12 Free Online Finance Courses

free online finance courses

Over the years online courses have become incredibly popular. From advanced education courses, online finance courses to college degrees, there's most likely an online course you can take.

You can learn all kinds of new skills from thousands of qualified experts from the comfort of your home and even while you are on the go.

Popular online courses

One of the most popular courses in the world right now is an online course called the Science of well being. There are also several other extremely popular courses. For instance, this course called Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential. And this one called, Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance.

In that vein, I wanted to share our most popular free online finance courses here at Clever Girl Finance. Yup, you read that right. In addition to our blog, podcast, and videos, our courses are free.

We made a conscious decision as a company to make all our courses free to support members of our community during COVID-19; A time of financial difficulty and economic uncertainty.

Why? We feel strongly that financial literacy is something that everyone should have access to especially when they need it the most. Our mission is to empower women to achieve financial wellness, and our courses help to do just that.

So that being said, here are our 12 most popular online finance courses.

Our most popular free finance courses

1. Create the right financial goals

You've heard the saying before right that a goal without a plan is just a wish? The saying couldn't be any more true for your finances. In "Create the right financial goals", we take a close look at how you can determine what the right financial goals are for yourself.

Everyone's situation is different. Recognizing this right out the gate will help you to take a close look at your personal circumstances closely. It will also help you create goals that will allow you to succeed.

We'll go over questions like; what are your core values? How can you create financial goals? How do you break the cycle of failing to meet your goals? Once you finish this course, you'll be well on your way to seeing those big wins!

Looking for a place to start with our online finance courses? This is a great beginning!

2. Create a budget that works

You may have tried budgeting before or you may be a complete newbie. Whatever the case, we're excited you're looking to learn how to create a budget. Budgeting is a skill that will set you up for financial success. In our course "Create a budget that works", we'll show you exactly how to get started and build a unique system that will stick.

Expect to learn game-changing strategies on how to succeed in budgeting. You'll also learn common budgeting methods that are proven to work. By the time you're finished with this, you'll be able to pick one that's best for you.

3. Create your debt repayment strategy

If you're saddled with debt, don't despair - we've got you. In our "Create your debt repayment strategy" course, we will help you build a solid understanding of key items to consider.

You'll get a good understanding of how interest is calculated on your debt and whether debt consolidation is a good idea based on your unique circumstances. We also go over what bankruptcy really means and the key things you should know about it.

We will teach you what happens when your debt is being handled by a collections agency and what you can do if you find yourself in that situation.

Lastly, you'll learn how to create a solid gameplan to pay off your debt once and for all.

At the end of the course, you'll leave with actionable steps that will guide you on your journey to being debt-free!

4. Build good credit

A good credit score can open up doors for you that would otherwise be shut. Landlords, lenders, car dealers among others all look at your credit score. As a result, it's crucial to work towards building a solid score and we have just the resource to help you with it.

"Build good credit" teaches you the exact types of accounts that will set you on a path towards a good credit score. You'll also learn the ins and outs of how credit scores work and a step by step guide on how to build and improve your credit score.

If you're serious about getting your credit in order, don't delay in signing up for this.

5. Student loan basics

For all the students, future students or recent grads out there trying to figure out student loans, we've got you covered. We know and understand that financing your education can feel overwhelming and that is why we put together our 3-course bundle that covers everything you need to know about how your student loans work.

This bundle consists of 3 courses that are broken down as follows:

How your student loans really work (Course 1 of 3)

In this course, we'll take you through the nitty-gritty details of a student loan. We answer questions such as what key terms you should know and how exactly your interest rate works.

We'll examine common payoff options you can take advantage of. You'll also learn how to successfully communicate with your student loan provider.

Master your federal student loans (Course 2 of 3)

In the second course in this bundle, we walk through the different types of federal loans that exist.

You'll learn how the interest rates on a federal loan work and how to determine the best repayment option based on your unique circumstances. You'll also learn how federal student loan forgiveness programs work.

Master your private student loans (Course 3 of 3)

If you have considered or are considering taking out a private student loan, you will definitely want to check out this course on how to master your private student loans.

In this course, we do a deep dive into how private student loans differ from other types of loans, common terminology you need to know as well as how to track information on your private loan. We also go over how to prioritize paying off your private student loan.

6. Create a plan for your future self

It's almost second nature for us to plan for the immediate future, however, if you want to become wealthy, long term financial planning will be key. Seriously. You'll thank yourself later.

Our course bundle on how to create a plan for your future self goes straight to the heart of investing for the long term. This bundle which contains 6 online finance courses focuses on investing for beginners and covers:

How to create a plan for your future self through investing (Course 1 of 6)

In this first course, you'll learn how to create a financial plan for your long-term goals. You'll also learn the core strategies you should have in place in order to build wealth.

Core investing concepts (Course 2 of 6)

Whether you're new to the stock market or a frequent investor, this module will give you solid principles to help you set up a winning investment portfolio.

You'll learn about the magical power of compounding, inflation and how the stock market works.

Preparing to invest and researching your investments (Course 3 of 6)

What makes an investment risky? How do you mitigate risk? How can you research your investments? What about selecting the right investment platform? In this part of the course, you'll learn how to answer these questions. You'll also learn how to carefully weigh risks against your short, medium and long term investing objectives.

