Online Entrepreneur Training: How To Start A Business Online
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Online Entrepreneur Training: How To Start A Business Online

How to Make Money Online From Your Passions and Interests, Creating a Fun, Profitable Online Business From Home
4.4 (18 ratings)
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Created by John Westbrook
Last updated 4/2015
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  • 12 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the principles of a successful business
  • Have an understanding of how to identify and research their niche
  • Have everything in place to begin, tools, etc.
  • Understand how to formulate an effective and thorough plan
  • Understand why a basic site is important
  • Create a basic site using WordPress
  • Understand how Affiliate Marketing works and benefits your business
  • Have affiliate relationships setup and affiliate offers selected, links created, etc.
  • Understand Adsense, how to use/implement it, have it setup, etc.
  • Understand why and how to setup an email marketing account and have it setup
  • Understand how to create emails and email campaigns within an email marketing account
  • Understand how to create email sequences
  • Setup emails and sequences
  • Understanding of the types of info products and services and select one for your product
  • Create an info product based on planning and your interest, passion, etc.
  • Understanding how to name the product
  • Complete site build out with WordPress, understand and implement more advanced WordPress setup and config
  • Have a fully developed and comprehensive WordPress based site
  • Designed and published a free offer/free entry level product
  • Used WordPress to deliver, or "publish", free offer/product
  • Understand how to and deliver or "publish" your product
  • Understand and setup the entire "buy process" in detail
  • Understand tracking and implement tracking into entire site and sales/marketing processes
  • Understand marketing basics, tools, resources and begin researching best channels to market in
  • Create a marketing plan and begin executing it
  • How to manage customers and have a plan in place
  • Principles of scaling a business and a plan for executing it
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  • You will need a desire to be an online entrepreneur and create an online business
  • No other experience necessary

Have you ever heard of “the 4 hour workweek"?

Besides the book, the concept is really simple.

Whatever it is you want to be doing with your time, what if you could actually do it…rather than trading that time for a job you really don't like…let alone love.

Another way I see this is travel. If you're tied down all the time, not only is it physically impossible to be on the go and travelling the world…it's financially not feasible.

Or maybe you have a hobby you really love and want to be totally free to just do.

Perhaps you are passionate about a lifestyle you want to live, or are a social justice warrior, or an artist, a poet, a writer.

So there are the options of starting a “brick and morter" business or a physical products business. But these are not always a viable option for people. The cost and headache involved…and if the product is not a hit, all that energy and money is spent…sure it's educational, but if money is limited and time is of the essence, this is not a great option at all.

Then there's the “services" industry, where you trade a service for money. Perhaps you are good at tree trimming or dog walking or computer work. You can charge for these services and then do them for people.

But here the issue is quite simple…it's not the 4 hour work week! You literally have to trade your time for dollars.

So this leaves an option that, in my opinion, is the best to get anyone started down this journey of creating a business that will pay them while they work less and less.

There is still work and time involved in getting it started, but without the high risk, without locking yourself to trading time for dollars, and without the heavy up front cost.

I'm referring to information products. In fact, chances are you have purchased at least one info product this year, be it an ebook, a membership, a service, even a kindle book.

What's brilliant about this form of business is you can spend your time up front, developing and creating your “product" with very little money or no money at all…just your expertise.

Then you spend time and maybe some money, marketing and getting it “out there", building your audience.

And within, I'd say safely 3 to 6 months, you have an online business that is growing, profiting, and most important of all…Allowing you to do what you WANT with your time.

So don't just go quit your day job just yet…

Right Way vs. Wrong Way

There are Right and Wrong ways of doing an online business. A lot of wrong ways, and just a few right ways, to ensure you are successful and “get it" the first go around.

I teach the Right way, based on my own personal entrepreneurial experience over the past 12 years, of identifying, dreaming up, creating, producing, and selling your info product…your online business…in my new course.

This course is entirely online now, although it's best followed as if you were at a 4 day training seminar. It contains 18 modules made up of 37 videos, all the tools and supplemental material needed, EVERYTHING you need to get started.

So it's a complete training course that walks you through creating your online business for success. And along with it is my personal email support and the opportunity to do further coaching with me personally.

Anyone can accomplish the 4 hour work week using this training. But it does require something. It takes focus and commitment and a “not going to quit" attitude. I can teach everything else. But those qualities are up to you.

Although I do talk about the principles of success and really lay it out to you, ultimately everyone's success lies in their own perspectives and hands.

In my course I teach everything else. All that you need is desire and drive. I show you the rest of the entire process from what exactly you could do for an online business, how to identify a niche you would thrive in, all the way down to product creation, step by step and how to get it to customers, etc.

Just think about this, in 6 months you can actually have an online business where you are providing a quality product that you worked hard to create, but don't have to keep working hard on every day. Something you put work into that then continues to pay you back.

