When was the last time you learned something new that would help you in your online business? It’s easy to get complacent and go with what’s working. It’s also easy to get busy implementing what you know is working. While that’s certainly important, there’s also something to be said for learning and trying new ideas and strategies. In short, there’s always room for improvement and as an online entrepreneur you should never stop learning.
Our world is faced paced, and the online community is constantly changing and evolving. Much of what worked well a few years ago is almost obsolete these days. Heck, with all the new changes in privacy technology, the end of cookies, and just general changes in the economy, what worked even as recently as last month, might not work today!
Yes, there are evergreen strategies like email marketing that have always worked and will continue to work, but there’s always a new idea, a new twist on even the oldest and most reliable of concepts that’s worth exploring.
Ready to give this a try? Pick something new you want to learn this week. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It could involve trying out a new piece of software like an app or plugin, or it could be a new traffic generating strategy. It could even be an improvement on something you’re already doing. Figure out what you want to learn and then start studying. That’s the first part. (If you need suggestions, there’s a list of some of my favourite trainings below.)
For me that’s learning how to use brushes in Procreate. I’ve been collecting them all year and have no idea what to do with any of them just yet!
Now comes the most important part. Implement what you’re learning right away. It’s easy to fall into the trap of being a perpetual student. There’s so much fun and exciting new information out there. You happily go from course to course and buy product after product without spending the time to implement it. While that makes for a nice hobby, it won’t help you grow your business until you put it to good use.
The basic habit you want to get into is to find something that will get you a step closer to your goal. Learn how to do that (or do it better), and then implement what you’ve learned. Then pick something else that gets you close. Rinse and repeat on a weekly basis. What you choose to learn is up to you and depends on where you’re at with your business and what your goals are.
Sometimes we need to learn something to realize that it isn’t something we want to do ourselves. That’s ok. At least you have the basic knowledge you need to effectively outsource it. Sometimes we learn something, try it, and it doesn’t work for us. It happens. Often, we still get something out of the experience that may help us in a different area or further on. The important part is that we keep looking for new tactics and strategies as well as ways to improve what we’re doing already. Keep honing those skills, keep getting better at what you do, and most importantly keep implementing what you’re learning so your business grows and thrives right along with you.
What do you want to learn next to take your business to the next level? Leave a comment and let me know!
Suggested Learning Resources:
From Sharyn Sheldon: Email Marketing Essentials* – a bundle of 5 email training courses available as a package or individually
From Stuart Turnbull and Bart Henin – KDP Hot Spot* – training in creating “handwriting practice books” for kids
From Amy Harrop – Easy Printables Traffic* – How to drive traffic to your printables for sale. Code TRAFFIC10 saves $10 through July 31, 2022.
From Mitzy Thompson – Rapid Printable Creation* – Learn to quickly create printables in Canva
From Cindy Bidar – Shoestring Marketing* – a LIVE workshop on how to create a marketing system on a budget that works for you!
From Melody Wigdahl – Digital Planner Intensive* – learn how to make popular digital planners from scratch!
*Note: This post includes affiliate links, for which I will receive a small commission should you make a purchase.