I often get asked what I think of Marie Forleo’s B-School, so here’s my 100% honest review.
I share what B-School is and who I think it’s best suited for (and not for), so you can decide if it’s the right investment for you.
If you’re interested in joining B-School through me next year, go here and enter your information.
In this review, I’m going to share with you what B-School is, why I love it, and who I think it’s best suited for (and not for). I’m also going to tell you about exclusive bonus offers you can get if you sign up for B-School using my affiliate link.
If you’re curious about B-School, keep reading. This is my 100% honest review of Marie’s program.
NOTE: This review contains affiliate links. If you decide to enroll in Marie Forleo’s B-School through my link, I will earn a commission. That said, this is the only program I actively promote as an affiliate, because joining B-School shortly after I launched jennyshih.com was one of the best business decisions I have ever made. I fully believe in the power of this program and the impact it can have on your business and your life!
I took B-School in 2011.
“I can honestly say it was the best business decision I have ever made for my business. I wouldn’t be where I am today—bringing in multiple six figures working 20-30 hours per week—if I hadn’t started with the foundation I learned in B-School.”
What is B-School, anyway?
Marie Forleo’s B-School is an 8-week interactive, video-based training program designed to teach online marketing strategies to business owners who want more sales and more impact from their online presence. It covers all of the high-level concepts you should understand if you want to run an online business.
Whether you want to sell products or services, information or advice, you have a brick and mortar business, or you’d like to be totally virtual, B‑School will help you get started.
Marie’s program walks through what she has defined as the 6 Pillars of business success:
Marie’s methodically mapped out exactly what you need to do to create a profitable, purpose-centered business. Marie teaches timeless and authentic business and marketing techniques that will help you grow your business in a way that feels good and true to you; there’s no need to pretend you’re anyone other than you are or market your business using slimy, snake oil techniques. (Thank goodness!)
Although the program was originally designed for online businesses, Marie, ever striving to improve her work, has expanded and improved the program to include content highly relevant to all businesses, including brick and mortar and product-based businesses. So pretty much, if you’re a small business owner, you should take B-School!
If you’re interested in more program specifics, you can read more details on Marie Forleo’s B-School site right here.
To hear my thoughts and opinions about B-School plus how to get some free coaching with me and additional bonuses—the best ones out there—keep reading.
My 100% Honest Review of B-School
As I mentioned earlier, enrolling in B-School is the best business decision I ever made. I joined B-School in 2011, just a few months after launching jennyshih.com. At the time, I had barely made any money in my business. Within eighteen months after launching jennyshih.com, with B-School knowledge under my belt, my revenue hit six figures.
I wouldn’t be where I am today—bringing in multiple six figures working 20-30 hours per week—if I hadn’t started with the foundation I learned in B-School.
B-School filled in my major knowledge gaps and helped me understand all of the components required to market my business and earn a great living doing work I loved. It was exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it, and I’m forever grateful for how the program helped me.
I believe this program is, hands down, the best self-paced, DIY (do-it-yourself), online business training program out there, and I’m excited to share some of my insights with you
The B-School Program Content
The program content is top-notch. Every concept is clearly and thoroughly explained. There is enough material in this program to help you start your business, hit six figures, or even reach seven.
Marie covers the basic online lingo, so you fully understand terms like opt-in, permission marketing, guest posting, and more. She dives into the 6 Pillars (listed above) in great detail, so you know all the ins and outs of online marketing.
Basically, after going through the program, you have all the business and marketing information you need to make your online business a success.
Once you’re a B-Schooler, you’re always a B-Schooler. You’ll be granted lifetime access to the program, and I guarantee you’ll go back through the materials again and again – they’re that comprehensive, and yes, they’re that good. In fact, I still refer back to the content when I need a refresher on a particular subject.
The B-School Community
When I joined B-School in 2011, I also joined the B-School online community. The women in this group are like no other I’ve been a part of. They are loving, kind, giving, generous, non-competitive, supportive, thoughtful, caring, sharing, wise… I could keep going.
When I joined, I had never experienced a community of business owners who were ambitious yet simultaneously non-competitive. I could bring business or personal questions to this group and feel supported no matter what. This community alone was worth my B-School investment.
I remained an active member of the community long after graduating, both offering assistance and requesting it as needed. If you have any question about anything, there is bound to be someone there who knows the answer. I know you’ll find this community to be one of your go-to online hotspots.