In 6 months you can be planning a vacation instead of sitting behind a desk under a flickering fluorescent.

What Is Success?

There are many ways we define success. But in my experience as an entrepreneur for the past 12 years, I've found that success always equals time reclaimed.

You can have a steady flow of money, but if you are constantly having to trade your time for that money, you are a slave to it.

Success is all about turning the tables on this and making money work for you, reclaiming your most valuable asset besides your mind…YOUR TIME!

I've put together many online training programs, courses, etc over the past 12 years, on many different techniques to make money online, on marketing, even on technical subjects like WordPress. But I consider this course to be the most important I've ever made…for 2 main reasons.

First of all, this course unlocks the mystery surrounding success online and empowers students with the training of the right way to go about creating a truly legit, profitable, sustainable and successful online business.

It teaches you step by step exactly what successful online entrepreneurs are doing. Exactly the formulas, the setup, the layout of how to actually put together an online business and launch that business, begin marketing it, growing it, scaling it up and more.

And second of all, this course is the accumulation of my 12 years as an entrepreneur. I've started several successful online and offline ventures and have helped to launch successful online careers, consulted for firms and small businesses, and most importantly, I've learned from many mistakes along the way. I've learned the pitfalls. I've learned what works and what doesn't. How to create a business that will actually work, actually succeed, actually profit.

And I've done my very best to deliver it to you throughout this 37 video training course.

In a phrase, I show you how to turn your interests into a fun, profitable, sustainable and successful business that puts time back into your hands and allows you freedom to live the life you actually want to live.

About The Training Course

This training program is 18 modules with about 12.5 hours of video training in total. These videos are broken up throughout the modules, making it easy to navigate, easy to follow along, and broken up to help you digest the vast array of training I cover in this course.

Along with the training videos, I provide regular updates, additions, supplemental material, and more all right here on Udemy. And, for a limited time, I'm including personal Email support…with me personally, not farmed out.

Before I share some of what you'll be learning, here's an outline of what you get as a new student of this training program:

★ 18 Modules

18 high quality, thorough modules containing everything in a clean and easy to navigate and follow layout and design…with your entire training and lifetime access.

★ 37 Tutorial Videos Throughout

I spent over a month developing from my own expertise and 12 years of experience, failures, and successes a comprehensive, well organized and easy to follow video training course.

★ Supplemental Section in Each Module…

containing: tools, templates, downloads, swipe files..lots of goodness..all relevant to that module and your business.

★ Regular Updates to Every Module:

Any changes, added notes, or other important and relevant information for each module.

★ Addendum Videos

Things I want to add down the road to enrich your training, new material, new videos, etc

★ Resource Section

with goodies and things related to the course at large, reading and more

Plus These Bonuses:

★ + Members Only Forum! coming soon

★ + Email Support

With me personally, I don't farm out my training or my support!

★ + Limited Coaching Program

By application only I offer personal 1 on 1 coaching to qualifying members, for business coaching or technical coaching (where I do the geeky stuff for you)

★ + Webinars/Coaching Calls coming soon

Another cool thing I'll be adding soon is a monthly group call/webinar where you can ask me anything and we discuss any relevant topic

Here's just some of what I teach in this new training program:

  • How to actually create your own product or service designed around YOUR interests and passions
  • The principles to a successful business – From my 12+ years as a business owner/entrepreneur
  • Demystifying an online business, how a successful online business operates
  • The steps to take to prepare before jumping in…from planning to outlines, to mindset, to getting focused on WHAT WORKS
  • What to expect and getting your mindset right
  • The keys to success in online or any business
  • Extensive training and direction on finding your niche, taken from my own experience
  • The steps to conducting effective research within a niche you've selected following my detailed and highly effective approach
  • What you'll need, tools, resources and more to prepare you for your business and for success
  • How to design and map out your business, every aspect you should plan and design out and the steps involved. I show you detailed steps to accomplishing this with focus and effectiveness.
  • How to plan out every level from marketing to site design to product and overall business plan.
  • How to setup your first site, basic site setup; a method and process to site setup in stages
  • All about affiliate marketing, relationships, setup, ads, and more
  • How to setup email marketing, sequences, and more
  • How to create your product, detailed steps and processes, principles to follow, techniques and best practices
  • How to design your “sales funnel", the technical process, the principles behind it, the entire enchilada
  • How to setup your buy process, all about payment processors and even covering the coding, etc.
  • Tools to use within your site to automate your buy process and secure your transactions and more.
  • Actual pre-written & coded “swipe files" from my own business, customizable and easy to implement
  • Basics of tracking, how to setup, how to implement, how to read metrics and more.
  • The basics of marketing, what to avoid and what to implement, how to identify “failure" and learning when to hold on and when to cut loose.
  • We talk all about acquiring and KEEPING customers
  • Customer management and how to design your business for best results and the happiest customers.
  • All about scaling your business
  • How to setup a business that is destined to succeed, has scalability and longevity built in.

