There are so many launches every day, how is one to know what to buy?
One of the most important things to consider when deciding what courses or coaching programs to invest in is this - what is the right fit for your personality? If you are the kind of person who is going to open up a box and dive in and digest everything in there, then "business in a box courses" are a great fit. If, however, you are easily distracted by too many things to do, then I would make sure that there is some type of coaching component to keep you feeling accountable.
I have invested over $40,000 in training seminars, coaching programs, ebooks, home study courses & "business in a boxes". I started my first online business in 1997 and went into "internet retirement" from 2004 until late 2007.
There is a lot of stuff out there and it is all very tempting! I cannot tell you how many ebooks there are on my hard drive that have never been read, how many CDs and DVDs never listened to. Not that these would not have been a perfect fit for someone else, but with my personality, having a coaching component is critical. That is not true for everyone.
What have I bought recently and why? Note - there are no affiliate links below.
SMARTS from Stompernet guys Brad Fallon & Andy Jenkins- I joined this past Saturday and even though it is not launching until next Monday, members have been given assignments everyday starting last Saturday for that course. This is a perfect fit for me for that reason (I am doing the assignments because I don't want to get behind) and also because I am just starting with social networking and it is critically important to the projects I am currently working on. I am going to use program to connect with other internet marketers to be Program Advisors, Mentors, and In-Kind Donors for eBiz4Youth. I am also going to use this to help my son Elijah and his friend Curtis, both 12-year-old kids with Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning Autism), with their http://livinggreentogether.com/ site which will be up in Beta by the end of the week. I am also going to teach the social networking techniques I learn here to the kids in eBiz4Youth.
Rich Schefren's BAP - Business Acceleration Program - I bought this primarily to help eBiz4Youth kids and my son Elijah and his friend Curtis, but I am definintely going to be using a lot of the tools in this training program - I definitely need to be able to read faster, listen to mp3 training in 1/4 to 1/2 the time, and be more organized and efficient in what I do!
I also recently bought Ryan Deiss' Membership Sites course at Matt Bacak's Marketing Madness Seminar in Atlanta in December as a tool for Elijah & Curtis and for the kids in eBiz4Youth. I haven't watched any of the DVDs in this program yet, because I invested in this to use later.
And last, but not least, I am in Debra Thompson Roedl's Bullseye Marketing Accelerator Program. The biggest reason I am in Debra's progam is because when she spoke at Matt Bacak's Marketing Madness Seminar, I really reasonated with her a person. She and I had breakfast the next morning and as we talked about our kids, my vision for eBiz4Youth, and a possible joint venture, there were moments when we both cried. If you have that kind of connection with someone, why would you not want to work with them? She also has been the marketing "woman behind the curtain" for such well known people as Mark Victor Hansen, Armand Morin, & John Childers.
Just make sure that whatever coaching program, ebook, training, home study course, or "business in a box" you buy is something you need and will actually use! Here's to your success!