Dani Ives first learned about BuyOurFuture (then BuyMyFuture) after hearing Jason talk about it on an episode of the Being Boss podcast in 2015. She started following Jason’s 60-day live journal on Medium and looked into what he was selling with BuyOurFuture and other products.
As a self-taught fiber artist and workshop teacher, Dani was looking into ways to meet the growing demand for sharing the skills she’s learned as an artist. Not being able to to travel everywhere to teach her workshops meant she needed to find a way to teach remotely.
After considering what was being offered as part of BOF, Dani said to her husband, “There’s this guy, I found him on the internet and he wants a thousand dollars to buy into everything he’s ever made and everything he ever will make.” As they talked about how she thought she could use BuyOurFuture, she told him about the opportunity she saw to take advantage of Teachery, an online course platform, that was part of BOF. Dani had been wanting to expand the workshops she did in person to create an online course teaching even more people how to work with fiber in the unique and creative ways she’d learned to use wool as a “paint.” The deciding factor for her was having the lifetime access to Teachery and thought it would be well worth the investment in BuyOurFuture.
Teachery, though, wasn’t the way she regained her investment. “The very first thing I did was take the sponsorship course in BOF and that actually helped recoup my initial investment right away. I was able to grab a sponsor for a set of workshops I was going to do and they helped me to get supplies and build a relationship with that supplier. That’s been pretty invaluable!”
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"WHETHER YOU’RE AN ARTIST, A WRITER, OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR YOU TO LEARN IN BUYOURFUTURE AND I WOULDN’T BE WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW WITHOUT IT."
It took Dani a little while to jump into Teachery because she was unsure about how to get started but then Jason created and added Easy Course, available only to BOF members, and that helped break everything down so she could create her first online course.
Coming in to BOF, Dani had an initial goal to make $10k in the first year with courses on Teachery. With the help of BOF resources, she surpassed that initial goal! Now she has another goal and even more courses to make. “Hopefully, I can keep growing and reaching more people.” said Dani.
Having the new addition of Caroline’s courses and creative work in BuyOurFuture has been an unexpected “crazy bonus” said Dani, “especially for me as an artist. I get to learn things that I never thought I wanted to learn. Caroline’s iPad lettering course is amazing and now I have an iPad and I’m hooked!”
Community in BuyOurFuture has been another unexpected benefit for Dani. “Seeing the vast amounts of experience and different lifestyles coming together and working things out, it’s been really cool to be a part of.” In the package Dani first received from Jason after buying BOF, she found a postcard that said “You don’t get what you don’t ask for” and she has it hanging up at her desk as a reminder and encouragement. The support from Jason, Caroline and the community in BOF saying “You want this to happen so go make it happen.” has been so valuable. Dani says “I wouldn’t be where I am now without it.”
For those that are on the fence about whether Buy Our Future is the right fit for them, Dani offers this advice: “Whether you’re an artist, a writer, a small business owner, there is something for you to learn in BOF. If you have a hunch that something in BOF can help you, you’re going to be able to do the work, so climb over that fence and join us because you’re going to put in the work and you’re going to make it happen.”