I have a confession.
My name is Tracie and I am a life-long learner. I am addicted to online courses.
It was a problem for a while. I purchased more online courses than I could get through. A few years ago my husband staged an intervention. We agreed I’d finish the courses I’d already paid for before buying more.
It took nearly a year, but I did it. The feeling of not having a class hanging over my head changed my life. I am now a recovering class addict and am very content to take one class at a time. This is a round up of some of the many online courses I’ve taken since I started my Virtual Assistant business seven years ago. Maybe there’s one here you’ve wondered about. Reply to this email with your questions and I’ll help you out!
Online Courses I Love
Granted, Amy isn’t a class in and of herself, but I believe I’ve taken every class she’s offered. It started with a Facebook training I don’t remember the name of. I was hooked. I’ve done Profit Lab, Webinars That Convert, and Courses That Convert.
What I love about Amy and her trainings is her realness. She isn’t afraid to share her horror stories, her set backs or her triumphs. She also provides some of the best training I’ve ever taken.
In the online world knowing your customer is key and Amy does this better than anyone else. She knows her target audience often struggles to get a business off the ground and can’t afford lots of bells and whistles. She also knows many of her students are not all that tech savvy.
Amy’s solution is to provide Tech Trainings for the pieces of technology that get her students hung up. If the course is on Webinars, this may include a specific training on how to integrate Go To Webinar with an email provider. Courses That Convert provides a breakdown of all of the most popular course platforms. Her focus is on training people HOW to do webinars, create courses or run profitable marketing campaigns, but she realizes that there’s more to all of that than just marketing.
Amy is as real as they come. I’ve met her in person and she’s someone you can easily sit down and share a cup of coffee with – her trainings reflect her personality beautifully.
Marie Forleo’s B-School
B-School was the first “really expensive” training I ever took. At $2,000 I was pretty reluctant to make this first investment in my business, but I am so glad I did. It has been worth every penny.
Not only are Marie’s trainings beautiful to watch, she is easy to listen to and is insanely smart about the areas where new online entrepreneurs get stuck. B-School is a must-have program for anyone who has a great business idea that isn’t getting traction.
The course coves everything from developing your avatar (target audience) so deeply that you know which magazines she reads, to how to create an effective website, and the best ways to create online products. It is a soup-to-nuts school on how to start your business (hence B-School).
Marie Forleo’s Copy Cure
When I heard that Marie was coming out with a copywriting course, I had to take it. I waited over a year for the course to be released and it was worth every second.
The Copy Cure is engaging in a way that I’ve never seen in an online course. It is funny, it is very tightly branded, and it was the type of course I couldn’t consume fast enough. Marie teams up with Laura Belgray of TalkingShrimp.com and parts of the course are laugh out loud funny. I’ll be honest, when people tell me they enjoy my writing style, I know a big part of it comes from having taken this course.
Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula
PLF, as it’s known, is the online course that changed internet marketing. Before PLF, Jeff was just a regular guy staying home with his kids, except that most mountain biking, white-water rafting, thrill-seeking guys don’t stay home with their kids…
One day he discovered the power of email in selling to an audience and the rest is history. What I love about Jeff is that he is a regular Joe. Although his videos and courses are beautiful now, he started from humble beginnings using a small video camera, a white board and a teenage son to shoot his footage.
Jeff’s course is packed with value. He provides swipe files, case studies and more bonus modules than the regular content of some other online marketers. Jeff’s course is perfect for people who know they want to sell online using email or video but don’t know what the trick is to make it all work. I’ve also had the privilege of meeting Jeff and he’s the real deal.
Todd Herman’s 90 Day Year
I’ve taken many goal setting courses over the years but The 90-Day Year is goals on steroids. As a very left-brained thinker, typical goals courses are too dreamy for me. None of the programs I took in the past helped me actually plan how to get to my goal, project by project, one task at a time. Todd’s program does exactly that.
The 90 Day Year breaks the year down into 90 day sprints where you have laser focus on some very specific goals and projects. When the 90 days are up, you start fresh. This is one of my favorite courses of all time. I’ve never been so motivated to work on the goals for my own business. Bonus: there is an app that you get along with the program for daily tracking. It’s a game changer for me.
Tina Forsythe’s Team Based Business
Tina is said to be the creator of the Online Business Manager profession. Certainly, grads of her program learn the skills to manage their clients’ online companies.
The course I really loved from Tina was Team Based Business. I’ve been working in the online space for a long time, so when I sign up for a course that is less than $497, I consider it a good investment if I learn a few new things in each module. There is a point and time where you start to feel like you’ve heard and seen it all, but this course was gold. If you aren’t working to build a team based business, this isn’t the course for you, but if you are, Tina’s Money Game training alone will change the way you do business.
Assist U Virtual Assistant Training
Ahh… my home. AssistU is where I first learned about being a VA. It’s where I trained and I will always consider it my alma mater. If you want to work online as a well-trained, highly paid and respected Virtual Assistant, this is the place to go. As the Virtual Assistant profession has grown in the past five years, the definition of what a VA is has become a bit blurred. AssistU is the gold standard for what VAs. Graduates of the program (there is a lengthy exam process) are the best in the business. They have high standards and processes in place that will serve their clients well.
AND – If you’re looking for a VA, this is where you should start. You will go through a bit of an on boarding process, but trust me, it is absolutely worth it. If you need a one-off project transcribed or want to pay someone $10/hour to work with you, AssistU is not for you. But if you want a long-term collaborative partner that cares as much about your business as you do, AssistU is where you should look.
So there’s my wrap up. The courses I’ve taken and loved. There may or may not be others that I didn’t like as much. Comment below to ask about one you’re considering.
Which courses have you loved? Any that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
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