In the year & a half since starting my styling business & style blog, I have invested thousand of dollars in my education as an entrepreneur. As the daughter of a professor it’s in my blood to never stop learning. But I also believe it played a direct role in the success of my new business for three reasons. First, the knowledge I learned, faster & more succinctly than I could have through internet searches. Second, the community I built up of successful fellow classmates to turn to for advice. And third, the renewed commitment I felt to myself & my company each time I hit “purchase” on another investment. I was putting my money where my heart was, & my heart rose to that declaration.
Here are four examples of courses that will take you to the next level in your blog & brand:
1. Marie Forelo’s Rich, Happy & Hot B-School: Are you ready to be financially successful in 2013? This in-depth 8-week course is hands down the top when it comes to A-Z knowledge of how to build an online business, find your audience, make a living & do it like a rockstar! I’m such a believer I’m offering a few hand-picked bloggers one-on-one mentorship for her next class starting in March.
2. Bri Emory & Angela Kohler’s Blogshop: Does your blog need to go pro in branding, graphics & aesthetics? A two-day crash course in Photoshop, specifically with style & lifestyle bloggers in mind. You leave with an incredible handbook that walks you step-by-step through each new thing you learned so even months later I wasn’t lost implementing all the goods they shared.
3. Brigitte Lyons Media Map: Are you ready to start getting mentions in the press? After a career in PR, Brigitte left the hustle & bustle to help us — new small businesses navigating how to get press, introduce ourselves to the media & expand our reach. She focuses on the macro level of what your unique story is & the micro level of which websites have the inside info you need.
4. Monica McCarthy’s Front & Center: Do you want to launch your own YouTube channel? A former film & Broadway actress, Monica helps people feel more comfortable in front of the camera & learn the basics of higher quality video. Video content is only becoming more popular & you shouldn’t let your fear or novice hold you back from sharing your unique perspective!
*A few other teachers I adore are Derek Halpern for marketing, James Wedmore for YouTube traffic building, Anne Samoliov for launching your first product or service & Amy Porterfield for social media marketing. Whatever you want to do next in your business & whatever your weak spot now, there is a teacher out there who can help you make it happen.
These are just a sampling of the amazing resources available to you anywhere in the world & at every stage on your path. If you’re ready to take your blog & business to the next level in 2013, commit to going back to school this year! Whether that’s 2 hours or 2 months. Take yourself seriously, & you’ll see a serious response back from those around you.
What other courses and classes can you recommend to the IFB community? Was there a class you took that was a game changer for you? What’s on your list to learn in 2013?
P.S. If you’re considering Marie Forleo’s RHH B-School, be sure to check out Dean Street Society, I just announced a few mentoring spots yesterday, so you can go through this mega course with me, one-on-one. Would love to help you take things to the next level from March-May this year!