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In-Depth Review of Build Your Empire University



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I rarely write an in-depth review of a product or service, but today, I’m making an exception to review Build Your Empire University.

I’ll pre-frame and say, this is quite long, but will give you all the information you need to make a decision on whether this is for you.

This program claims to show people how to start a successful online career in less than 30 days without a social media following, any technical skills or any previous experience. That’s a pretty big statement.

BYEU is an online education platform, and it’s broken down into a few different stages that I’ll explain throughout this review. I’ll be covering the foundational first 4 modules, from the ’30 day sprint’, to copywriting, mindset, and marketing modules, the Facebook Group, and community, and everything in between. This program also includes action-based homework. 

It costs buyers $1 to try for 7 days, and then after the 7 days if you decide it’s something for you, it’s then $99/month and includes a no questions asked ‘impossible to argue’ refund policy, where customers can even be refunded the $1 if they ask for it. 

There also isn’t a requirement to have completed a certain tasks or training videos to be eligible for a refund either unlike many other courses I’ve taken.

Like most online courses that make big bold promises, grow fast and sell like hotcakes, Build Your Empire University (and Brodie & Ashley themselves) has its fair share of critics.

I’ve seen a few websites and social media pages and Youtube videos dedicated to calling BYEU and the trainings a fraud.

Yet, at the same time, Brodie, and Ashley have hundreds of testimonials, and a website with many video reviews, and the clear majority of which are definitely very positive. So, what’s the truth? Is Build Your Empire University legit or a fraud? 

And on top of that, why did I decide to put time into reviewing this course?

I’m reviewing the BYEU course for a few different reasons:

  1. I took the course myself and want to share some of the results and my thoughts.
  2. There are many people who have seen social media ads on Facebook or Instagram and would appreciate an honest review. (Not one of these reviews that slates a business, then magically has the solution and tells you to buy their course / product at the end).
  3. There are a lot of people worldwide having difficulties in the current climate and are looking to find an online opportunity, so they will definitely be interested in hearing about my experience.
  4. There aren’t many in-depth, genuinely balanced reviews available online about this course, so I’d like to change that. Like I mentioned, some peoples entire business is ‘Launch / course jacking’, this means they write reviews (mostly negative) about companies, and then give them an opportunity switch – i.e their thing they are trying to sell you. There are several courses online teaching this. I personally think it’s slimy.

Clearly, if I was just to say “Yes, it’s a scam,” or “No, it’s not a scam”, then there would be no point in writing a review. With a course like this, there’s a lot of things to evaluate and I’ll be covering several things including:

  1. Breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly across everything covered in the course.
  2. Who I best believe this course is intended and appropriate for and whether it’s effective or not.
  3. The accounts of my personal experience using this course and how it’s impacted my life, and business.

Well I think that’s enough of an intro. Let’s get started.

(BYEU is currently offering a $1 trial for 7 days unlimited access to the course. If you read through my review and decide that the course is a good fit for you, click here to get access to the $1 trial for 7 days.)

What Is Build Your Empire University?

To really learn whether something lives up to its promises, we have to first evaluate those promises. So let’s take a look at what Build Your Empire University claims to be. These next parts are taken directly from the course landing pages, which you can see in it’s entirety here and from one of their webinar pages I saw on an AD here (NOT affiliate links).

 We Teach Everyday People How To Start Online Careers For Literally Just One Dollar!

(Without Needing Any Prior Experience)

We have created a step-by-step blueprint that’s helped thousands of people from all over the world to add another income stream. 

Learn to start an online career to replace the 9-5 within 6 months!

  1. Module One – The Foundations – Start here
  2. Module Two – The Discovery Process
  3. Module Three – Business Launch Blueprint
  4. Module Four – Before Your Coaching Call
  5. Module Five – Funding Your Business
  1. Bonus – 30 Day Sprint – Step By Step
  2. Bonus – Copywriting Mastery – Previously Live
  3. Bonus – The Mindset 101 Course

Also, there has been 4 additional modules added, that weren’t advertised on their websites, so maybe they will add them to the websites in time. 

Those being, the social media vault, the new marketing module v1, Facebook specific training and email marketing 101 modules.

Here’s A Summary Of Everything You’ll Get:

  • The Build Your Empire University Training modules
  • Exclusive Partner program
  • Community + Weekly Live Q&A Calls
  • One to one coaching call
  • Mindset, Marketing, Copywriting, and Social Media Training
  • Support channels
  • Worksheets and action points
  • Monthly Access for as long as you’re a paying member

Try us with complete confidence.

Backed By Our ‘Impossible To Argue’ Money-Back Guarantee!

I know, it sounds crazy, but if for whatever you don’t get just $1 value out of our platform during the 7 days trial, we’ll even refund you the dollar! Build Your Empire University is 100% risk-free. 

We’ll do everything it takes to help and guide you through videos you love and to start making an income online. If you love the platform after 7 days your card will be charged $99/monthly.

Now that we know what the course claims to be, let’s look at what it actually delivers.

Build Your Empire University: The Good, Bad & Ugly

So let’s jump into the modules, pick it apart, and see what is good, bad and ugly. I’ve decided to break down my review into the following sections:

  1. Useability / Design
  2. Main Modules
  3. Community & Live Calls
  4. Bonuses

Here’s what you see when you log in to the paid membership area:

1. Useability / Design Review – Rated A

Throughout all the Build Your Empire University Pages and funnels I’ve seen (there’s quite a few), something that remains consistent is the design quality. You can see this company puts some effort into design and user experience although I have noticed the odd spelling or grammar error (but I’m not perfect here either)

When you are inside the program itself, via the above pictured dashboard, it’s no different. everything is clean, professional, and easy to use. The videos are high definition, and the content delivery is very clear, to the point and professionally recorded. That said, there was one video early on that I could hear the slightest background noise and echos a little, but I am being picky. It didn’t affect the delivery of information. 

The writing below some of the videos is clean and concise and the worksheet downloads are neat and easy to access google drive docs and sheets.

