What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “online course” or “online program”?

Are you transported back to your corporate life and those dull training days that the management insisted you attend?

When I first came across these phrases, I was!

“This course will be great for your personal development Karen.”  “Karen, here’s a program of training that we need you to complete.”

Aarrgh! No, I’m fine as I am, I’d rather just get on with my job. Of course I didn’t say that out loud!

I dutifully attended the training. Training not of my choosing and from which I didn’t really bring back any take-aways, to implement into my day to day job.

I had ticked a box on my corporate professional development form.  End of.

The online programs I’m talking about are nothing like those training days.

For one thing you work from the comfort of your own home.  You don’t need to turn up at a specific time, you don’t have to smile and make pleasantries with the office dullard and you don’t even need to get dressed to make a start. Although I would recommend PJs as a minimum dress code!

And importantly

You choose the online program that is right for you at the right stage of you and your holiday home business’ growth.

So what exactly is an online program?

I can only speak for the programs I have purchased myself, as part of my development and also for the programs I write for holiday home owners.

These online programs consist of a number of modules or lessons.  And you get:

  • A special members-only page that you log into, to access the course material. It’s all private and secure
  • Pre-recorded videos to listen to in your own time and work through at your own pace
  • Learnings and next steps that you can take away and implement into your business
  • Downloadable worksheets, checklists, cheat sheets
  • Further support and mentoring from the program’s author to ensure a full understanding of the topics covered (often in a Facebook group just for members of the program)
  • A safe environment in which to learn, where no question is too silly
  • Life long access to the lessons; you can dip in and out whenever you need to
  • A chance to invest in you and your holiday home business and to gain long term benefits

You don’t need to:

  • Be techie. If you can turn on a computer and know how to login, then you’re good to go.
  • Have any fancy technology.  A laptop or computer with speakers so you can hear the tutorials is all you need.  A printer is handy too.
  • Have any prior knowledge of the topic
  • Put up with that know-it-all who always seems to attend the same training as you (it’ll just be you and your mentor and peers, one click away)
  • Take part in any role playing (the bain of all my corporate training)

Oh I nearly forgot to mention that the coffee served when you’re working through an online program is much better than that served in the conference suite!