When it comes to paying for education, many of us didn’t think twice about forking out thousands of pounds to go to university. However, when it comes to paying a few hundred to take an online course, we’re often a little reluctant to take the leap.
I’ve spent quite a bit of money on online courses over the last year and whenever I share the exact amount with friends, they tend to look at me like I’m crazy. One friend recently asked: “Why pay £300 for an online course when there’s so much information online for free?” Here are 7 reasons…
1. There’s so much information online
The #1 reason people tend to be reluctant to take online courses is the fact there’s so much information online for free. But when you think about it, this is precisely why you should take online courses! There’s so much information online that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with conflicting lessons, stories and perspectives.
When you buy an online course, everything’s in order and laid out for you. You’ll have your very own road map and step-by-step guide explaining exactly what you need to do to reach your target. It’ll be so much easier to digest the information and achieve your goal. Goodbye overwhelm!
2. You’ll save time
In my experience, one of the main benefits of online courses is the amount of time they’ll save you.
After spending months wondering how the hell to use Pinterest to grow my blog, last year I decided to invest in Melyssa Griffin’s Pinfinite Growth course. I was tired of spending hours trawling the internet in search of answers. It got to a stage where I just wanted to throw my money at someone and have them tell me exactly what to do.
Melyssa’s course was 100% worth it. I completed it over the space of a weekend and began to implement the things I’d learned straight away. I got great results too! Pinterest is now my greatest source of traffic. If you’re a blogger or business owner, I’d really recommend investing in her course. You’ll see results within a matter of days.
3. You’re more likely to actually do the work
When you pay good money to do an online course, you’re far more likely to actually do the work than you would if the information was free.
I’ve signed up for so many free online courses in the past, only to keep procrastinating because I didn’t feel that little nagging feeling in my head telling me I had to do it!
When you take a paid online course, you’re putting your money where your mouth is and immersing yourself in a particular mindset. When you part with your cash, you’re saying ‘I’m making this subject a priority’ and ‘I’m pushing other things to one side until I’ve mastered this‘.
4. You’ll join an exciting new community
Many course creators have online communities that you’ll gain access to when you purchase the course. When you join these communities, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people. If you get stuck on a particular module, you’ll know exactly where to turn for support. These communities can be so rewarding that some people buy online courses for this sole reason!
5. You’ll have fun
Maybe I’m just a massive geek but I actually really enjoy taking online courses, especially if the course is in video form. I love curling up in bed with my tablet and getting stuck into the lessons, knowing that my brain is being filled with knowledge. Yep. I’m definitely a massive geek.
Obviously, in order for the course to be fun, you need to choose a teacher who is entertaining and has some charisma and energy. The last thing you want is to purchase a course only to find out it’s been created by someone who’s duller than the teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
6. You know you’re getting quality
Do you know what I hate? Spending ages trawling through Youtube only to stumble across tutorials from people who are just as clueless or unqualified as I am! When you purchase an online course from someone whose blog you read, podcast you listen to or videos you subscribe to, you know you’re getting quality.
You gain access to that person and have the opportunity to really pick their brain and find out how they got to where they want to be. Of course, you’ll already be able to get some of this information for free from their existing resources, but if they’re good at what they do, they’ll crank things up a notch in their online course.
No honest course creator wants to rip off their customers. That’s why they’ll go above and beyond to offer excellent value for money in their online course.
7. You’ll gain a sense of achievement
One of my favourite things about online courses is the sense of achievement I get both when I’m working through the course and when I complete it. A good online course makes me feel productive and proactive. It reassures me that I’m making a real difference to my life and career.