Stock market investing (Course 4 of 6)

If you are looking for a primer on stocks and bonds, this is it. This course walks you through the fundamentals of each market and when to use stocks vs. bonds. You'll learn about stocks, funds, and bonds. All about index funds and when to consider bonds in your portfolio.

Investing for retirement (Course 5 of 6)

A key component of financial success is investing for the long term.

Retirement planning is important no matter how far along you are in your career. This module will help you understand and pick the retirement investing strategy that is best for you.

Monitoring and managing your investments (Course 6 of 6)

After all your hard work, you'll want to know how your money is doing right? This course will teach you exactly how to monitor the success of your investments as well as when and how to make adjustments if needed.

7. Creating multiple streams of income: Ideas & strategies to make it work

If there's one thing we've all seen at various stages it's that no stream of income is promised forever. The good news, however, is that no generation before us has had access to wealth-building opportunities as we do today.

In this course, "Creating multiple streams of income", we teach you exactly how to do it.

If you're looking to diversify your income streams to help you exceed your financial goals, check this course out. We'll give you strategies, ideas and motivation to get your streams of income growing.

8. The new business owner

Our 4-course bundle for new business owners is perfect if you're thinking of or just starting out on creating a business. In this course, you'll learn:

Earn more, start a side hustle (Course 1 of 4)

Here at CGF, we love small businesses and want to show you how you can start your own in no time. In this course, you'll learn the fastest way to get up and running with your side hustle.

Manage your business finances the right way (Course 2 of 4)

A key to running a successful business is staying organized financially. This online finance course will teach you exactly that offering you guidance on your financial checklist that will ensure you're well set up and operating soundly.

Success with your business: Mistakes to avoid & tips to succeed (Course 3 of 4)

Building a business requires a lot of hard work and strategic decision making to ensure you are putting your time and your money to good use.

Making even the smallest mistakes in business can cost you big especially if you are figuring out how to grow and become profitable.

Take the pain out of the process by learning from common mistakes made by new business owners. This course will help you fast track your way to success.

Create a marketable brand strategy to grow your business (Course 4 of 4)

You've started your business - congrats! Your next step will be to grow it and to do so you'll need a solid brand strategy to get your name out there.

Getting a logo and a beautiful website are only a drop in the ocean in growing your brand. This course will show you exactly what it takes to grow big!

9. How to buy your first home

Looking to buy your first home? We've got you covered. Buying your first home is a big feat and you no doubt want to make sure you nail every step of the process.

Our course, "How to buy your first home", walks you through a robust checklist of everything you'll need to qualify for a mortgage, detailed tips on how to save for your down payment, a guide on what to expect post-close and so much more.

If this is your first time buying a house, or if you're looking to get into real estate in general, you won't want to miss this course!

10. Everything you need to know about life insurance

The goal of our course on life insurance is to take a deep dive into a topic that so many shy away from. Life insurance can make a world of difference in preserving your wealth for future generations.

This course takes a simplified approach in explaining what life insurance is and how it works, how to apply for it and how to choose the best coverage for you and your loved ones.

11. The savings challenge bundle

There is nothing as exciting as a good savings challenge. Having good savings can make a huge difference when dealing with life events such as the arrival of a baby, a sudden misfortune in the family, emergency repairs and any unplanned circumstances.

In this savings challenge bundle, we'll tackle 6 really fun challenges that will turbocharge your savings goals!

The 26-week savings challenge (Challenge 1 of 6)

$1,378. That's exactly how much you'll have in savings by the end of this 26-week challenge. In this course, we'll walk with you step by step on how to start this challenge. Plus, you have the opportunity to check in weekly to share your progress!

30 days to master your spending challenge (Challenge 2 of 6)

It's time to break up with that overspending habit! Over the next 30 days, you will commit to spending money on necessities and nothing else. Think you can do it? Let’s find out!

The 30-day meal planning challenge (Challenge 3 of 6)

Meal planning is a ton of fun and it can easily save you thousands. With this challenge, we'll tackle weekday lunch. Every day, millions of people are spending $10 - $20 on takeout lunch which costs a pretty penny. Guilty? Work on changing that with this challenge.

The $5 savings challenge (Challenge 4 of 6)

Looking for an easy savings challenge that you can do in your sleep? We've got you! With the $5 challenge, all you will do for the next 90 days is save a $5 bill each time you get it. You up for the test?

Create a Clever Girl Fund (Challenge 5 of 6)

Life happens - health issues, emergency repairs or even economic meltdowns. The best way to be prepared? Having your own well-funded emergency fund. In this course, we do a deep dive into key strategies to determine how much you need, where to keep the money you save, how to build saving for it into your budget and more.

Find extra money (Challenge 6 of 6)

If you give your space a good decluttering session, we're sure you'll uncover some hidden coins. In this challenge, we'll walk you through how to spring clean your entire life and add to your savings!

12. Teach your children healthy money habits

It's no secret that good financial habits are rarely taught in school. In fact, most people spend decades figuring out their finances by trial and error simply because no one taught them.

If you have kids between the ages of 3 to 18, you'll know that teaching them good money habits will put them way ahead in their financial fortunes. Our course on teaching your children healthy money habits will help you set your kids up to win!

So which one of these online finance courses will you be taking first? Be sure to spread the word to your best girls, family, and colleagues!

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