In 2012, I was fledgling a little bit. The working world was not being very kind.
I had just left my job working as a pastor here in Des Moines.
I tried some other gigs.
Nothing seemed to work.
I couldn’t seem to get any traction.
Then I spoke to an old, old friend who knocked some sense into me.
He said, “Justin…you are basically unemployable. You will NEVER be happy until you are working for yourself.”
Deep down I knew he was right.
But I literally had no idea how to make “the jump.”
Keep in mind I had a wife and newborn son at the time.
The odds seemed stacked against me. I knew WHAT I wanted to do. I just didn’t know HOW to do it.
Then I discovered the world of online courses.
A simple concept. You create course materials and multimedia coaching based on a topic you are passionate about.
Then find people who share the passion. Make their lives easier or less stressful or both. Earn income.
I created one based on my expertise at the time and my life has never been the same.
Here are 10 ways my life has changed as a result of building my first online course…
#10. An income bridge to kickstart my entrepreneurial career.
Online courses gave me the income bridge I needed to support my family. In the words of my friend Casey, the course provided “predictable and sustainable income.” A must when building a bootstrapped business.
#9. I liked what I was doing.
I didn’t DISlike what I was doing in my other jobs. But none of them felt like the right “fit”. Maybe you’ve felt the same at one point in your life. All my courses have been in areas I’m passionate about. This makes it very easy to get excited about work. It “fits”.
#8. I could work from anywhere.
For those first two years I had the pleasure of working from home. I got to see my family whenever I wanted. Work late. Work early. Didn’t matter. If I needed to get out I could go to a coffee shop. Across town. Across country. Didn’t matter.
#7. Connections with other influencers.
Building my first course took a LOT of work. But it also put me in touch with some of the biggest names in my industry. I still talk to many of the kind folks who helped get my first course of the ground…
I’m just getting started. I’ll be sending the second half of the list TOMORROW, but I want to make sure you’re ready for it.
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