I’ve been raised and destined to be a corporate guy forever.
Sitting in a cubicle all day long working my hell for somebody else’s benefits. Getting the same paycheck every month, having only so many vacation days without much free time for my family and my own interests during the workweek.
It’s the secure life path for the majority of us.
I’ve been content with that for 28 years. I got my first job in IT during the 3rd year at the university. After graduation, I continued in IT and up to this day I work full-time as a software engineer in major worldwide IT company.
However, much has changed during the Christmas in 2012. My daughter had just celebrated her first year and I was thinking how can I save more money to better support my family and be able to go to a nice summer vacation to a beach in Italy or Spain.
The first idea was to save more money as I got recently promoted and another raise was not very possible in the near future. And with my wife being on a maternity leave I was the only breadwinner.
Then I got it: “Why to save more money when I can earn more money?”
I remembered my old coworker giving me the PDF version of book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki when he was leaving our company. He told me to read that book when I’ll be a father. Unfortunately, I was not reading books at all up to this point, so it stayed sitting on my external drive.
I immediately get myself to reading the book and my life has changed dramatically since.
I’ve decided to build my own business on the side to become financially secure and start working for myself one day. However, I did not know how.
All of my good friends were all in corporate jobs. Nobody was talking about the business stuff. I had no education and information about building and running a business. I had no business ideas and my skills would barely bring any kind of business.
I’ve been reading about many options for about one year when I stumbled upon a blog Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn.
I got immediately impressed by the blogging career path and online business world.
That’s when I first heard about Ramit Sethi and his website I Will Teach You To Be Rich. But, as I got on his website I did not like it. My first impression was that this is a scam. Even though I got on his website through a recommendation from other successful bloggers.
I did not subscribe to his newsletter and stayed away from Ramit for about half a year.
I’ve decided to try Fizzle courses and thanks to them I got my first business idea about exercises for small kids. My friend is running them successfully in a local baby center so I wanted to bring them online.
But, I got stuck. There were too many things recommended to start an online business which lead me to inactivity. I was reading, learning, thinking, but barely took any action.
Luckily, Ramit Sethi just released his Zero To Launch program.
He was featured everywhere. I think I read about him on about five of my favorite online business blogs. He got featured as a guest post and everybody was recommending his course.
I went again on his website and hesitated again for a while, but I gave Ramit a try.
When I started reading his impressive emails I was sold. He was talking right to me. All my dreams about building my own online business on the side of my day job and about the process how to achieve that without being overwhelmed during the process.
I desperately needed that Zero To Launch course!
I felt like it was created right for me.
However, there were many things to consider.
At first, the price was too high. I think, I’ve never invested more than $100 into an online course. I was also thinking if I can apply the Zero To Launch framework on my business idea destined for my country. I’m from Slovakia and I was not very good in English at that point, so I was not confident it’ll work for me.
Fortunately, I stumbled upon this review from Ramit’s successful student Primoz Bozic.
When I read about Primoz, the young software engineer from the similar small European country with a funny English accent, I was convinced. When he did it, I can do the same. Btw. Primoz, my coach, and mentor had worked for two years as a business coach with Ramit Sethi in his Zero To Launch course. He helped hundreds of students grow their businesses.
So, I got to solve my finances and purchased the program without any further issues.
Note: I’m not Ramit’s affiliate partner. This is just my honest review which I hope will help you decide if the Zero To Launch course is right for you or not. Similarly, as Primoz’s review helped me decide.
I’m sure you’re hungry to see my results.
And I’ll be brutally honest with you right now as I’ve got nothing to hide.
As of today 2016/12/31, I haven’t made a dime with my online business yet. Yes, that’s true! But, bare with me for a moment. I’m pretty close to earning a money and I know it’s inevitable by following Ramit’s Zero To Launch course.
UPDATE 2017/01/14: I’ve finally made it! 😉
I’ve landed my first coaching client and earned the first money from my own business ever! With the business idea that I’ve set up and validated through the Zero To Launch system!
It was $300 from that first coaching commitment. Something which maybe does not seem like a big deal for you. But, it was a huge win for me. What an amazing feeling! From that moment on I knew it’s possible to make money doing the work I love by making the difference in people’s lives.
First ever payment from my own business for getting 1-on-1 coaching client
UPDATE 2018/01/18: Another year has passsed and despite not reaching huge goals I’m pumped to keep growing my side hustle.
In 2017, I’ve created few other coaching clients with. I’ve worked with them 1-on-1 and made a difference in their lives and businesses. The other thing I’m proud of is my ultimate guide How to Find More Time and Energy to Start an Online Business that I’m truly proud of. My readers love and implement the advice from the guide which helps them get results with their businesses. If you want to build a business on the side I can only recommend it to you! Just click below and grab the free PDF version of the guide.
Even though I’m still way off working for myself, I keep hustling in my free time that’s left after me giving my best at my demanding full-time dayjob, quality afternoons with my kids, regular exercising, and other commitments. I’m committed to succeed in this long game.
I’ll still tell you the truth. If you’re like me, a busy parent who work at a full-time job without any education and previous business experience, it’s really a hard work to get the business up and running. Even following the system is pretty hard as there are no shortcuts. That’s why not everybody runs a lasting successful online business.
However, even though I haven’t earned a lot of money yet I have results I’m proud of.
I have successfully disqualified my first three business ideas.
I followed the process of idea validation and figured out that there’s either not a market for my business idea or people are not willing to pay for it. It saved from spending hundreds of hours and dollars on building the unprofitable business.
