How to Work for Yourself
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How to Work for Yourself

Making the Time, Energy and Priorities to Start a Business, Book or Blog (or Create Your Udemy Course)
3.8 (61 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6,061 students enrolled
Created by Bryan Cohen
Last updated 7/2013
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to start and finish your book, business, blog or other creative project.
  • Optimize - Learn how to optimize your time before, during and after work and spend more of it on your creative project.
  • Energize - Find out more about the four types of energy and how you can use them to stay motivated even after a long day at work.
  • Prioritize - Change your life priorities to make sure you focus on what's really important to you.
  • Plan - Discover the power of daily, monthly and semi-annual planning to get your project completed more quickly than you ever thought possible.
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  • No prior knowledge needed to take this course!
  • To complete most of the exercises, you will need paper and a pencil, or a word-processing application on your computer or phone.

One of the fastest paths to success is starting a new project like a business, blog, book or some other creative endeavor. Side projects can result in extra income, greater fulfillment and even a more enjoyable career. If you aren't creating something in your spare time, you aren't reaching your full potential. 

But learning to work for yourself is no picnic. Most people can't find the time, energy or correct life priorities to start and complete creative side projects. They keep putting off planning these projects, never finding out what they could have accomplished if they'd only created something. 

Instructor Bryan Cohen is no stranger to creative productivity. He's earned more than $35,000 in the past few years from his side business, Build Creative Writing Ideas. His 30 books, all of which were written in the past few years, have sold more than 20,000 copies. He learned to get more done through the life-enriching tips he learned by reading dozens of books, attending multiple conferences and through his own trial and error. 

He's put in hundreds of hours of refining his creativity techniques so that you don't have to. By using Cohen's tips and tricks, you'll start planning your business, book, blog or course in the next few days with optimized time, renewed energy and an improved balance in your life. You'll learn to work for yourself. 

It's time to get more done in your life. Click the Take This Course button right now to finally get that amazing (and potentially money-making) idea out of your head, onto paper and into reality. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has ever wanted to create a business, book, blog, course or other spare-time project.
  • If you've always wanted to learn how to work for yourself and get more done, this course is for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
2 Lectures 06:19
Find out what this course is all about.
Preview 03:40

Learn more about course instructor Bryan Cohen. 
Preview 02:39
9 Lectures 01:03:40
An introduction to optimizing your time. 
Preview 04:33

Learn more about distractions and how to cope with them.
Distractions and Leeches

An exercise about getting rid of the distractions throughout your entire day. 
Exercise #1: The List

Maximize your time and effectiveness before you go into work.
The Morning (Before Work)

Keep your momentum going during work to stay creative afterwards. 
The Afternoon (During Work)

Make a deal with your family and friends to work on your project in the evening. 
The Evening (After Work)

Take everything we've learned to enhance your morning, afternoon and evening productivity. 
Exercise #2: Productivity Day

Some resources I've used to improve my time management. 
Time Resources

A recap of the series of lecture on optimizing time. 
Time Recap
11 Lectures 01:12:48
An introduction to the section about the four different types of energy.
Preview 06:37

Learn how to increase your levels of physical energy. 
Physical Energy

An exercise to determine what builds up and breaks down your physical energy. 
Exercise #3: Highs and Lows

Find out more about emotional energy and how other people factor in. 
Emotional Energy

Increase your emotional energy with this handy exercise. 
Exercise #4: Connection

Increase your brain's creative output with this lecture on brain/creative energy. 
Brain Energy

Learn how to stimulate your brain by asking it the right questions. 
Exercise #5: The Question Tree

Tap into the most potent form of the four energy types: purpose energy. 
Purpose Energy

Come up with your own purpose statement through this simple exercise. 
Exercise #6: The Purpose Statement

Resources for increasing your energy levels. 
Energy Resources

Recapping the four types of energy. 
Energy Recap
9 Lectures 01:01:25
An introduction to how life affects your creative project. 
Preview 06:39

Learn how to make an honest assessment of your circumstances. 

A lecture on how to get love and family working in your favor for your book, blog or business. 
Love and Family

Some tips on dealing with your financial shortcomings. 

An exercise about picturing your ideal circumstances. 
Exercise #7: Five Year Visualization

Learn more about leaving a legacy during your finite existence. 

An exercise pulled from the pages of Ben Franklin's autobiography will help you to decide what you want from life. 
Exercise #8: The Eulogy

Some resources I've used to come to terms with my life circumstances. 
Life Resources

Life Recap
Your Project
10 Lectures 01:06:13
An introduction to planning out your book, business or blog.
Your Project Intro

Learn how to pick the best project to fit with your life. 
Picking a Project

Learn to create a to-do list solely for your creative project. 
The To-Do List

Setting big goals and little goals may be just what you need to make progress on your creative project. 
Big Goals & Little Goals

This exercise will help you to re-affirm your goals with a daily habitual practice. 
Exercise #9: Daily Goal List

This is it! Time to create the plan for your book, business, blog, etc. that will take you to from start to finish. 
Creating Your Plan

An exercise you can use to develop the 90-day plan for your creative project. 
Exercise #10: The 90-Day Plan

There's no time like today to start working on your project. 
Taking the Leap

Resources to use for effectively planning your creative project. 
Your Project Resources

A recap for the section on creating your fantastic, creative project. 
Your Project Recap
In Conclusion
3 Lectures 11:32
A 5-minute recap of the entire course!
5-Minute Recap

Here are my final thoughts after teaching course. 
Final Thoughts

A companion book with 100 extra tips to help you start and finish your creative projects. 
Companion Book
45 pages
About the Instructor
Bryan Cohen
4.4 Average rating
140 Reviews
7,346 Students
2 Courses
Udemy Instructor. Author. Entrepreneur.

I've written over 30 books in just under four years, which have sold more than 20,000 copies. I'd love to teach as many people as possible some of the creativity tips I've used to create so much content in such a short period of time. My blog, Build Creative Writing Ideas, brings in over 700 unique visitors a day and provides creative tips and prompts for authors, bloggers and more.