Things to know before buying courses

Buying courses
Before buying courses, consider the time you have to learn.


Buying courses have become popular these days. Every time you want to learn something new, you either head over to Udemy or any other course selling platform that you know. As you might have noticed, most of these courses are not expensive. But you do not want to purchase an e-course that will not benefit you. Even if the course goes for a $ ensure you know these things before you make payment.

Do you have enough time?

Even if this is not a one on one training, you still need to have adequate time to go through the course. If you aren’t careful with time, you will realize that the access period has elapsed and you have learned a thing. If t is an issue, inform the tutor or have a schedule beforehand. Other e-courses give you unlimited access to the even after you complete the course study period.

Before you invest in any course, ensure you know the amount of time you need to complete it. Ensure time is also on your side. If you don’t have time, buying the e-course is useless. Not only will you feel you wasted the cash, but the creator will also feel like he conned you.

e-Course benefits

Ask yourself, will I gain anything from the course? Just by enrolling it doesn’t mean you will benefit from the course. There is more to it than buying the content. Most people fall into the trap of buying courses because someone praised it. Well, do not be one of these people. Only purchase a course you think will benefit you or you will be an unsatisfied client.

Most people feel unsatisfied with products they purchase because they fail to realize how they will benefit from the start of it all. Before you invest in any e-course, identify what and how you will gain.

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You will put in more effort

Just because the course has the content you need, it doesn’t mean you will not do additional research on some issues. If you are not ready to put more effort into this, then don’t waste your time. My high school teacher used to say his work is to give us 25% and 75% is for us. I believe that is the same case with courses. The tutor gives you content on what you didn’t know and opens the forum for you to dig deep even better than him.

I’m not defending any e-course here. But what I’m saying is that for you to benefit from the course you just bought, you need to invest more effort and time. The course will not profit you because you purchased the content but because you will implement what you learned.

Cost of buying courses

I agree you have the time and you are willing to put your effort to ensure you benefit from the course but can you afford it? There are several course creators; perhaps you should check other sites to see how much the same course costs. Even if it is expensive, ask yourself, is the course worth the price? Most creators offer an overview of their curriculum. If it is expensive for you, that is not for you. Spend your money on something else.

Things you will learn

This is the first question that you should ask the creator of the course. Is there something new in the course? What is new for you may not be new for your friend. Before you buy the course, first, find out if the e-course is going to teach you something new. If you want to learn social media management, you need to be sure that you are not going to purchase a course only to learn what you already know. It is obvious you are buying courses because you want to- learn something new. In that case, do your research about the course you are about to spend money on.


Most of the time, before I buy anything, I check their site to see the customer feedback. If 75% is negative, then that means the products are not good. That is the same thing with courses. Even if the creator of the course will not publish any negative reviews, you will find them on the internet. You might find them on their social media accounts. And if you know someone who purchased the content, ask them privately to find out what you should expect. Some people will give you their honest feedback when you contact them confidentially. If the course is new, find out if you are the first person to purchase it.


Buying courses is not a guarantee you will benefit from it. It all depends on you. It is useless to purchase the learning content and never try to implement whatever you learn. If you cannot apply what you learned in the course, you are wasting your money purchasing it.

How to be top rated on Upwork

To be top rated on Upwork feels great. But do you know how long and what it takes to become one? Well, relax! I’m here to help you out. If you are struggling to get on the top of other freelancers across the world, I have a secret to share with you.

I recently became one of the freelancers top rated on Upwork, and I can’t express how I feel. You can’t imagine getting what you have been yearning to have for several months. If you can envision that feeling, then that is what I feel right now. I always admired the top-rated profiles and wondered when Will have that badge on my profile as well. At last, I made it, and I am here to share my experience with you.

Want to be top rated on Upwork? Be patient

To be top rated on Upwork, you must exercise patience. They say patience pays. Yes, I can attest to that. To be victorious in any profession, you must have patience otherwise you might die a failure. When I say patience, I mean it. You can’t work with two clients and quit because your job success didn’t shoot up or you didn’t get top rated.

Successful freelancers exercise patience even with the bad customers. I agree some clients are nothing but a headache. But will you handle them unprofessional and get a negative review on something you could have solved amicably? Don’t just quit because of one negative review.

There are times when you might not get hired. You submit proposals, and all you see is interviewing six, and the client ends up not hiring anyone. Here is what happened to me; I submitted several proposals, and in all of them, the clients didn’t hire. But this did not keep me off the platform. And on another scenario, I submitted like five proposals, and all I saw was the client is still interviewing two or four.

It isn’t an overnight journey

To be to be rated on Upwork doesn’t mean waking up one morning and saying, “oh yes I want the badge.” It takes some time. While it took me one year and two months to get the badge for the top rated freelancer, it may take you less or more months. Many freelancers spend several years to get top-rated while others spend less than a year. What is the secret? It all depends on you and not the site.

Be active on Upwork

If you want to be top rated on Upwork, then you need to be active by submitting proposals and keeping the clients you have. If you don’t have one, watch out for jobs that match your skills and submit proposals. You must as well have earned and accepted an invitation in the past 90 days.

Upwork also considers the freelancer’s activity on the site when giving their rating. You can’t expect to get the top rated badge when you only visit the site after several two or three months.

Meet Upwork considerations

  • Upwork considers client satisfaction as one of the aspects of rating a freelancer. To be successful on Upwork you have to provide quality work to your customers. Do the job as if it was yours. A satisfied client means more customers are coming to you and more earnings. Satisfaction is not only for getting on top of other Upwork freelancers, but it also means a thriving freelance business. When clients leave positive reviews on your site, you edge closer to your badge.
  • Freelance earnings: Your Upwork earnings are another aspect of getting the top rated badge. I didn’t know about earnings until I got top-rated. Upwork states that you must have earned at least $1000 to be ranked as a top freelancer. Does this mean working day and night? Know it doesn’t. If you get high-paying clients, you might achieve this in just a few months.
  • Profile completeness: This is another headache for upcoming freelancers. They find it hard to have a 100% complete profile. However, those who registered when it was Elance, are okay if the profile is 90% complete.
  • Job success score: If you didn’t know, your job success score determines your rating. In this case, Upwork requires you to have a job success score equal to or higher than 90%. Or you should maintain a rising talent status for 13 weeks or more.

Bottom line

Getting top rated on Upwork is not a nightmare as we often regard it but rather an easy task if you take the above points into consideration. Once you are top rated, you get more benefits that boost your freelance business.

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