Considering this was literally a $1 trial, my first observation was that this is extremely impressive, none of the content is locked off, and you can view and download everything you need easily. This design, layout, aesthetics and usability is a lot better than some $2,000 courses I’ve bought in the past. 

Many other courses try to over complicate things. However, BYEU is clearly designed for the user. 

It felt very transparent. Not like some of these companies that hide things until refund policies have past to unlock certain bits of content.

It’s pretty refreshing when everything looks, sounds, and works like it’s supposed to. So honestly, I cannot fault it when it comes to useability and design.

2. Main Modules Review – Rated by Section

This is obviously the most important part, we could realistically tolerate something if it is badly designed or a bit ugly, especially at such a low price point, (thankfully it’s great), but is the content actually any good? Will it meet the claims? Read on.

The content in the foundational modules that Brodie and Ashley teach looks like this:

  1. Understanding entrepreneurship, different types of online opportunities, and the journey you’ll embark on with BYEU
  2. Discovery process (This was pretty cool actually)
  3. The offer they recommend to their users, that they promote and have personally achieved a lot of success with.
  4. A deep explanation video from Brodie that pretty much cleared up most of the questions I had in my head at the time after watching the offer videos.
  5. Then the next steps through the 30 day sprint challenge and beyond.

That’s the main overview process, and as you can already see, it’s not completely revolutionary or ground-breaking as such. Many other businesses use a similar model to teach, train, and deliver information. I feel that this course is also very progressive, but I felt that it was done in a way that kept my attention and unlocked so many ‘aha’ moments and everything flowed on top of the previous trainings.

That said, the training’s are a lot more in depth, than courses I’ve paid thousands for. Videos aren’t like 5 minutes long, they’re deep and packed with knowledge. You’ll definitely want to allocate some time to learn and have a note pad with you. 

The videos cover a lot of information on how to become successful online and I definitely needed to watch some of the videos twice to understand fully and to be able to implement the steps alongside them to make sure I was doing things right.

To best review them, I’ll give a better breakdown of each module in order.

Module One: The Foundations – Start Here – Rated B+

This first module contains three videos at the time of writing, and I felt that some of it was relatively generic when it comes to online courses. Brodie teaches about things like mindset, different types of online opportunities, the flow of the journey you’ll undergo, and then about entrepreneurship, and why it’s the best decision.

Brodie & Ash are expecting that most students will join with little to no previous online experience or business knowledge, and the foundational information they teach in this first module was great because it set expectations and helped with mindset and I know from personal experience, that when you skip this stuff, you’re prone to fail. 

This module was a good stepping stone for the real ‘meat’ of the training to come later on. The final video about entrepreneurship with Adrian was extremely motivating.

I liked the quote “you can’t succeed unless you get started”, it’s basic, but just struck a nerve with me for all the times I’ve doubted myself or held off from doing something.

My criticism if any would be that there was some video echo, and a video had a little bit of background noise, as mentioned it didn’t really take away from the video’s content though. 

Overall a good module, and solidified my beliefs on being an entrepreneur and got me really fired up for success and to move on to the discovery process. 

Module Two: Discovery Process – Rated A+

If you’ve followed Brodie or Ashley for any period of time, you’ll know they are both extremely focussed on inner journey, self development and personal growth. They are extremely driven and believe that having the right mindset is the foundation to achieving success in any area of life.

Module two is completely designed around this concept, with the videos showing different successful members of Build Your Empire University and hearing some of their personal stories before they joined the platform which I thought was cool to see.

This module was 11 short videos, and contains a worksheet to fill in. It covered topics like how to succeed from the beginning, learning and understanding your ‘why’, setting goals, and discovering what’s been holding you back and more.

One thing I noticed was that these videos are from people from different backgrounds, ethnics, genders and countries. You can see they have done well to show that it’s possible to achieve success online regardless of your circumstances.

Module 2 will be extremely beneficial for two types of people:

  1. The people who really enjoy inner growth and personal development
  2. The People who actually need a kick up the a** and are ready to discover how they’re going to succeed online and learn their “aha” moments

To some extent if we look back to all of the situations we’ve had difficulty with over time, you could argue that it was our false beliefs and limited thinking that held us back from greatness. 

Let me give context. I personally tried the 60-hour per week corporate life for years, and I knew I wanted to leave it early on, but it took me 3 years to finally do so. 

I had always heard about online opportunities but didn’t know if they were a scam or not, and also, I doubted that I was good enough to make money and replace my wages from my laptop.

If you are in any kind of situation like this, then this could be the most important module in the entire course for you. I personally had so many breakthroughs and it was the first time I’d asked myself the difficult questions, and I actually looked back at what had gotten me to where I am today, instead of always thinking about the future.

It’s hard to know how effective this module would be for everyone, which is why I categorised it as being great for two types of people, but I can wholeheartedly say for me, this module was truly a blessing.

If we look at the flip side though, this module could be tedious for the type of person that wants to rush things, and skip to the business tactics, or someone that just hates personal development, or inner journey stuff. 

However, in my opinion, I believe that if you applied yourself fully in this module, your results and trajectory would be much higher over time.

I had so many light bulb moments go off in my head after the discovery process that I was extremely optimistic to get right into the next module.

Module Three: Business Launch Blueprint – Rated A

Module three is all about the opportunity and the ‘highest converting offer’ they recommend for you to get started in affiliate marketing online.

I started this module excited but very sceptical, I’d read some reviews saying about how BYEU was some kind of MLM scam, or a pyramid scheme, when the truth is that it was neither, but I can definitely understand why some of the haters would say this (More on this soon – Stick around)

Anyway, I was eager to know what this opportunity and offer was, (and I’m sure you probably are too considering you’re still reading this).

The first video started with Brodie and Ashley giving a pre-frame of what was to come, and then a man named Balasz pretty much took over. He had an incredible story that I related with in several ways personally. I also felt he was extremely genuine.