Since then, the community has grown, and since this is a 100% honest review, I have to say that the program lost the intimate feel that I experienced back in 2011. Yes, the members are still amazing, and there’s lot of support there, and as business owners, we need all the support and community we can get!
Who B-School Is For
B-School is perfect for anyone who knows what they want to do for their business but hasn’t had much success with the business aspect of it (like making money!). B-School is also perfect for anyone who has had a successful off-line business who wants to take it online but doesn’t know how.
If you’re clear or even mostly clear on what you want to do in your business, you are primed to take advantage of what Marie teaches in this program.
If you’re ready to put yourself out on the internet to make money doing what you love, and if you believe in yourself–even just a tiny bit–B-School will rock your world.
If you’re a locally-based or brick and mortar business looking to up your game and online presence, this program will teach you exactly what you need to know.
Who B-School Is NOT For
If you are swimming in fear and have doubts about being in business, I suggest you wait until things settle down for you.
From what I’ve seen, business owners who try to learn about business and marketing before they feel confident, simply flounder and feel worse about their situation. I don’t want anyone to put unnecessary pressure on themselves when it comes to making their purpose-driven business work. Take care of your inner work, then dive into the business stuff when you’re ready.
B-School will come around again, so you don’t need to feel like you’re missing out. There will be another chance for you to dive in next year.
What B-School Is and What B-School Isn’t
For all my love of B-School, you may be wondering if I look at this program through rose-colored glasses. I assure you, I don’t.
B-School did a huge thing for my business, as you’ve read here. However, there are many skills you need to create a successful business that you don’t get from B-School.
In addition to being good at your craft (whether that’s coaching, nutrition, yoga, design, writing, teaching, making or crafting or anything else), you have to understand…
- fundamental marketing principles (B-School does teach you this)
- financial planning
- bookkeeping and taxes
- strategic planning
- how to work through your own fears and mindset issues
- the sales process and how to implement in for your unique business (Bonus alert!)
And, of course, you have to be crazy-determined to make your business work.
There is not one program that’s a silver bullet. However, this program is one of the essential keys to making your online business work. The main reason that B-School was my silver bullet was that I had the others things listed above already nailed (or at least pretty good).
I love B-School and I love what it can do for businesses. I just want to be clear that there are many factors required to making your business work.
How to Make the Most of Your B-School Experience
I believe that one of the biggest reasons B-School was a huge hit for me was that I set aside time each week to learn the material and implement the concepts Marie covered. Each week I set blocked out three hours on Mondays to work through the program content. I made learning a priority, put the time in my calendar to work through the material, and made that time non-negotiable. Additionally, I set aside an additional two to four hours each week to take action on what I learned. This meant that if I learned about websites on Monday, I was implementing what I learned on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
Having an action-based mindset was a big part of why B-School made such a huge shift for me and my business. Now, not everything you learn will be immediately implementable. Some concepts will take time to digest, think about, and act on, and that’s okay. In fact, there are still concepts I’ve yet to implement (because she covers that much!). You don’t have to do everything she teaches in order to see results in your business, and my business success is evidence of that.
If you don’t have as many hours each week to learn and implement as I did, you can certainly learn and take action more slowly over time. There’s no pressure to go any faster than your’e able. I know plenty of women who took a full year (or more!) to implement what they learned, did it at their own pace, and still created great results for themselves. Working at your own pace will get you where you need to go on a schedule that’s perfect for you.
Why I’m Promoting Someone Else’s Program
If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile or even if you just found me via Google, you’ll notice that I don’t actively promote other people’s paid programs on my site, on my blog, or in my newsletter. So why am I actively promoting Marie Forleo’s B-School?
I’m promoting this program for several reasons. First, this program had such a HUGE impact on my business that it would be like I was keeping my dirty success secret all to myself if I didn’t share it with you. Openness and transparency is how I roll!
Second, if I were to teach you everything in Marie’s program through private coaching, it would take us six months or more to cover it all–and that would cost you at least $20,000. Marie’s program is more cost effective and efficient than working with me privately and covering this amount of material.
Third, if you worked with a private coach, you’d miss out on the B-School community! As I mentioned above, the community alone was worth the price of B-School admission for me. Growing an online business with a community of like-minded colleagues can be a huge boost to your motivation, know-how, and results. I don’t want you to miss this!
Finally, I am an affiliate for Marie’s program. This means I get a commission if you sign up though my affiliate link. This is why, in return for you purchasing through my link, I’m offering the exclusive bonuses you’ll find listed below.
