5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business

After rebranding my business myself without the help of a brand strategist or a website designer, I came to realise that some of us are just suited to the DIY route. 

I've always been like that. When I first started my business, there were a million and one things I just didn't understand. πŸ™ˆ

When it came to pricing my services and building my website, I grew accustomed to staring at a blank screen. I just didn't *get* Pinterest and affiliate marketing but I saw so many people succeeding in these areas.

I even thought I knew how to create and sell my own online course but it launched to crickets. 

At that point, I didn't have the money to invest in a professional to do everything for me so I had no choice but to take the DIY route to improve my business. That said, there seemed to be a lack of reviews for the online courses I was looking into and I didn't come across many round-up posts of the best e-courses for online business owners.

Let's change that! πŸ™Œ In this blog post, I'm going to talk you through my 5 must-have online courses for kickstarting your business growth. These courses helped me:

  • more than double the prices of my services
  • build a brand new website in under 7 days
  • grew my Pinterest following by 145% in two months
  • went from my $0 to $300 monthly affiliate income
  • increased my Google referrals by 400%
  • make $3,000+ on a course launch

Not only are you going to see my recommendations but you're also going to see a detailed breakdown and review of each course as well as my own personal results from taking the course myself. Keep reading to see my recommendations and reviews! πŸ‘‡

5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business | Sometimes you just don't *get* something - and that's completely fine. Here are 5 online courses from entrepreneurs and creatives that can teach you how to excel in areas that you might not *get*! This blog post is perfect for mindful business owners who want to see growth in their business as well as new bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.

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Before I get into my course recommendations, I want to be clear that I am an affiliate for some of these products. I would never recommend anything to you that I don't wholeheartedly believe will help your business. If you have any more questions about these products, feel free to comment below and I'll get back to you asap!


πŸ’° the money making creative

How to Earn More, Work Less and Turn Your Hustle Into a Crazy Profitable Business

This is the second online course I'd ever bought but I wish I'd known about it sooner - and you'll find out why in a moment. Here is my review and rundown of The Money Making Creative:

What is this course about?

The Money Making Creative is a course that teaches you how to get into the mindset of a profitable business owner. It goes through the ins and outs of the psychology of buying + selling, pricing your offers and crafting you a strategy for getting smart in your business and confident in your pricing! 😎

Who is it for?

Literally anybody who owns a business! If you're starting a business and you're not sure how to price your services, this is for you. If you've been in business for 5 years but you think you could be earning more money, this course is for you. 😍

Who are the teachers?

The lovely Emylee and Abigail behind Think Creative Collective!

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Why did I invest in this course?

Personally, I invested in this course because I was getting feedback from clients that they would have happily paid more for my services. At the time, clients were telling me that they would have paid up to Β£200 more for than they did for my services. 

This made me think that maybe my money mindset wasn't quite right. 

When I saw that Think Creative Collective launched this course, I knew I had to grab it. It was something I was happy to invest in because I knew I would make my investment back once I implemented everything in the training. And, boy, was I right πŸ˜‰

What are my results from the course?

After taking the course last year, I had the clarity and the confidence I need to double my fees for my social media strategy packages. After putting my fees up, I was terrified that no one would book me but I trusted Emylee and Abigail's strategies in the course. To my surprise, I started to book more and more clients and, better yet, they kept coming back! I made my investment back from the course AND THEN SOME! πŸ’°

My experience with the Money Making Creative wasn't a one-time implementation where I spend a couple of days going through and executing everything I'd learned in the course. It was a shift in mindset that has stayed with me in the 14 months since I took the course and will stay with me in all my future business endeavours. You can't put a price on that!

What's the bottom line?

This course is a must for those of you reading who are struggling with turning a profit in your business or simply pricing your products or services in the first place. It helped me increase my prices, find clarity in my offering, and book repeat clients! 

Click here to learn more about The Money Making Creative


πŸ–₯ website that wows

Launch your own gorgeous, professional website in a week (with no tech skills!)

5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business | Sometimes you just don't *get* something - and that's completely fine. Here are 5 online courses from entrepreneurs and creatives that can teach you how to excel in areas that you might not *get*! This blog post is perfect for mindful business owners who want to see growth in their business as well as new bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.