NOTE: – I also want to let you know, I’ve tried a bunch of different online opportunities, and I’ve got a pretty good ‘BS’ radar, but something felt refreshing about this so I kept an open mind.

Balasz went on to explain some of the issues with our tap water, and showed a bunch of information, and it kind of made me feel sick once I’d learnt (And I also googled a bunch of things after to just make sure everything was making sense and to learn more) 

He then explained the solution, and began to show a live demo of a filtration machine and he was changing the pH levels in water for different uses, showing things like the pH acidity in popular soft drinks, and even bottled water (that I presumed had to be good for you until I learned it couldn’t be further from the truth). 

I learned that they are stripped of minerals, loaded with microplastics, and obviously bad for the environment (Check out the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”) 

I was baffled, and in shock. I’d always known our tap water wasn’t exactly ‘good’ for you, but I figured it wasn’t ‘bad’ for you either. After Balasz really deeply broke down the information, and then backed it up with references, doctors etc (Important for me), I just felt that for most of my life I’d been uninformed, and almost lied to.

After becoming aware of the problem that our water is bad, I was confused as to how this was a business opportunity, but I kept watching.

Balasz then went on to explain how a company called Enagic has been around over 40 years and has patents and then explained the opportunity for making money with the water machines and to me, it sounded very good. 

I personally, saw the value for my family, health, and really believed this is an opportunity I can align with and there were many options to make it extremely affordable.

Now let me explain some of the biggest problems with this module, and the whole ‘water stuff’, and probably the main reason there are some people out there shouting scam, or have issues with Build Your Empire University in general.

I feel that Brodie and Ashley could do a better job at explaining that Build Your Empire University is really an education platform to learn the skills to be able to become a great affiliate marketer online. They provide an abundance of training in realistically all areas you could ever need to know, and it could definitely be used for a plethora of different online businesses from eCommerce, to consulting, to creating a marketing agency, but the main offer they talk about is the water machines (before the actual marketing training) 

So it’s easy to think BYEU is only affiliated with the water machines and then to come up with the conclusion of, If you don’t like Enagic, or the business opportunity, then you don’t like Build Your Empire University.

The Business Launch Blueprint really is pretty awesome in my opinion, but that’s because I learned, researched, and see the value in the water machines. If someone didn’t see the value, or care about the water they put in their bodies, or the other uses such as saving environment, replacing household cleaning products, perfect pH water for washing skin etc

Then, I can definitely see why they would be like “wtf is this, I just sat through loads of videos, to learn about water. F*** you I want to know about facebook ads, and how I can do xyz”.

So this is probably where the disconnect for some people is, in my opinion though, even if you didn’t like the Enagic business opportunity, the following training modules would still really benefit you for whatever online opportunity you’re going to pursue. There is no obligation or requirement to get involved with this offer if you decide it’s not for you, it is however the option they recommend to move forward with.

Module Four: Before Your Call – Rated A+

Remember that Build Your Empire University’s pitch is that they will help you start an online career. Up to this point, they have explained how affiliate marketing works, and demonstrated a viable business opportunity, taught students how to improve their mindset, and carry out personal development work in module 2, but nothing on the actual ‘how’.

How do you get sales, how do you get this to work, and I had a bunch of questions in my head. At this point I was certain the Build Your Empire University is NOT a scam, but I definitely needed to watch module four to get clarity on a bunch of things including

  • What it requires from me to get started
  • Setting realistic expectations
  • Frequently asked questions
  • The costs of traditional businesses vs online
  • How to leverage the Build Your Empire University platform, and that the water machines aren’t the most important part to making money, you can leverage the training platform and get paid commission too (This part was gold and got me excited, and I took a bunch of notes)
  • What I’m going to get in the upcoming trainings
  • You don’t need to understand everything to start something, but you need to start to be able to learn and understand.
  • Cleared up the numbers, profits, costs etc
  • Roadmap to wealth, showing what it will take, and how to become successful online.

This module really was crucial for me, I was totally interested in the previous modules, and felt like I received a positive impact right away, but I needed to know more specifics. Module 4 really answered every question, “what if”, and “how do I”, in my head.

I rated this module as A+, it was clear, to the point, and Brodie explained everything I needed to know. This module gave me the true belief that this was an opportunity and business I could get onboard with, and become successful with.

The 30 Day Sprint Modules – A+

The 30 day sprint modules are broken up in to 4 sections and is the final core module in Brodie & Ashley’s Build Your Empire University course. It’s clear that the core focus of this module is learning and implementing the practical steps to take to start earning an online income as soon as possible.

This module is absolutely packed with content and some of the videos are over an hour and are delivered in a step by step manner which is extremely helpful.

Note: If it wasn’t quite as step by step, I think you would need more technical knowledge, and they claim that you need no prior experience, so breaking down the videos over a longer period of time and explaining step by step justifies this claim.

I also liked that some of the trainings were delivered by several different experts, so that the content is always accurate and up to date. 

This module provided a lot of very useful things for new and even experienced online business owners.

  • Setting up Facebook pages, and business managers
  • Mindset training
  • Raising your standards
  • How to season a Facebook fan page
  • How to get set up, and paid as an affiliate of BYEU
  • Understanding your ideal client, where to find them, and what to say to them (This was really great for me)
  • Content creation tips and tricks
  • How to get customers and sales
  • Social media marketing
  • Photo editing
  • Creating and using a domain name
  • Running your first paid advertisements
  • Optimising and split testing ads
  • Step by step conversation scripts
  • Copywriting

And much more. It was truly the most comprehensive training I’ve been through. Nothing was left out, and it was structured in a way that felt like Day one, do this, Day two, do that and your job is to follow along and implement it, as it’s being taught.

There were also multiple downloadable documents, guides, and worksheets.

This module really was the real deal, it helped everything come together, and everything flowed in a great order, and after it there’s several continuation and higher level trainings and masterclasses.

