But then I started my own business, and boy was I wrong. I had so much to learn! Just because I am finished with my formal education does not mean that I am done with my education by any means. Now I need to educate myself, which is harder than I thought it would be because it requires a lot of discipline. I have no professor telling me what to read or study and I have no GPA to motivate me to get my work done.
Enrolling in courses has been super beneficial. I waited much longer than I should have to enroll in courses. I was confident that I could figure it all out on my own without paying to learn. But I can’t tell you how beneficial the right courses are. Finding leaders in your field and taking their courses is one of the best ways to learn. They have gone through the exact process that you are going through and can guide you. I have taken several online courses but the ones that have been the most helpful to me are:
Michelle Schroeder-Garner knows her stuff. She is the mastermind behind Making Sense of Cents and she has been generating 6 figures A MONTH. So you know that her information is reliable and very very valuable.
In her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, she covers absolutely everything you need to know about becoming an affiliate marketer. It includes 6 modules as well as some awesome bonuses. You will learn:
- What affiliate marketing is
- How to properly use affiliate links
- How to find the right affiliate programs for you/your niche
- The rules and requirements of affiliate marketing (you don’t want to get in trouble!)
- How to get your readers to trust you and your recommendations
- All her different strategies for promoting links
- How to use social media with your affiliate links
- What not to do
- How to join and get approved for affiliate programs
- How to create an awesome Pinterest strategy for your links
If you take her course seriously, you will make back the money you spent and probably much, much more. I cannot recommend it enough. Have I convinced you yet? If so, you can enroll here.
Allison Marshall of Wonderlass is an incredible resource if you are starting your own online business. Not only is she adorable and happy and colorful, she is also somewhat of a creative genius. She knew that she would not be happy working for someone else and not having control of her own schedule. Sound familiar?
Taking her Complete Online Business Blueprint course has made my life so much easier. Whether you are trying to make your blog into a business or start any kind of online business, she will walk you through absolutely everything (and make you laugh along the way!)
What you will get out of Allison’s course:
- How to build a foundation
- How to create a strong, consistent brand
- How to build your credibility
- Tons of info that will help you to grow your email list (SUPER IMPORTANT)
- How to use Pinterest to grab your target audience’s attention
- Hint: she loves Boardbooster too!
- How to get your fans to loooove you!
- How to make passive income (you know you want passive income!)
- How to set up sales funnels
- Plus some fun bonuses (her free stock photos are incredible)
If you work from home and tend to get bored throughout the day, Allison’s love of bursting into random accents will keep you entertained! Enroll in this master course here.
Okay this one is so important. Jackie from Jade & Oak started a blog while simultaneously working as an attorney. Now she blogs about the laws and regulations when it comes to blogging.
This course answers every question you may have about the legality of blogging. In her course, you’ll learn:
- All about registering as a business
- Privacy statements
- Terms and conditions
- Disclosures and disclaimers
- Copyright statements
- Online legal services
- Email lists
- Accounting and taxes
- Plus, templates for creating your own statements!
It’s all very valuable information and it’s crucial if you’re interested in creating and building a business. You can also go to her website to see some of her free resources as well!
If you have already started blogging, you have probably heard over and over that it’s important to grow your email list. Monica from Redefining Mom used Convertkit to grow her email list from 52 to 14,000 in just one year. Her course shows you exactly how she did it, and how you can do it too!
Also, get a free month of Convertkit HERE!
If you are looking for a course that will walk you step by step through the entire process of creating a blog, look no further. Emma Drew from EmmaDrew.info‘s course Turn Your Dreams Into Money covers absolutely everything you need to know to start a blog. She begins with choosing a name, a niche, a hosting service, and guides you all the way through to driving traffic to your awesome blog posts.
You know you will learn a ton from her course because she’s a money making/saving blogger who has won tons of awards for her blog!
“Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20—she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination . . . but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face. Based on her personal, tried-and-tested experience, she offers valuable guidance and powerful exercises to help you:
- Get clear on your business vision
- Move past the fears and doubts that can get in the way
- Understand your audience, so you can truly connect with them
- Create your brand and build a tribe of raving fans, subscribers, and customers
- Manage your time, maintain focus, and keep going in the right direction
- Condition yourself for success . . . and so much more!
If you’re a creative and ambitious female entrepreneur or are contemplating the entrepreneurial path, this book will provide the honest, realistic, and practical tools you need to follow your heart and bring your vision to life.”
“By now it’s clear that whether you’re promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what determines your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you.
But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, who he says is the best social-media person he’s ever met, to offer The Art of Social Media—the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money.
With over one hundred practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through steps to build your foundation, amass your digital assets, optimize your profile, attract more followers, and effectively integrate social media and blogging.”
“Is it possible to make a career out of something you love? Miki Agrawal, entrepreneur, angel investor, and cool-sh*t doer, has figured it out and now shows you how.
In Do Cool Sh*t, she shares her adventures in entrepreneurship and life, from learning to step out of her comfort zone in a foreign country to achieving her dream of playing soccer for the New York Magic to partnering with Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com to launch her dream business. Now Miki shows you how to start a business, fund it on a shoestring budget, brainstorm a business plan, test a product, get great (free) press coverage, and more—all while living a life to be proud of.”
Unleashing the Entrepreneur
“Vibrant, game-changing CEO Lisa Messenger shares an insightful account of her rollercoaster ride as the creator and founder of the globally popular Collective Hub, the hip magazine of inspiration for disrupters and innovators of all stripes—with bold ideas on how you can stay on track and remain true to whatever your passion may be.”
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