This is THE course for DIYing your own website. Here is my full breakdown and review of Website That Wows:

What is this course about?

Ever found yourself staring at a blank screen wishing you could just magic up a website for your business? Or maybe you have a website but you just don't feel confident with it? You need Website That Wows.

Website That Wows will teach you how to turn your idea into a brand, attract your ideal audience, and feel confident with your website design WITHOUT spending thousands on a designer! πŸ™Œ

Who is it for?

YOU! This course is perfect for service-based businesses, freelances, coaches, bloggers, and infopreneurs who don't want all the bells and whistles of a fully customised website.

Who teaches this course?

My pal Louise of Solopreneur Sidekick teaches Website That Wows and she's ALL about providing extra value. Expect lots of added bonuses and an engaged course community - it's one of the most comprehensive courses I've ever taken - and I LOVE courses πŸ€“

Why did I invest in this course?

To be completely transparent, I was extremely lucky to have this course gifted to me by Louise. However, the course was an invaluable resource for me whilst I was going through my rebrand and redesigning my website in July of this year (2017).

I wasn't happy with the feel of my website at the time and I wanted it to better reflect me and my business values. Louise's course talks you through everything from inspiration boards to Squarespace templates, from SEO to your about page, and finally launching your website!

What are my results from the course?

I relaunched my website! You can't put a price on that feeling, really πŸŽ‰ 😍 Here are screenshots of my homepage before and after I rebranded:

5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business | Sometimes you just don't *get* something - and that's completely fine. Here are 5 online courses from entrepreneurs and creatives that can teach you how to excel in areas that you might not *get*! This blog post is perfect for mindful business owners who want to see growth in their business as well as new bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.
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Though both websites showcase strategies from Website That Wows, I feel much more confident about my latest design after really diving deep into the course.

What's the bottom line?

The bottom line here is pretty simple: if you like my website, you'll love Website That Wows.

Click here to learn more about Website That Wows


πŸ“Œ pinfinite growth

Infinitely grow your traffic and email list with your new secret weapon: Pinterest.

This was the first online course I ever bought but it's probably the one that has had the strongest long-term affect. Here is my breakdown and review of Pinfinite Growth.

What is this course about?

To put it simply: Pinterest. As the name suggests, Pinfinite Growth teaches you how to use Pinterest to grow your blog traffic and build your email list.

Instead of throwing you in the deep end, this course starts from the foundations and helps you define your niche and create killer blog content before even starting on Pinterest. From there, you learn how to utilise and optimise Pinterest to increase your brand exposure and send more traffic to your blog.

Who is it for?

This course is for bloggers - old and new - who want to increase traffic to their website! It is also great for business owners who run their own blogs as the strategies work both ways πŸ‘πŸΌ

Who teaches this course?

Melyssa Griffin! I'm a huge fan of Melyssa and have been following her blog since I started blogging myself. I've signed up to a few of Melyssa's courses, including this one and Blog To Biz Hive (which I go into later in this post) and I'm always blown away by the content she creates. Melyssa also gives tonnes of extra value in her courses so it's always well worth the money spent.

5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business | Sometimes you just don't *get* something - and that's completely fine. Here are 5 online courses from entrepreneurs and creatives that can teach you how to excel in areas that you might not *get*! This blog post is perfect for mindful business owners who want to see growth in their business as well as new bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.

Why did I invest in this course?

I "ummed" and "ahhed" over investing in Pinfinite Growth for about 6 months. I was watching Melyssa's webinar when she first announced the course back in September 2015! I finally decided to invest a few months I took my blog and business full-time in February 2016.

I was working really hard on my blog at the time but I wasn't really seeing any results. One of my first clients had found me through a Pinterest group board - something I hadn't even looked into until I watched Melyssa's free Pinterest training webinar - and I realised I wasn't fully harnessing the potential of Pinterest.

I finally decided to take the leap and invest in Pinfinite Growth in May 2016 and the results have had a knock-on effect ever since! πŸŽ‰

Related post: 8 Surefire Ways To Increase Blog Traffic With Pinterest

What are my results from the course?