1. Community, Facebook Group & Live Calls – Rated A+

The final part to review is the Community, Facebook group, and live calls that all new students get access to, even during the $1 trial. It’s fairly standard practice that any online course, or training platform comes with a Facebook group nowadays, and more often than not, they don’t really add any value and become quite annoying. As I mentioned I’ve joined several courses over the years and 4/5 of the Facebook groups aren’t worth joining. As you can see from the above image, people really are handing in letters of resignation and quitting their jobs.

The Facebook group for Build Your Empire University, however, gets a solid 8/10.

The community is extremely active, and members are really engaged. There’s also far more actual value is shared than other groups I’ve been a part of in the past, which tend to be hype fests. Each week on a Monday, Brodie does a live call which is really helpful, full of information and not just hype people up calls like I’ve seen in the past, the first call I joined Brodie was talking a lot about Instagram specific training, and the next one I saw was about winning the day and productivity tips and how to create a daily planner with Ashley. There was also Q & A time, so members could ask questions and get them answered live.

Members post in the group a lot, and the community gets together and answers questions, helps them, and gives feedback. It’s extremely rare to see a post unanswered considering there’s literally over 50+ posts in a given week.

The other great thing about the Facebook group is a lady named Andrea Chalmers does a live ‘Legends Unleashed’ call, which is interviewing the up and coming members and success stories in BYEU from all backgrounds, experience and abilities. This is probably my favourite thing to see. The whole community really gets behind and engages with these calls!

Why I Don’t Think Build Your Empire University Is A Scam

So now that I’ve completed and reviewed the entire core modules of the course, let’s get back to the original question. Is Build Your Empire University a scam?

Well, clearly, my answer is “No”. 

But at the same time, it’s not for everyone.

Let me explain.

I’d say Build Your Empire University is without doubt the best course you can take if you are wanting to start an online business from scratch.

  • The video production is better than most of the courses I’ve been through.
  • The actual delivered content is way better than most courses online.
  • The Facebook group is really brilliant, in fact it’s the best group I’ve been a part of.
  • The price is crazy. You get everything for $1 for 7 days, then after that it’s only $99 usd a month, which is still 90% less than most of the courses I’ve purchased.
  • The course has directly increased my online income multiple times more than any other course I’ve taken online.

Prior to joining the BYEU program, I spent most of my life in corporate jobs, doing bits of consulting & freelancing occasionally, but I’d be contracted and there was no consistency. I could make a few hundred dollars a day, then nothing for a week. 

Now I have pure clarity, I get leads and sales pretty much at will from implementing the trainings. If I ever get stuck, I post my issue / question in the Facebook group and someone helps, or I ask on a live Monday call. 

Now, while Brodie’s course didn’t launch my business completely from scratch, because I’d done previous courses, it would be very silly of me to look at my current monthly income and think, “That, $99 a month course was not worth it.” This course really is better than most $2k courses I’ve purchased, and the frequency of new content updates is remarkable.

Last year, I spent $3,997 on a different course that hasn’t translated into a single dollar of extra income or ROI for me, yet this $99 a month course is leagues above it and is directly responsible for my income growth.

However, I do believe that this isn’t true for everyone. For some people, spending $99 a month on training feels like a MASSIVE investment, and as a result, they have some crazy expectations for what they’ll receive as a result. 

BYEU does offer a $1 trial for 7 days, so this is really more than enough opportunity to consume content, and decide whether this platform is for you.

But here are the exact reasons that Brodie & Ashley’s course is NOT for everyone.

  • If you don’t plan on committing to completing the training videos, implementing the action worksheets, and spending at least a month to consume the wealth of content, DON’T buy this course!
  • If you don’t want to learn new skills, or use a phone or laptop, this course will NOT work for you.
  • If you aren’t really interested in building an online income, this course will NOT work for you.
  • If you don’t like speaking to new people, and aren’t willing to learn advertising, or wanting to sell anything, this course will NOT work for you.
  • If you prefer to just watch a load of videos, and change things instead of following the step by step instructions, this course will NOT work for you.
  • If you are looking for someone to do all of the work for you, this course will NOT work for you.
  • If you are set on a specific business model that doesn’t match affiliate marketing, this course may NOT work for you. It’s heavily focussed on Affiliate marketing, but there are plenty of other training modules to learn skills like Copywriting, Marketing, Advertising etc.
  • If you are looking for a huge income in your first week, this course will NOT work for you.

This isn’t one of those times you invest $1 into a lottery ticket and then wake up with a six figure business. There is a lot of work involved, most of it might be new for you. 

Yes, you can simply follow BYEU’s step-by-step videos and instructions, but there’s also 100+ hours worth of content if you were to consume everything it’ll take some time. (Essential content I’d estimate 12-15 hours), and then you actually have to do the work, and things that you learn.

In other words, you aren’t investing $1 and someone is going to build a business for you, You have all the tools you could ever need, but you still need to implement them and run your own business.

That’s not for everyone, some people definitely want push button systems, and this isn’t it. There are also a lot of people in this world that were really meant to be employees, and not business owners as Brodie mentions early on. Some people function best when they’re told where to be, when to be there, and have everything handed to them on a plate, and if that is you, that’s okay. The Build Your Empire University course might feel like a scam for you, because if you’re expecting all the riches, and benefits of entrepreneurship without encountering the downsides, and the hard work, you might feel scammed.

But for most people that are looking into BYEU, this course isn’t a scam. 

It’s the opportunity they’ve been looking for into the world of business and entrepreneurship.

One thing I like is, unlike most courses, there aren’t a bunch of income claims. Brodie and Ash love showing their successful students, and some of them are doing 7 figures a year, others doing 6 figures a year, others their first ever income online, but the trainings in this platform, and the community make you feel welcome at any level. 

(In video reviews I watched, people overwhelmingly mentioned the community being their favourite thing, here’s a link to many different Build Your Empire University Reviews)

Plus, As you can see from the above Facebook posts, regular people have been able to resign from their jobs, and meet their full time income goals from the BYEU trainings, while others celebrate their first wins. 

I think it’s really great seeing so many people succeed through Brodie & Ashley’s training platform.

