If you are a DIY learner like I am, you are constantly looking for free resources online to grow our new online biz. Blog posts, free webinars, detailed workbooks – whatever you can get your hands on to get a handle on the blogging business.
Wanna learn together? Here are dozens of free online courses grouped by business need to help us be the ROCK STARS we know we can be. Think of this as a round up of Blogging 101 lessons.
Starting Your Business
Just starting, like I am? These are great resources for creating a strong foundation.
Creating Your Website
As a small business owner, you need a website to showcase your work. Have no work to show yet? You want to at least reserve your domain name. I bought my website two years before I actually tried to monetize it so I could have my first and last name. Currently, I use Squarespace and free templates, but I look forward to use these classes to build my websites when I am ready!
Writing Great Content
In order to bring potential customers into your funnel, you need to draw them in with great content. Add value to their lives, and show them how you can help them succeed.
Social Media Management
In this day in age, marketing yourself on social media is a must for most audiences. You need to be where your audience hangs out.
Advertising and Marketing
Advertising and marketing are fun but tricky.
Bad design will drive away potential customers, no matter how amazing your content is. If you are not a graphic designer by trade, you can at least teach yourself the fundamentals until you can hire a professional.
Leads and sales are much easier if you have an email list of potential clients.
Putting Your Best Brand Forward
Your brand is what your audience thinks of you. Shape that perception so you can shape your own brand.
Career success to be a more attractive employee. /career-success
Get Visible Online
After you have content and a brand you are proud of, you need to get found.
If the DIYer masters a system that brings success, then the DIYer may one day want to teach others how to do it!
Growing? Need to outsource? You need to learn how to manage people and their personalities.
As you learn and grow as a blogger, you need to be a critical thinker. The brain is a muscle you can strengthen.
Another great free resource is Academic Earth. They have thousands of video lectures to choose from. http://academicearth.org/business/
If you enjoy DIY self-improvement, sign up for my free eBook, The Portfolio Builder! This issue contains exercises to build your portfolio full of storytelling components. Also in the library: career development plan, finding your passion workbook and skill acquisition worksheet!