘Create your ecommerce store with Shopify.'
‘Create your ecommerce store with Shopify‘ is an hour long and will teach you exactly what the title states.
This course teaches you how to manage customers and orders, manage products and inventory, create collections, add gift cards, and much more!
It's a hands-on learning course, meaning you'll learn new skills by practicing and following along with what the course guides you through by completing tasks.
This is a great course for learning the fundamentals and setting up and using Shopify.
There are several more courses on Coursera that you can take for free to learn more about dropshipping and ecommerce.
Here are a few:
- Launch Your Online Business
- Create your ecommerce store with Ecwid
- E-Commerce Payments Using Stripe and NodeJS
Alison is another great online educational platform with over 4,000+ courses in ten different categories, including dropshipping!
Alison differs from many of the other course platforms mentioned because all of their material is 100% free to study.
And you get access to it just by creating an account and signing up for their platform.
They still give you a certificate as soon as you finish and complete one of their courses.
Dropshipping – Bootstrapping a New Online Business is around two hours long and will guide you through different dropshipping problems and their solutions:
The course will also help you evaluate some strategies and consider some considerations before starting a dropshipping business.
You'll also learn how to target the correct demographic for the products you plan to sell.
However, this isn't the only great course that Alison has to offer on ecommerce and dropshipping.
Here are a few more courses to look at:
- Dropshipping and Affiliate Marketing
- Learn How to Master Facebook Ads for Beginners and Experts
- How to Set Up a Home Business
The last two course platforms on this list aren't necessarily considered dropshipping courses. However, they may help you advertise and market your dropshipping business.
Meta Blueprint is an online learning platform from Meta dedicated to teaching you the skills and knowledge needed to harness Facebook and Instagram as effective marketing channels.
Meta Blueprint courses are free. However, if you're looking to get certified by Meta for digital marketing, you'll have to pay.
The Meta certification exams can cost you up to $150.
Meta Blueprint has many different smaller videos and how-to courses to learn about Facebook and Instagram advertising:
They also have a bunch of individual self-guided non-video courses that are great because you can follow along and take action!
Here's one great self-guided non-video course called Get Started with Advertising on Facebook and Instagram:
In this course, you'll learn how to start with Instagram and Facebook Ads.
The course starts off by explaining ads manager and the campaign structure. By the end of the course, you have a good idea of the fundaments of an ad campaign and how it all works.
Here are a few other good courses:
Google Skillshop is Google's educational platform for learning how to effectively use and manage Google products to maximize their full potential.
One cool feature of Google's Skillshop is getting certified using their products.
After all, what's better than getting certified by the company which delivers the ads themselves?
However, in this article, we will focus on their Google Ads courses as they can help you with your dropshipping business:
Google has different sections for you to learn about the various ads so you can understand them further. These include shopping ads, display ads, video ads, and more.
Similar to Facebook Blueprint, most courses are self-guided nonvideo courses and allow you to go at your own pace and apply the knowledge you're learning.
Here's a course called ‘Learn How to Create, Manage and Optimize Google Ads Display Campaigns‘:
Throughout the course, you'll learn more about Google display ads, what they are, and how to run campaigns more efficiently.
If you'd like to take some other courses on Google Skillshop, here are a few:
- Learn the fundamentals of Google Ads Search
- Google Ads Tutorial Series: Video
- Learn the Basics of Shopping Ads
Reading and absorbing information and knowledge is great (definitely if it’s free!), but do you know what’s even better?
So, to help you with taking action with what you have learned in this article, take a look at the bullet points:
- Pick out a course. Select a course based on what you need to learn to improve on the most or what you need to study to begin your dropshipping business.
- Sign up and begin a course. Start by signing up for a free dropshipping course and begin to familiarize yourself with the material.
- Study the material. Familiarize yourself with the fundamental concepts of dropshipping or other skills covered in the course and commit to finishing the course.
- Stick to the plan. Follow the advice mentioned and apply the information and tips learned within the course.
Well, there you go!
These are some of the best courses you can begin to take to learn and advance your knowledge on dropshipping to improve your business.
We hope you see that you don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars to learn more about dropshipping. Plenty of material and courses are out there for you to learn for free.
Hopefully, this article gave you value, and you learned something you didn't know before.
Now what are you waiting for? Get out there and start learning!
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