As I'm writing this post, I'm thanking "past Zoe" for keeping track of my statistics in an organised Spreadsheet. So get ready for some super detailed results! πŸ€“

When I watched Melyssa's webinar, I had about 40 Pinterest followers. Once I'd implemented all of her tips and strategies from this free training and set-up, my account grew from 40 to 520 followers from September 2015 to May 2016. 

When I first invested in Pinfinite Growth, I had a grand total of:

  • 527 Pinterest followers
  • 1,750 average page views per month on my blog
  • 700 people on average viewing my blog per month
  • 3,600 daily impressions of my pins on Pinterest
  • 36,000 average monthly viewers of my Pinterest profile
  • 673 newsletter subscribers

Just two months after I went through Melyssa's course and implemented her strategies, I had:

  • 1,292 Pinterest followers (145% growth)
  • 2,990 average page views per month (70% growth)
  • 1,490 people on average viewing my blog per month (112% growth)
  • 23,116 daily impressions of my pins on Pinterest (542% growth)
  • 132,849 average monthly viewers of my Pinterest profile (269% growth)
  • 970 newsletter subscribers (40% growth)

Now, over a year after purchasing Pinfinite Growth, I have over 4,600 Pinterest followers, 3,000 mailing list subscribers, and I'm approaching an average of 10,000 page views per month on my blog - something I never would have thought possible!

What's the bottom line?

Want to grow your blog and your email list through Pinterest? Grab Pinfinite Growth and implement Melyssa's strategies sooner rather than later. If you're not sure about investing, watch Melyssa's free webinar here and learn as much as you can from her before deciding!

Click here to learn more about Pinfinite Growth


πŸ’Ž making sense of affiliate marketing

How to build a six figure blog without millions of visitors or selling your soul.

Want to know how I went from $0 per month in affiliate income to making $200-$300 per month in affiliate income? You're about to find out the answer! Here's my full breakdown and review of Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing!

What is this course about?

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing teaches bloggers how to use affiliate marketing to increase their income without being sleazy and salesy. It's basically THE guide every blogger needs to a) get started in affiliate marketing and b) actually be good at it. Much like Pinfinite Growth, this course teaches you the importance of creating great content

Who is it for?

Bloggers that want to increase their affiliate marketing income! This course will work for bloggers in any niche and in any country! As Michelle says on the course website, the course is applicable to any blogging niche as you are able to apply everything in the course to your affiliate marketing strategy!

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Who teaches this course?

The lovely, and successful, Michelle of Making Sense of Cents who earns over $50,000 per month from affiliate marketing from her blog!

Why did I invest in this course?

In January 2017, one of my short-term goals was to create a killer affiliate marketing strategy for my blog. I'd go to get started and would feel lost and overwhelmed - I didn't know what the heck I was doing, to be perfectly honest. I started to put it off again and again and again, when I realised that I was missing SO many opportunities to make affiliate commission.

In April 2017, I decided to bite the bullet and invest in a course that would teach me a step-by-step strategy and lay it all out in an actionable way. I decided I needed a teacher! 🍎 After asking around in a few groups, my lovely pal Brittany Berger pointed me in the direction of Michelle's course and the rest is history!

What are my results from the course?

This is where I feel really smug and look like this emoji > ☺️☺️☺️

After going through Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, implementing Michelle's ideas, and joining more affiliate programmes, I increased my monthly affiliate income from $0 to up to $300 per month. Some months are less than others but on average it's around $250 a month in affiliate commissions. Seeing as the course only cost me $197, you could definitely say that I've made my investment back 😎

Because this course taught me so much about how to create great affiliate content, I could also apply it to my own affiliate schemes for my products. I could better help my own affiliates to create shareable content and make more affiliate sales. Though Michelle's course doesn't focus on how to start your own affiliate scheme, the knowledge works both ways. It's a win-win! πŸ™Œ

What's the bottom line?

This course is not just about increasing your income, it will give you the clarity and confidence you need to actually succeed at affiliate marketing without pissing off your audience. If you've been thinking about affiliate marketing for a while, don't waste one more moment - take action with this course!

Click here to learn more about Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing


🐝 blog to biz hive

Grow your audience and build a profitable blog.

