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Continuing Education for the Business Owner

Time tends to go by very quickly when you’re in the trenches of running your own business! The day-to-day tasks of a small business can be overwhelming and take up most of your day. By the time you have a minute to reflect, a month has gone by and you’ve done nothing but tread water. The world is changing, marketing is changing, and best practices are changing, and you’re left wondering how you can possibly fit more into your day? There’s no way you can add anything else, like learning and implementing the newest trends in business while managing your daily to-do list.

This is where the newest trend in continuing education can come to the rescue – online classes. Created by both real world professionals and educators, these classes are created for the busy small business owner. They are often presented in smaller modules that are easy to sneak in during the day and can range in topics from current marketing trends, time management and how to drive sales.

college student study in the library

college student study in the library

The online class is one our favorite new things. It’s an amazing way to pick the brains of those that are rocking it in the business world. However, there are a lot of classes out there, and it can be difficult to know which ones are worth investing in. We have a few tips on what to look for to ensure the class is top quality and will work for your needs:

  • Make sure they’ve implemented their techniques on their own business. The best way to tell if someone is the real deal is if they don’t just teach, but actually do. Make sure they mention using their strategies on themselves, and if they give real world examples of how it was successful.
  • Get an outline of the class before purchasing. Real classes will give you a full, in-depth look of the class BEFORE making you buy it. They should walk you through the modules, clearly explain what you’ll learn, and what you’ll get which should give you a good idea if it’s what you’re looking for.
  • Make sure your personalities jive. Not only does the information need to be legit but you need to actually like the person to retain any of it. Check out some of their videos and articles to see if you like how they speak, phrases they use and if you can easily understand the way they present the content.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Those disseminating and selling the information shouldn’t be afraid to answer questions you have about their product. Ask them to give you more in-depth information on what’s covered in the class, if it’s updated as things change and how long it will take to finish the class.

If you take a couple minutes to Google different topics you’re interested in learning more about, you’re bound to find a variety of classes that will fit your needs. To give you a little bit of a head start we’re breaking down our personal favorites that we can guarantee are well worth the investment.

Jump Start Your FB Marketing – Amy Porterfield – $197. Amy Porterfield is one of our favorite online educators and learning about FB marketing is one of the things almost all business owners need help with. This class breaks down how to optimize your FB presence as well as drive more sales and traffic through your page.

Creating and Delivering 5 Figure Webinars – Amy Porterfield – $1000+. Another Amy Porterfield course, this one is a significant investment. We have taken this class ourselves and find the information completely worth the 4-figure price tag. It breaks down everything from how to use webinars to promote your business, to how to build one from scratch, to how to market it effectively. It’s been a tactic that we’ve found has been an integral tool in promoting our business. Check out the free webinar in the link to learn more about the class before committing to see if it makes sense for your business.

Power of Pinning – Melanie Duncan – $297. A great option for those looking to explore Pinterest and learn how this platform can be used to help drive traffic to websites and sell products directly through the platform. It also dives into Pinterest SEO and how you can optimize your pins not just for Pinterest but Google as well.

Instagram With Intention – Hilary Rushford – $97. An awesome class that breaks down Instagram and how to create share worthy photos for it. It also talks about how to properly use hashtags as well as get more followers. The only downside is it doesn’t run continuously all year long but you can sign up for her emails and you’ll get notice as soon as it opens up again.

Big SEO For Small Businesses – Amy Fields – $179. We couldn’t write an article about online classes without adding a shameless plug for our own! Big SEO utilizes a series of techniques that we’ve implemented on our own website, as well as countless client websites. If you want to help drive your website up in search to then drive more traffic and sales without spending money on ads this is for you! We, and many other people, think it’s pretty great (if we do say so ourselves) so click on the link above to watch a video and learn more!

 

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W2W award

Wow! To be celebrated for my community based addiction (I mean work) and to be able to celebrate amazing, strong, beautiful, brilliant, hyper-focused RI based women entrepreneurs at the same time…priceless!!!

A BIG thank you to Gail Ahlers, Ahlers Designs, for making these awards.  Gail is brilliant, beautiful inside & out, full of heart in everything she does, a TRUE community champion in every way and I’m so very honored to have this art (award/recognition) on my wall!  She came here to go to Rhode Island School of Designa little while back ;), and has been blessing this state with her entrepreneurial brilliance, energy, passion and talent ever since.  She uses recycled Narragansett Beer cans for the flowers and cultured pearls (with a story behind that choice that brings tears to the eyes every time)… every award she makes is truly a one of a kind piece of art (like a snowflake) and she lovingly takes the time to truly understand the recipient, as well as the organization giving the recognition.  We are so very lucky to live in a state that is home to such an amazing professional community, full of individuals and groups that truly support one another.   The Rhode Island Small Business Journal’s 3rd annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards celebration was yet another example of how united we all are here in our mission to be the change we wish to see, to celebrate success, and to move forward together with a positive focus.

Thankful beyond words…

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