I’m pretty active online in a multitude of female entrepreneur circles. Increasingly, and alarmingly, I’m seeing women posting a ton of things about online business coaches and how they ripped them off. I can’t say I’m surprised, because online business coaches are the biggest scam out there as far as I’m concerned.
Unfortunately, people can buy followers online to make their companies look like big deals, and people can photoshop their sales numbers onto an image they share with you, and that’s just the surface. Things are hardly what they seem, especially online. And if it’s too good to be true like people promising you they will make your company super profitable in 24-hours, that’s a joke. I’m sorry, success takes hard work. You can’t take shortcuts, hun.
Luckily, the FTC is out there trying to crack down on these people, but so many of them exist and it’s impossible for them to shut them all down or help all the women that have fallen victim to their schemes.
I literally want to cry for every woman that has thrown money away on these fraudsters, and after tricking my Facebook algorithm to show me all the ads for people out there that offer online business coaching, I have a renewed sense of sadness and furiousness that all these people exist trying to prey off of women who are just trying to learn to succeed. It. Is. So. Beyond. Wrong.
And, we need to have a chat about this because I’ll be damned if any of you fall for this nonsense.
Why You Don’t Need An Online Business Coach
You do not need an online business coach. You don’t. Welcome to the age of the internet, where you can learn anything your heart possibly desires for free. Online. If you invest enough of your time.
In one recent case the FTC wrote about on their website they describe that, “people on that work-at-home lead list were offered the chance to pay up to $13,995 for a coaching program that would supposedly give them one-on-one guidance about building their new business. But what they got instead was usually just information freely available online.”
EXACTLY. Anything you need to know to get you off the ground babe you can Google. And if you can’t find it, message me please because I’m happy to help you figure it out. I’m serious.
If you still feel the need to spend your money, go on Amazon and look up books you can buy for helping you learn different tools you’re looking for.
Who You Do Actually Need (P.S. They’re Free)
So, if you don’t need a b.s. business coach, who do you need? You need to find local female entrepreneur groups that offer meet ups. They have them in every major city, and a lot of smaller ones too.
You need to join groups online for female entrepreneurs so you have like minded women to talk to and ask for help.
You need to find a mentor, and one company I think is doing a wonderful job of that is Shapr (they’re like Tinder for networking and the people that work there are freaking awesome; I’ve met them in real life).
What You Should Consider Paying For
If you feel that you are struggling and need help with something, hire a consultant, or hire someone who specializes in exactly what you need help achieving.
Let’s say you’re really struggling with building a pitch deck. Well, then find someone who builds knockout pitch decks who can help you with that. And make sure you research the heck out of them first to make sure they’re legit.
The reality is you can join female entrepreneur groups online and a lot of women are willing to barter services with you in exchange for help. That’s pretty amazing.
If You’re A Successful Woman You Should Be Dishing Out Advice For Freaking Free
I firmly believe that if you are a successful woman, you should be dishing out advice for freaking free. End of story.
We need to stick together, we need to build one another up, and we need to be helping one another out, not profiting off of women that have not had the same advantages, opportunities, or tools to succeed.
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label Bre Avery, along with Chip Chick Media which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about teaching women how to build a business and be an entrepreneur, in addition to keeping her readers informed of the latest technology trends and exciting products to improve their lifestyles.