My honest review of Jenny Shih's Make it Work Online

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My honest review of Make It Work Online

**UPDATED: January 15, 2020**

As one of the very first graduates (back in 2014!) and a former coach in the program, I get a lot of emails and messages asking about Jenny Shih’s Make it Work Online program so here’s my honest review of the program.

I’ll share what Make it Work Online (MIWO) is, who I think will get the most out of the program and how to know if it’s the right investment for you and your business. I’m also going to tell you about a big bonus you can get if you sign up for MIWO using my affiliate link. so if you're contemplating enrolling, read right to the bottom of this post to learn how you can get even more for your investment!

What exactly is Make it Work Online?

Make It Work Online is a 12-week coaching intensive that’s part business training, part coaching, part copywriting clinic, part mastermind, and part online community, focused on tons of action-taking that’s run by business coach Jenny Shih.

It is not an online course. The Make It Work Online Coaching Program is much more personalized, with real, 1-on-1 attention from your team of coaches who have been handpicked and trained by Jenny — it's business coaching in a group setting but specific to you and your business, not general information.

Make it Work Online helps business owners get a steady stream of new clients coming in the door by focusing on the business-building essentials (clear message, compelling offer and consistent, strategic action). It’s designed to give you the information AND support you need, so you can step up and do what it takes to make your online businesses work.

My 100% Honest Review of Make it Work Online

Make it Work took my business from an expensive hobby to a full-time income. When I enrolled in early 2014, I had a website, I’d worked with a few clients and started building my email list but I honestly had no real clue what I was doing and the kind of success I was seeing so many other online business owners have seemed out of reach.

Make it Work helped me hone my message, put together my first real offer and start making real progress in my business. Within 6 months I went from making between 0-$1000/month to $2000-$3000/month consistently, filled my first client waiting list AND doubled my newsletter list: all as a direct result of the work and coaching in the program.

The Make it Work Online Coaching Program's strategic, step-by-step business building plan, the support of the other women in the program and the personalized guidance to set realistic goals and take consistent action was EXACTLY what I needed to truly make my business work.

Is it for you? Well, it depends.

How Make it Work Online works

Every week for the 12 weeks of the program, you get a new, laser-focused lesson that teaches an essential business-building concept. You receive access to the lesson and then complete a very targeted assignment. (No general information to wade through without a clear idea of how to put it into action!)

Next, you meet with a peer mastermind of 4 other ladies, your Power Group, to help you complete the assignment. (This group is GOLD. I continued to meet with my Power Group weekly for months after the program wrapped.)

Then, you submit the assignment to get personalized feedback so you can be confident you’re putting your very best work online.

Jenny has hand-picked an incredible team of coaches and you'll have two coaches dedicated to the success of you and your business throughout Make it Work Online: a copy coach to help you whip your words into shape and write copy that attract your ideal clients like moth to a flame and a business coach to help you shape the strategic direction of your business and help you think like a true business owner so you can hit your big business goals.

Assignments include crafting your summary/elevator pitch so you can finally explain to people what you do with confidence, creating and writing copy for a coaching offer that will sell itself, writing your about page, home page or any other pages on your website so your ideal client can’t wait to hire you, and creating your opt-in offer and squeeze page to build your list on autopilot.

Most weeks there is a group coaching call where your business coach will answer any questions you have about your assignment or your business in general.

The general format is learn, take action, get feedback, get coached, and keep going. This is so KEY to making your business work and what separates the Make it Work Online Coaching Program from so many other online courses or group programs out there.

On top of all this, your coaches are in the private Make It Work Online forum every day, Monday through Friday, for the full 12 weeks of the program so you never have to wait to get your burning questions answered and you can keep keep moving forward and not get stuck. (It really is like having your own private business coach and copywriter on call – for the fraction of the cost.)

Who I think Make it Work Online is perfect for

Make it Work Online is perfect for online, service-based business owners who are struggling to attract the right prospects and convert them into paying clients.

If you have a good idea of what you do (or what you want to do) and have a published website (even if it doesn’t have much on it yet), Make it Work Online will help you hone your message, create compelling offers and set up a steady pipeline of clients.

If you’ve been bouncing around from webinar to webinar, downloading all the freebies and enrolling in way too many online courses trying to learn all.the.things. — but still aren’t seeing any real progress in your business, Make it Work Online will help you stop spinning your wheels and start making it work for real.

If you’re tired of watching everyone else’s businesses take off and are ready to make that happen for you, get into Jenny's world: she’s been my business-building secret weapon!

