21 *Bonus Podcast* My Lessons Learned From Launching My Very First Course

My first course is in session, and I’m alive, well, and actually have students to teach.  I can’t tell you the relief to step into this crazy uncomfortable place.  However, I’m here to stand and tell you the lessons I learned and that YOU can do this too!  Here are some of the top lessons I learned:

  1. Start Before You’re Ready – You can wait until you’re perfect.  You can’t wait until every single detail is absolutely perfect.  You just have to start and get it up even before you’re ready (because guess what, you’re never going to be ready.
  2. Make yourself uncomfortable – This discomfort will make massive differences in your business and in your life.  When I noticed people were clicking on my links, I may or may not have freaked out (okay, I FREAKED out).  However, I stood back up and turned my Facebook ad back on, and well the rest is history.
  3. Push through the unknown – You will never know everything, and that’s the beauty of entrepreneurship.  However, you have to be either willing to pay people to do those things, or be willing to work through them and learn them.
  4. Follow the rules – well sort of – Yes, you need to learn what others did, and follow what others have done well.  However, you also need to start and move forward, and break some rules if that’s what is going to the starting line.  Think of ideas outside of the box to get your course up and running.
  5. Plan your time, and then multiple that out by a lot just to get to the starting line – In entrepreneurship everything takes a lot longer than you think it’s going to.  So just plan on late nights and early mornings if you want to stay within your timeline.
  6. Definitely know what your client wants and needs – It will make or break any course or product that you’re offering.  That is the one thing I do, was really understand what they needed and then created a course around that.
  7. Hits and misses on tools used.

                1.  Wordpress.org – I feel like a web developer rock star (and I’m                       not one), so kudos to WordPress for continuing to give me                             false confidence.
               2. Optimize Press – Easy to use, and easy to figure out.  It may                          not be the most beautiful theme, but I loved them to the core.
               3. Google Drive – I threw this up in a whim and started using it.                         I’m still doing my own research on any downfalls of using it,                         but for now, it’s the backbone of my course.
              4. Camtasia software – For walking through and creating videos                        from power points, this was such easy to use software. 
              5. Vimeo.com – Walk away, no, actually run.  Granted, it could be                     user error on my point, but because of the headaches they                           caused, I will definitely be cancelling my account.
P.S. My first course was www.theprestigiouspractice.com (you can jump on the mailing list if you want in on the next one)

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