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How B-School helped me start a business that fits in around my family

Make Your Business Dreams Come True With Marie Forleo’s B-School

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Zen Proverb

In 2013 I was open and curious to discover what my true gifts and passions were – and then Marie Forleo appeared.

I watched her videos about how to start a business around doing what you already love. It got my cogs turning and opened up a fresh idea.

Next, B-School appeared. An 8-week online course that teaches how to transform an idea into a successful business. I allowed my intuition to guide me.

Read my story here. I hope it inspires you to follow your business dreams.

Project Me was originally a book idea. It came to me in a vision when I was writing out my goals in January 2012. But it soon dawned on me that it was going to be damn hard to get a book publishing deal with absolutely no platform. No website, so social media – NOTHING. Why would a publisher be interested in what I had to say? I was ‘just a mother’…

I was fortunate enough to stumble across my business mentor Marie Forleo. I was drawn to her passion for teaching women how to reach for their dreams and create businesses and lives they love.









Marie runs an online training programme called B-School that teaches you, step-by-step, how to build and grow a business through authentic online marketing strategies, unique branding, and non-sleazy approaches to spreading the word about what you’re doing. She helps you to truly understand who your dream customers are so you can provide what they need and want from you – and she shows you how to reach them and turn them into loyal fans.

Of course, I know all of that now, but back then – I didn’t really get it. I’d only heard about Marie Forleo’s B-School a couple of days before registration was about to close. It only runs once a year and if I didn’t do it then I’d have to wait another whole year. It looked like exactly the training I needed  so I showed it to my husband and he agreed that it was everything I needed in one neat package.

I took a very deep breath, signed up with shaking hands, and then began jumping around the house singing, ‘I’m going to B-School!’ to the delight of my bewildered kids! I was beyond excited and I didn’t even know yet then how much it was going to positively change my life.

The course is six modules run over eight weeks, so there’s plenty of time for implementing. Of course I didn’t even have a website yet – or a mailing list or social media platform, so I took it all in, did the worksheets and mapped out my game plan. The private members group is absolute gold and I immediately felt like a part of an amazing community of other like-minded women, all supporting one another in a non-competitive environment, sharing further resources and knowledge. Need a recommended website designer, photographer, bookkeeper, tech support, help with social media? You name it, you’ve got it – often within the hour. I’ve been active in this group for six years now, making many amazing online buddies that I cherish. (I’ve asked 8 of them to share their own B-School success stories with you here.)

Marie Forleo is the real deal. She’s authentic, genuine, knowledgeable – and surrounds herself with a team of customer support and business mentors that are second to none. She’s not out to take your money and run away with it, she genuinely wants you to succeed. Marie is the model I hold my own business standards up to.

What else…?

Lifetime access!

I’ve been able to dip back into the course again and again for refreshers and every year she adds more bonus modules and updated training. There’s even a module now called Start The Right Business to help you if you are struggling to figure out which business to start or have too many ideas and can’t choose, or if you’re unsure if your idea will actually work. This bonus program provides a step-by-step roadmap to find clarity, make wise and thoughtful decisions and move confidently ahead. It’s designed to help you finally start the right business for you.

B-School helped me to quickly launch a business I’m passionately in love with that fits in around my family. I work while my kids are in school, I never miss any of their events, I take holidays when want to – and I’m a positive role model for them. My kids are my assistants and I’ve involved them in many decisions, including logo design and photography. When my son was 12 and I was running my first online course, he was my paid admin assistant and did a brilliant job! (He’s now 16 and doing Business Studies in school – with the ambition of being a successful entrepreneur like his mama!) 

When my husband got a job transfer and we had to suddenly move home and country, I was able to take my business with me.

Having an online business means I get to meet women all over the world and have never done more rewarding and fulfilling work in my life. I also love doing in-person events and workshops, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Oh – and remember that online presence I was lacking when I wanted to write a book and felt like a nobody? Fast forward to my amazement when my literary agent was handling the bidding war over my book publishing deal! Yep. True story. That goal I wrote down in 2012 is now a reality. ‘Project Me for Busy Mothers’ – available now on Amazon!

I owe it all to B-School for giving me the tools and strategies I needed to get my idea up off the ground and running. I’ve also seen it transform countless existing businesses.

This is the 10th anniversary of B-School and there have been over 44,000 graduates now! I’m over the moon to be selected as an affiliate of B-School. If you join B-School via my link, I will receive a commission – at no extra cost to you. This means I can create my own extra B-School Bonus bundle for you!

Sign ups for B-School 2019 are now CLOSED. Click the red button below to be the first to hear about when 2020 enrolment will open. I’ll also keep you posted on my B-School Bonuses for 2020. 






I hope to see you in B-School 2020!

Positively yours,

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  1. Joanna on February 9, 2018 at 7:03 AM

    Your story is so inspirational! I would love to scale up my jewellery making business but I’m very afraid of how that could interfere with the balanced life I’m just starting to enjoy (thanks to Project Me!). Part of me knows I can turn this into a profitable business but will that then make me crazy busy?

    I will watch the Marie training videos. Thanks as always for the great resources and your honesty about how you’ve gotten to the happy place you’re in today! ????

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on February 9, 2018 at 5:26 PM

      The fear of success ALMOST stopped me from going ahead with this whole Project Me concept too Joanna, so I know exactly what you’re talking about! I was worried I’d be tipped out of balance and working crazy hours and that something else would have to give. But you know the amazing thing? I look back on my life before I launched Project Me and I ask myself, What did I used to DO that made me so busy before?! I still get to the gym 3x a week, I meditate and journal more than ever, I see my friends, I never work weekends or evenings so my work never infringes on my family life… Whatever used to keep me so busy before has just shrunk because I am so passionate about what I do now that it doesn’t really feel like work and I don’t waste time on unimportant stuff.

      If you do decide to do B-School via Project Me you’ll get my bonuses which include tools and resources and lots of my own personal tips for keeping a happy work-life balance. Let me know if you have more Qs! xx

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