The ultimate question left, is whether or not this is the right option for YOU. Here’s my thoughts:

If you want to learn a legitimate online business, this course will benefit you.

  • If you want to learn affiliate marketing, this course will benefit you.
  • If you are trying to get out of your job, and work from home, or anywhere in the world, and you are willing to work hard and follow directions, this is probably the best course you can take.
  • If you don’t have any skills but you want to start earning money, and you’re willing to learn. This course is perfect.
  • And of course, if you are an affiliate marketer already, and you want to reach six figures and beyond, this course will give you everything you need to do that.


There’s a chance that I am a little biased considering how much this course has helped and benefited my life and business. Also, I could be overestimating how beneficial and step by step this course will be to an absolute beginner that has never worked a day online. 

Overall, I believe this course delivers exactly what it promises to, anything that could be complicated for a new person was broken down step by step, and explained thoroughly, and then with all the extra modules and the best facebook community I’ve ever seen. This course overdelivers far more value than any other course I’ve purchased, and at a fraction of the cost. 

You get access to everything, for a $1 entry point, and the platform provides more value than most $2,000+ courses I’ve purchased.

In short, Build Your Empire University is definitely NOT a scam, and if your goal is to build a six figure online business, it’s probably the best value you’ll ever get for $1, then $99 a month after 7 days if you decide it’s for you. 

That’s my honest, and detailed view, anyway. I hope you enjoyed and use this information to make your decision on whether or not Build Your Empire University is for you.

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Back To School

Are you someone who is considering going back to school? Are you looking at MBA opportunities in the area? If so, you might be wondering how you can save money on education. Fortunately, there are ways for you to go back to school for free. Even though this might be a challenge, you can save a lot of money if you are willing to do some digging. How exactly can you go back to school for free? Why would someone give you this opportunity? Learn more about how you can go back to school free of charge. 

Talk To Your Employer

If you are getting a graduate degree, the first thing you should do is talk to your employer. Sometimes, your employer is willing to provide tuition dollars if the skills you will learn will be relevant to your job. For example, if you are working at a finance company, your employer might be willing to pay for your MBA if you are going to be with that company for several years. If you are a software engineer, your employer might feel like you need to get a degree in electrical engineering as well. They might be willing to pay for you to go back to school if you are willing to come back and work for the company. Talk to your employer and see if he or she would be willing to pay for your education. This is a great way for you to save money.

Consider Your Background 

Next, you need to think about your background. For example, do you come from a minority background? Do you come from a disadvantaged family? If you have had to overcome unique obstacles to earn your degree, there might be a foundation that is willing to pay for it. There are lots of nonprofit organizations that are looking for students to whom they can provide scholarship opportunities. If you are able to find a foundation that targets someone with your background, you might be able to apply for a scholarship opportunity from the foundation. That way, you do not have to pay to go back to school. 

Think About Military Service

Finally, you should also think about military service. If you want the military to pay for your education, they might be willing to provide tuition dollars in exchange for military service. Usually, there is a one-to-one trade-off. This means that if you are willing to serve in the military for one year, they will provide one year of tuition payment. This does not necessarily mean you have to go and service on the front lines. For example, if you are going to get a degree in accounting, the military may hire you to be an accountant for a certain number of years. Military service is another way for you to save money on your education. You will have to pay with time instead of money. 

Go Back To School for Free

Ultimately, there are plenty of ways you can go back to school for free. It is important for you to think about all the opportunities available if you are looking for ways to save money. It is true that you can take out a loan to go back to school; however, it can be inordinately expensive and it made create an anchor around your ankles that you are going to carry with you for several decades. Therefore, do not automatically assume you are going to have to take out a loan to go back to school. There are other ways you can pay for school as well.

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Tips for an excellent essay




In modern higher education, the essay form has become widespread, so many students face this issue – and how to write it? Essays came to us from the Anglo-Saxon educational tradition, where it is one of the basic elements of learning (especially in the first years). In universities of the United States and the United Kingdom, there are volumetric courses that study the principles of creation and types of essays that can makу you almost an essay writer, we also have only a few faculties to afford at least a short semester academic letter. Because of this, not yet eliminated imbalance, we offer you your analysis of the question of writing an essay.

Free form of writing

Answer the question “How to write an essay?” Simply simple – “As you want, write and write.” This is not a joke and not a failure to answer. Essay is the maximum free form of prosaic composition of a small volume. The only substantial restrictions for all types of essay are except for a small volume, the presence of copyright opinion and a more or less defined occasion or a topic for text.

But a similar answer is “once a free form, then write as you want / know how to satisfy someone, including because” anything “is usually somewhere near” what “.” In addition, many are in captivity of the stereotype that if essay, it is necessarily a suitable and complex thinking, to which only philosophers are capable of (this is not).

And here I would share writing an essay (generally) and writing a quality readable essay. Oddly enough, but in the first case you have enough to get acquainted with one example and then pull the courage to give your text. According to many writing, you just need to start to express thoughts and new ones will appear by themselves. To start in any way, for example, from the words “Well, in short …” or “the whole thing is that …” or even with a swag, if your mind is so arranged. After the text was born – some of the proofreading and in print, in the sense – to pass.

As for the high-quality essay, there is a little different situation with him. It’s one thing to remember how you wrote essays at school and to give something like this, quite another – take responsibility for how the text will interact with your audience. There is nothing easier than to write an interesting essay if you have already learned to write texts that take clever. Accordingly, there is nothing harder than to make such an essay if you have not even started learning.

Catch the reader’s attention

In any case, it is worth remembering that the beginning of the text determines a lot. For this reason, the introductory part of the essay must contain something that will allow the reader not to fall asleep and not throw your text in the middle. For this, there are several techniques that could be kind “essay help” for you, select the two most obvious.

The first strategy is to choose an interesting topic and it is extremely clearly voiced at the beginning of the essay. Think about your audience (for example, a university teacher) and avoid banal themes, unless you intend to hit the reader with a super-constitutional interpretation of something familiar. It is important to remember that each topic has not only potential and content that make it relevant to a specific reader, but also – feed.

