The Learning Factor

by Martha Giffen

Never stop learning.

This statement has never been truer for online entrepreneurs.  For one thing, the internet changes constantly. For another thing, you are always expanding and growing and the best way to do that is through knowledge.  If you want to continue to take your online biz to the next level, you have to be willing to learn, learn, learn.

The best part?

You don’t have to sit in a stuffy classroom anymore!

Here are a few of my favorites places to learn new ideas and techniques for my biz (some are on the web, some off):

Webinars — you can find free webinars all over the place.  Chances are, if you have joined Facebook fan pages,  you are receiving opportunities daily to attend.  Pick and choose.  They usually only last an hour and can be counted on to be chock full of info.

Books — Check out Amazon.com (Some of my favorites are listed over on the right sidebar)  Ask your colleages and mentors which books have benefited them and start reading!

Forums — As discussed at length in a previous post,  you can get valuable info from hanging out on occassion with others in your industry.

Seminars — Great place to learn, network, and find JV partners.  I try to attend a couple every year.

Blog Talk Radio – shows going on every hour of the day.  Just pick your topic and go browse.

Ezine Articles — Somebody has already written an article on the subject you are trying to learn.

Other websites — This one is easy to overlook simply because you are so focused on your own site.  You may find some of your best tips on other people’s sites!

Other people — Search out people who know what you want to learn.  Find mentors, coaches, online gurus, people within your industry.  They are usually eager to share their expertise.  And don’t be afraid to pay for it.

Speaking of money. . . .

I once heard a man say he was criticized for buying an $80 book, an autobiography of an incredibly successful business person.  His reply was that it had taken the author his whole life to learn the information in the book.  For just $80 and a couple of hours, he would have all the info it had taken the author a lifetime to learn.  Point made!

Continuing to learn new and better ways of running your business is just common sense.  Look around.  The knowledge you need is at your fingertips!

Peace,

-Martha

 The Learning Factor

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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