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4 Questions to Help you Decide whether to Take a Course - or Hire an Expert

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Sandrine
Planning & Productivity

4 Questions to Help you Decide whether to Take a Course - or Hire an Expert

Is taking an online course the best way to move your business forward?

Short answer: sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't.

Longer answer: sometimes, learning how to do things yourself isn’t the best investment for your business.

I'm a big fan of courses - taking the right course at the right time can boost your business big time! However, sometimes they'll just take weeks out of your life you can't get back... and you end up not being about to implement anyway.

So when should you NOT buy a course to learn a new skill - and what can you do instead?

Are you taking this course for the right reasons? 

Having multiple courses lining up that you still need to take or finish, it may be a sign you’re a procrasti-learner. Learning new skills is a great way to keep you from doing the things that would get you clients, make sales or get you traffic - or in any other way get yourself out there and make (more) money.

So before you sign up for the next course, ask yourself:  

Do you really need this course?
What do you expect this course to do for you? How will you be able to use what you learn - short-term, and long-term? 
How will you measure the return on your investment?    

Do you need things done sooner rather than later?

Buying a course so you can learn how to do things yourself is great - buying a course about something you’d need done sooner rather than later might not be the best investment.

Let’s imagine you want to supersize your Facebook marketing strategy.

You could pay for the absolutely awesome Grow Your Audience course, spend 2-3 months learning all there is to learn, then spend a couple more months trying to implement what was in the course. By the end, you’ve spent over a thousand dollars + spent several hours each day to figure things out.

Ask yourself:

     “Will this course allow me to do this [in a way that’s good enough for me] within an acceptable timeframe?”    

With the same budget, you could hire someone who knows the ins and outs of what you're trying to achieve, and can tell you exactly what to do and how to do it for a fraction of the price - and have everything up and running in just a couple of weeks.

Would you rather try things out yourself, or get it right from the start?

This is something a lot of my clients struggle with: you’ve taken this course, but implementing it is a whole different ballgame. You still need to find out which tools to use, how to do the tech on the backend, how to plan it all so you get it all done within a reasonable amount of time - and so it yields the results you’re looking for.

Whenever you’re hesitating to take a course, ask yourself:  

Would I be better off paying someone who’s experienced and can get things set up correctly?
(and maybe teach me how to take it from there?)

When this is not something you’d want to do yourself, longer term

Whenever I’m hesitating between learning a new skill, or outsourcing so someone else can do it for you, this is the question that works best to help me make the choice:

“Is this something I want to be doing in my business, long-term? Is this a skill I’d love to build upon later on?”    

As a strategist, things that help my business move forward are skills that I can apply to the work I do for clients (social media management), as well as frameworks and methods I can share with them during our strategy sessions.

Would it make my business better if I learned professional film editing? Sounds fun but no, it wouldn’t. I can tell my clients how to record videos and which basic tools to use to do some (basic) editing - but I’m not planning to offer film editing as a service (ever). So why would I take a film editing course, just so I can edit my own videos? It’d be much more efficient for me to have a couple of strategic conversations with a professional video editor, and have him take it from there.

In the video below, I give you a couple more examples or arguments. Sometimes paying for another course is a great investment for your business… but sometimes, you’re better off investing more time and effort in all the other things you’re supposed to be doing as an online business owner.

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