Pre-S: This course is only available once or twice a year. Sign up to my waiting list for the course here.

Last, but not least, if you're thinking about starting to create and sell online courses for your blog or business then keep reading! Here's my full breakdown and review of Blog To Biz Hive:

5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business | Sometimes you just don't *get* something - and that's completely fine. Here are 5 online courses from entrepreneurs and creatives that can teach you how to excel in areas that you might not *get*! This blog post is perfect for mindful business owners who want to see growth in their business as well as new bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.

What is this course about?

Blog To Biz Hive is THE course for starting to take your blog seriously and building your own online course business. Not only does Melyssa take you through how to grow your traffic and how to grow your email list, she walks you through how to outline, create, market, and launch your own online course! πŸŽ‰ She'll also give you lots of secret bonuses you didn't even realise you were going to get and they're all amazeballs.

Who is it for?

Bloggers who want to take their blog to the next level as well as business owner who want to start making a 'passive' income through selling online courses.

Who teaches this course?

This is another course by the lovely Melyssa Griffin (a.k.a. the online course expert)! πŸ™Œ

Why did I invest in this course?

I created and launched my first course Influencer Marketing Masterclass back in October 2016 - and it flopped. I've made lots of sales since, without making much of an effort to sell it, but it just wasn't what I was expecting from selling my first course. I'd heard about people making $10,000 launches and I thought it could be me. Crazy, right? πŸ˜‚

I was pretty disheartened about courses when my first course flopped but I loved creating the course and wanted to make more. When Melyssa opened up the doors to Blog To Biz Hive again in December 2016, I had to take the leap and invest! And I'm so glad that I did! 

What are my results from the course?

5 Online Courses To Grow Your Business | Sometimes you just don't *get* something - and that's completely fine. Here are 5 online courses from entrepreneurs and creatives that can teach you how to excel in areas that you might not *get*! This blog post is perfect for mindful business owners who want to see growth in their business as well as new bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.

After going through Melyssa's course, I started working on a new e-course; Instagrowth. I approached this course is a completely different way than my previous course and wanted to have an intentional and strategic launch. Using a combination of Melyssa's strategies and lessons learnt from an ElleChat webinar, I managed to make over $1,200 selling Instagrowth without a sales page in sight. When I finished launching the course in July 2017, I ended up with a total of $3,046 in sales πŸ˜„

I know, it's not a $10,000 launch, but this is as realistic as it's gonna get, folks! Seeing as I made my money back from Blog To Biz Hive and the strategies will stay with me for my next course launch and my upcoming relaunch of Influencer Marketing Masterclass, I'd say this was WAY worth the initial investment.

Ooh, I almost forgot but the real winner of this course for me was actually the lesson in SEO ✊ After learning from Melyssa, I went back and implemented SEO strategies in a few of my older blog posts. The traffic on these blog posts SHOT UP from around 500 page views per month to now over 1,500 page views per month each.

My blog traffic went up by 75% in a few months and my referrals from Google went up by - wait for it - an amazing 400%! That's cray cray.

What bonuses do you get?

If you enroll in Blog To Biz Hive through my affiliate link, not only do you get all of Melyssa's awesome bonuses but I'll also give you FREE access to Instagrowth (worth $97) and my Ultimate Instagram Hashtag Database (worth $49)!

Here's the full list of bonuses:

> Access to my online course Instagrowth + my Ultimate Instagram Hashtag Database ($146 value)
> Access to the members only FB group with me!! ($297 value)
> Pro-designed blog + opt-in incentive templates ($197 value)
> Plug and play 10-part launch email sequence ($297 value) - THESE ARE AMAZING
> Launch planning masterclass + schedules ($397 value)
> Hand selected accountability partner ($297 value) - I didn't even get this! Sooooo jealous! 
> Special surprise package delivered to your door if you pay in full! ($49 value) - This is super cute. πŸ˜

What's the bottom line?

Want to learn how to grow your blog and build a profitable course business? Blog To Biz Hive is one of the best courses out there for ya! Melyssa has such a calm and compelling presence that it's a joy to be one of her course students!

Blog To Biz Hive is currently not open for enrolment. Click here to sign up to my waiting list for the course to be notified when it's next open!


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