Earning $1k and Beyond

My progress of Ramit Sethi's Earn1k Course


My name is Jason, and I recently enrolled in Ramit Sethi’s Earn1k course. I did so mainly because its a packaged course that promises specific details on starting/expanding a freelance job to earn yourself $1000. The course had a massive pre-launch email campaign that gave away for free material that showed Ramit knew what he was talking about, and it also comes with a 60 day guarantee just in case. I didn’t come across anyone online that said they didn’t get their money back. I figured if its worth it, then the $1k cost won’t matter to me. That’s right it, costs about $1000 or more if you pay in installments. It is not cheap. If it works like he says it will then I expect to make my money back. If it takes 1 year or more it won’t matter to me just as long as I can say his course was 90% of the reason I earned 1k.

A little about me and why I think I’m the target market for Ramit’s Earn1k course: I am in my twenties, I have a college degree in business. I did well in school, but it was through hard work. I work a lot whether its actual employment or by working on making my life more efficient. This course isn’t for lazy people. Check. I’m not lazy. It’s for people who have some common sense and smarts. Check. Got them. It’s also for people with skills, strengths and interests….I’ve got the interests and some strengths so I’ll see how this goes without having proper skills.

Lastly, I am not starting this course with any side jobs or ideas on what I can do. I think I am the furthest from the other students in the Earn1k course who have ideas, skills, or current side jobs. Therefore, if I can do this course successfully I think I have a good testimonial. If not, then others like me can learn from my mistake. Here we go…


12 responses to “About

  1. rj November 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Jason,
    I found your blog and I’m considering taking the Earn 1k course? How did you find the course? Were you able to come up with an idea and were you able to make money from it? I’m not a huge fan of all the overwhelming testimonials, over selling, etc..etc.. and I saw that you mentioned that there wasn’t as much details as you expected.

    One question that I’m really wondering is:
    what happens if something comes up in your life and you have to stop taking the course..can you continue from where you left off?? or does it have to be completed in the 8 week time period?

    And can you take as long as you need to finish the weekly homework??

    Any feedbaack would be greatly appreciated!


    • Jason November 26, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Hi Rj,

      Details stunk. The course is better for people who have an idea that they are already pursuing but don’t have good business skills. A mom who makes great pies and sells them to her husbands co-workers would benefit from the course, but if you don’t have an idea and just get super excited about making money on the side…you’re most likely just buying into his hype machine. The course is better for fine-tuning a business. The best advice I got from the course is to do your research beforehand, and know everything you can about your target market. Don’t sell to everyone!

      I focused on entry to mid level office workers who could use Excel training to get a better job or increase pay. Pivot tables and Vlookup really impress! As for the structure of the course, you gain access to the member site and the videos for the 8 week period; however you can download practically everything so you do not have to complete it in 8 weeks. The homework is just acting on the lesson material. The homework is there to get you to act on the information learned in the class. It benefits Ramit because he knows that people who don’t act will blame themselves and not the course for their failure even though the course is terrible at teaching you how to reach your target market. He just tells you to use Craigslist.

      If you don’t have a lot of money, don’t enroll. He literally gives away 90% of his material for free and the stuff he doesn’t isn’t worth the cost. If you are desperately wanting to take action with your life to start that business you always wanted…then just start tomorrow. Write down specific customers you want to sell to, then start calling them to setup an informational meeting to tell them you are thinking of starting a business and you would like their input. Don’t sell it to them, just ask for their advice. If you are too scared to do this, then you have no business enrolling. To manage your fear go read books such as “The Confidence Gap” or “Fear” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Just don’t enroll in this course thinking it will change your life.

      • rockykev December 25, 2013 at 7:34 am

        Hi Jason –
        Thanks for the amazing summary of the program. I’m still on the fence about joining, because I’m afraid I won’t gain anything.

        Do you feel like you could have gone without the program? Or did the program nudge you in the right direction?

      • Jason December 27, 2013 at 3:12 am

        Hey rockykev,

        Thanks for the compliment. The program did not provide the answers I was looking for. Ask yourself why you want to join the program? Ramit says research is key to starting and running a business, and unless you researched why you need his course, then I wouldn’t recommend joining.

        If you are just starting, you will not crash and burn as big as you think, and you probably won’t be killing it in sales to worry about having to grow fast right away. Ramit’s course is not your only option. If you feel it is, then you most likely haven’t researched enough. Search for business networking events, local business Meetups, or just talk to a business owner of any kind for help on how you should take the next step. Hope that helps.

  2. edelaineh August 9, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Hey Jason, like you, i’be been reading the same books and scouring the internet, warrior forums, looking for business programs and dream job programs. I can really relate to everything you said. This blog is almost 2 years ago. Do you have a current blog? I would love to find out what you’re up to. 🙂 Thanks for your time.


  3. Maria August 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Jason,

    I did pay my first installment for the course but honestly I am not enjoying it. I am not benefiting from it the way I should. I have my target market defined and I am already into freelancing but I thought may be its something that might pay off.

    however, I have my payment details ( credit card) gotten into the system. Do you have any idea how can I strip myself off from the course altogether and don’t pay anything further. I don’t plan to go for the rest of the course.


    • Jason August 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I emailed them and asked to be removed from the course and get my refund. I don’t remember what was the email address or form I completed online, but I believe he mentions it on his website or one of the emails. If you can’t find it, just email his general support email for Earn1k. I did get my refund, so you shouldn’t have to worry about not getting it.

  4. Maria August 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for your response. I will check the email. I applied for installments because I couldn’t go for the lump sum amount. I hope to get off from this.

  5. Maria August 19, 2014 at 8:37 am

    One thing I want to ask. did you ask for a refund after 8 weeks or prior to that? and did you give them an evidence of practicing exercises that didn’t work after which they agreed to refund or it was just asking to be removed?

    • Jason November 15, 2014 at 2:43 am

      I just saw this message now. For some reason I didn’t get notifications of any comments, but I believe I asked for the refund after the last module was released. I figured, if there was something in there that was overwhelming, I’d stay, but it wasn’t.

  6. Dylan April 29, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi there, your blog was really insightful! I nearly purchased E1K from him and I’m glad I read your blog first.

    In view of this, do you have other recommended online courses relevant to freelancing/entrepreneurship that has quality content (better than Ramit)?

    Thank you so much!

    • Jason May 5, 2015 at 1:36 am

      Best advice for learning how to do freelance and entrepreneurship is to go straight to the source. Find someone local that you can chat over coffee about their start etc. Ramit’s websites also have good material, but it’s better to talk to someone in-person. Someone with experience that can guide you is also highly recommended.

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