A huge number of unsuccessful essays begin with an ineptly filling theme that could be interesting. If you have at least some consideration about how your approach to the topic is different from others – this must be mentioned at the beginning. Therefore, remember: the topic itself does not take out, it is important to be clearly and interestingly formulated at the beginning of the text. Otherwise, you risk: even being forced to read your verse teacher – first of all, the reader who usually unconsciously creates an impression of the text on the first paragraphs.

The second approach capable of holding the reader’s attention is anticipation. Often it requires more skill, although some is given without problems. This approach to the essay could be called the principle of “snowy coma” or “chain” – or each previous proposal makes you read the following, or everything disintegrates.

In most cases, there are two tools – intrigue and style. You either subtly hint at something, or fond of the beauty of the syllable, from which the reader wants and continues to read. Therefore, it is often recommended to start an essay from a question (intrigue) or a bright phrase (style). The free style and composition in the essay is invented so that the text possesses some highlights

Even if you feel the lack of some of your own interesting thoughts, the essay can be high-quality – if the author is visible, his look, language, rhythm of text, search for arguments. As in any text (especially small), the author should be remembered about alternating short phrases and long, as well as avoid complex terms, common phrases, and unsconsiders.

Replica of thinking individual

When you decide on the beginning, you can also think about the main content. Essays should be distinguished from a scientific article, literary essay, event notes and philosophical thesis. Essay does not claim an exhaustive view on the topic, and also does not need the rigor of definitions or reference to the facts. As a small form of essay is closest to a small monologue, pronounced in mind or in the usual company. That is why the essay is rather an attempt to strudust the thought than the finished sequence or scheme.

Actually, the French word Essai means a sample, an attempt. Hence the orientation to the spoken intonation, imagery, frankness, sometimes the limited compression of thought (without excessive explanation). A good tone for an intelligent person since the XVI-XVII century (when this form appears) is also considered to oppose oneself to themselves, so in the essay often use the imitation of the dialogue with the reader or thinking by antithesis.

Ultimately, it is worth remembering that the essay is a cross between a story about himself and strict philosophical reasoning. This is a replica of the thinking individual. Esseist – not confess, but not hiding himself. At the same time, he is philosophized, but philosophized without strict obligations of the form.

One of the bright examples of such a combination can be a critical summary: criticizing the event, work, author, we equally inform you about yourself (your tastes, values, beliefs, level of understanding), and about the subject of criticism. In other words, an essay as such does not assume that you really inform something new, but it seeks originality – first of all in the ability to strudust experience and knowledge in its ability.

And here it is worth noting that the essays that are written in universities are usually much easier, since they are focused mainly on the demonstration of independent reasoning skills. Many nuances of an essay should be known only if you expect a slightly wider audience than one university teacher. In most cases, the teacher who tasks the essay wants to make sure of two things.

First, do you know how to talk thoughts? Are there any thoughts of thought, losses of causal relationships, unreasonable and non-obvious judgments?

Secondly, are you capable of dialogue and minimal self-criticism? The latter assumes that the author does not only feel the need for arguments supporting his position, but maybe they may come up with.

Or even easier: the essay should be intelligible (clarity of the theme and content) and not unfounded (understanding of the essence, expressed in the presence of adequate arguments).

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How to learn to generate ideas for writing an essay?




IELTS and TOEFL tests check not only the knowledge of the language, but also your logic, the level of critical thinking, the ability to generalize, argue, and express the point of view.

Generation of ideas, planning and writing Essay are important skills that need to be specifically trained.

Colleagues help students from different countries and cities to prepare for the surcharge of IELTS and TOEFL according to Skype. Often they are treated with such problems and complaints:

  • “Themes are very complicated, I have no ideas”
  • “I don’t know what to write about and in what order”
  • “I can not express the thought”
  • “ Can I pay for essay?”

I know this feeling: a blank sheet, many times reading the task and absolutely nothing goes to mind.

But I am also sure that with planned, regular training you can write an essay on any topic.

Before giving recommendations, I want to comment on the most typical complaints related to writing works.

1. “This is a difficult topic”

All examination themes are adequate to reality. These are the questions with which we face in everyday life, and the arguments “I don’t think about it”, “this topic does not concern me,” “this complex topic” is not accepted.

Education and work, food and health, family and relationships between people, parenting, ecology and environmental protection, crime, purchases and advertising, technology and Internet, transport and travel …

Do not these topics relate to you? We are discussing them, reading about them, and arguing about them every day!

Another thing is that you do not think about how to clearly express your thoughts, do not lay out your considerations on points and not analyze the causes, consequences, advantages and disadvantages. This is to learn.

2. “I don’t know what to write my essay about and in what order”

As I mentioned above, the generation of ideas is just a skill business. Essay has a clear, organized structure and your task is to understand this structure and insert your thoughts into it. Thoughts each time are different corresponding to the topic essay, and the principle is the same.

3. “I don’t know how to express thoughts”

If there are thoughts – it is already good.

Lexik and grammar – this is the second question.

I know that many are scared that their ideas will be too wise, and not enough words to express them in writing. Therefore, these students try to simplify their thoughts, sift really standing (but more complicated) thoughts and as a result do not know what to write about.

Understand what your problem is: in the absence of ideas or in the absence of resources for their description. The second problem is much easier to solve. Even if your level is high, but you do not know what to write – you will not have a high-quality essay.

Therefore, first learn to generate ideas (you can first in your native language), and then look for ways to express them in English.

So what to do if you do not know what to write about if you find it difficult to find ideas for writing an essay? Several tips to help you:

  • Think (differently)

I have no doubt about your mental abilities and what you think regularly. But to write a cool essay, you need to think a little differently, training critical thinking, analyzing the situation and considering it from different sides.

I am sure that you will probably have a formed opinion on many questions and the fact that it remains to learn how to analyze your own opinion.

Start with simple exercises:

Each time you agree with someone or disagree, allocate three (or more) reasons why you support or do not support this opinion.

