Are you wondering how to learn new skills for free? So you can bring your ecommerce store to the next level? If so, then this article will be awesome for you! I gathered the 16 best free online ecommerce courses for entrepreneurs in 2021.
These free courses will help you develop skills you might have never thought of before. Are you ready to learn?
Why is learning new skills for free awesome?
Free ecommerce courses are great for people that don’t have the budget for paid courses, but that’s not the only reason.
Free courses are also great for people that don’t believe in these “get rich quick” type of courses. Trust me; there are a lot of these courses.
Of course, not all online paid courses are that type, but there are currently so many “bad apples” that I decided to create this awesome list with the best free courses to learn skills for your ecommerce store.
Also, you can use the table of contents above if you’re interested in learning a certain skill. This way, you can jump directly to the skill that you want to learn!
The 16 Best Free Ecommerce Courses of 2021
So, are you ready to save some money?
Below you will find 16 awesome free ecommerce courses. There will be a lot of different options like Shopify Compass, free courses from Google, Instagram courses, and many more.
I hope this way, I can open your eyes that you can see that there are options available to learn skills for free. You don’t need to purchase a paid course for everything!
1. Shopify Compass (Previously Shopify Academy)
The first free ecommerce course that you can take to improve your online business is called Shopify Compass.
This is not one course, but a whole course platform with multiple free courses that help you start and improve your business. Here are some examples of topics that they cover:
- Ecommerce Email Marketing 101
- SEO training for Beginners
- Google Ads for Ecommerce
- Product Photography for Ecommerce
- And much more:
The great thing about it is that you don’t need to have an active store on the Shopify platform. Everyone can access it for free!
2. Canva’s Design School
The next free online course is from Canva. It’s called the Design School. This platform was launched with as goal to increase the world’s visual literacy.
This is an awesome set of online courses for people who want to learn more about Canva as a tool, the basics of design, or for people who are looking to take their existing skills to the next level.
In case you’re not sure what Canva is, then this is for you:
Canva is an awesome free online design tool. Yes, they do have a paid version available, but you will probably not need it yet at the beginning.
3. Facebook Blueprint
For most ecommerce store owners, Facebook is one of their most important advertisement platforms. That’s why the next free course on this list is the awesome learning platform from Facebook called Facebook Blueprint.
I mean, who knows Facebook better than Facebook themself, right? You can even take an exam to become a Facebook certified professional.
This might be hard if you’re just beginning, but it’s still awesome that it’s possible, and maybe you can set passing a Facebook exam as a goal for your future!
It’s always great to have goals in your life.
The great thing is that Facebook explains a lot more there than just about Facebook. For example, they have also included courses about Instagram and Messenger:
4. Dropshipping: Complete Guide
Alright, this might be a little self-promotion here, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it would be valuable for you!
If you want to learn dropshipping for free, then my complete Shopify dropshipping guide will help you with that!
Quick warning, it’s a huge article! But it contains everything you need to know to create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2021. I will even explain to you what dropshipping means.
It contains 20 easy to follow steps and almost 6000 words. How awesome is that?
If you’re interested in checking it out and learning more about Shopify dropshipping, then I suggest clicking on the link below.
5. Google Digital Garage
Next up are the free courses from Google in the Google Digital Garage.
Here you will learn all kinds of skills around data and tech, digital marketing, and career development. Just take a look at the screenshot below, and you will see that they have a ton of free courses available:
If you want to improve your knowledge in digital marketing, then I suggest starting with this awesome online course from Google.
Another great thing about this course is that you will receive a certification once you complete it. You can then add this certification to your resume or LinkedIn.
Having a certification from Google is never a bad thing, right?
So, if you’re interested in digital marketing, then this is one of the best free online courses for you.
But that’s all not. If you want more free courses from Google, then you’re in luck! Below you will find another free course platform from Google.
6. Google Skillshop
If you’re using a product from Google (I’m 95% sure that you use at least one haha), then the Skillshop from Google will be perfect for you. Just take a look at the screenshot below to see if you use one of them:
If you’re interested in certifications, then the Skillshop won’t disappoint you for sure. Here are a few examples of the certifications for Google Ads:
7. Google Primer App
The next one is also from Google and is called the Google Primer App. This app lets you learn a lot on your phone everywhere you want.
