A couple of weeks ago, I shared about joining Mayi's bootcamp and how that got the ball rolling for me, in so many ways.
It was Mayi who introduced Marie Forleo to me. Chances are you are going to say who? I did! I signed up for the free video training to see what it was that Mayi was raving about, that was it, I was hooked.
I have never enjoyed marketing or the sales side of business but of course, to run a successful business you have to do it. Marie makes it seem like fun, she breaks it down into manageable chunks and talks in real (American) English, not business mumbo jumbo.
She is funny and smart and a world leader in the area on online business development. She has worked with Richard Branson, been on Opera and often interviews or is being interviewed by of significant entrepreneurs.
So, what did Marie do for me?
I very nervously signed up for b-school last April, for me it was a LOT of money to invest but Ebi-kun was starting school and I really needed to get my business to bring in an income. The previous year I had been hit bad with the earthquake happening and I had seriously started to think about what I needed to do to make it work.
The March 11th disaster was a game changer for me. Knowing that our families income could have been wiped out that day, the one source of income that we depend on made me re-evaluate what I was doing and what I was trying to achieve.
Up until then jojoebi-designs was making pocket money, I could buy books whenever I felt like it, it paid for presents for others and occasionally treats for the family, it wasn't bringing in a salary. I wasn't that bothered about that at the time because I wanted something to fit around Ebi-Kun's schedule, he comes first. I don't regret though early years because I learned a lot. But come April, Ebi-kun would be at school full time and I needed to step up to the next level.
I suppose much of it was the stars aligning, finding out about b-school happened just at the right time for me, I knew in my gut that it was the right thing to do, it didn't stop me from wanting to throw up after hitting the pay now button!
What did I get out of it? Where do I start? I decided to set up My Organized Chaos, I learnt so much about websites, opt-ins, squeeze pages, tele seminars, newsletters, copy writing.... the list goes on. All presented in a fun way and not once did I feel like the class div because I didn't know something. Marie's teaching style really suits me, I love the way she presents what you need to do, her no bullshit attitude and silliness that comes through.
Now, although the course was amazing, Marie was great the BIGGEST thing that I got from joining b-school was the community. There is a b-school private facebook group with 2000+ members of amazing women (and a few men), they are supportive, positive, helpful and just rock. No matter how trivial or silly you think a question is, there is always someone there to help you out. Having that environment available to you 24/7 is, well amazing.
So, not only do you get all Marie's great advice, in the community there are people who are experts in specific areas, there are always free seminars and Internet calls going on, people to team up with and work on projects together, accountability partners and mastermind groups - like the one we have with the Tokyo babes.
Because of b-school I was able to go home last Christmas for a month, the first time back in two years, I was able to buy myself a Macbook Air and that was all out of profits from the last quarter of 2012, better than pocket money!
Now, I could go on all day raving about the b-school babes and Marie Forleo, it has made an enormous change to my business, my way of thinking and my life. If you are thinking of investing in your company, do go and watch the free training HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns about joining up, ask in the comments section or email me, I would love to help you, drop me a line!