6 Best Ways To Learn Business At Home


“The more you learn, the more you earn.” I firmly believe in this adage.

2016 was my worst financial year ever. My business failed, and my creditors were hunting me. All I had left in my bank account was $100 bucks. I didn’t know where to go or what to do, so I went into hermit mode at my parent’s house for the next six months. I did nothing during those times except learn, learn, and learn.

It was February 2017 when I was able to get out of my lair and start over again. Because of my six-month study, I was able to save, invest, open a business, and pay off several debts by the end of that year.

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I don’t know who I am talking to right now. Nonetheless, one of you could be in the position today where I was a few years ago. I am terribly sorry for what you are going through, but I am here to tell you there is hope.

Give yourself time to learn. See where it will take you one year from now.

Here are 6 best ways to learn business at home:

  1. Read books.
  2. Enroll in online business courses.
  3. Listen to podcasts.
  4. Join (or create) a mastermind group.
  5. Take risks. Engage in trial and error.
  6. Be a member of Project 24 by Income School.

1. Read books.

Books are always the obvious choice when it comes to learning, yet many people wince whenever they are told to read.

I was one of them.

I’m not a fan of reading since I was a kid, but I hated my financial situation so much that it has transformed me into a voracious reader. I have read more books, cover to cover, during my six-month hiatus than when I was in elementary, high school, and college combined.

Most of the books I read were about finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Here are some of my recommendations to get you started:

Finance

TitleAuthorWhat I Learned
The Total Money MakeoverDave RamseyHow to get out of debt.
Rich Dad Poor DadRobert KiyosakiThe concept of passive income.
The Richest Man In BabylonGeorge S. ClasonThe Importance of saving and investing.
The Millionaire Next DoorThomas J. StanleyHigh income vs high net worth.
The Intelligent InvestorBenjamin GrahamHow inflation affects our finances.

Money is the lifeblood of any business. It is imperative to start learning about finance first, more than any other topic.

If you want more book recommendations on finance, check out this post:

Read: 9 Good Financial Management Ebooks Worthy Of Your Time and Money

Entrepreneurship

TitleAuthorWhat I Learned
Think and Grow RichNapoleon HillNever stop learning.
EntreLeadershipDave RamseyBe in charge of your day.
The Personal MBAJosh KaufmanHow to make your business resilient.
ReworkJason FriedFocus on what people really care about.
Delivering HappinessTony HsiehBuild relationships.

Entrepreneurship books will teach you how to discipline yourself, develop a product, and serve your customers.

Read: 10 Important Skills Of A Successful Entrepreneur As Per Starbucks & Disney

Marketing

TitleAuthorWhat I Learned
Building A StoryBrandDonald MillerHow to clarify your message.
From NothingIan PribylAn Introduction to Search Engine Optimization.
Email Marketing DemystifiedMatthew PaulsonHow to use email for effective marketing.
Never Split The DifferenceChris VossHow to become a better negotiator.
Elements Of StyleWilliam Strunk Jr.How to write better.

Whether it is a product, a service, or an idea, the goal of any company is to sell. Marketing will always be an essential subject in business.

2. Enroll In Online Business Courses

If you prefer a lecture type of learning, then online courses are for you.

Online courses are a series of on-demand videos that can be accessed through different web platforms. Some popular examples are:

Learn from Fiverr is an online, on-demand video classes platform, specially tailored for freelancers and professionals. All classes are taught by top experts, who are distinguished in their fields.

Whether it be in business and leadership, photography, cooking, writing, acting, music, sports, or more, MasterClass delivers a world-class online learning experience.

Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.

Choose from 183,000 online video courses with new additions published every month.

Online courses are also the best option if you need to build credibility. Some of them issue certificates or even a degree.

Here are the top reviewed business courses on the web right now:

Course TitleApproximate Time To Complete
Digital Marketing Fundamentals2 hours
SEO Fundamentals: The Ultimate Framework2.7 hours
Creating High Converting Landing Pages9.8 hours
The Art Of Negotiation3.4 hours
Self-made Entrepreneurship3.3 hours
Sales and Persuasion2.57 hours
Business Foundations7 months (2 hours a day)
Digital Marketing Specialization8 months (2 hours a day)
Entrepreneurship Specialization6 months (2 hours a day)
An Entire MBA in 1 Course8 hours
The Complete Digital Marketing Course22.5 hours
Modern Copywriting7 hours
Honorable mention: The Rich Dad Summit2 days

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3. Listen To Podcasts

One of my favorite ways to learn is by listening to podcasts. It is an efficient way to gain knowledge, especially when you are doing mindless tasks, like cleaning the car or running on a treadmill. 

