While I don’t know for certain, I would venture to say that there is probably adequate information online on any topic that you might choose to equal or exceed a college education on the topic. Of course, you would have to study the information over time to receive the equivalent of a college education through what you could find online.
Of course, there are downsides to this as well. One of the big downsides is that you if you out to educate yourself on a certain topic through researching it online, you may become well educated on the topic, but you would not get a diploma for your learning. I am not talking about attending a college or formal school online, I am just talking about going to websites, reading and studying the topic in general.
Some people make a living by providing information. Both online and off. Me, for example. I have written books on various topics. Over the years, I have authored more than 100 books in several subject areas. In recent years all of my books have been on the topic of being an expat and living abroad. Within that topic, my book subjects have been varied, but all in that general area.
So, with all of this FREE information online, how can one make a living by providing such information?
Well, it can be done, believe me. It can also be cyclical, where at sometimes the money you earn is very good, while at other times the amount you earn is much less. But, even if the information is available for free, it can still be sold successfully, and with good reason.
Over the next few days, I will be writing a series of articles on this site explaining why and how you can make a living by selling information that is already available for free. To be honest, I believe that there is no topic left in the world that you cannot learn for free online if you are persistent. Every topic is covered.
Yesterday, I was spending a bit of time on Facebook to see what my friends are up to. I came across a link to an article on the Internet. It was written by a person that I had never heard of before, a lady named Marie Forleo. From a quick look at her site, I found that Marie is a business coach and Entrepreneur. In other words, Marie is almost like my sister, in terms of our interests and skills.
Anyway, this article that I came upon is entitled What If People Can Learn Everything I Teach For Free Online? In the article, Marie explores the exact things that I was talking about above.
The plethora of free information online has been a concern to me at times over the years, worrying that I may not be able to continue earning a living the way that I have done for many years now. But, this article and the accompanying video really brought a lot of new ideas and thoughts to my head. Good information that helps me focus my efforts and move forward without worry or fear.
Here is Marie’s video, have a look, I think that it will open up some new thoughts in your mind too:
Over the next few days, I am going to look at each of Marie’s points, and how they apply to my business model. I hope you will come back to read each article, and also share your thoughts so that we can all learn!
Thank you, Marie!