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Free Online Business Courses

For everyone, forever.

Free Online Education to Start Your Own Business

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Chase Your Dreams: Learn How to Start Your Own Business!

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Take the first steps toward business ownership with MOBI's free online business courses, and create a new opportunity for yourself!

Learn how to start your own business or gain new skills for a business you already have. MOBI's courses provide the foundational learning that is right for any skill level or business background

Learn how to start your own business!

Two ways to learn:

Enroll: Choose among four entrepreneur courses and earn a Certificate of Completion in just 20 hours from Santa Clara University. 

Browse: 36 topics to find answers to your most immediate business questions. 


MOBI is your FREE starting a business resource!

MOBI's content and curriculum are free, for everyone, forever, thanks to the generosity of our founders Phil & Peggy Holland. The mission at the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) is to start businesses that create jobs and build communities by providing education to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. Read more about the Holland's lifelong commitment to helping others in Our Story.

Here are the steps you can take to learn with MOBI:

  1. Visit Our Courses to identify which course is the best fit for you and your business goals.
  2. Click Enroll Now to create an account in our learning management system, and choose your course.
  3. Begin!

In addition to the course curriculum, MOBI provides more content on our Resources & Tools page including MOBI blog posts, MOBI alumni Success Stories, and more.

You do not have to enroll to view the MOBI content! The curriculum is also available on our website to make it easy for you to find the information you need. However, in order to earn a Certificate, you do need to be enrolled in a course. 

Have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or send us an email to


Alert icon New Curriculum for 2024! MOBI is kicking off the New Year with exciting NEW CURRICULUM for TWO SESSIONS!
Develop Negotiating Skills: Learn the basics of negotiation, when negotiation is needed, how to prepare for negotiations, important negotiation terms to know, and key negotiation skills to master.
Customer Experience and Feedback: Understand the importance of customer feedback for your business, develop strategies to gather and use customer feedback for improvement, learn how to address feedback professionally, make a customer experience plan, and more.

Alert icon Holiday Marketing Ideas The year is full of holidays, celebrations, and events that you can leverage to promote your business and boost sales. Check out our list of 45 Holiday Marketing Tips and make the most of seasonal marketing opportunities!

Alert icon Should you start a business? What makes this a good time for entrepreneurship and for MOBI? Executive Director Drew Starbird, Ph.D., has these answers and more in a new Q&A blog post here.

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