Updated review 2019

In 2015 I wrote my non-affiliated review of Marie Forleo's B-School. It has been read by thousands of ambitious people who were going back and forth:  B-School Yes or B-School No. 

I did B-School in 2014. I completely adored it and learned SO much. It changed my life back in 2014 when B-School was the only option to learn about online entrepreneurship.

BUT... the times they are a changin' 

B-School grew from a place where meaningful relations and friendship were born, to a Huge Group of people who don't know each other.

And that might be a very important reason for people to drop out after the first couple of weeks .


The Dutch B-School community who started with me in 2014 are still business friends. I will be forever grateful BUT my online business only started to grow when I started to work in a much smaller group with and got the expert help that everyone who wants a profitable business needs. 

Keep reading.

Because there is an alternative for B-School !



If you aspire to become a real success in online entrepreneurship, Somba is the place to be.

It is the online program created by Sigrun (a very dear business mentor ) This 12-Month program has everything you need AND you get an incredible amount of real support and a group of wonderful business friends who all want you to succeed as well.

Here are the most important difference between Somba and B-School



Though I'm 100% sure B-School is still a solid program, to me - as a wonderfully weird entrepreneur - it has grown too big and I rather pay for accountability, masterminds and real connection.

I need to work in a smaller group with people who know me and with a business coach who is inspiring and 'still within reach'.  

Sigrun's motto is "Building a business takes time". And she's completely right. Somba gives you access to 1 year of group coaching, Masterminds, a global community, Live meetings in Zurich, Switzerland (and in Iceland in the near future! Because Sigrun is Icelandic) and a step-by-step path that takes you through all the stages of entrepreneurship.  

If you ever felt the desire to cross borders (or your own inner obstacles :-) meet global entrepreneurs and want to know what miracles happen to you once you've take the Big Step, go on and read the review.

Let's keep in touch, especially if you are a bright, sensitive, multi-passionate entrepreneurial woman and you want to master your creativity and bring flow (back) in your business and life.  

Enjoy, X Esther

With Sigrun at SigrunLive - Having access to the person who helps you to create a profitable business has proven to be a Game Changer for me and many other entrepreneurs. 

My Marie Forleo B-School Tips and Tricks for Wonderfully Weird Entrepreneurs (to be)
who are Bright, Sensitive and Multi-Passionate!

And how to get the most out of your investment.

I will share my do’s and don’ts. Because I know creativity and innovation are your magic power. But I also know that your magic comes with some heavy duty pitfalls

#1 How to avoid comparison and / or jealousy

Once the training starts you wil become part of a gi-normous group of fellow b-schoolers. There will be a tsunami of beautiful images, happy smiling faces, websites, ideas – like that one you had years ago, but never followed through – .

You will feel deflated if you follow everything that goes on.

Here’s what you do:

Find a small group. Either by profession or interest, local or national. I’m in the Dutch group, and that is the most amazingly supporting bunch of people!

Stay of Facebook every day for at least 3 hours. (more about that at the procrastination avoidance part.)

Mentally cheer everybody on. Don’t be mean with your praises. BUT if you feel jealousy just stop. And ask yourself: “what can I learn from this person? What is she doing differently? Is there a lesson to learn”?

#2. How to deal with perfectionism

In the midst of all those eager busy bees, you want to stand out. I get that!

So you want to be perfect!


Here’s what you do:
Over and over you will hear: “Start before you’re ready” Listen and just do it. It’s a school, you know. You can fail (you have to fail!) over and over again.

I for once, was convinced my ideal customer was a 25 year professional city girl, who wanted to be happy! Wrong! Next was the busy mother who wanted to excel in her online business.

Wrong again!

But because I once had heard Marie Forleo tell about a student who had it wrong, once, twice and BAM!, the third ideal customer was spot on!, I kept on going.

Until I realised my ideal client was the client I had worked with for over 12 years: the bright, sensitive, multi-passionate woman who wants to shine, succeed and life a full creative life.

I also switched from Dutch to English, back to Dutch, before I decided on English. And yes, my English is not perfect :-)

IF I had listened to my perfectionism, I would still sit in front of my computer.

Paralysed by fear.

And you would not have known if B-School was for you, or not. And my amazing creative clients would never have found me. And I might still be in that Big Building!

#3. How to avoid resistance

I promise you, you will be pissed of from time to time. Heavy duty resistance will overpower you.

Here’s what you do:
Use that feeling of resistance! It means you’re touching something that needs transforming.

Don’t be a grumpy old meanie – “really does she expect me to call that former client and ask her how she feels about me, I’m just not doing it” – , just try it out.