I believe that sharing Marie’s program with you is a win-win-win. You win by signing up for B-School and learning to rock your business. I win when you purchase with my link; I get to connect with you and help your business, one of my favorite things to do! You win again by getting coaching with me. And this all feels fabulous to me!
How to Get Free Coaching with Me + MORE (aka My BIG B-School Bonus Bundle)
I am both a happy graduate and proud affiliate for B-School. If B-School sounds like the right move for you and your business, I want to support you in reaching the next level of success in your business. If you sign up for B-School using my B-School affiliate link, you will receive the following bonuses from me.
I was pretty stoked when I came out of the other side of B-School in 2011. It was a ton of work and required serious concentration and focus, but I was thrilled with how it catapulted my business.
When I graduated, I had dozens of ideas to implement, but I had no idea where to start. My work was far from finished. I sat down and planned out the exact steps I needed to take next. And next. And next.
Step by step, I took action, learned a ton, made mistakes, had huge wins, and made it to where I am today (and I’m still doing all of that to keep growing my business).
But for most business owners I meet, seeing the next steps, knowing precisely what to do next, and following through can be a HUGE challenge.
Questions come up, confusion hits, doubts linger, and the stress builds. After all, this business thing can be hard sometimes!
That’s why I want to help you achieve the same success I did.
I’m doing something I haven’t done in five years: I’m offering one-on-one coaching with me when you join B-School through my affiliate link.
You see, I’m an uncompromising business coach who believes it’s ALL possible. You can make money doing work you love while also living a life you love. I’m an insightful, intuitive, strategic planner with a passion for efficiency and systems.
And you’re an action-taker who wants strategic guidance and laser-sharp insights (from someone who’s been where you are and successfully made it to the other side) so you can follow through and have the success you know is possible.
With all of this, you’ll be unstoppable!
Get Personal Business Coaching to help you Implement everything You Learn In B-School
When you sign up for B-School through my affiliate link, you get:
- A private coaching session with me, someone who’s been in your shoes and knows how hard it can be when you’re just starting out and how incredible it can be once you make it work
- Access to Get Your First 1000 Subscribers, my proven-and-tested list-building program, which covers more specifics in more detail than you get in B-School
- My Triple Conversion Bundle: Offers That Convert, Consults That Convert, and Follow-Ups That Convert—three real-world-tested-and-proven guides and templates essential to your online business success
Total retail value: over $1500
How to Get Your BIG B-School Bonus Bundle
Here’s what you need to do to supercharge your B-School results with this BIG bonus bundle:
Step 1: Watch for B-School enrollment. The 2018 free training program begins on February 8. Enrollment begins on February 20. You can register here.
Step 2: To be eligible for my bonus bundle, when enrollment opens, you must register through my affiliate link. Affiliate links change every year, so be sure to get the most up-to-date affiliate link from me in this blog post here (the one you’re reading right now).
As long as you’re on my email list, you’ll also receive notification of the correct link once registration is open. If you’re not, sign up here.
Step 3: Work through the B-School program. Take advantage of the community and the coaching calls. Do your best to learn and take action.
Step 4: Once B-School is over, my team and I will be in touch about scheduling your session and delivering your bonuses.
Step 5: Be ready for your business to take off! (I can’t wait to watch you make it happen!)
Take Her Word for It:
Jenny offered the most useful bonuses of all the affiliates.
“She was a pleasure to work with. The coaching and the classes helped me to calm down, stop feeling “behind,” and prioritize what I needed to do.”
Allison Wunderland, Culinary Artist, Atlanta, GA
Jenny's bonuses helped me make the most of B-School!
“Signing up for Marie Forleo’s B-School was the biggest investment I’d made in my business, and I knew I needed to make it count. Having Jenny on my side throughout B-school would amplify my efforts.
While I give loads of credit to the course, its fast pace and growing community can become overwhelming and cause your progress to come to a screeching halt.
Jenny’s bonuses helped me navigate the program to fit my individual business needs, giving me clarity and momentum so that I could get my new business off the ground.”
Kristy Oustalet, Business Coach, New Orleans, LA
The coaching sessions were amazing!
“The coaching bonus with Jenny was the absolute best part of my B-School experience. I actually feel sorry for the other B-Schoolers who didn’t join through Jenny because the sessions were SO helpful.