As you can see, you'll learn how to setup a successful online business that can be up and running within the month and profitable within the next 3 to 6 months, maybe sooner.

This training course is NOT in any way gimmicky, black hat, or some silly little “system". As a student of this course, you'll learn the exact formula for designing a fun online business that is custom to your interests and passions, one that will actually work and produce an income.

There are a lot of “systems" out there that promise the world, saying it will be so easy and plug and play. But the reality is, about 99% of those systems are complete malarkey. They are designed to sell hope and deliver, not a business, but a gimmick that mostly annoys anyone who you try to sell it to.

What I teach in this course is how to actually create a real online business, how to actually create your own product or service based on your passions and interests, and how to profit from and grow your business, setting up for the long run and having a sustainable online business that you are passionately behind but that's also setup for success because it's designed correctly.

This is an educational course that delivers real results to serious entrepreneurs and is designed especially for beginner entrepreneurs.

Recent Reviews of My Training

…Thank you so much for being a real person and reaching out through the WF. I really appreciate it. So far, I am blown away by the quality of your teaching. This October marks a 5 year long battle with buying and trying WSOs, network marketing, mlm, and anything else that is out there promising to teach (but not really) how to make money on line. To say that I am frustrated would be a gross misuse of the word…~Shelly
John Westbrook takes his time to fully explain each topic. He speaks clearly and concisely. It is obvious that he is teaching from real world experience. I would highly recommend this course.~Eddie T.
John basically made it simple & straight forward for me. Highly recommended!~Asaf G.
John Westbrook's class is very organized, clearly communicated, and of good sound and video quality. I found myself coming back to review the lessons which were set up perfectly for step by step instruction. I really appreciated John's teaching style which is relaxed, thorough, insightful, and clear. I highly recommend this course~Jennifer L.
I have learnt so much and John is an excellent teacher. Thanks!~Megha C.
This course was simple and very easy to understand. John created a great course~Saleem M.
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Gotta say it. Only just finished the 1st Module…..Top Quality. So very well presented, ease of navigation, but the information…Unique and extremely Valuable! Would expect to find this on Udemy, but here…? Life just gets better! Grab this now, if you still can. I did and now have a focused course to pursue!~Nick
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John obviously knows what he is talking about and communicates in a very clear and concise way. I feel like I have an overall understanding of how to get started….Thank you John! Great work!~Jenny C.

The reviews and feedback keep coming and every student who's registered for this training course has been blown away by the unique, never before taught approach that yields top notch training and gives you the tools to succeed.

I don't say that to brag, I'm just 100% confident in the quality of my training, the material I cover and teach, and my own experience and expertise that this course is based on.

This training course is not only about helping you build an online business, it's about empowering you to get your time back.

To get started now, simply purchase this course and you'll get INSTANT access to the entire training with over 12 hours of video tutorials, supplemental material, email support and more.

I know many of you are on the proverbial fence over even starting an online business. I'm not here to convince you one way or the other.

In fact, if you don't know you want to start a successful online business, don't buy this course. The fact is, if you are simply on the fence and testing ideas out, you won't succeed at an online business no matter how much training you receive. It begins with you being certain about what you want.

If you DESIRE FREEDOM and want to create a business that will develop into a sustainable, profitable, growing business that gives you that 4 hour work week…if you are certain you want this and will do whatever it takes to achieve your dreams and your success…then you are ready and most certainly scroll up to the Access link above and begin now.

I'll send you a warm welcome and be available to you to support and help guide you along in any way I can, both through the quality training and personally via email.

~John Westbrook

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to start or create a successful online business
  • If you are a beginner to online business or making money online
  • If you have been burned by "opportunities" and false claims, this course will actually teach you how to create YOUR OWN profitable and fun online business
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Curriculum For This Course
48 Lectures
Introduction to How To Make Money Online : The Absolute Beginners Guide
1 Lecture 05:40

Congratulations on taking the first few steps to creating an online business. I'm excited to be a part of your business and online education.

Before you head to the first Section, please watch this short Intro Video.

Every section/module in this course training center has a “Supplemental Section” where module-relevant supplemental material, resources, downloads and any other relevant notes or additional comments, etc will be available.

If a particular Lecture does not have a Supplemental Section, check the last Lecture for that Section/Module for the overall Section's Supplemental material.

Each Supplemental Section also contains the related excerpt from the Course Outline.

The complete Course Outline is below and in the Resources section at the end of the course. The original “chicken scratch” Course Outline I created before putting it into document form can also be found, scanned in, in the Resources section.

