In this episode, I’m talking to Maya Gaddie who helps women start down the path of creating online courses or what she calls their signature program.
This is one of those stories that shows you how all of your previous work experiences can come together to create a self-employment opportunity in alignment with your values, abilities and needs as was the case for Maya.
When she was employed, she was creating online courses and programs for universities. When she started working on her own, she was a tech consultant for business owners helping them with their marketing and sales funnels.
She rolled both of those work experiences together to start her latest business helping others design online courses.
A few lessons highlighted in our chat include:
- How Maya kept iterating to understand the services she wanted to sell as a consultant and coach that were in alignment with her values and abilities.
- The very first 3 steps you can take to start building your very own signature program.
- What gets people really stuck when they develop their first online course and how to avoid those mistakes.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Self-directed learning.
How Maya Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 8 am
- Core work habits: 1) Getting organized 1 day a week 2) Schedule downtime (takes Sundays off) 3) Focus only 1 task at a time.
- Ideal work environment: Needs movement by working in different places in her home. She even has a second desk in her house!
- Definition of success: Focus on happiness, joy, curiosity and monitoring her numbers.
- Book recommendations: Conscious Capitalism, The Desire Map and I Will Teach You to Rich
- 90-day goal: Focused on her Digital VIP membership.
“Don’t make it complicated. Just be in motion and take the right actions.”
“Building a course is a collaboration. Don’t go off and build it on your own.”
“As soon as you can, involve your customers in your process.”
Maya offers this advice for how to make time to start building your own online course.
Schedule time that works for you to work on it. Even an extra hour each morning before work.
Resources + Bonus Materials
My interview with Maya from my old podcast when she was in her “tech consultant” phase of her journey: