The Decision To Start A New Business Path
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I have lived – and worked – all over the world. From Trinidad in the Caribbean to Africa, the UK, USA, Latin America and the Pacific. Most of my business ventures have been offline, as a corporate citizen but the attraction to learn to earn online has always been growing within me.
In the mid-90s, I embarked on that envied entrepreneur journey and opened the doors to my first offline company. It was successful and led me to some important international connections that would play a crucial role in spreading my wings over the years.
My entrepreneurial spirit led me to international success, recognition and qualifications.
That tickle behind my neck became more intense, as the internet expanded though, pushing me towards pursuing online opportunities.
After searching for a few years, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate University (WAU) and, having completed 1 year of intense focus, learning, commitment and hard work, I can finally call myself a Digital Entrepreneur.
Choose Your Niche
The learning begins here at Wealthy Affiliate. It is an Internet Marketing University (WAU) that teaches you everything you need to know about Content and Affiliate Marketing.
The Online Entrepreneur Certification (OEC) Course consists of five (5) levels of training. Each level has ten (10) lessons which take you, as a beginner, from zero-knowledge about online businesses and marketing to creating and growing a successful internet business.
You choose your niche. It can be in any area – literally – that you want it to be.
So, what is a niche? You learn this in level one (1) of your OEC training, lesson three (3).
There is no rocket-science in choosing it but rather a deep dive into your passions, the things that you enjoy and love to talk about or research. There is a tendency to think that your niche has to be connected to your experience, qualifications or profession.
I mean, isn’t that why you want to start an online business? To create something that you love?
You know this famous saying: “Find something that you love and you will never have to work another day in your life.”
That is what you are aiming for as you choose your niche for your online business. What will make you happy, every day, as you discuss, research and share information about it in your business?
Online Entrepreneur Certification – Overview
A very effective engagement strategy at WA is that you can “test drive” the platform for FREE. Yes. That is what I said. FREE.
There is no credit card or payment of any kind required. You simply register as a FREE Starter Member and off you go! It is as easy as clicking on the banner below:
Once you have created your Starter Account, you can begin your first, level 1 course at WAU. The first ten (10) lessons in level 1 are also FREE and will get you rolling.
By the end of this FREE level 1 course you would have:
- finished setting up your account at WA
- chosen your first niche
- set up your first FREE website
- created your initial content
- implemented custom menus on your website
- learned about keywords and keyword research
- started networking with the WA Community
That is a lot of progress for FREE!
It is at this juncture that you will be invited to make the decision to invest further in your learning and development at WAU by becoming a Premium Member. You would have enjoyed the ability to determine if incorporating the lifestyle of a Digital Entrepreneur is a good fit for you and you have the time and commitment that is required to build an online business.
Why You Should Become A WAU Graduate
According to an August 2020 blog post by Best Value Schools, “Internet marketing degree programs are relatively new on college campuses” but they are gaining popularity.
That caused me to pull back and think for a while.
Statista informs us that “Almost 4.57 billion people were active internet users as of July 2020, encompassing 59 percent of the global population. China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users.”
Yet, even with a global online penetration rate of 59%, internet degree marketing programs are “relatively new”. The events of 2020 make this even more concerning. I am an Adult Educator, Business Strategist and mother of a tech-savvy 10-year old.
Shouldn’t effective use of technology and digital marketing be standard staples in our education portfolio today?
The other important reason to explore becoming a WAU Graduate is the cost of undergraduate and postgraduate study. US News offers some key information on the cost of obtaining an Online Bachelor’s Degree in Internet Marketing.
“Per-credit costs for an online internet marketing bachelor’s degree typically range from (US) $320 to $485. Students should expect to pay between $38,000 and $58,000 in total tuition.”
That is a lot of money to spend on an internet marketing degree that does not afford you the opportunity to learn how to start your own online business(es) and earn while you learn. Quite the opposite as you will graduate with high debt and probably spend years working to pay it all back – with interest!
The Wealthy Affiliate University Model
At WAU, the learning model is substantially different and much more effective. Case in point is my own experience.
When I started at WAU, one year ago, I knew absolutely nothing about internet marketing. I did have a basic idea of what I wanted to do and create but certainly no idea of how to navigate the vastness of the world wide web.
All the advertisements and promotions that flooded my email box and social media accounts were full of people boasting about their success and pushing to sell me their systems so that they could make all the money. I never got the feeling that they were genuinely interested in my success and would support my learning and development.
Then I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate and immediately signed up for a FREE Starter Account. That was my first refreshing surprise. It was followed by the opportunity to begin training and learning, which included my FREE website and WA Community support.
And the cost? Less than US $1.50 per day!
I became an Annual Premium Member after my first week and have gone on to graduate as a Freshman, enjoying an income of US 5-digits, across diversified streams.
After just 1 year, I now:
- coach and train new and experienced Digital Entrepreneurs,
- have my own personal brand,
- manage 2 other successful websites in personal development and lifestyle niches and,
- rank 11th in the world as a WA Ambassador.
What would you prefer? Investing 4 years to graduate with no job and a mountain of debt or, the opportunity to learn to earn online at Wealthy Affiliate University, graduating at each stage with internet success and recognition?
If you choose the latter, I am happy to be your coach and welcome you to WAU!
As an Entrepreneur, I have started businesses in New Zealand, the USA and here in Trinidad. I have lived and worked all over the world – England, USA, Africa, New Zealand, Central America, (to name a few).
We LOVE! to travel and explore cultures.
In October 2019, after drifting around the internet, I launched my Digital Entrepreneur Footprint with Wealthy Affiliate.
Today I manage 3 profitable websites, coach other Digital Entrepreneurs, design training programs to strengthen the personal leadership required for business and, I educate my daughter through travel and other human and cultural experiences.