My Review on Marie Forleo’s B-School and How it Changed My Life Forever
Are you still wondering if investing in Marie Forleo’s B-School is the right move for you? Read my honest review to help you make a choice.
In January 2016, life was chaotic. I had a lot of ideas ping-ponging in my head as I dreamt of the future.
I was a stay-at-home mom with a dream of starting a new business. At the time, my baby boy was glued to me most of the day as I chased after my toddler.
The plan was… months earlier… I would return from my entrepreneurial maternity leave and dive back into my coaching business. I was a Certified Professional Coach working with successful mom entrepreneurs, helping them simplify their life and business.
But seeing how we just moved to a new state, in a new house with an adjusting toddler and sleepless baby the ride got a little wild. Add in a husband in law enforcement who worked long hours, I was in desperate need of a coach.
In 2011, I opened the doors to my coaching business with a plan to stay home with my one-day-kids.
When my daughter was born in 2013, I quit my 9-5. My primary focus became my coaching business and raising her. It was bumpy at first, but things eventually fell together.
But after my son was born in 2015… I realized that everything was going to be a lot harder to balance.
After much thought, I decided my dream of running my coaching business online while staying home with the children was just too much to handle. I emailed my client list letting them know I wouldn’t be returning to my business until after my children were in school full time.
Talk about feeling defeated.
I kept thinking to myself, “There has to be a way….”
I just couldn’t seem to quiet that entrepreneurial voice inside. So I began my search for a business I could more easily run alongside staying home with the kiddos.
I stumbled upon the world of Virtual Assistants and decided I’d become a WordPress Virtual Assistant, helping fellow entrepreneurs with their tech needs. And while I had the skills, I had no idea how to market myself in this new field.
I decided if I was going to invest my time and energy into this new business venture, I was going to do it “right” from the get-go.
During this time, I had also noticed Marie Forleo’s B-School launch was coming up.
Not having made any money yet from this new business, seeing how I launched just 2 weeks prior, I put B-School on a credit card… hoping I could get it paid off by the time the 0% interest rate promo ended.
While I knew a lot about business already and had experience on many of the topics covered in B-School, I never really did a deep dive.
After joining B-School, I committed to set aside time each week, completing the modules by the end of the week. In addition, I committed to do every exercise, worksheet and take in all the applicable suggestions.
I gave it my all.
Now, remember, I was still at home with my 2-year-old and 6-month-old. But, even so, I made the time.
There were many late nights. Many ‘work’ sessions on the stationary bike at the gym. And lots of hard work.
As soon as they released Module 1 (Profit Clarity) I dove right in.
Module 1 was all about digging deep and laying the foundation of my new business. Next up was all about websites, then establishing a strategic communication plan, making list building a priority, smart marketing and more.
I applied every applicable strategy and suggested systems for my new business. While remaining active in the community, regularly bouncing ideas off fellow entrepreneurs who were growing right alongside with me.
That first month, I’ll admit, I didn’t make any money in my business. But, since then, I have yet to have another zero-income month.
By the end of April, I had made more than enough to cover the cost of the program. And in May alone, I made over 5 times what I originally spent on this program.
Also in May, I had made the decision to pivot my services from WordPress Virtual Assistant services to WordPress Web Design services. And have been offering them ever since.
Aside from financial success, B-School gave me so much more.
Looking back, the B-School community was likely one of the most valuable assets of the program. Thousands of like-minded entrepreneurs going through the exact same thing at the exact same time.
Both brand new and highly seasoned entrepreneurs.
B-School wasn’t just for the stay-at-home mom looking for a side gig. It was for anybody that wanted to learn how to use online marketing to refine, polish, and grow their business online.
And then there were the live group coaching calls which were instrumental.
Oh, and who could forget the bonus material that continued to overdeliver long after the program ended.
Like I had said before, I knew a lot about the basics of running an online business already. After all, I had already launched a coaching business the years prior. I had even gone through a very similar online training program from one of the world’s most recognized entrepreneurial coaches a few years prior.
But nothing came close to the value Marie offered through this program.
Today, my life (and business) is incredibly different.
It’s better than I could have ever imagined. My business continues to grow and evolve in dreamy ways. I get the joy of serving clients scattered all over the globe, many of them fellow B-Schoolers.
I do work that I love, that fuels me. And get compensated well.
While my kiddos are now in school full time, I have the freedom and flexibility to pick them up from school, be there for them when they’re sick, or spontaneously take a day off to join them for snow days.
And my husband, who was already working long hours as a law enforcement officer could officially quit his second job. He also now has the freedom to turn down overtime assignments. Aside from that, we have the absolute pleasure of connecting over lunch now more than ever.
Being a successful online business owner, to me, means writing your own rules and using your God-given gifts to serve others.
Marie Forleo and her B-School program over-delivered on their promise to help online business owners turn their businesses into a force for good that fuels higher profits and alongside their higher purpose.
I wholeheartedly recommend B-School to every online entrepreneur. From new entrepreneurs who are just getting started to those that are ready to make a bigger impact online.
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