Ramit taught me how to do the research and validation process to disqualify the idea before I put in hours of my precious and very limited time into something that would not work out in the end.
With this process, I’ve finally found an idea which should work for me, validated it and continue following the system.
Right now, I’m building my audience and have a ton of fun with it. I’m writing posts to get more subscribers and emails to my list to build relationships with them. So, when the time is right I’ll create a product that is a right fit for them, that they crave for and they’ll happily buy because they’ll trust me.
And I’m sure that it’ll happen because I’m getting amazing responses from my readers. They are thanking me for my actionable advice that is solving their problems. They are implementing actions steps and thanking me back.
I’m listening to my readers and know exactly what they want. So, I’m able to deliver the best advice and solutions based on my experience and expertise.
This will help me get the right ideas for my future products which I’ll then easily validate right with my readers following the Zero To Launch program. Practically, I’ll ensure that the product will be a huge success before I spend tens of hours and even dollars into creating it.
I know that if I trust the system I’ll inevitably build a lasting profitable business and one day quit my full-time job. To work only for myself on my own terms. Working anytime and anywhere with a much more income than I’d be able to earn at a corporate job.
This can help you decide if you’re still not sure.
Zero To Launch is right for you if:
- If you’re serious about building a profitable online business that will stand the test of time and eventually allow you to quit your job.
- You’re overwhelmed by all the free or cheap advice by the “so-called experts”. When you are not sure what to focus on in your business or what the right next step is. And so you want to have a clear framework which you can follow to get from starting your business to launching your first product.
- You are ambitious and willing to put in the hard work and take actions even when things will start to be harder and out of your comfort zone.
- You deeply care about other people and want to build a business based on serving people by genuinely helping them and solving their problems
- If you’re committed to following the system and learning how to create a successful business which you can use over and over again in multiple businesses over your whole life.
Zero to Launch is NOT for you if:
- You’re looking for a quick “overnight” success that will bring you thousands of dollars in a short amount of time.
- You’re not committed to putting in hours of your free time to work on your side hustle every week to create a lasting and profitable business.
- You’re in debt or in an unstable financial situation so you desperately need money. Business is about adding value to people and if you’re only thinking about making money it’s not good for either side.
- You tend to jump from one easy tactic to another without devoting your focus to implementing one system and trusting it.
What is covered in the Zero To Launch program?
- How to come up with potential business ideas. How to evaluate them, pick one that would work best for you and validate it if it’s profitable before you spend months working on it.
- You’ll learn about all fundamental skills that will help you succeed in the game of online business even if you’re starting from scratch. You’ll learn what’s the most important things that you should be focusing on (hint: it’s not a fancy website, gorgeous logo, SEO, or even social media strategy when you’re starting out).
- How to efficiently build an email list and engage with your readers to turn them into raving fans and ideal clients
- How to come up with a product idea based on what your readers really want so you will ensure it’s success before it’s even created. How to package it, price and position it.
- How to overcome your fears of selling and launch you first minimum viable product and turn your website into fully automated sales machine that works for you while you sleep.
- Whole ZTL program is based on actionable tactics that are proven by hundreds (yes, hundreds) of students who are now successful online business owners. You’ll learn the whole system that cheap scammy entrepreneurs will never ever match (even if they promise you overnight results).
You can learn more about Zero To Launch program here.
The Pros and cons – how I see them
- It saved me from spending hundreds of hours and dollars pursuing the wrong business ideas which would lead only to despair and probably quitting the whole idea of building an online business. With Zero To Launch program, I have a lifetime framework which I can leverage over and over again. It’s not only set of some distant tactics which would bring results in some areas of online business. It’s the whole system you can use to build a profitable online business on demand.
- One of the best benefits of Zero To Launch is the amazingly supportive community of hundreds of other like-minded people who’re willing to help you and hold you accountable. Just ask your question, share your struggles and fears when you’re stuck and you’ll get tens of answers even while you sleep. This is an invaluable advantage you’ll have over you peers which can save you a ton of “sleepless” nights. It also means that you will never be alone so it will be much more fun. You can connect with other successful business owners in the community and make genuine relationships with them. This could even bring you new business opportunities and partnerships.
Meet other like-minded people in the community who could even become your mentors and help you grow your business faster
- I think the only negative thing is the higher price. However, you’re paying for a high-end course with a ton of value. Every information in the course is there for its meaning and tested on hundreds of students. It will not only help you build your first product, but will give you all you need to know about building an online business from scratch at any time. The money you put into Zero To Launch program will surely get back through first 1-3 launches of your first product and the rest of your business’s success will be a huge profit.
- The other “negative” thing is that you’re not getting the promise of the easy way and overnight success. You are required to work hard to build a profitable business that will stand the test of time. It’s not possible to build a lasting thing in a short amount of time with the minimum effort put in. That’s why not everybody is a successful online entrepreneur with passive income.
I hope that I’ve helped you decide if the Zero To Launch program is a good fit for you.
I’m sure that this program is perfect for you if you’re serious about creating an online business by trusting the program and applying it fully. Investing into it will inevitably return in much bigger profit in some time.
And you’ll be able to use the system, not in just one business but much more throughout your whole life.
… now, if you’re ready I’d like to help you create more QUALITY time in your week and get more energy for starting an online business on the side (even if you’re busy with your day-job and family).
Click below to join my FREE mini-course that’s gonna help you create regular time to follow the course and build your own profitable online business.
As a BONUS, I’ll also send you a PDF version on my ultimate guide How to Find More Time and Energy to Start an Online Business.
I’ll also show you how to make the most out of them to get the results fast.
Hope to see you in ;-).
To your success!