Google Analytics for Beginners Review

Short review this week of the Google Academy’s Beginners Guide to Analytics

Google analytics is a powerful free tool for anyone with a website looking to generate more traffic and improve their sales. (So essentially anyone with an online presence) This short course looks at the set up and guides you through the  myriad of features. Continue reading “Google Analytics for Beginners Review”

Psychology of Sales

In this review we look at a course designed to help you close more sales

Sales are the lifeblood of your business so it is crucial that you have a good insight into how they work. This course looks at the psychology behind selling and a variety of approaches you can use to increase your success. Continue reading “Psychology of Sales”

Solving Complex Problems- Coursera Review

Our thoughts on the Coursera course about solving complex problems

As any entrepreneur should be aware the biggest problems are often the biggest opportunities. So this review focuses on a course designed to develop your problem solving skills.  Continue reading “Solving Complex Problems- Coursera Review”

How to be Bold

For anyone trying to be bold we have four courses that cover the high growth industries of the future

For anyone unsure what to do after finishing a book

If you have ever felt overwhelmed or confused when trying to apply what you have learnt from a book then this post is for you. Business books are an excellent source of inspiration for new ideas or strategies but reading can never substitute for action. Using Bold by Peter Diamandis as an example I will show you the general principles needed to get the most out of your reading. 

How to be Bold

The first half of the book explores the opportunities on the horizon for entrepreneurs. It discusses the industries primed for disruption and the change of mindset required to take advantage of these opportunities. While his ideas are certainly optimistic, I found myself agreeing with most of his points. Backed by solid reasoning he argues that over the last century the quality of life globally continues to improve due in part to the rapid development of technology.

At this point the book moves on to discuss the industries Peter feels have the most potential for growth. These include 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence. Once he has established how you can exploit these high growth opportunities he then discusses the strategies you can use to raise funds and build a customer base. 

The book advocates outsourcing technical tasks and emphasises that anyone is capable of creating a disruptive company. In spite of this in my experience it is difficult to find a business idea without a good understanding of the industry.  

How can you expect to start a 3D printing company if you have no idea of the applications and limitations of the technology?
How can you come up with a solution if you dont know the current problems users face?

So this is where the following courses are useful. By using them to supplement your reading you can start finding those opportunities.

 

3D Printing: Solving problems through Product Design

3D Printing

This relatively short course shows how you can turn an idea into a finished product using 3D printing. As 3D printers become more ubiquitous it will become possible to design  and then print your own prototypes. All of this can be accomplished at a fraction of currrent costs and without requiring access to a factory. Lauren takes you through the process which will provide plenty of inspiration for creating your own.

 

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a widely misunderstood and misapplied term. AI continues to get more media attention because of its vast range of potential applications. As these algorithms are able to self correct and recognise patterns they can be used for anything from software engineering to investment banking.

This course will give you a fundamental understanding of the different elements of AI. Also involves a practical element where you can learn to design your own  algorithms. These can be used to design strategies for games like chess and tic tac toe.

 

AI

Nanotechology and Nanosensors

In his book Peter mentions how sensors will become more prevalent in nearly every aspect of everyday life as time goes on. This technology has a number of potential applications from checking stock levels to automatically adjusting heating systems. This industry is currently in its infancy so there is plenty of potential for growth. If you can be one of the first to correctly  apply this to your products it should provide a huge competitive advantage.

Nanotechnology

 

Robotics

Coursera offers this excellent six part course on robotics. It starts with a general overview and then discusses specific applications. For those interested be aware that it does require significantly more commitment and the most technical knowledge prior to starting. In spite of this by taking course you  will be in a unique position. The knowledge gained will highlight a range of opportunites in this upcoming industry. 

Robotics

 

Hopefully this remedies the disconnect between consuming information and taking action. If you came into this post with no idea about the potential in these industries hopefully you now know how to remedy that.  Once you are equipped with this knowledge you can then start finding problems to solve. Remember though starting a business does not mean you need to know everything as once you have an idea, start hiring technical specialists to help you build your company. As Peter suggests in Bold your job as an entrepreneur is to organise and make use of the technical knowledge of others.

Rather than predicting the future create the future

Peter Diamandis

The New Business Toolbox

In this review we look at Seth Godin’s New Business Toolbox available to anyone with a Skillshare Premium subscription

In this course serial author and professional marketer Seth Godin runs through everything you need to know about finding a market for your business and creating a viable business plan. 
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Learning How to Learn Coursera Review

Learning new skills is not something that you can avoid. So it makes sense to spend time becoming a better learner.

Anyone currently running their own business or looking to do so in the future needs to be constantly learning new processes and skills. So this review focuses on a free resource designed to help you become more efficient at learning. Continue reading “Learning How to Learn Coursera Review”

Udemy Course Review: 5 Steps to Idea Validation in The Real World

This week’s review is ideal for those just starting out. The course is free and lasts less than half an hour

Price does not always equate to value. So while the course we are reviewing today is free that does not mean it is automatically not worth your time. Often people give great material away for free to build a relationship with their audience.  So read on to find out if Omar’s course can help you choose your next business idea.

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Farnam Street Productivity Webinar

For this week’s review we are taking a look at a productivity webinar run by the popular online blog Farnam Street.

As an entrepreneur time is your most valuable asset so it is of critical importance that you make the best use of it. Even relatively small changes in this area can have a huge impact because any improvements compound over time. So with this in mind here are our comments on the Farnam Street Productivity Webinar

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Forever Jobless Vault

Our first review is on the Forever Jobless Vault aimed at those struggling to think of business ideas

Having been an avid reader of the Forever Jobless Blog which regularly produces outstanding content on entrepreneurship, I was excited when I received an email about a new course Billy was offering on generating new business ideas.

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