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The Micropreneur Academy

As some of you may know, I began working on a side-project back in December – a business I want to launch this year. Thankfully, to a large degree I know what I don’t know, and I’ve been reading as voraciously as possible, trying to fill the gaps. I’ve read books by Guy Kawasaki, I’ve subscribed to blogs for entrepreneurs, and participated in discussion forums for software business owners.

But just today, I decided to sign up for The Micropreneur Academy, by Six Figure Software. Run by a fellow named Rob, who has experience creating, launching, and running not one but many super-small businesses, it looks to be a very interesting resource. Two main things attracted me:

  • It’s not free. Actually, it’s rather pricey. The benefit here is that it keeps out the riff-raff. The only people here are the people who really want to learn how to launch a super-small business and succeed, not just some shmoe who wants to dream of doing constantly without ever achieving. Signing up to something that costs serious dollars at least signifies some intent.
  • The forum. I waffled on signing up for a bit, wondering if the information imparted would really be worth the money, when I realized that it didn’t matter. The course could be a total wash, teaching me nothing that I didn’t already know or couldn’t already find on the internet for free. But it would provide a guided discussion of all the varied aspects of running a super-small business, and all those people on the forums with intent and businesses, who are currently putting it on the line will be there, taking part in that conversation. That, in and of itself, is worth it.

Today was the first day the Academy was open, and the forum is already lively. There’s the seemingly-mandatory introduction thread, there’s a few threads about very specific questions that are returning some interesting answers, and there’s an entire sub-section dedicated to people announcing goals each week and how well they followed through on the previous week’s goals, a brilliant little feature that I immediately participated in. It’s good to have people keeping you honest.

And honestly, I’m really looking forward to the coming weeks and the lessons learned therein.

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