The 7 Basics of a Beautiful Business Learned with 7 Painful Failures as an Entrepreneur Online!

Jerry Banfield, Teaches 84 Skillshare Classes

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17 Videos (1h 17m)
    • Enroll in the 7 basics of a beautiful business online Jan 26 2017

    • Number 1 Focus on giving first

    • Number 2 Daily growth adds up fast

    • Number 3 Avoid tricks and gimmicks

    • Number 4 Forget the competition

    • Number 5 Failure will take you to the next level

    • Number 6 Be transparent and only work with others that show you the inside free

    • Number 7 Have fun and love what you do

    • How am I applying these 7 basics today a month later

    • 1 month review of principle 1 giving first

    • 1 month review of principle 2 daily growth

    • 1 month review of principle 3 avoiding tricks

    • 1 month review of prinicple 4 forgetting the competition

    • 1 month review of principle 5 failure to the next level

    • 1 month review of principle 6 be transparent

    • 1 month review of principle 7 love what I do

    • Would you help me teach this class by sharing your experience in a class project


About This Class

Watch this video class to learn the 7 ways I have discovered through painful failures as an entrepreneur online to build a beautiful business AND to see how I am doing one month after I made the class at actually applying what I teach to my business!  Here are the principles!

  1. Focus on giving first.
  2. A little growth daily adds up to a lot.
  3. Avoid gimmicks: simple business consistent value.
  4. Forget competition: achieve daily goals.
  5. Failure is a step to the next level!
  6. Be transparent.
  7. Have fun loving what you do!

After I review the principles, one month later I then added new videos showing how I am doing applying these in my business today.  I hope to continue adding new reviews to make this class even better for you to show how I apply these principles over time to continue making a great business!

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Jerry Banfield

Teaches 84 Skillshare Classes

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How did you get here with me?

In 2005 while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, I tried to start working online. I signed up for an MLM program and a survey website. A month later, I had refunds from both and figured working online was not possible because everything was a scam. The truth was I was afraid to fail again.

In 2011, I moved in with my wife and launched an online business focusing on video game addiction in an attempt to avoid dealing with any of my other problems. In a few months, I changed my business to selling shirts because I realized there was no money in video game addiction. A year after starting my business, I dropped out of my criminology PHD program at the University of South Florida to run my business full time which by then had changed to helping clients with Facebook and Google ads based on my experience failing to do them successfully for myself.

In 2013, I starting sharing everything I knew for free on YouTube because I hoped it would help me get more clients. By April 2014, I was nearly bankrupt after failing at 15+ different business models. I was also nearly dead from trying to drink the pain away and fortunately the fear of death motivated me to get into recovery. Being in recovery motivated me to focus more on being of true service to others and less on what I would get out of it. I started making courses online with Udemy which soon turned into my first real business. I partnered with as many talented instructors as I could and learned from top instructors how to get my courses the most sales.

In 2015, I tried making some inspirational videos sharing what I learned in recovery and got an amazing response on YouTube. To make the background on my videos more interesting, I started making the inspirational videos while playing video games. To make a more helpful website, I hired a freelancer to convert the videos into blog posts including this about page originally.

By 2016, the Udemy courses I was teaching had made nearly $2 million dollars in sales with me receiving over $600,000 of that before they banned me because of what they said were policy violations despite me literally praying to God to follow the rules and being obsessed with following the policies. To make that $600,000, Google, Facebook, and contractors billed around $400,000 leaving me with about $200,000. Then, the US government took over $60,000 and the companies I borrowed money from in 2014 to avoid going out of business took another $50,000. After five years in business and even with great fortune on Udemy which made up for 4 years of losses, I am still barely able to pay my bills and have none of the security of a “real job” despite working 10 times more than I have ever worked anywhere else.

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Jerry Banfield

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