The internet nowadays contains an abundance of information – plenty of it being free. With enough time to research, the internet can provide you answers to just about any question you have. In fact, today, a child with a mobile phone has access to more information than the government did just 50 years ago!
This access to information is great. It’s changed the way we learn, interact, and spend our spare time. It’s interconnected the world, and provided us with so many different opportunities!
However, it’s also made us feel a bit entitled.
Many of us are now at the point where we feel that everything online should be free. Why should we pay for information products online when there is so much free information already? After all, there’s millions of YouTube videos and billions of websites, all updated by people from every country in the world!
Most people don’t hesitate to spend $30,000 on a 3 year degree at University (Typical Australian price), but they hesitate to spend $200 on an online information product that could make them money?
$200 vs. $30,000… Hmm, which will I choose?
Well personally, I’ve done both.
And which one has served me better?
…The $200 online education!
Now, I do understand that these online courses aren’t regulated the same way that a University or College degree is. I know that they could also potentially be scams, and that’s a real possibility. This is where you need to do use your own judgement, read some reviews, and make an informed decision.
Online courses might not be able to help you gain employment, but they can help you in starting your own business. Making money online is simply something that higher education doesn’t teach, not to mention the only real way to ‘learn’ entrepreneurship is to get out there and try it yourself.
While a lot of the information in these online courses may be available for free online, a course often provides this information in a single, simple to access format. They often provide direct coaching, and interaction with other people on the same path as you.
This is invaluable.
But, maybe I’m bias because I sell an information product?
Regardless of that fact, I invest in other online training products all the time.
Over the past couple of years I’ve spent over $3000 on online courses. A small sum compared to the return they have provided me.
These courses and information products have helped me learn the skills needed to run my own online businesses and make money. I’ve been through several Kindle Publishing courses during this time, and as a result I’ve been able to publish over 100 books on Amazon, and build a business that passively earns me over $200 per day! These courses also helped to give me the knowledge and experience needed to teach others to achieve the same success I have had, through my very own Kindle Publishing Course.
Going to university to study commerce never did anything like this for me, and I’m not the only one.
Yet, many people are happy to study for 3-5 years, get an entry level job, and pay off their student loans for the next decade while working in a 9-5.
These are the same people that hesitate to spend even $30 on an online product that will teach them a new skill. This fact seems ludicrous.
It’s important to understand that if you want to learn how to make money online, the required education will usually cost some money. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
It takes time, money, energy, and effort to be successful online, just like it does to be successful in the traditional world of employment. But, this way is a lot more affordable, and in my experience the benefits are much greater.
That’s why I didn’t hesitate to invest over $1000 a few days ago into a course on how to start an online drop shipping business (I’ll review in a future blog post).
I personally know several people who have been successful with the course, and had made their money back from the initial investment thousands of times over.
I was looking for a new business to start, now that my Kindle Publishing business is running passively, and for me it was a no-brainer.
This $1000+ course may seem expensive, and yes I did ‘umm’ and ‘ahh’ about hitting the buy button, but I know 100% that this program works and investing in my online education is the only way I’m going to learn the skills needed to succeed online.
The takeaway point is this; think not of what you’re losing now in monetary terms, but focus on what you can gain through education, experience, and networking. If you wish to succeed online in any area, you need to invest in learning about it. Yes, you can succeed without paying anyone, but it will take a lot longer, much more effort, and you’ll likely quit before you reach the level of success you otherwise would have achieved.
Invest in learning the necessary skills, implement what you’ve learned, and start making money online! Stop trying to be cheap about it, and scouring the web for the free stuff. It doesn’t work.
I know that not everyone has the money to invest, but there are all kinds of courses available at extremely low prices! Check out www.udemy.com and have a look at the courses they offer for some ideas!
If you’re interested in starting online with Kindle Publishing and you want to know where to start then you can check out my course here: www.freedomselfpublishing.com
If you’re interested in drop shipping, I will be making a review of the course I have started once I have been through all of the lessons and have started up a store of my own.
Until next time,