My Favourite Learning Resources for Online Business, Blogging & Investing
November 27, 2017
Since I’ve been back from my big around the world trip, I’ve become really interested with all things online business, blogging (evidently), and investing. That’s because in the long term, I want to get to a stage where I can support myself financially without relying on an employer. I want to be able to have enough money to get by whilst having time to do the things that I love, and see lots of online opportunities to do so.
At this point, I’ll make clear that I don’t mean this blog is my master plan to get rich and that I’m doing it for money. The truth is far from it, although yes if I can montise this blog that would be great, I actually blog because: I genuinely enjoy it; it’s a great way to learn and be part of a community; and I can be more productive with my time. I’m actually currently dabbling in running my own dropshipping e-commerce store as the main way to try and make income online, which is still early days so I haven’t really talked about it to much on this blog.
My thinking is that with all of this, all of my trials and tribulations and learnings, worst case scenario and nothing comes of it, I’m still doing more productive things with my spare time, and I’m learning lots of skills such as e-commerce, web design, digital marketing & SEO.
So below are a few resources I hope you’ll enjoy, that I’ve found extremely helpful in not only blogging, online business, and investing, but other areas too.
My favourite ways to get information tend to be books, audio books and podcasts (which are completely free!), as often it’s a lot easier for me to find the time to listen whilst doing other things, but if you like to read or dig deep into some blogs, pretty much all of the names below have really informative blogs alongside (or often started out as blogs originally!).
– The Smart Passive Income Podcast – Pat Flynn (https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/)
This is definitely one of my favourite podcasts, and Pat is a big influencer in this area who is hugely knowledgable. He’s been an extremely successful podcaster as well and has plenty of advice on how to start a podcast which many people (some of whom are below including Darren), used to start their own podcasts. One of the main reasons I really like the content Pat produces and puts out there is he’s extremely ethical and generous. What I mean by that is he provides so much information completely for free, and is very honest about his income and what has made him successful. I definitely think that this model of ‘serving first’ as he puts it, is a great way to run a business, and looking at his success it most definitely seems to be working!
– The ProBlogger Podcast – Darren Rowse (https://problogger.com/)
This podcast by Darren is my favourite in the blogging space. Darren himself is an extremely successful full time blogger that has MANY episodes of brilliant content for blogging. If you’re looking to educate yourself on blogging and like to listen to things on the go, this is a must listen podcast for you. I’ve learnt so much from Darren and he covers all the topics you’d possibly think of in the blogging space. There is also a great ProBlogger FaceBook group where you can become part of a community of other bloggers and get help and advice.
– The Financial Independence Podcast – Mad Fientist (http://www.madfientist.com/podcast/)
The Mad Fientist podcast has been a fantastic resource for me, because although it’s still not that mainstream, there are so many great interviews with people who have achieved financial independence in different ways. From couples who have just chosen to change their spending habits and invest for the future, to entrepreneurs now running website flipping companies from the Philippines. If there’s one resource you choose to check out from this list this should be the one. The host Brandon is an informative, enthusiastic and genuine guy who will introduce you to lots of other topics you can look further into if you so wish. Importantly too, this podcast is a great resource to get you thinking about investing for the future. Listening to people who were on average salaries, but are now retired at 40 because they made different choices about their money. It really opens your eyes.
– The Empire Flippers Podcast – Empire Flippers (https://empireflippers.com/podcasts/)
Those guys running a website flipping business from the Philippines mentioned above… this is them. Although not as active currently, there is a bunch of great content still available. This podcast is all about E-Commerce, people who are making their money online and how they do it. Want more detail on people who are making money through affiliate marketing, drop shipping, or Amazon FBA? This is the place to go. I’ve personally found great resources and further reading on drop shipping particularly through interviews of people who not only did it themselves, but now run sites teaching others how to replicate their success.
– The Tim Ferris Show – Tim Ferris (http://tim.blog/podcast/)
Tim Ferris is the author of the 4 hour workweek. Having written other bestsellers and had great success he now interviews guests who have achieved great success in order to deconstruct their routines and how they did so. It really is fascinating with a great variety of topics and people interviewed, from actor Vince Vaughn to Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook) to Tony Robbins. I could go on, but there are over 200 episodes here and plenty of variety to check out, businesspeople, atheletes, spiritual gurus, musicians, essentially if they are world class in their field, Tim Ferris will try and interview them for the show.
– The 4 Hour Workweek – Tim Ferris (http://fourhourworkweek.com/)
Tim Ferris once again… The Four Hour WorkWeen was actually something I bought before I went travelling, and one of the first books that when I started reading it, it seemed like the author was inside my head. At the time, I was feeling lost not knowing what I wanted to do in the future, but knowing that I wasn’t happy living the lifestyle I was living. All these things he was speaking about in the opening chapters resonated so much with me. Tim Ferris is a really interesting guy, and although there will likely be parts you disagree with the main message from this book is that there is an alternative, and there are ways that you can streamline your work and change your lifestyle that will allow you to be a lot happier in the long run. There are great messages on being efficient in business and principals that are very applicable to different online businesses. He’s very smart, definitely an out of the box kind of guy, and has been a huge influence in ALOT of very succesful entrepreneurs lives.
– Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki (http://www.richdad.com/about/rich-dad)
I was gifted this book during my travels by my girlfriend. Yes you may disagree with some of the points and way of thinking, however where this book really shines is that it’s all about financial education and thinking about money in a different way. It’s a really good way to change your mind set about your relationship with money and a good springboard to open up thinking about investments and making your money work for you.
– Never Work Again – Erlend Blake (http://youwillneverworkagain.com/)
This is something that I’ve read recently, and I’ve got to say it’s been great. It’s extremely relevant and current, and the author is somebody who embodies what he talks about. The best bit for me was that in the book there are interviews with people who are making money for themselves in different ways, and all of these can be adopted by you. It’s a fantastic resource for ideas on how to start small businesses yourself whilst still having a day job and I’d definitely recommend it as a great practical resource, or even a way to get some ideas.
This is just a summary of my favourites and a place to start, none of these are affiliates, all are resources I’m a big fan of, and massively recommend from personal experience. If you’ve read or listened to any of the above I’d love to know how you found them? Or if you know any other resources I should check out, please comment below as I’d love to hear about them!
N.B. – I’ve actually updated this content as it was originally posted 24th June 2017 (I’ve moved the published date to today’s to do so), so in being transparent wanted to let you know it’s been re-published. The reason for this is that I’ve found more great resources since first posting that I wanted to share. Also when I originally posted this, I didn’t have too many followers so lots of people won’t have seen it anyway. This is actually my first time re-publishing a previous post so I hope you’ve found it useful. If so let me know, and I’ll try and update and re-publish more from my early posting days.