If you’ve been hanging around the online business world for long, you’ve probably heard about Marie Forleo’s B-school. I’ve written about it HERE and HERE in previous years, and today I’m going to throw down my perspective from 3 years out. It was a huge investment for me at the time, and people often ask me if it was worth it. Read on…
Remember those old statistics from back in the brick and mortar days that stated something like “One in five businesses will fail within the first two years”? I would love to know what the stats are for online businesses in light of the absolute boom this past decade, with thousands of new websites popping up daily.
Truth is, we only notice the successful ones. The myriad of unsuccessful online businesses fade away often before their domain name runs out.
With a brick and mortar business, you wouldn’t open the place up and not have proper signage or forget to purchase a cash register or neglect to find out from the city when they’ll collect your garbage or blank out on developing a return policy.
A brick and mortar business forces you to face every aspect of running your business. Shit is real, y’all.
Online businesses are such a novel concept that my own parents are still confused about how I pay my bills. It’s easy to miss major pieces of the puzzle because this is some seriously new territory we’re in, kids.
There’s A LOT of grey area.
I’m still learning all the time and I’ve been in business for almost three years.
Never in the history of ever have people developed livelihoods this way.
That’s the number one reason why I signed up for Marie Forleo’s B-school three years ago and never looked back. It was a heavy chunk of change for me at the time, but I knew that no matter how many online articles I read about setting up a business, my slapped-together knowledge would never be comprehensive enough to fuel the sustainable success that I needed to truly thrive.
I wanted a one-stop-shop of top quality information that I’d always have access to.
I wanted to know that I could make a solid investment once and it would continue to pay off. (kinda like grad school)
I didn’t want a formula shoved down my throat that promised results. Formulas are bullshit. I wanted some solid foundational business direction that I could then mold and use based on my business needs, and re-visit when I went through a period of growth.
And I didn’t want to feel alone in business – which is really easy to do when you work from home most of the time.
Those are the reasons why I signed up for B-school. And it delivered.
Now I’m not going to tell you that you should sign up, because it IS a big investment and it may not be the best choice for your needs. But I can tell you why it was worth it for me.
I went from being someone who sat all by my lonesome in my living room with my laptop worrying about money and about all the things I should be doing but didn’t know how, to being a part of a community of online business owners representing every single stage of business-building who either had similar struggles to me, or whom had overcome them and could offer me some perspective and encouragement. In short, I stopped feeling alone and I had some real-human-being resources to draw upon when I found myself struggling.
I met Amanda Aitken (another B-schooler) and won a scholarship to her Girl’s Guide to Web Design that then allowed me to open up a side business to bring in income when I needed it most in the early days of building my consulting business.
I got clients – lots of them. Some were B-schoolers who needed a website and some were people who needed more focused business strategy to take their business to the next level. Many more were referrals who had come from members of the B-school community.
I gained a best friend and business advisor whom has literally changed my life in more ways than I can count. She has helped me be both personally and professionally more successful.
I’ve gone to the World Domination Summit in Portland – twice! – flying up all the way from Peru not only because the WDS is awesome, but because my B-school community attending was strong and there’s nothing quite like meeting with your community to catapult you forward into the things you’ve been dreaming about/procrastinating on.
I’ve sold out my Peru Retreat without the sales page ever going live – and 5 of the 8 attendees are people I met through B-school.
I even gained a personal pilates instructor who turned me on to kombucha (fermented pro-biotic drink) which I now home-brew because it keeps me super healthy. (priceless – thanks Andrea)
Like I said, I’m not going to tell you to sign up – you’ve got your own intuition to listen to. But I am an affiliate for B-school because I have personally witnessed the ongoing value of it. Love it or hate it, it helps thousands of people put down solid business foundations.
As a big thank you for signing up through me, I offer free access to my Kick Comparisonitis course – super helpful for staying strong when you realize there’s a sea of people out there trying to do the same thing as you – (a $249 value) and a one hour consultation with me (a $300 value) to be used anytime you need it in 2014.
I know there are loads of programs out there and people’s experiences have ranged from excellent to terrible. I’d love to hear about yours in the comments below.