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Can you really get results from an online course?

Can you really get results from an online course? (A hard look at ALL the e-courses I’ve taken since I started my biz…)

How many online courses have you purchased since you’ve been in business? Have you ever totaled up your investment?

The e-course addiction is REAL as an online business owner — especially if you are new to business.

It’s really easy to read a sales page and think, “Ah finally *this* is what I need to make my business work!” and plunk down your money before you’ve really thought it through.

Or to get caught up in the buzz of a big launch and catch some serious FOMO (fear of missing out).

Or to convince yourself you “should” learn how to do such-and-such someday and buy the course just in case.

So it was with more than a little trepidation I faced facts and ran the numbers on exactly how many courses I’ve take and how much money I’ve invested in the past two years.

*gulp*

Here’s the full accounting AND a look at which ones were the best investment of my time & money!

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The 12 biggest lessons from my first year in business {Part 2}

This past year has been one of profound growth (personally and professionally), ‘pinch-me-is-this-really-my-life’ highs and ‘can-I-really-do-this’ lows and an incredible amount of learning.

This is Part 2 of 12 biggest lessons I learned in my first 12 months in business (lessons #7-12).

(Half this list–#7, 8 & 9–are pretty much the direct result of the investment I talked about in lesson #6 in Part 1 so you might want to start there first!)

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The 12 biggest lessons from my first year in business {Part 1}

One year ago today — May 8th, 2013 — this website went live with my very first blog post and my business was born! (Even though at the time all I was offering was 30min free social media help sessions.)

I certainly wasn’t born wanting to be an entrepreneur. I avoided business classes in high school and university in favour of science and languages.

This past year has been one of profound growth (personally and professionally), ‘pinch-me-is-this-really-my-life’ highs and ‘can-I-really-do-this’ lows and an incredible amount of learning.

So I’ve put together the 12 biggest lessons I learned in my first 12 months in business and this is Part 1 (lessons #1-6).

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My business-building secret weapons

Maybe this is shocking coming from a social media coach, but as powerful as social media is, you need to have a strong business foundation BEFORE you can make the most of it.

When I decided just under a year ago that I wanted to work for myself and become an entrepreneur, I read, and googled, and read some more, desperately seeking resources and support to help me get started. I had a lots of social media experience but zero business experience, and no clue how to run an online business.

Then I made a business decision that changed my business forever.

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