It’s now been just over a month since I signed up with the ACEInspire “Become a Mumpreneur” online training course. This is a good time to sit back, take stock, and think about what I’ve got out of the course so far.
First of all, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me define the term “Mumpreneur”. I see a Mumpreneur as someone who wants to earn income in a flexible manner, rather than a traditional 9-5 job. A Mumpreneur does not need to be a Mum, or even consider themselves an entrepreneur. You don’t have to be an inventor, you don’t even need to have a clear idea of how you’re going to make an income. All you really need is the desire to generate income.
Erica Douglas and Antonia Chitty are the ladies behind ACEInspire and the “Become a Mumpreneur” course. Both of them are successful Mumpreneurs, making their living through flexible income streams. What they are doing with the “Become a Mumpreneur” course is sharing the things they have learned and the techniques that have worked for them in setting up their businesses and income streams. This is not a “get rich quick” scheme, it will involve hard work and commitment to be as successful as Erica and Antonia.
My initial impressions are almost all completely positive. The course uses many different delivery mechanisms for the training and coaching – emails, videos, online webinars, and an online ning.com community. This means that all 100 members can get to know each other and find ways of helping each other. I must say that the only less-than-positive thing I can say about the course is that the ning.com platform is not the most easy to navigate community system I’ve ever used – I don’t always find it easy to locate new forum posts or comments, and I worry that I miss things because of that. However I’m still getting plenty of benefit from the community, so it’s not a big issue.
The email lessons arrive every few days, giving you enough time to work through one before the next one arrives. They are a combination of background reading, exercises, ideas and challenges. The first challenge is to set up income streams to ensure you are earning the cost of the course (£20) each month. As you progress through the course the challenges get more stretching, but there’s a great support network in place as you move towards larger incomes. The pacing is excellent, and I’ve already learned some great things, and most importantly I’ve finally got the motivation to develop some ideas I’ve had bubbling around for a while. I have found the content is all understandable, and pitched at the perfect level for me. Everything Erica and Antonia are saying makes sense, and most importantly sounds achieveable.
I didn’t quite achieve my £20 target in January, mostly because I registered a few new domain names on a whim, but I’m hopeful I’ll make it in February. At the moment my main source of income is through selling old, finished-with baby equipment on eBay, but the idea is that will help fund my efforts to build a more sustainable income stream or two in the background. Watch this space!
I am really enjoying the course so far, and looking forward to developing both myself and some new income streams as the months progress.
If you like the sound of the Become a Mumpreneur course, then I have some great news for you! The course is open for new signups until Friday. And this time around you can try the course out with no risk or cost, as the first month is free.
If you’re interested but still not sure if this course is for you, Erica and Antonia are hosting an “Ask Us Anything” Webinar tomorrow (Wednesday) night – this is open to all, but places are limited – you can sign up here. I’ll be attending, although I’ve still not come up with my “killer question” for Erica and Antonia yet!
Disclosure: If you sign up to the Become a Mumpreneur course by clicking on one of the links on this page, and stay for at least two months, I will receive a payment equal to your second month’s subscription fee.