Preview 05:40
Module 1 ::Before You Begin::
1 Lecture 26:48

~~~ | Supplemental Section | ~~~

Additional Notes/Comments >>

Remember to focus, this is not a gimmick, it's a business, no maybes!

Don't make YOU the product/service…except in measured and controlled ways, short times, or in the case of converting to long term later (recording webinars for later product to sell)

NEW UPDATE: Sample Timeline of Success::

I recently received an email from one of the rad members of TABG asking about what a speculative timeline for seeing a profit, of say $3000 a month, would be. Here's the answer I emailed back and thought I'd share with everyone as it's really a great question and has some good nuggets in the answer:

So the answer isn't easy, like you said it's all speculative and really depends on many factors, you related and other. But the short answer is, if all goes well with product design/producing/ and you nail a good market down that really wants what you're going to sell, and depending on volume of people and product price, as soon as your product is ready to sell and you have an audience seeing it, and responding to your sales copy, you should be making at least 1 to 2 sales a day.
So let's say you had a product that ran at $45 ish. You sell 2 a day and pay Paypal or other merchant fees. Your “take home” is let's say, about $82. Before marketing costs taken out, that's roughly $2460 a month. But you would need to account for any marketing costs of course. So when you look at “income” remember there are monthly fees involved. Hosting and marketing really are the main ones.
This brings us to marketing costs. Expect to spend more up front to get word out, build momentum. Be willing to put a large amount of your income from sales back into your marketing plan. You may need to do this for several months.
So here's an example timeline:
2 weeks niche research/etc
1.5 months product creation/planning/market research
2 weeks marketing prep (sales page writing, further market research and setting up your marketing approach/plan)
1 week test and then launchish
So I'd say, from very start, expect 3 months before first sale. Then it's all about building momentum. So give another 3 months to put a large amount of sales back into whatever marketing approach works best…this is the time to test and try different types and hone in on the one that's really rock solid for your business.
Don't be afraid of some free marketing, like offline, posters, bumper sticker, newspapers, etc. Also place ads on Craigslist if applicable…find creative ways to get free marketing from legit sources. Follow the Don'ts in the course.
So after that 3 months of marketing all out action, you are about 6 months in and should by then see a steady stream. If nothing works in the first 6 months and no matter what you can't get to a sustainable level where you are at least breaking even with sales and marketing, it may be time to put that in the category of education and do something else.
So when I say “fail fast” that doesn't necessarily mean do something for 2 weeks and change if no profit. We are talking a much larger timeline than that, but a much smaller timeline than the normal business.

Again, the above is speculative and not a promise or guarantee of anything. And as far as a $3,000 a month number, it really depends heavily, even if all goes well, on the three scalability factors we discuss in the course.

Preview 26:48
Module 2 ::Market & Niche Research::
2 Lectures 25:15
One::Finding Your Niche

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Nothing here yet :)

Two::Listening to the Niche/Market Research
Module 3 ::Prep & What You'll Need::
1 Lecture 17:33

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Nothing here yet :)

Prep & What You'll Need
Module 4 ::Design & Plan Your Business::
1 Lecture 39:04

~~~ | Supplemental Section | ~~~


Nothing here yet :)

Design & Plan Your Business
Module 5 ::Basic Site Setup::
3 Lectures 54:14
One::Domain Names

~~~ | Supplemental Section | ~~~

info coming soon


Three::Basic Site Setup
Module 6 ::Affiliate & Ad Relationships/Setup::
3 Lectures 52:49
One::Affiliate Basics

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Affiliate programs are often called “Partner Programs”

List of recommended Affiliate Networks:

  • CJ –
  • ClickBank –
  • Linkshare –
  • ShareASale –
  • Amazon –
Two::Affiliate Setup

Module 7 ::Email Marketing Setup::
1 Lecture 20:06

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Nothing here yet :)

Setting Up Email Marketing
Module 8 ::Email Sequences and Config::
2 Lectures 23:53
One::Creating Emails Within Autoresponder

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Nothing here yet :)

Two::Designing Email Sequences
Module 9 ::Creating Your Product::
3 Lectures 35:31
One::Type of Product

Two::Naming Your Product

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Nothing here yet :)

Three::Creating a Product
11 More Sections
About the Instructor
John Westbrook
4.5 Average rating
1,231 Reviews
32,685 Students
8 Courses
Poet, Writer, Consultant

I'm a poet and a writer, and truly an artist at heart. I've always had a knack for figuring out technical things however, and have held several jobs as a technology consultant.

Since 2009 I've run a consulting firm in Chattanooga TN helping small businesses implement and leverage technology and the web. In 2005 I became involved in Internet Marketing, successfully starting several websites and blogs since.

I'm highly experienced in Wordpress, PHP, HTML, and Linux Server implementations. I also have experience and a broad understanding of CSS, JavaScript, and most web based technologies being used today.

My expertise in consulting and technology is teaching and helping the beginner.