Online Courses That Helped Grow My Business


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The early days of starting my business involved a massive learning curve.

I graduated from UW Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Double Major in Graphic Design + Journalism. I officially started Studio 29 Photography in July of 2010, and within few months things exploded.

I was booked for weddings and had multiple sessions during the week, but after a few years my income leveled out. I knew it was now time to invest in myself & the business in order to grow and reach my new goals.

So I took a handful of online courses. Before I signed up for these online courses, I had never taken a business class in my life.

Fast forward several years, when I started THIS blog. I was getting the page views and the ad network income, but I wanted more.

Once again, I needed to think differently about my marketing, client outreach, audience building, and how to make better business decisions that supported both my personal and business goals.

So, once again, I took a handful of online courses.

I owe a large portion of my success in both of my businesses to these amazing online courses!

I was a perfectionist at my craft and what I had to offer, but I knew, wanted, and needed to invest in myself & my business…

courses that grew my business

5 Online Courses That Helped Grow My Business


The Serial Method: This course was created by Nicole Culver. It is a binge-worthy online course that will teach you how to create content that will attract your current audience AND a new audience. The premise of the series is THE NEW WAY to attract a wildy engaged audience. A lot of bloggers are frustrated by the algorithm changes on Instagram/Facebook and are in-need of the know-how for creating content that attracts an engaged audience.


Creative Live: You can find courses on Creative Live for any type of photography and for any level! I highly recommend this site for beginners & for well seasoned creative entrepreneurs.


Instagram 180: Taught by the brilliant Jasmine Star. This course helped me change my Instagram from just a pretty gallery of images to helping me book the most amazing clients, get our work published worldwide, and save on marketing dollars! I use and understand Instagram completely different and I am so happy I invested in this course. Once I started using Instagram wisely I started attracting the right followers & engaging with your dream customers. This course paid off in less than a week because I get a fair amount of traffic to my blog from Instagram & I book A TON of photography clients from Instagram as well.


Pinfinite Growth: Taught by the crazy-wonderful Melyssa Griffin; this course completely changed how I use Pinterest. Pinterest is a search engine and is a huge part of our marketing plan for both Studio 29 and House Fur. She shares SO much information in this course it is well worth the investment. I would say about 75% of our traffic for House Fur is via Pinterest which results in more sales + more amazing clients! Knowing the ins and outs of Pinterest has helped me triple my blog income in a short period of time.


Pitch it Perfect: Taught by my favorite creative Californian Podcaster in the world; Julie Solomon. I cannot say enough positive things about this course. I binge-watched it! This course took me a half a day to complete and I started implementing what I had learned immediately! I have since re-watched the modules multiple times and I am active in the Facebook group that is included in the course. Julie gave me the confidence and guidance needed to reach out to specific brands & I have booked several high-paying contracted jobs. The Pitch it Perfect course has easily paid for itself, time and time again.


Another course I am currently taking is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, I will update this post with my thoughts in a few weeks. 🙂


Have you taken any online courses? Which ones have helped you grow? These online business courses changed everything for me and I hope one or more might be helpful for you!

Thank you for supporting House Fur and all of the creatives that have helped me through my business courses that grew my business

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  1. Love Creative Live! Definitely checking out the others as I attempt to figure out Pinterest 🙂

  2. I went to UWM too for Journalism! I majored in Advertising/PR. It’s been so long since I’ve done/talked about any kind of pitching, I was looking into the pitch it perfect course. Sounds like it’s worth the investment.

    1. Ren Lenhof Author says:

      YES – def recommend! I double majored at UWM for Graphic Design & Journalism and this course was insanely helpful for me over the last quarter! Thanks for reading!
      XO – REN

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