They offer quick, easy-to-understand lessons to help business owners and individuals grow skills and reach their goals.
Most lessons take around 5 minutes or less to complete. Sounds awesome, right?
8. YouTube Creator Academy
This is a great place to get started with creating YouTube videos for your channel. They cover a lot of different topics:
Plus, they also got a course on how to build a business on YouTube.
9. Hubspot Academy
Do you want to learn more skills for your online business? Then the Hubspot Academy might be a great place for you!
Here you can learn all kinds of different skills ranging from marketing to sales:
This is also a great place if you want to get more certifications:
10. SEO Learning Center from Moz
In this learning center, they organized all their articles and videos in easy to follow categories. This way, you can easily go to the topic that you want to learn more about:
Another great option if you want to learn more from Moz is to enroll in their free Udemy course.
If you want to learn more about Search Engine Optimization, then here are a few more great websites to follow:
11. Buffer’s Introduction to Social Media Strategy
The next free online course on this list is the introduction to Social Media strategy by Buffer.
After taking this class, you will be able to create a custom social media strategy that will help you drive your business goals and achieve the results you want.
The only downside is that the course is hosted on Skillshare, which does offer a free trial but isn’t free forever.
However, they do currently offer a free two months trial, which is more than enough time to complete this 45-minute long course from Buffer.
12. Later’s Free Instagram Courses
Next up are the free Instagram courses from Later. In these free courses, you will learn a lot about Instagram for free. Plus, they even got two TikTok courses, as you can see in the screenshot above.
One example is their one hour free course that helps you learn everything about using Instagram Stories for your business.
13. WordStream’s Growth Academy
The next free online ecommerce course is the Growth Academy by WordStream. This awesome free course will teach you tons of things to grow your business.
You will learn the basics of online advertising, getting more leads, how to sell more products online, and you will learn how to grow an agency.
Another option from WordSteam is their PPC University. This one is great for people that want to learn a bit more about PPC (Pay Per Click) marketing.
14. Twitter Flight School
Twitter Flight School is an online learning platform that teaches you everything you need to know about advertising on Twitter.
Whether you’re new to Twitter or a seasoned digital professional, Twitter Flight School offers courses tailored to every level of expertise.
If you saw the Blueprint from Facebook above, then the layout from Twitter Flight School will look familiar to you:
15. Phlearn: Free Photoshop Courses & More
Yes, they do have a paid option available with way more courses, but you will surely learn a lot from their free courses already, definitely, if you’re completely new to these tools.
One awesome example of a free course that you can take right now is their 30 days of Photoshop series. You can watch the video below for their introduction to this course:
I do have one more option for you if you want to learn more about any of the Adobe programs for free. Just go to their website and search for the product that you want to learn more about. For example:
Then simply press on ‘Tutorials’, and you will be taken to a page with tons of tutorial videos:
16. Wishpond’s Email Marketing Masterclass
Next up is Wishpond’s email marketing masterclass. This course is perfect for people that are just beginning with learning about email marketing.
In this free course, you will learn about the common email marketing mistakes most people make (and how to avoid them), you will also learn how to create an email marketing funnel, and much more.
So, if you’re interested in using email marketing, then this is a great free course for you.
Another option if you want to learn more about email marketing is to watch the free email marketing course on the Shopify Compass platform.
If you prefer reading articles, you can check out our complete beginner’s guide here to learn all the basics of email marketing.
How to create an ecommerce store without holding any inventory?
Are you wondering what dropshipping is? Or why ecommerce stores use it to have no inventory at all? If so, then I suggest reading the article I linked to below:
That article will explain everything to you about what dropshipping is and why people start dropshipping stores.
If you already know about dropshipping, then take a look at these awesome articles that will help you create a much better dropshipping store:
- 23 Awesome Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples
- Unique Dropshipping Store: 11 Amazing Tips to Create One
- Shopify Dropshipping: Setting up Your Store (2021 Checklist)
- 12 Reasons Why Most People Fail With Dropshipping in 2021 | Beat Them!
So, there you have it! 16 awesome free ecommerce courses that will surely help you start or grow your ecommerce business.
I hope you now see that there is a lot of information about marketing, SEO, and running a business in general, available on the internet for free.
If you know any more free ecommerce courses or if you have any questions, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top!
Good luck with everything that you’re going to do; I believe in you!