SparkplugU :: Online Training To Help You Work From Home

by derek on July 10, 2008 · 21 comments

Approximately ten months ago I signed the dotted line to become one of the authors on the Sparkplugging Blog Network – but I never could have dreamed of the opportunities that would come about as a result.
Earlier today the Sparkplugging team took an important step towards making many dreams come true, not only our own but for the community as well.
What was that step?
The launch of SparkplugU – an online training resource that will help you learn the skills necessary to create work that matters to you at an affordable price.


With a goal of helping people learn the skills necessary to build a successful home business, Wendy and the Sparkplugging team are conscious of the fact that people are limited – both with their time and their financial resources. That is why you will find that many of the courses have been created to have small price tags and manageable time commitments.
Unlike many online training resources that charge hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for their courses, SparkplugU is offering courses under $50 with some as low as $19.95. Keeping your demanding schedule in mind, most courses have been broken up into smaller sessions so as not to overwhelm you.
In addition, courses will be available in a variety of formats that will include live classes and self-paced online classes and will be offered multiple times during the year. The goal is to offer courses that are flexible enough to fit your life.
Here is a list of the courses that are currently open for enrollment:

With an impressive list of courses currently being offered and more courses coming in the fall (possibly being taught by yours truly), SparkplugU has something to offer for everyone.
At the very least, you should head over and check out the free SparkplugU Internet Business Guide to learn about 18 different business models for the Interweb and how you can build each of them into a home business.
Being a part of the Sparkplugging team, I can tell you that we are all very excited about these new course offerings and being able to help the community achieve their dreams. Hopefully you will check it out and find something that can help you take the next step towards your dreams.

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Kelvin Kao@Puppet Kaos July 10, 2008 at 7:18 pm

When I first saw the website through Wendy’s tweet, I was thinking “Ah, so this is why Wendy disappeared for a while.” And it looked good. I was surprised that they were this size the price. I thought it would be some 8 week course costing a few hunderd bucks.
I like this format a lot. Normally your mentality would be “Which one interests me the most? Which one am I going to dedicate my money and time to?” But this way, you have the freedom to pick and choose what you want and need. I think it’s brilliant.


derek July 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

That is great to hear your feedback, as that is exactly why the courses were designed the way they were and I am sure Wendy is happy to hear that.


Wendy Piersall July 10, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Thanks Kelvin – and yes, you are right Derek. I am quite happy to hear it.
Kelvin, that was exactly my goal. I’d rather sell 1000 enrollments at $20 than 100 enrollments at $200. And Lord knows I am way beyond busy – I figured if I can fit these classes into my life, anyone can! 🙂


Nicole Price July 11, 2008 at 4:42 am

Good thinking. I am directing a couple of my friends over to you.
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Eva White July 10, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Are these course designed by you as well? Do they have any credits too?
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derek July 10, 2008 at 10:31 pm

The courses have not been designed by me, as I am not currently on the schedule for any of the courses. The people leading (and creating) the current series of courses are extremely knowledgeable in their fields and areas of expertise.
Hopefully in the near future I will be participating as an instructor, which I will be sure to share here.


Ling@Uptake July 10, 2008 at 10:49 pm

That’s neat. They should ask you to teach a blog monetization course. If you are asked to teach, what would you choose?


derek July 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Wendy and I have talked a little bit about that and the initial thought was that my courses would likely be more on the technical side of things – something along the lines of learning the basics of html and progressing up into php or something.


Bryan Clark - Site Flipping U July 11, 2008 at 12:05 am

That’s pretty amazing. I wish I had thought of that first. I’m going to check it out right now… you peaked my interest.
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Nicole Price July 11, 2008 at 4:44 am

Thank you Derek. I personally do not have the time to get involved in any lessons just now. I am however pointing a couple of my friends in this direction. This is a very interesting and useful concept.
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Larry @ Commercial Lighting July 11, 2008 at 6:39 am

Thanks for posting the info. My wife is pregnant and is trying to figure out what she wants to do while shes home. I just emailed the link.


Andrea July 11, 2008 at 7:22 am

I would chop off my left arm (cause im right handed and all) to have the chance to work from home and spend more time with Peyton. No, not really but you get what I am trying to get at here. So thanks for all this info, I will take a deeper looking into it and see what becomes of it.


Uni July 11, 2008 at 10:18 am

Andrea, you should better not chop off your arm 😉
I think there will come some changes, and some improvements for us freelancer.


Larry @ Commercial Lighting July 11, 2008 at 10:44 am

Chopping off your arm would definitely make it hard to multi task : )


Nick@romandock dot com July 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Sounds kinda neat, I might have to check that out, especially if you are going to be teaching….so this is one step closer to your goal, when are you going to quit the day job and just work for yourself?


derek July 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm

That day keeps getting closer but with a wife and two kids that would like to keep a roof over their head and reasonably edible food on the table, it is not within my grasp just yet.
Hopefully I will be teaching a course in the near future so feel free to ping me with any topics that would be of interest, as that can help me shape my thoughts on what type of course everyone would find helpful.


sanja July 12, 2008 at 8:33 am

Thanks for sharing!


Nina July 15, 2008 at 6:56 am

This training seems to be really great.
I want to work from home too.
So this article is VERY helpful for me.
Thanks a lot.


Seren August 9, 2008 at 9:26 am

Working at home is not as easy as a lot of people think.
I would be glad if I am able to say, that I am successfull with that.
I am not but I am working on it hard.
Thanks for your article.


rob@accounts jobs October 23, 2008 at 2:01 am

Great article and I enjoyed it while reading. I totally agree with seren, workign from home needs more and more quality time to put than a offline job.


John P. December 30, 2008 at 8:19 am

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers 🙂


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