Where do you find the education needed to be an entrepreneur?

It’s certainly possible, after all, to become a successful entrepreneur with no advanced education whatever. Just look at Michael Dell, who dropped out of school when he was just 19 and used just $1,000 to started a company to sell personal computers. Dell Inc is now the top PC maker in the world. Or Bill Gates, who dropped out of school and then proceeded to start the world’s largest software company and become the world’s richest man.

The truth, however, is that for every entrepreneur who succeeds purely on personal ambition, there are dozens of entrepreneurs who feel they don’t have the right business knowledge to take their dream and grow it into a profitable enterprise.

Many of the most famous entrepreneurs say in interviews that pure attitude – particularly a quality of persistence – is the key to creating your own successful business. Getting an MBA is obviously helpful. Keep in mind, however, that Donald Trump once said his time spent at Wharton Business School was spent “50% studying and 50% partying.” A number of colleges today offer degrees that are not only focused on business, but on specifically offering the education needed to be an entrepreneur. Babson College in Wellesley Mass., for instance, has an undergraduate program where students learn how to plan a profitable business, launch and manage it and even liquidate it ultimately.

Self-Taught Success
That kind of high-end training tends to be for the kind of business person who’s going to draw up a big idea and then seek a significant amount of funding from venture capitalists to get it up and running. The far greater number of entrepreneurs starts much smaller businesses, from home-based internet startups to dry cleaning stores or restaurants. A number of online schools have sprung up in recent years to offer training in how you can be a financial planner, a web designer or other home-based worker.

Basic bookkeeping is one of the most critical skills you can learn in these courses, regardless of what kind of business you create. After all, no matter how much money you bring in, you won’t be very successful unless you’re able to hold onto it as profit. A great source where you can conduct research and even take free courses in how to draw up a business plan is the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Online Degree Schools

Kaplan University
A very large and well-known school with over 40,000 students on 11 campuses and in a large online degree program, and regional accreditation. Offers a very wide range of degrees in:
- Criminal Justice
- Education
- Health Care
- Nursing
- Computer Technology
- Information Systems
- Legal Studies
Learn more about Kaplan's degree programs

Ashford University
Iowa-based school established in 1918, Ashford offers a vast array of online degrees online across the range from associate to bachelor and masters, in addition to it's campus-based programs. (Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.) Degrees available in:
- Business Management - BA & MBA in 19 different specialties
- Early Childhood Education
- Marketing
- Health Care Studies
- Homeland Security
- Psychology
- Sports Managment
Get information on Ashford's online programs

American Intercontinental University
AIU, a large online school, has a low credit hour tuition, but it does require more credits than some other schools on bachelor programs. The school works very hard to keep student costs down, however, by giving credit to degree programs from up to 50% of transfers for previous coursework at another school, and in some cases actually giving 75% credit. That's unusual. AIU offers associates's degrees in Business and Criminal Justice, as well as online bachelor degree programs in:
- Business (many specialties)
- Accounting
- Computers & Information Technology
- Healthcare Management
- Criminal Justice (many specialties)
Get info on American Intercontinental University

Colorado Technical University
CTU is a large institution based on Colorado Springs with over 25,000 students. It has accreditation and has been ranked #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities by Military Times Magazine. Offers associate's and bachelor's degrees online in
- Criminal Justice (multiple specialties)
- Business
- Accounting
- Project Management
- Information Systems (multiple specialties)
- Logistics
- Psychology
Learn more about Colorado Tech's degree programs

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