Who I think Make it Work Online is not for

In my Make it Work group every single person took action. That’s the beauty of the step-by-step strategic plan Jenny has laid out and especially the incredible amount of personal support and guidance each person gets from their Power Group and their coaching team. (Something I don’t think can be said for most online courses or group programs.)

However, since I’m being completely honest, the people who got the biggest results from the program were the ones who were clearest on what their business was before the program began.

Make it Work Online will help you refine your message and your niche but it will not help you figure out what business you should start if you have no idea yet.

To get the very best results from Make it Work Online you also need to be committed to doing the work every week. (If you’re planning to be on vacation for several weeks during the program for example, I wouldn’t recommend enrolling). Especially in the early weeks, you’re looking at 5-8 hours a week of work to get the most out of the assignments so make sure you create space for that in your calendar. A successful business doesn't create itself. Jenny’s put together a 12-week program that will give you everything you need, but it won’t work if you don’t.

What Make it Work Online isn't

Clearly I’m a big fan of Make it Work and it had a huge impact on my business, but I want to be clear: Make it Work Online is not a get rich quick scheme or the only program, course or coaching you’ll ever need in your business.

A successful business isn’t built overnight. You’ll be A LOT further along after 3 months in Make it Work Online (and set up with a 6 month plan to follow after that!) but you can’t expect to go from 0 to 6 figures in 12 weeks.

Once you’ve nailed the fundamentals in Make it Work Online, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced business growth strategies (which is why I’m offering a special Grow Your Audience bundle to anyone who enrolls in Make it Work Online through my affiliate link) and identifying the coaches, programs or services that will help you get there is a key part of continuing to make your business work.

Frequently Asked Questions about Make it Work Online

Here are a few of the most frequent questions I get about Make it Work Online. If you don’t see yours or are still wondering about your unique situation, feel free to email me ( – I’ll get back to you with my honest thoughts with 48 hours.

When does enrollment open?

Applications for the 2020 class of Make it Work Online will open Thursday, January 27th and will close Wednesday, January 30th at 6pm PT. (More details here.)

Why do I have to apply to enroll in MIWO?

The Make it Work Online coaching team reviews each application to make sure you’re a perfect fit and will get results from the program. The application process ensures if you're accepted, you'll be able to get what you came for — a business that pays you a full-time income!

How much does Make it Work Online cost?

Make It Work Online is $4700 if paid in full. There is also a payment plan available. (Details here)

What’s the difference between B-School and MIWO?

Make it Work Online isn't like ANY of the online courses I've taken (B-School included) because it's NOT an online course. It's a Coaching Program that's so much more personalized and with real, 1-on-1 attention — it's business coaching in a group setting but specific to you and your business, not general information.

I LOVED B-School but when I signed up I had ZERO business background, no website and just an inkling of an idea for my business. B-School provided a ton of the basic business and online business knowledge I needed and the connection to such an amazingly inspiring community of other women just like me (that I definitely did not have in my life AND had no idea even existed).

But in hindsight, a lot of B-School felt very theoretical and I just didn’t have the tools to implement everything I was learning. It’s a TON of info, all self-guided — some basic stuff and some more advanced — but it can be really hard to take real action and implement when you have questions about what is really right for your business since there is no one to ask for help.

In Make it Work Online thanks to the coaching team and your power group you’ll finally really dig into your ideal client, their language, what offerings they will be dying to buy from you and how to REALLY make your business work — ie. bring clients through the door!

Having your personal team of coaches supporting you every step of the way for 3 months will change your business: trust me, these ladies know what they are about — I was a MIWO coach for 3 years and this is team is top-notch.

As a participant, I saw the difference in every single one of my fellow Make it Work-ers' businesses and it's mind-blowing. Everyone has taken ACTION (unlike every B-Schooler) because they had that personalized support. 

I wouldn't change my decision to invest in B-School, because I need it to get started and get exposed to the online world but Make it Work Online delivered bigger business results, for sure.

How can I get a bonus when I enroll in Make it Work Online?

I’m not only a proud Make it Work Online graduate and a former coach, but I’m also a program affiliate. That means I receive a commission for every person who enrolls at my referral. I'd shout from the rooftops about how Make it Work Online changed my business regardless (and have!) but my affiliation doesn’t increase the cost of the program AND it allows me to offer you a thank you bonus!


All your MIWO bonuses

When you enroll using my affiliate link, you’ll receive my Grow Your Audience bundle (that includes access to my popular Rock Solid Social Media & Get Your Webinar Done workshops PLUS a Design Decode Session and 3 more months of coaching support!) so when you’re ready to build on your solid Make it Work Online business foundation, you’ll have the next steps to really help your business take off.

