She puts the “you” in entreprenYOUer!

I am a big fan of Houston’s own Leisure Learning Unlimited. I’ve taken pottery and ballroom dancing classes via their programs, and think that LLU is a great resource for getting into a new hobby, meeting new friends, and finding out more about whatever interests you.

However, I had a chuckle while looking at their recent catalogue. One person offeres a course on “Solo-prenuering ™,” which she asserts will help you discover how to “earn a living without a job.” In other words, the course teaches you how to string together a living wage from doing random piecemeal work. Such as, perhaps, teaching classes at LLU? It seems so, since the same instructor is also offering courses in becoming a mystery shopper and “Million Dollar Publicity–For Free!” At $29.95 a pop plus $25 for a “required text” for the mystery shopping course and $19.95 for “optional material” for the others, I’m sure her “Solo-prenuer”-ship ™ is paying off quite handily!

I also enjoy reading descriptions of the many other LLU courses people are conducting based on what they do in their everyday lives. I don’t wish to discount the expertise of personal experience, of course, but some of the more “I’m out to make a quick buck by showing you around my house–er, my home-based business” type course descriptions prompted my husband and me to talk about creating our own course, entitled “Whatever the Hell We’re Doing at Our House Today.” In this course, you’ll learn all about infant care, blogging, ignoring inessential housework, advanced powernapping, hot sweaty monkey sex, cooking family meals on a shoestring budget in 30 minutes or less, watering houseplants, watching Queer as Folk DVDs, the miracle of human lactation, being a smartass, and letting the dogs in and out repeatedly. All for a $29.95 enrollment fee, plus $19.95 for optional materials, of course.

4 Comments so far

  1. digit (unregistered) on June 10th, 2005 @ 1:35 pm

    lmao, ill never look at LLU the same way again.

    oh and what are the optional materials, a white plastic bag of ‘lifestyle remnants’.

  2. Fyre (unregistered) on June 12th, 2005 @ 10:17 pm

    … I’d probably sign up, just for the sheer amusement of being a life voyeur for a day …

  3. Brian Poirier (unregistered) on June 16th, 2005 @ 10:34 am

    I get a kick out of the “Mystery Shopping” classes. What they don’t tell you that is in Texas you are required to have an Investigator’s License in order to do these legally and get paid.

    Info on this used to be at the PI Board/Commission’s site but since they became part of DPS, many things, such as their opinion white papers, have disappeared from the site.

  4. HouDog (unregistered) on June 24th, 2005 @ 9:04 am

    Must be nice to just sit back and rip someone’s effort… the bottom line is that THEY are out there doing something and making money from it. The folks that come to those classes would often rather pay $30 for a nutshell summary of how to do something rather than do the research – even if you consider it mundane.

    I mean afterall, isn’t that a large part of why book stores do so well? $30 bucks to learn blogging for dummies is okay when it is book format, but when an individual is teaching the same information in person, it suddenly humorous.

    I say more power to them – I would rather have my dollars going to someone who took the time to put together a class than some nameless corporation that is raping the environment – even if I have to sit through hot monkey sex (haha.)

    and Fyre – mystery shopping does not require a license for an individual and to do well requires a LOT of education.

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