Podcasts are like a series of recorded radio shows that are focused on a particular theme or topic. They are usually broken down into episodes that you can download on your devices through an app.

Here are a few of my favorite podcasts:

PodcastOverviewCategory
The Investor’s PodcastA podcast where they interview and study famous financial billionaires and teach listeners what they have learned. They also share their knowledge of how to apply them in real life.Investing
Smart Passive Income with Pat FlynnPat Flynn teaches about online business, blogging strategies, income sources, and marketing tips and tricks. Business
Craig Groeschel Leadership PodcastCraig Groeschel offers personal and practical coaching lessons about leadership. He teaches ways to grow as a leader, optimize time, develop teams, and structure an organization.Leadership
Your Move With Andy StanleyAndy Stanley teaches us how to make better decisions and live with fewer regrets.Lifestyle
The EntreLeadership PodcastIt features live discussions and tips on leadership and business.Business
The Dave Ramsey ShowDave Ramsey rants about money, teaches budgeting, how to get out of debt, and more. Finance
Life, Money, and Hope with Chris BrownChris Brown offers biblical wisdom and practical advice on careers, parenting, relationships, and money.Lifestyle
Premium: Project 24 Blogging PodcastThey teach practical techniques on social media, SEO, creating digital products, eCommerce, and generating passive income online.Marketing
Bonus: The Minimalists PodcastTeaches us how to live life with less.Lifestyle

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4. Join (Or Create) A Mastermind Group

What is a mastermind group?

A mastermind group is a regular gathering of peers to give each other counsel and support. It is a meeting with a particular theme and purpose. A mastermind group is a good avenue to brainstorm, ask questions, share achievements, and be accountable to each other.

If you find you are weak at persistence, surround yourself with a Mastermind Group.

Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich.

I am currently a member of two mastermind groups. One with older people who I can learn from. And another group with younger members where I can share my knowledge, and get fresh ideas.

You can find a lot of mastermind groups online. They are usually on these platforms:

  • Facebook Groups
  • Reddit
  • Quora
  • Discord

However, I found most of these groups were only used for self-promotion. I am sure you will find a few good groups there if you look hard enough.

But it is still best if you can be part of a mastermind where you can grow and build relationships. It can be a group with your friends, church members, neighbors, or colleagues. Call a few of them and agree to meet on Zoom or Google Meet once or twice a month.

Here is how a mastermind group usually works

Requirements

A facilitator and learning materials.

  • Facilitator

As the name suggests, the facilitator facilitates the meeting. He presents the learning materials, asks questions, and gives time for members to share their thoughts. He regulates the efficiency of the session by keeping track of the time as well as making sure the discussions are on topic.

  • Learning material

Learning materials are where you will base the discussion of the meeting. You can use a chapter from a book, invite a resource person, or a recorded video from a lecture.

Flow

You can dedicate two to three hours per session (depending on the size of your group).

Let us say you will have your mastermind group at 2 PM:

2 ~ 2:15 PM
Catch up, small talks, pleasantries.
2:15 ~ 2:30 PM
Icebreaker: Discuss an opening question, play a mini-game, or do a short activity.
2:30 ~ 3 PM
Presentation of the learning material.
3 ~ 3:50 PM
Group discussion and sharing.
3:50 ~ 4 PM
Closing remarks.
4 PM
End

Having a mastermind group is a vital element in your business learning because it challenges, hones, prunes, and affirms your ideas.

If you are not comfortable with a group, the alternative is to have a regular one-on-one meeting with a person you look up to as a mentor.

Read: Is it hard to start an online business?

5. Take Risks. Engage In Trial and Error

Failure is a great teacher, and home is the best place to fail because nobody will know about it.

One of the best ways to learn is through experimentation. We take some risks, challenge our hypothesis, and engage in trial and error.

