Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Thank you so much for your wonderful comments yesterday. I appreciate you so much. <3
So, a couple of years ago, I decided to make an investment in my online business and sign up for Marie Forleo’s B-School. I was feeling stagnant with the blog -my traffic had plateaued and I wanted to explore new ways to increase my platforms- and many of my blog friends and successful online entrepreneurs had completed B-school. At the time, we were living in Tucson, I felt like I finally had a handle on life again since Liv was still pretty tiny, and I decided to go for it.
I thought I’d share my review of B-school for those of you who have blogs or online businesses and have considered taking her course, especially since enrollment ends this week. A heads up: many of the partnerships you’ll see online with special bonuses are through affiliates. I have no affiliate relationship with B-school, and did not get any freebies or compensation for signing up. Just wanted to share my experience for those who are on the fence.
So what is it exactly?
B-school is an online social media course, led by Marie Forleo, who happens to be one of my biggest inspirations and girl crushes. She has educated and empowered thousands of people all over the world, and I’m always impressed with the quality content she provides so generously. I’ve watched her YouTube videos for years, and I figured that if her YouTube videos were that good, her course had to be mind-blowing.
Here’s what B-school includes:
-Access to all of the member files, lessons, and Facebook group. You also have the help and support from thousands of current B-school students and alumni, who all have online businesses and varying degrees of expertise.
-Lifetime membership. You can repeat B-school as many times as you’d like, whether you do it along with the new class or on your own throughout the year. The beauty of this is that you can stop and restart it as often as you need to, or repeat it entirely with a group of like-minded individuals for extra energy and motivation.
Here’s how B-school is set up:
B-school is 8 weeks long, and each week a new module is released. There are also some implementation weeks throughout the course to catch up on modules you may have missed, or to implement all of your new ideas. All of the information is contained within the member area, including videos, templates, fun sheets, audio files, and Q&A. After you register, you also get access to the interactive Facebook group. If you want a better idea of how it works, they have a program tour here.
Customer service. I’ve emailed customer service a couple of times (first because I didn’t receive my bonuses and another time because I actually wanted to quit. More on that in a second!). They responded right away, and were helpful and kind. They also chime in on the Facebook page.
Quality of lessons + multimedia options. Some people are visual learners, while others prefer text, and some enjoy audio. They have the lessons in a variety of formats (you can watch a video, download an MP3 file, read the transcript, and fill out fun sheets), so no matter how you learn, you will have access to the method that is beneficial to you. I personally love the videos because Marie has a great way of presenting the information, and I felt like while it was slower to watch a video, I retained the information much better if I watched it with my Fun Sheet handy to take notes.
If you have an online business, and want to take it to the next level, I highly recommend it. As you guys know, my undergraduate degree is in Finance and I also completed half of my MBA courses before dropping out. This course was more valuable to me and what I do each day than all of the MBA courses I took. I could instantly take the B-school module information and apply it to my business.
The Facebook group. I’m not the hugest fan of the Facebook group. There are sooooo many people in there that’s it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. I’ve found when I have a simple question (“Anyone know how to do this in Mailchimp?”) it gets buried under the hundreds of “Check out my latest course!” posts. I think Team Forleo has done a great job of minimizing the self promotion posts -they’re only allowed on Fridays now- but I’ve found that the Facebook group wasn’t the best part of the package.
It’s expensive. The course is 2k, which is a significant investment. I debated quite a while on it, but thought that if it gave me a dose of motivation and some new ideas it would be worth it. I also liked the fact that I could repeat it later when things were less crazy.
It’s a nice dose of reality. To be totally honest, some of the lessons were more rudimentary and include things you have to learn when starting out in the online business world. For example, if you already have a website, chances are that you don’t need to learn how to design one because you already did it, or hired someone to do it for you. Also, there is a point where Marie talks about how it’s nearly impossible to make money from blogs. She said if you’re one of the rare people who can make an income from a blog, “rock on with your bad self.” and I was like “WAIT. This is why I took this course. My blog is my job and I was hoping to expand that.” This is actually where I considered quitting because I figured it wouldn’t be useful to me. I emailed customer service and told them my thoughts, and found out that I had missed the window to leave. They were kind and honest, and urged me to stick with it. I wondered if I might have wasted my enrollment fee, but kept trucking along. Finally, I started to understand what she was saying: a blog is not a long-term business model. I’ve learned that you have to constantly change things, because the online world changes. She said that a blog can be used to support your business, but you can’t depend on a blog alone. This is why many bloggers do outside brand partnerships, sell physical products and create digital products. She inspired me to be more creative and diverse, and while ad income is amazing, my world won’t come crashing down if ad revenue drastically changes again. (When I first took the course, my blog revenue was based on pageviews. Now, blogs are often on a revenue share model, where you receive a percentage of what your ad company makes from your site.)
The idea fairy tends to go out of control. This can also be a good thing. 😉 I tend to get visits from the idea fairy fairly often, and there are so many things that I want to do and create. B-school ignites this for me each time I crack open the materials. I’ll start a list of things I want to create and changes to implement to this site, and start cranking on the steps to accomplish them! For the past few years, I’ve been picking at it in bits and pieces of B-school and am excited to do it again this year.
So there ya go! Have you done any online courses that you loved? Who’s your biggest girl crush/inspiration? If you’re thinking about joining B-school, I recommend signing up through Kris Carr. I just love her in general, and her bonuses were awesome when I initially enrolled.