“I am so grateful I chose to enroll in MIWO through Jackie! Her social media and webinar workshops make it simple, fun, and most importantly, establish you as the expert at what you do. And knowing how to run my biz through the lens of my Human Design type and decision-making strategy has taken me to a whole new level!” ~ Uma Girish, MIWO grad 2017

“I had been contemplating doing a webinar for a year but was overwhelmed by all the steps I needed to figure out. The Get Your Webinar Done workshop took out the overwhelm, gave me step-by-step instructions and made it possible.” ~ Kristi Perry Brown, MIWO grad 2016

“Working with Jackie to understand how to grow my business according to my Human Design was the exact next step I needed after MIWO. She supercharges the MIWO program with her special Human Design sauce.” ~ Doña Bumgarner, MIWO grad 2018

“I'd been considering running a webinar for over a year, but didn’t know where to start. After I completed MIWO, I dove into Jackie's Get Your Webinar Done bonus and in less than six weeks, I held my first webinar! I was thrilled with how well it went.” ~ Kelsey Cleveland, MIWO grad 2019

“One of the biggest business- and life-changing components of the MIWO Coaching Program is the encouragement and support to dive deep and get curious about the limiting beliefs and blocks that were holding me back. Jackie’s Design Decode took the self-awareness work to a whole new level! Learning about my human design and decision-making strategy has made it so much easier to trust that I’m doing what is right for myself and my business. ~ Marisa Raymond, MIWO grad 2017

(Even if you've already applied, you can still receive my bonuses for enrolling if you email and let me them know you wanted to enroll through my link.)

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7 Responses to My honest review of Make It Work Online

  1. lulu cook February 4, 2019 at 02:00 #

    Hi there ~ I’m super-excited about this, and your post prompted me to go ahead abd apply for Jenny’s program via your link! Wondering if I’ll get follow up info from you, as well, confirming the details for the Grow Your Audience bundle to follow?

    Thanks so much!

    • Jackie Johnstone February 4, 2019 at 06:18 #

      Hey Lulu! I’m so excited to work with you :) And congratulations on taking the leap into MIWO – your business will never be the same!

      The best way to ensure you are on my referral list and get access to my bonuses is to email and let them know you wanted to enroll with my link. They will take care of it and once the payment window closes, I will be in touch with all my affiliate purchasers with more details on how to access the Grow Your Audience Bundle.

  2. Sharron March 14, 2019 at 04:21 #

    Wow thanks sooo much. I googled searched this and am so grateful for your honest review Jackie.

    Been following Jenny Shih for only a few months inside of FEA. Missed her MIWO enrollment and Decided to join B School and after two weeks in I’m going to cancel it’s just too much for my brain…and a lot of stuff like my website I’ve done already. I need a smaller community and love the freebies I get from Jenny. On average what is Jenny’s MIWO COURSE Cost? Feel free to email me the answer I’m sure it may change before next enrollment. Oh and is hers only once a year as well?

  3. Jackie Johnstone January 8, 2020 at 16:09 #

    Hey Sharron! MIWO is definitely a better pace for action taking and minimizing overwhelm than B-School and the smaller community + coach support is GOLDEN. Yes, the program opens yearly and the investment for MIWO 2020 is $4700 (which is a steal considering it sets you up with your entire business foundation — and I’m still using the principles I learned in MIWO in my business 7 years later!).

  4. Oluwaseyi Bank-Oni January 29, 2020 at 03:29 #


    How weird is it that I’ve been considering signing up for Jenny’s program and decided to do a bit of research online. I randomly stumbled on your page via this article and realized your name and website looked VERY familiar… Then it hit me, I took one of your classes at INSEEC in Bordeaux about 3 years ago!

    If this isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is! I hope you’re doing great! I applied for MIWO via the fast track enrolment and got accepted today. I’ll be sure to use your link when I register.


    Oluwaseyi “Shay” Bank-Oni

    • Jackie Johnstone January 29, 2020 at 05:46 #

      What a small world!! Love these winks from the Universe.

      I can’t wait to work with you this year and you’re going to LOVE the MIWO Coaching Program.

      When you make your payment just let Jenny’s team know you want to be added to my affiliate list and they’ll get it sorted.

      Woo hoo!

  5. Hung Huynh Quoc April 18, 2020 at 07:44 #

    I’m super-excited about this, and your post prompted me to go ahead abd apply for Jenny’s program via your link! Wondering if I’ll get follow up info from you, as well, confirming the details for the Grow Your Audience bundle to follow?

    Thanks so much!

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