It was SO refreshing and helpful to get personal attention. I cannot believe how quickly Jenny was able to zero in on our unique problems and offer spot-on solutions!
B-School is amazing. B-School with Jenny Shih on your side is INCREDIBLE. Having the chance to ask Jenny your personal burning business questions as you implement post-B-School is priceless. It really is like having a business superhero on your team.”
Jackie Johnstone, Social Media Coach, Bordeaux, France
I love how fast Jenny gets to the heart of my questions.
“Jenny knows how to take the theoretical and make it relevant for anyone she speaks with. I know lots of women struggle to implement the B-School theory for their businesses, but Jenny knows how to make it a no-brainer! She gave me specific actions to take and apply to my unique situation. She’s awesome!”
Mindy Crary, Financial Coach & Certified Financial Planner, Seattle, WA
I got more clarity in the group coaching sessions than I ever thought possible.
“B-School is life-changing because you learn all of the tools you will ever need to run an online business. The problem is that having the tools is not enough; you also need to learn how to apply them to your business.
Jenny helps you build the bridge from what you learned to how to actually use it! The group coaching was simply AMAZING!”
Mary Jean Padalino, Nutritionist, Toms River, NJ
Jenny was able to give me very specific, do-able actions steps.
“The coaching was VERY helpful and I’m mucho grateful for it! It’s obvious that Jenny puts a lot of thought and heart into her work.
For future B-Schoolers, I’d say that Jenny’s bonuses were thoughtfully presented and given with a lot of heart. You can take it all in at your own pace.”
Courtney King-Mallory, Holistic Life + Biz Coach, Atlanta, GA
The coaching *rocked*.
“It was so helpful to get answers not only to my questions but to others’ questions as well, because they almost always applied to me.
I loved the live help, and I love Jenny’s work!”
Jess Ryan, Parenting Coach, Syracuse, NY
I loved the coaching!
“Jenny was extremely generous with her time, coaching and the bonuses! I’ve seen others in the B-School community who didn’t receive bonuses or didn’t get great ones. Not me!”
Janet Dudley, Speech Pathologist and Co-Founder & Director of Social Communication Specialists, San Diego, CA
To take advantage of theses exclusive bonuses, be sure to purchase through my B-School link during the open enrollment period only.
The best way to ensure you’re purchasing through my link is to click on my B-School link as soon as you’re ready to purchase. That way you can be absolutely certain you’ll get these bonuses.
Once B-School begins, my assistant will email you with all of the information you need to access these exclusive bonuses. If you don’t hear from us by March 30, 2018, please contact us using the contact form on my site. I don’t want you to miss out!
Make Sure You Invest Wisely
Now if you’ve read this far, you’re a smart cookie looking to make a smart decision. (I love the about you!)
In addition to giving you a lot of information in this review (plus more below, still to come), I want to help you ensure you’re investing wisely.
That’s why I’ve put together a free download called 7 Things You Must Know Before You Invest in B-School.Click to Download7 Things You Must Know Before You Invest in B-School
As a successful B-School graduate and long-time affiliate, I’ve fielded hundreds of questions about B-School, helping business owners make the right decision for them and their businesses. In this guide, you’ll find insights based on the most popular questions potential B-Schoolers ask me year after year.
So… Is B-School right for you?
Grab the guide here and keep reading to be sure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Marie Forleo’s B-School
As an affiliate, I’ve received dozens of emails about B-School over the past four years. The common theme is: “This is my situation. Is B-School right for me?” I’m posting the most common questions I’ve received, along with my answers, hoping this extra info will help you make the best decision for you and your business.
If you don’t see your question here, email me. There’s information below on how to do that.
Q: When does enrollment open for the next round of B-School?
A: Marie will be offering free video training beginning on February 8. Enrollment begins a few weeks later on February 20 and closes on March 1. B-School is offered only once per year.
Q: How much is Marie Forleo’s B-School?
A: B-School is $1999 and a payment plan is available. Specifics on the payment plan will be available when enrollment opens.
h3>Q: If I join B-School through an affiliate link, am I still eligible for Marie’s money-back guarantee?
A: Yes! Joining B-School through an affiliate still gives you all of the great content and B-School bonuses Marie offers, plus her money-back guarantee. You lose nothing; there’s only an upside to joining through an affiliate, because you get extra bonuses! Just keep in mind that if you request a refund from Marie, you will not receive your affiliate bonuses.
