Own Business As Alternative To MBA

Do you want to bring your career and life to the next level and are ready to develop new skills? Are you considering an MBA?
The MBA studies are the standard answer to your need for growth however, creating your own digital business might be even a better investment of your precious time and money.

The MBA Promise

I must admit that the MBA promise sounds really attractive.

You will become a leader with a purpose who can create her job description based on her clear vision. You will unlock your full potential, stand out, be able to identify solutions to complex problems and reflect on your values, goals, and beliefs. You will produce significant value to others and you will be paid abundantly in return. You will be free from financial worries. You will show to the world how much more you have to offer

In my opinion, in the current post-pandemic economic climate, the chances that you will achieve the above goals through an MBA study are much lower than if you would study how to start a digital business instead.

Here are the five reasons why I chose to learn how to start my own business from scratch with the SFM over the MBA.

Comparison Between MBA and Starting Your Own Online Business

I chose to become a digital entrepreneur for the following reasons.

Higher increase in income

  • MBA graduates report salary increases between 60% to 200%
  • SFM student sets up his own digital business during the studies and can start earning while learning. My forecast is that my business will become profitable by the end of the first year. Opposite to how a salary works, I can scale my income, and have seen many fellow students do it, to six figures and beyond. This solely depends on my effort and dedication to develop my business further.

Lower costs

  • In the UK, the tuition fees for a full-time MBA can cost anything from £30,000, to £90,000.
  • The SFM education costs around £100 per month for group online lessons, including access to over 10,000 e-Learning courses in Business, Marketing, Creative and Technology and free access to all the Linkedin Courses. If you want Expert Mentorship, Masterminding & Over-the-Shoulder Training it will cost you another £2000 per year.

Bigger Return On Investment – ROI

  • Only after the MBA graduation, you can profit from a higher salary position. However, given the current situation, an MBA might not make any difference to the recruitment opportunities as big companies will be looking hard at their bottom lines.
  • The digital economy on the other hand is booming and the pandemic is even accelerating this trand. According to the latest research of HSBC Global Markets and Banking, some 10 – 30% of retail sales are currently online in most developed countries with double-digit growth over the past year. They estimate that about half of goods consumption could be online in many developed markets by 2030.
    With SFM you can earn as you learn. Usually, it takes 3 to 6 months to start getting revenue from your digital business and then you can focus on developing and fine-tuning your strategies to become profitable in a very agile way.

More freedom and flexibility

  • In your new MBA role, you will most probably be working longer hours than before, be under much higher pressure, and still selling your time for money in a very hierarchical environment.
  • Once you set up your own digital business, it runs on autopilot. You can establish valuable relationships with customers all over the world and run your business from the comfort of your home or where ever you want to travel or be.

Personal growth

  • With an MBA you will probably stay in the corporate world and develop knowledge and leadership which is specific to your role and industry.
  • On the contrary, your own business is centered around your purpose and the things you love to do. You will provide services or products that play to your strengths and that you would feel are truly worthwhile.

Conclusion

I hope you can use this comparison study between MBA and Starting Your Own Digital Business to decide what is the best way to bring your career and life to the next level.

The new circumstances brought by the global impact of COVID-19, have stimulated many people to reimagine their future and ask an even bigger question than the choice of education.

If you are interested in developing new skills and are prepared to invest some time and spend some money to do so, what would you really like to do?

What is that service or product that plays to your strengths, that someone will pay you for, and that you would feel is truly worthwhile?

To learn more about the digital economy opportunities and the SFM educational platform, check the free Webinar given by Stuart Ross, one of the top digital business strategists I have the honor to have as a mentor.

Why We Need Business Mentors

Where would we be without mentors in our lives?

From the day we are born we rely on mentors. Our parents and siblings are our first mentors. They teach us how to walk and eat and what are the norms and the values of our family and culture.

Then one day, we become adults and we expect do be able to do everything on our own. Although I strongly believe each of us has everything needed to succeed, asking, and receiving guidance and help can accelerate the process significantly.

Mentors empower us! They accelerate our success and help us reach our goals!

Here is the remarkable story of Maria Konnikova, a Russian-American writer and psychologist, who seemingly out of nowhere, has dared to approach the poker legend Erik Seidel for mentorship. Thanks to this smart move, within a year she won a major title, made multiple final tables, and amassed close to $300,000 in live tournament winnings

Find a Mentor To Get On The Fast Track

In the face of sudden, frightening disease, Maria starts researching the nature of luck and stumbles upon poker. A game that would never have caught her interest quickly becomes her dedicated pursuit.

In just two years, starting from scratch, she beats the luck and makes income she could never dream of during the academic writer’s career.

Besides knowing what she wanted to learn, Maria also set a goal to learn it fast. She then knew that the best way to accelerate the learning is to get mentored by someone who is already a successful player.

Although totally new in the field of poker, she made a thorough research, just like she would do for the books and the articles she was writing. This is how she determined that Erik Seidel, one of the legends in the poker world, will be her mentor.
Despite the fact that Erik has never had students before, with her academic approach and eagerness to learn, Maria managed to get his attention and commitment.

Personal Growth and Winning Mindset

Maria learned the rules and strategies of the poker game. She got so skilled that she created am additional income stream, an additional business next to her academic career. But more importantly, mentoring catalyzed her personal growth in ways that can serve her entire life.

She learned:

  • to trust and challenge her thinking and make decisions with confidence, knowing that she can never be completely certain or have all the information needed at hand.
  • emotional resilience, going for the long term success and not being taken away by a single unfortunate outcome by focussing on perfecting the process and not on the luck.
  • how to embrace uncertainty rather than fear it, reframing the lack of control into a source of power.

“Anyone can get lucky – or unlucky – at a single hand, a single game, a single tournament. One turn and you’re on top of the world – another, you are cast out, no matter your skill, training, preparation, aptitude. In the end, though, luck is a short-term friend or foe. Skill shines through over the longer time horizon.” – Maria Konnikova

These are the exact mental skills and winning mindset we need to become successful in life and business.

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Like Maria, I am am very grateful for the mentors in my life. I would have never thought I am capable of running my own business. Or having the self-confidence to share my views and teachings via blogs and webinars. But then, with the support of talented and experienced mentors, their encouragement and constructive criticism, I excelled at my expectations and created even bigger dreams.

Realizing big and complex goals, like a career change or a business venture alone is close to impossible.

If you are looking to excel and develop your digital marketing, leadership, or entrepreneurship skills, then I am very excited to help you with the choice of trainers and mentors.

Contact me or create a free account with my mentoring community and see if this business world is right for you. 
You can create your free account here

Just how much of your life will you take credit for, and how much will you leave to simple dumb luck?


Well, you can certainly take credit for finding the right mentor and make sure you achieve that what matters to you the most!