When you voicate your point of view, allocate several arguments, why others must agree with it.

Think about the problems and paths of their solution, find the advantages and disadvantages of phenomena and items that surround you.

Your task is not only to voice the opinion and your position, but also learn how to argue and justify it.

The same thing is with an essay. After reading the task, you always answer questions:


To What Extent Do You Agree?

Do the Advantages Outweigh The Disadvantages?

What Are the Reasons?

And as soon as you have formed an opinion, answer the question immediately: “Why do I think so?” And write down your ideas, arguments and examples.

  •  Discuss

If no new and fresh ideas appear in your long-suffering head – discuss topics with other people. The side view is always useful.

If you are preparing in the group, then your teacher must initiate discussions when preparing for the essay, where you can exchange views with one-laugures. And in individual classes, the task of the teacher is to discuss the task with you, to help with the choice of arguments, structure.

But when independent preparation is harder to find interested interlocutors.

Discuss the themes of the essay with friends, parents, and close. Ask them to express Opinion, highlight Advantages and Disadvantages, and offer Solutions. To understand you correctly, explain that you are preparing for the exam, and ask you to take time. I think no one will refuse. Discussion is not necessary in English.

Remember, write down all thoughts and after choosing the most successful you use in your essay. Already in English, of course.

  • Read and analyze

You do not learn to write an exam essay if you read the original Shakespeare. Reading posts about the life of the popular instagram blogger will not teach you to cope with the Writing Part. To learn how to write an essay, you need to read – Guess what? – Qualitative examples of essays!

Read and disassemble Model Answers.

If you are engaged with a teacher, he will pick up suitable materials and show you how to analyze them. If you are single – the Internet can help you. On sites there are a lot of writings.

What to do with them? It is important for you to learn how to allocate the main ideas of the author and its arguments, that is, to do reverse action – from the finished essay to the plan, from the plan to the main ideas.

Is it worth memorizing and memorizing other people’s ideas?

I do not think it is effective. You never know what the topic will come to you, so memorizing is not the most reliable option. You need to learn how to generate your ideas, formulate your point of view. Focus on developing this skill in yourself.

The preparation time for that and it is necessary to revise the maximum number of topics that the exam suggests, analyze them. If you do not have time to write an essay in all tasks that you analyze, do you bother to make plans and think about ideas and arguments.

  • Visualize

Most of us are visuals, we perceive the information visually. When we see with our own eyes, clearly, we better remember the data.

If the topic seems abstract or distant from reality, try to imagine this situation: real people who face a problem, put themselves in this situation.

Imagine how people who come to universities like cars pollute the air as large budgets are invested in a study of space, as the jury is sentenced, as children play games on mobile phones …

When you associate yourself with the situation, it is much easier for you to analyze it. Include imagination, do not be afraid to generate any ideas, and then choose from them the most relevant for your task.

5. Write!

If you do not know how to play a violin, you will not learn to play if you look at her, think about her and talk about her. In order to play, you need to play: Practice hours, errors, corrections, and again practice.

Similarly, with an essay: you do not learn to write work if you read, think, visualize and talk about it.

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Tips for graduates: How to spend your last days in college and what to do next




Studying is coming to an end, so what will happen next

If you are a good student and do not have any tails, debts, and the diploma is being written at the beginning of the final year, then the last six months of your studies will pass easily and without any problems. The hardest part is over and you only have to prepare yourself for the defense: to make changes in your work, coordinate them with the supervisor and prepare yourself morally.

And so that so much free time is not lost in vain, it might be worthwhile to spend it usefully? Prepare, so to speak, for the summer.

To prepare for graduation should be engaged in the third-year students. By this time there is a clear idea of what you want to take from life, and how to live further, whether to continue studying in the U.S. or go to Europe, or maybe immediately find a job. In our article, we will give some tips about how to spend your last days as a student.

Be prepared beforehand, it’s important.

If you decide to go to a foreign educational institution and continue your studies there, you need to collect a large pile of documents, solve the housing and language issues, at least at the time of admission.

But it is better to start preparing for such a responsible step in advance.

Firstly, having a specific goal for the student will give him a charge of motivation that will help him improve his grades.

Secondly, having prepared in advance, there will be a clear timeline of when and where to go, focusing on the experience of previous years, and this, in turn, will help better plan their strengths and time.

And third, applying early increases your chances of getting on the admissions list.

And, if you decide to enroll ahead of time, you can better work through the important documents required for admission, such as the CV cover letter, one of the most important aspects of admission.

And if you don’t want to study, but you want to work and make money, it never hurts to do market research beforehand, along with employee reviews.

How do I start preparing?

The first thing you need to do is to decide on an educational institution. Do not know where to start, use the world rankings of the best universities in the world. Do not grab everything in a row, define your area of interest and understand if you meet the criteria for admission.

But what if you just need a little bit more? Especially for you, we have collected five tips to help you with your future admission to a foreign university.

Tip #1: The high value of internships

Professional experience is incredibly valuable at foreign universities. Even if it is not long, it will impress the admissions committee. If you can also explain the skills you acquired during your internship, that is a big plus in front of your name.

Do not worry if the internship was in a small and fairly local firm that no one outside the city knows about. A little writing talent and imagination, and here in your motivational (cover) letter-CV- you appear as an employee of an indispensable small company in your city.

Grintern is ideal for students with minimal work experience. What makes this agency different is that it is not just looking for a formal internship, as some people do, but it offers a full-time job that will give the applicant unique experience and the practical skills needed in the future. It’s easy to find internships in media, fashion, PR, IT, languages, and much more.

AIESEC – this service is aimed at finding internships mainly in marketing, sales, IT, engineering, business, languages. On the plus side, you can also look for campuses and volunteer activities at this organization.

graduate is a service that helps students and graduates with both internships and finding full-time jobs. And for adding new skills, you can find specially prepared educational programs directly from employers here.

Future Today is a service for finding internships and permanent jobs in completely different fields: from medicine and IT to banking. It doesn’t stand out in any way, but it’s at the highest level.