Q: I’m a _______. Is B-School right for me and my business?
A: The information covered in the program is at a high enough level that it can be applied to many different business types. If you feel confident in your ability to take solid information and translate it for your specific needs, B-School will definitely help you.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a program that will teach you exactly how to make your ______ business work, then this will not be the right program for you. You’ll need to take the high-level online business concepts and apply them to your unique business. Though not always easy, but it’s essential for success!
Q: I’m a coach who has been through coach training, but I don’t yet know what type of coaching business I want to have. I’m not totally clear on my niche. Should I take B-School now or wait until I’m more clear?
A: It will be challenging to go through B-School if you don’t know what you want to do in your business. You can’t create an opt-in offer for your list, blog, create packages, and market yourself if you don’t know exactly what you’re marketing or who you’re marketing to. Keep Reading…
Q: I know what I want my business to be, but I haven’t created anything yet. No website, no clients, nothing. Should I take B-School?
A: If you don’t know what you want to do at all, B-School won’t help you get clear. If you were trying to decide if you should start a bakery, an online business as a coach, or a practice as a massage therapist, B-School won’t help you sort that out. Keep Reading…
Q: I’ve been a coach for awhile and recently found my new niche. My website doesn’t reflect this niche. I can make changes to the content, but will I be behind the curve because I haven’t already been marketing to this niche?
A: Absolutely not! In fact, having the basics of a website up and a foundational understanding of online marketing will make you ahead of the curve. You’ll be able to implement what you learn very fast because your site is up already. Keep Reading…
Q: I want to create a premium coaching program where I work with clients one-on-one. I also see myself creating related products to offer a low barrier for entry so I can serve even more women while generating passive income. Is this something that B-School can guide me in doing?
A: The information covered in the program is at a high enough level that it can be applied to many different businesses. You will definitely get some great ideas for what to offer, but it won’t teach you exactly how to do this for your specific business. That said, my bonus group coaching can help address that gap for you. Keep Reading…
Q: I’ve hired a ton of people to help me start my business: a website designer, a copywriter, and even a business coach. I’ve spent a ton of money but haven’t seen any results. I’m reluctant to join B-School, but part of me also thinks it would help. Do you have any words of advice?
A: First off, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve invested a ton in your business and not seen the return. I know that can be terribly disheartening and frustrating. Keep Reading…
Q: I have an online business, but I’m just doing it on the side while I have a full-time day job to support me. Because of that, my business is still pretty small. I’m also a mom with little free time. Should I take B-School?
A: If you’re ready to take the steps necessary to grow your online business, B-School will absolutely help you make that happen. If your time is limited because of your job, your kids, or anything else, it’s okay! Keep Reading…
Q: I have a successful off-line business and would like to build an online presence, but I know nothing about the internet or websites. Is B-School right for me?
A: If you have a solid, successful business that runs well and if you know what your business is all about and who your target customers are, B-School can help you. Keep Reading…
Q: I have a brick and mortar business. How specifically does B-School help someone like me?
A: This is such a great question! Since I don’t own a brick and mortar business, I reached out to my friend and fellow B-Schooler, Sonia Ruyts (also a super cool human being and the the owner of Stash, a brick and mortar yarn shop) to answer this question for you.
Here’s what Sonia shared with me… Keep Reading…
Q: I currently have a ton of debt and money is tight. But I know I need to learn some of these concepts in $ to make my business work. Is it worth it for me to invest and go further into debt to create this business?
A: I can’t offer advice on whether or not you should spend more money when you’re already in debt. Each of us needs to make the right financial decisions for ourselves. I know some people are comfortable taking on more debt when they know it will benefit them in the long run; others shy away from debt and would prefer to wait until they can pay cash. This is a personal decision you will need to make for yourself. Keep Reading…
Q: There are quite a few affiliates selling B-School. Who should I choose?
A: Since I’m an affiliate this year, obviously I recommend myself (stay tuned for more details)! But honestly, I suggest you look at who you can learn the most from.
Often, the bigger name affiliates aren’t the best to go through because they have SO MANY people buying from them. But when you buy from smaller affiliates who offer small group coaching or a more intimate experience, you can learn so much more.
Trust your got, not flashy big names, and you won’t go wrong.
Have more questions?
Ask me anything. I’ll give you my 100% honest answer.Click to Download7 Things You Must Know Before You Invest in B-School
This post was originally published in May 2012. It was last updated in January 2018 for accuracy.