You even might like it.

#4. How to avoid procrastination and overwhelm

Okay, this extra special. Here’s what you do:

1. Make time in your schedule. EVERY DAY. Give yourself 1 or 2 days off.
Let it sink in, Do some day dreaming. Draw, visualize, go crazy! (Get my Boost your Flow Toolkit! for extra fast result!

2. Work in uninterrupted blocks of time, like 9 to 12 a.m. No email, no phone, no social media (no peaking, or you’ll be lost!)

3. Find an accountability partner. Someone you can trust, have a laugh with, and is stern enough to say: “okay, let’s get back to business!

If you miss 1 day, don’t give in. Don’t make the mistake of thinking, well I missed this day, nobody will miss me if I’m not there next week.

Because you’re right. If you don’t reach out and connect. Nobody will miss you.

This ain’t High School! This is not some hobby course. It’s about being a business owner.

Will I know everything there is to know after B-School?

You will have learn a lot (also depending on the amount of time and effort you’ve put into it).

When you proceed and get the hang of that online business thing, – and given yourself some well deserved rest – 1:1 guidance might help you. Or being in a Mastermind where you get proper guidance

So much will happen to you in those intens 8 weeks. Once the dust has settled you might feel, it’s time to take the Really Big Next Step and find yourself a coach who will help you.

Many fellow entrepreneurs did B-School first and continued to be in SOMBA later. Go check it out or add yourself to the waiting list.

It's important to understand that entrepreneurship means lifelong learning and development. If you don't love the learning you might think long and hard about becoming an entrepreneur. 

Is B-school some Get Rich Quick Scam?

I know, these are the ugly questions. But I would like to answer them for you. If you let me.
If you mean ‘Will I get rich, happy, beautiful, thin and extremely loved in 8 weeks?’ I have to disappoint you. You have to work your purrrrty little butt off in those 8 weeks.

If you want to know: “Is Marie Forleo in it, just so she can get hold of your precious money?” I cannot be clear enough. She’s not.
I truly believe it’s Marie Forleo’s life’s mision to help business-owners built the business of their dreams.

And yes, she makes a huge amount of money.

Don’t you love it when a young woman creates a profitable business, is a huge influence to a Big Group of entrepreneurs and hangs out with the likes of Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, and Oprah Winfrey?

By the way Marie Forleo also employes an impressively dedicated and enthusiastic staff, shares loads of free stuff, and Pays it Forward big time.

Are the B-School affiliates just in it for the money?

There some excellent affiliates – no, I’m not an affiliate for the affiliates :-). As far as I know, they are truly proud affiliates, who did B-School a couple of years ago, and became hugely successful. By the way that's why I became an affiliate for SOMBA!

Some B-School affliates are truly awesome, some are ….well not so awesome at all…

Check them out carefully. There are a lot of affiliates, and you can learn a lot from them (some of them offer very (very!) shiny objects.)

Remember that their stuff is extra. Check out their websites, how do they feel, what is their value to you? If you can’t decided ask around.

You can always ask me. Just send me an email and I’m more than happy to help you out.

B-School is for you when you:
- Are ready to take the next big step in your business.
- Are capable of studying by yourself.
- Can motivate yourself.
- Understand your Creators pitfalls, and know how to avoid them.
- Are open minded.
- Long for new horizons.
- Want to become part of an international group of business owners.
- Don't need accountability or help after the first weeks.

B-School is NOT for you when you:
- Are 100% sure you don’t need to know what social media, blogging, SEO, online programs, online marketing, list building will do for your business.
- Cannot motivate yourself to do the work.
- Don’t feel any connection with Marie Forleo.
- Are completely new to entrepreneurship.
- Know you will drown in a big group and need 1:1 coaching or a program like SOMBA to move forward.

Here is all the Somba information. If you want to know more, don’t be shy and leave me a message at the end of this page! I would love to hear if this has helped you in any way, and if we’ll meet in Somba soon. I will be there too! 

Maybe we meet in Zurich!!



Esther de Charon

Esther de Charon de Saint Germain is the Business Doula and Soul Whisperer of brave female entrepreneurs who want success on their own terms Esther is the author of "The Wonderfully Weird Woman's Manual" a Brand Expert, certified Transformational Art Coach, Artist, Communication Consultant, Art historian, Huffington Post + Thrive Global Blogger with over 25 years experience in the field of branding, design, creativity and art. She lives with her 13-year-old son and husband on an old farm. She's also addicted to Jasmin Tea, Opera with seriously bad endings, Weird Art and Red Lipstick.

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