GALIMA HR is one of the best companies for finding jobs and internships in the creative industries.

Tip #2: Take more courses

There are many courses and not just online, to upgrade your skills or get an additional diploma, all from the comfort of your home.

Do not think that this is an unnecessary waste of time. In the 21st century, there is a global trend towards free education, and in the best universities, not only in Russia but in the rest of the world.

You will receive not unique knowledge and experience, but also an important certificate, which will show your desire for new things and an extraordinary level of knowledge.

Tip #3: Raise your GPA

No matter what anyone says, your grade point average is the most important factor when applying to any foreign university.

If you prepare early for admission, you may begin to have problems with your studies due to a lack of time. Such sacrifices are necessary for a successful future. And so that your grade point average does not decrease, but rather grows by leaps and bounds, buy term paper, for example. It is better to pay a couple of times for high-quality student work, but then continue studying at a foreign university!

Tip #4: Don’t Forget Extracurricular Activities

Many foreign institutions pay attention not only to academic qualities but also to the activity of the student outside the university. If you want to improve your place in the admissions committee rankings, choose one of these options:

  • volunteering and charity work;
  • Taking part in unofficial projects (film shoots, fashion shows, etc.);
  • Scientific conferences, conventions, symposiums;
  • sporting events;

Tip #5: Prepare for language tests

Start early. If you think that you can quickly learn the same English language, you are very mistaken. Do not forget about practice, it is incredibly important in learning any foreign language. You can master it perfectly in theory and write correctly, but speaking it is quite another thing.

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Private Equity vs. Venture Capital: Which One Is Right for You?




Private Equity vs. Venture Capital

Are you a successful entrepreneur who is considering investing in other companies? Perhaps you’re interested in working at an investment firm. Maybe you own a business that needs investors. Regardless of where you sit at the table of business and finances, it is important to understand the difference of private equity vs venture capital.

Defining Private Equity

Private equity is interest in or ownership of an entity with no public trade list. This type of investment capital is common among individuals with a high net worth and among firms who plan to purchase private or public companies with the plan to privatize them and remove them from the stock exchange. Typically, you must have at least $250,000 as a minimum capital investment to work with a private equity firm; however, many have higher minimums.

Defining Venture Capital

Venture capital is available to startup companies that have a strong potential for long-term growth. Like private equity, venture capital is available from wealthy investors or financial institutions that take an interest in investments. Venture capital isn’t always monetary, though. Sometimes, investors provide the capital in the form of management or technical expertise. Venture capital is becoming increasingly popular for businesses that are less than two years old.

Risk vs. Reward for Private Equity

Those who invest in private equity have a very low risk since they invest in mature companies that already have an established reputation and revenue. In fact, the chance of a private equity investment failing is nearly 0%. In 2020, private equity created an average annual return on investment of just over 10%. That means someone who invested a minimum of $250,000 could have made$25,000.

Risk vs. Reward for Venture Capital

Because they are more likely to work with new businesses, venture capitalists run a higher risk when investing. Additionally, investors who put their money into a new business aren’t likely to see a return on their investment right away. Those who do invest in venture capital typically put more than 80% of their money into the company’s innovation life cycle, meaning the money goes into growing the business. Examples include marketing, sales, and manufacturing. The idea of venture capital is to grow the business until it is large enough to become part of the public equity market.  If the company never becomes successful enough, investors will not see a return on their investments. 

Private Equity vs. Venture Capital Firms: The Interview Process

Investors want to know where their money is going, which means undergoing an interview process. While both types of investments focus on the business background and experience, the similarities between the interviews stop there.

A private equity interview is a long and often hard process. The interview may include a modeling test or perform an entire case study of the company. These are tests to determine how well a business owner will do at the financial modeling and analytical work if the firm decides to invest.

Because venture capitalists know they are investing in up-and-coming businesses, the interviews tend to be less stringent. They focus more on quality and what the best vent will be for a business. The smaller size of the businesses means detailed financial models often aren’t available yet, so venture capital investors focus more on the business relationship. 

Private Equity: The People and Work Involved

Private equity firms and venture capital firms both rely on experts in the finance industry, but the types of experts tend to vary some. Because private equity firms focus on large, established corporations most of the time, they tend to recruit investment banking analysts for their teams. Financial consultants and others with financial backgrounds can enter the private equity world, but doing so will be much more difficult.

In a PE firm, the work is much like investment banking. Investors spend a lot of time analyzing their investments, reading financial statements, and predicting outcomes. They also need to coordinate with other PE firms, bankers, accountants, and lawyers if working on a deal, though, something that isn’t as common in investment banking.

Venture Capital: The People and Work Involved

Venture capital firms are easier to begin working with. Venture capitalists often include people adept at business development as well as ex-bankers, former financial consultants, and even people who were once entrepreneurs themselves.

People who work as venture capitalists focus more on relationships over the financial aspects. Working in venture capital requires financial knowledge but also relies strongly on communication skills and the ability to sustain interpersonal relationships

Exit Opportunities for Private Equity vs. Venture Capital

When the time comes to invest earnings elsewhere, private equity exit strategies are numerous. Many investors choose to move on to hedge funds, which have a more rapid return on investment. Some decide they would prefer to switch to venture capitalism and help other businesses grow. Other exit strategies for private equity investors include working at a portfolio company, launching their own funds, or starting their own businesses.

Venture capitalists typically use one of four exit strategies. Most commonly, they begin an initial public offering. An IPO is what occurs when a company is first listed in the stock exchange markets. Other venture capitalists choose to use mergers and acquisitions methods, and some sell to other investors. Shares buyback, which involves re-purchasing a company’s outstanding shares, is also common. 

Knowing which one to choose depends on what you hope to gain from your experience. If you are a “people person” who doesn’t mind taking a risk, make your way into venture capitalism and potentially help the next startup business make it big. However, if you prefer to stay behind the scenes and have the financial means to do so, private equity is a better bet. Regardless of your choice, work with a professional and experienced firm.

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