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I am told that if I build something and put it on the market for free, no one will use it. Customers and clients would believe that anything given freely is worthless. Even those who pick up a free item will let it sit on the shelf and never use it because they don’t have anything invested. Anything with no cost attached will never be used because it’s looked at as being inferior and worthless.

I think that’s hogwash used by some people to justify their charging of overpriced goods. I worry that if I do charge a price for specific classes, the people I wrote the course for would never be able to afford them. What good is it to write classes and then charge more than the intended user could comfortably pay.

Well, I guess I’m about to find out. Although I have a book on Kindle, and in print through Amazon, and a course on the same subject on Thinkific, I worry that the price of these will deter some needy students from what I have built specifically for them. Therefore, I’ve taken the same information and developed a five-day minicourse that can be enjoyed for free on Facebook messenger. It has a chatbot (no talking, you read what the bot is saying.) And the chatbot guides you through the course.

The course will send you a section every day for five days. Each day’s chapter will take about 20 minutes to go through, and then there’ll be some homework or research to accomplish. The course will help you to define who you are, what you want to do, and develop a roadmap to get from here to there.

At the end of the course, you should understand and have a basic plan of where you are and where you’re going. Hopefully, you have fun working with each chapter along the way. And probably you’ll learn some new things and can look at other ideas in new ways.

We are testing the course in a beta release right now. If you’re interested in taking it, please send me your email and name, and I’ll see that you get enrolled.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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