Online Course & Other internet things I paid for

The internet is wonderful and many of the wonderful things need to be sustained (ie. make profit) in order to continue being wonderful.

This is why people paid for my $7/month Shopify app I guess, but also why I paid for things on the internet (more below).

The not-so-big news is that I have just signed up for an online course – Part Time Author by Greg Lim. I will skip explaining what it is about, the full name of the course (below) should give you a good idea:

Part-Time-Author: Learn how to write, market and sell non-fiction books on Amazon (without an audience)

Taking up this is a big commitment to me in many ways:

  • The price of the cost isn’t that cheap ($397) – but to be fair Greg has an amazing portfolio and experience to show + his personal guarantee to refund any participant who take the work to publish a book but didn’t break even.
  • The course is run in cohort (live webinar style) instead of pre-recorded video, so I can’t really take my sweet time to watch. The upside is that there is (hopefully) more interactivity with Greg and other participants.
  • Greg designed the course to sort of cater to everyone (I guess?), so this translate to 12am-130am (Friday) for my timezone lol

I actually thought about this course for a couple of weeks and decided to take it – partially book sales do sound like a really passive income stream, and I really want to try my hands on creating more income generating online asset. The idea of possibly building a personal brand through my published work is also another factor that makes me want to take up this course.

It is starting tomorrow, and I actually got more and more excited as we are getting nearer.


A friend recently mentioned how Malaysians disliked paying for non-physical things, like internet services. I thought it will be cool to list down internet things I am currently paying for; and some that I have been eyeing for awhile.

Domain Name

I hold a few domain names, including choongwho.com (this website you are on) and others mostly for my apps.

Interesting fact: I also have a 6-letters .com domain that I bought for my son.

Courses

Part time Author is the 2nd online course I paid for. The first course I paid for is one that teaches people how to buy, sell and operate profitable (internet) businesses.

My thoughts: It is a good buy at that point of time; but as of now (2 years later) the internet business buy-sell market has grown so mature, there are so many free resources out there that the same course has become less desirable.

Also, because I didn’t practice what I learned (ie buy an internet business and make it profitable) so I didn’t have a strong feeling for the course.

Business tools

I subscribed to a couple of online services so I can run the Shopify app business, but mainly hosting service and email inbox. Both add up to no more than $20 per month


Comparing with many peers of mine, I am not spending much on the internet. While I do have some wishlist items and they are definitely within my affordability, I think the bigger resistance is that paying for them means I need to commit to changing the way I live/work and utilize these services as much as I can. All of these would consume my relatively scarce time, so I am not subscribing yet until I step out from the 9-5 and have more time to better my life /businesses following the subscription of these internet services.

If you are wondering, the featured photo has nothing to do with my post. Just feeling lazy.

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