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Take control of your future with a career in grant writing, so you have the flexibility and freedom to build a life you love.

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Not Sure You’ll Like Grant Writing?

If you like to collaborate and work on meaningful, project-based work, then the answer is probably yes! Confirm by watching the training below.

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Introducing...

THE GLOBAL GRANT
WRITERS COLLECTIVE

The only program of its kind to show you how to be a world-class grant writer while also building a flexible, fulfilling life you love.

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As a Member, You Will Learn...

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A step-by-step system to make $15,000 as a grant writer so you can then decide to land a dream job or scale your freelance practice.

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A modern, step-by-step system to manage projects and write winning grants.

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A bullet proof approach to finding clients and jobs.

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What it means to be a part of the world's most joyful community of grant writing unicorns.

Community changemakers learning how to secure grant funding
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Pretty Rad, Right? This Is How It Works

The Global Grant Writers Collective is a year-long program that includes online instructional curriculum, community, and coaching to teach you a step-by-step system for building a flexible career in grant writing.

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Phase 1

Get Paid to Learn

Without prior grant writing experience.

Phase 1: Get Started

Learn how to pay for your membership with real client work (no prior grant writing experience required). Download 15+ templates, including sample grant narratives.

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    Lesson 1-3: The Organic Networking Framework
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    Lesson 4: Contracting a Funding Strategy
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    Lesson 5: Networking Framework Toolkit
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    Lesson 6: Mastering Mindset

Phase 2: Find Grants

This is our secret sauce! Nobody teaches the grant research process like we do.

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    Lesson 1-2: Project Planning Toolkit
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    Lesson 3: Power Prospectus
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    Lesson 4-7: The Grant Research Funnel
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    Lesson 8: Developing a Funding Strategy
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    Lesson 9-10: Project Management
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Phase 2

Grant Research

Focus on the right grants

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Phase 3

Write Winning Grants

A step by step approach

Phase 3: Write Grants

Gain the confidence to write winning grants and help worthy organizations improve the lives of others.

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    Lesson 1: Grant Preparation
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    Lesson 2: Grant Schedule and Kick-Off
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    Lesson 3: Develop Your Grant Budget
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    Lesson 4: Attachments
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    Lesson 5: Write Your Narrative
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    Lesson 6: Data Driven Writing and Editing
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    Lesson 7-9: Submit and More

At This Point, You Earn Your Grant Writing Certificate!

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With your certificate and real-world experience, you can now interview well for higher-paying, quality jobs. Enjoyed the freelancing? In the next module, we show you how to work for yourself and build a vibrant grant writing consulting business.

Additional bonus training

But, There Is More!

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Phase 4

Start By Freelancing

For Portfolio Experience and 💰💰💰

Phase 4: Make Your First $15,000

Whether your goal is to land a new job or consult full-time, it all starts by gaining experience.

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    Lesson 1-2: Start as a Sole Proprietor
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    Lesson 3: Secrets in the Systems
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    Lesson 4: Career Transition Tools
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    Lesson 5: Easy Yes Contract Method
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    Lesson 6: How to Get Paid
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    Lesson 7-8: Finding (More) Great Clients

Then Decide, Full-Time Freelance or New Job?

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Now that you have $15,000 worth of freelance expertise under your belt, it’s time to grow! Take your portfolio to land a new job or scale your freelance practice to a $250,000 per year business. P.S. You don't have to worry which path is best for you right now!

Additional bonus training

Phase 5: Growing to $50,000

At this point, you decide if you want to land a new job (or promotion!) or if you want to go full-time consulting. If the latter, learn how to set up your business like a pro and scale!

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    Lesson 1-2: Rapid Business Formation Method
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    Lesson 3: Bookkeeping
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    Lesson 4: Payroll & Taxes
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    Lesson 5-6: Turbo Marketing Engine
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    Lesson 7: Project Management
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    Lesson 8: Human Centered Design
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Phase 5

Form Your LLC

Level Up Buttercup!

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Phase 6

$100k-$250K/yr+

And do it year over year.

Phase 6: Growing to $100K-$250K Annually

This is all about building your team (and not being afraid about what happens if someone doesn't work out) and how to make sure you are charging enough.

