The smooth geniuses over at Inc. have concocted a fantastic list of eight free online courses all new enterprising entrepreneurs should consider taking before taking the big big plunge. The classes writer Julie Strickland has compiled run the gamut from start-up engineering and introduction to finance to courses on how to grow a business as well stuff on entrepreneurial law. There’s not a big point to belabor this further, but the list is fantastic. And, as always, Next Door, the co-working space on Diversey, has a regular rotation of free in-person classes. Generally, just know this: Don’t get into entrepreneurship half-cocked. There’s always more you’ll learn on the job, but it’s best to go into it with as few blindfolds on as possible.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.