There is a term used for exploiting failure to find success today. It is called “failing forward”. The message it implies is the more we fail, the more we learn. And the more we learn, the better our chance of succeeding.

Here is a quick guide on how to engage in effective trial and error:

Step 1: Ideation
What ideas do I have that I want to test today?
Step 2: Application
Apply the idea.
Step 3: Evaluation
What worked, what didn’t work?
Step 4: Concentration
Focus and improve the ideas that brought good results.

If you want to dive deeper into this four-step process, follow the link below:

Read: How To Start A Business With No Idea (A 4-Step Guide)

6. Be A Member of Project 24 by Income School

If you intend to go into the content creation business, nothing is at par with Project 24 by Income School (for now).

Project 24 is a program by Income School that teaches people how to create an internet business through blogging and creating YouTube Channels. They believe their lessons, if followed correctly, will enable their members to replace their day job income in 24 months — hence the name, Project 24.

It may sound overpromising, but in fairness to them, they really walk the talk. Some people indeed succeed in 24 months. Nonetheless, there are no guarantees everyone in their program will do the same since success is still dependent on the person’s skill and work ethic.

I became a member of Project 24 last July 2021, and I was blown away by their materials. I have read tons of books, enrolled in various courses, and listened to hundreds of podcast episodes, and by far, they are the best when it comes to blogging and YouTube.

Here is what you get when you become a Project 24 member

  1. Access to step-by-step video tutorials. See the list below:
BloggingYouTubeMarketingMonetizationOthers
The Blogging Course (Main Course)The YouTube System (Main Course)Personal BrandingThe Affiliate Marketing CourseProtecting the Downside
Answer Targets for Winning SnippetsYouTube BeginningsE-A-T for SEO: A step-by-step guide for online credibilityMonetize with PatreonPinterest Results — How To Get Traffic
No Nonsense SEOVideo Editing with Final Cut ProEmail Marketing 10110-Day Info ProductsThe Success Mindset
60 Steps To A Successful SitePicking Profitable NichesMonetize with AdsReviewing Your Sites
Improve and Speed Up Your WritingMonetize with Lead GenerationMonetize with Info Products
The Battleship Method
Web Traffic Snowball
Myth Busting
Hire and Train Writers
  1. Free use of premium tools and other resources.
  • Acabado WordPress Theme
  • Affiliate Sherpa Plug-in
  • Search Analysis Tool
  • Work Energy Book
  • Affiliate Database
  • The Project 24 Blogging Podcast
  • And much more:
Project 24 Download Center
  1. Be part of the Project 24 events and community.
  • Discourse Community
  • Mastermind Group
  • The Content Warrior Challenge

What I love about Project 24 so far

  1. Their step-by-step tutorials have saved me a lot of time and money from trial and errors.
  2. Up-to-date industry news.
  3. No upsells. No gimmicks.
  4. Tells me where to focus my efforts.
  5. Gave me a roadmap to follow — which is a big deal.
  6. Case studies of successful online entrepreneurs.
  7. Transparency, sincerity, and authenticity.

I wish I had learned about Project 24 sooner. I bought a lot of tools I thought would help my online businesses. Turns out, based on the lessons I received from Income School, I do not need any of them to be successful in my venture.

You can sign up for Project 24 here or get free lessons by subscribing to their YouTube channel: Income School.

Closing thoughts

We no longer suffer from the lack of information in this day and age. We can all be MBA graduates while sitting comfortably at home. The danger we have to watch out for, however, is the QUALITY of information we are getting.

I take full responsibility for what happened to me, but one of the reasons I got broke is because of a book that taught me how to use debts as a start-up strategy. The lessons worked pretty well at first, but it eventually bit me from behind.

What we should remember as students is that the people behind the books, courses and other materials we consume are also businessmen. Earning profits is their main priority. Most of them couldn’t care less whether they are improving people’s lives or destroying them as long as they are making a sale.

Be sure to stay vigilant and always use wisdom when applying the lessons you learned.


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Jed Chan

Jed is trained by The World Needs A Father movement, and has been a full-time, work-at-home husband and dad since 2017. He is an internet entrepreneur, a blogger, an investor, a small group leader, and a former financial consultant. He currently lives somewhere in the mountains of Cavite, Philippines, enjoying his time as a father.

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