B School: I’m Going for It & Deciding Who to Sign Up Through

If you’re not familiar with B School, it’s an online business school geared toward women entrepreneurs that has turned out some awesome success stories. It’s put on by MARIE FORLEO and you can learn more about it HERE.

From MarieForleo.com:

B-School is an 8 week, interactive video-based training program that teaches smart, effective online marketing strategies to business owners who want more sales and more impact from their online presence. It’s designed to turn your business into a force for good that fuels higher profits and your higher purpose. In addition to B-School, Marie Forleo is the creator of the award-winning show MarieTV and has been interviewed by both Tony Robbins and Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation.

I first heard about B School through not one but THREE different friends who have attended. They happen to be three women I admire greatly and when they say it was awesome and I should do it, I took their recommendations very seriously. B School is also recommended by some online entrepreneurs I follow and admire – but more about them below.

One important thing about B School: It’s expensive . . . $2,000 for an 8-week online course (with unlimited repeats). Now, of course, that includes tons of learning, resources, etc. but still. That’s a LOT of money and not an amount I would normally spend on anything other than, like, a car.

So B School went on my “Someday” list, along with attending WORLD DOMINATION SUMMIT, writing my first novel, and getting an iPhone 6+ (which I finally got a couple weeks ago!). Then something awesome happened: A friend and pending client for my virtual assistant business offered to pay for me to go to B School in exchange for a commensurate number of VA hours helping her business!

Well, duh. No brainer. I said yes.

Once it became a real possibility, I started looking into B School like the over-researcher that I am. I checked out the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY (not calling you ugly, ladies! just acknowledging that not everyone loves Marie or B School, k?).

And then I decided to forget all the bad for the reasons Karen Yankovich shared on Facebook. I think largely what you put into things is what you get out of them. And all the women I’d spoken to who LOVED their B School experience had chosen to get a lot out of it.

Their collective advice for me is that, while I already know a lot of the nuts and bolts information about online entrepreneurship, they think I’ll get a lot out of the structure, inspiration, aspiration, group support, and business connections. Sounds good to me!

So, sure, nothing’s perfect and $2,000 is still a boat-load of money. Sometimes I think, “WOW that’s a lot!” and other times I think, “What better to invest my money in than ME?”

I love being a virtual assistant. It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I’ll always have at least a few clients because I ADORE helping people and watching their dreams come true. But I have big dreams for myself, too. I want to go bigger in my business life and my head is exploding with ideas of how to get there.

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So I’m going for it. Sign-ups are from 02-18 to 03-04-15. My “sponsor” is traveling but she’s going to purchase it for me ASAP. In the meantime, I have a choice to make: Which affiliate to sign up through? Decisions, decisions.

Marie has hand-selected B School alums to be her affiliates which means they promote B School and she pays them a (cough cough pretty hefty cough cough) commission for each sale. Which I have absolutely no problem with because I’m an affiliate for people and companies that I believe in. It’s a business model I support.

Since they’re getting such a nice commission, B School affiliates go all out to entice you to sign up through them. They offer tons of incentives worth some pretty good money in the form of their own products, workshops, books, Q&A sessions, Facebook support groups, etc. The hard part for me now is deciding which one to choose.

If I were a purely good person, I suppose I would unselfishly give the commission to the person I supported the most or felt had turned me on to B School before anyone else (after my three friends, I mean). But, no, I’m selfish. I’m going to compare what each person has on offer and choose the package that I want the most :P

Does that make me evil? Bwahahaha!

So I’m gathering into one place all the B School affiliate offers I can find and will be comparing them for a winner. In case it’s helpful to anyone else, I’ll share my list below, with links:***Please be very careful when clicking on where these links take you. I’ve linked you to the information pages for each person’s B School bonuses. But if you go beyond that and click on links within their pages and then sign up for B School, you may be giving affiliate credit where you don’t mean to. So be careful! I’m not 100% sure how it works but clicking on affiliate links may “tag” you as that person’s sale and then the person you want to give the commission to won’t get it. Also, to qualify for their bonuses, they’ll verify that they got credit for your B School purchase. I’m only clicking around freely because my sponsor will be making the actual purchase from HER computer.***

Derek Halpern from Social Triggers

April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle and Mayi Carles of Heartmade Blog

Karen Yankovich, social media brand strategist

Amy Porterfield, social media strategist

Kris Carr, author, wellness activist, and cancer thriver

Alexis Neely and the Eyes Wide Open Collective

Danielle Laporte, inspirational speaker and author

Michelle Martello with Minima Designs

Gabby Bernstein, author, Today show regular, etc.

Nathalie Lussier, digital strategist

Andreea Ayers with Launch Grow Joy

Jenny Shih, business coach

Tracy Matthews, Flourish and Thrive Academy

Well, I could go on but I won’t. Holy heck, there are a lot of affiliates out there! I think this list is enough for me to go on. If you know of any good ones I’m missing, let me know.

Haters or not, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the success of the B School alumni above – and with my three friends / women entrepreneurs / success stories who originally recommended B School. I’m *really* looking forward to it!

Now . . . I’m off to do my homework :)