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    Lesson 1: Join the 5% Club!
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    Lesson 2: Strategic Planning
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    Lesson 3: Building a Team
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    Lesson 4: Understanding True Costs
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    Lesson 5: Niche Profitability Method
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    Lesson 6: Advanced Design Thinking
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    Lesson 7: Fine Tuning your Marketing Engine

Phase 7: Advanced Grant Writing

The beauty of grant writing is that you never stop finding challenges that push you to progress your technical knowledge. We get nerdy in phase 7!

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    Lesson 1-2: Advanced Grant Writing Training
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    Lesson 3-4: Federal Grant Applications
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    Lesson 5-6: Navigating Sticky Situations
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    Lesson 7+: Advanced Trainings Added As Needed
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Advanced Training

Become a Recognized Pro

Plus, Community, Coaching, and Bonus Training!

Private community of grant writers

A Community of Grant Writing Unicorns

Grant writing isn’t the only thing we have in common! Our community loves to travel and eat adventurous foods. We value family, our health, and our time. We recharge our souls with a walk in nature. We read. We write. And, most of all, we support each other. Our world-class community resides on a platform called Circle. You don't have to go it alone.

Coaching and Mentorship

No question goes unanswered in our community group. We also host live coaching calls three times a month. Submit your questions 12 hours prior to the call, and you will get an answer. All coaching calls are posted in your course library within 24 hours and time stamped for easy navigation.

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Bonus Trainings

When questions come up in the community group and coaching calls that we can't answer, we find a subject matter expert to provide a training. Our bonus trainings include logic and evaluation models, resume writing, how to become a stronger writer, fiscal sponsorship, strengthening your interview skills, etc.

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Learn Our Exact 4-Part Playbook in This Free Masterclass on How...

  • To NOT volunteer to gain experience.
  • To make your first $15,000 freelance grant writing to develop your portfolio.
  • To develop the necessary systems for time management and freedom.
  • How our programs work so you can decide to keep learning with us or not.
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After Watching The Class, Reach Out With Questions

The Collective is a big investment. We get that you want to make sure it is right for you. Send us a direct message on Instagram (@learngrantwriting) or send us an email at [email protected]

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Let’s Do This! Choose Your Plan

Your membership to the Global Grant Writers Collective is a 12-month commitment which then goes month to month. Why? Because the questions you ask today are different than the ones you will ask 4, 6, 8 months from now. If you can't tell, the Collective is A LOT more than technical training. It's about stepping into your full potential and vision for your life.🧡

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$250/mo. for 12 months

Designed to be paid for in 4-6 months with no prior experience.

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Online instructional training including:

  • Grant Writing: From Start to Funded
  • Find Clients and Get Paid
  • Freedom in Project Management

The monthly plan also includes:

  • Grant Writing Certificate
  • Rockin’ Community
  • Questions Answered in 36 Hrs
  • Coaching Calls 3x/mo.
  • New Bonus Trainings Quarterly
  • Templates for Everything
  • Discounts to Grant Databases
  • Unicorn Book Club

Up front payment
of $3,000 per year

Cheaper than a graduate degree and infinitely more effective.

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Online instructional training including:

  • Grant Writing: From Start to Funded
  • Find Clients and Get Paid
  • Freedom in Project Management

The annual plan also includes:

  • Grant Writing Certificate
  • Rockin’ Community
  • Questions Answered in 36 Hrs
  • Coaching Calls 3x/mo.
  • New Bonus Trainings Quarterly
  • Templates for Everything
  • Discounts to Grant Databases
  • Unicorn Book Club
You’re wicked close to saying yes, but not quite ready to commit? Get in touch, and we can set up a call to answer your questions. Or DM us on Instagram.
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Questions Asked Before Saying "Heck Yes!"

After submitting payment, you will have immediate access to the Grant Writing Unicorn Method! You can start watching Phase "zero" right away to get the lay of the land. We explain how you join the community group, how to download the app to listen on-the-go, etc.

We expect you to watch phase zero within your first week of joining so you have a strong start. The rest will come naturally once you’re inside. Come join us!

The most common fear prospective students have is not having enough time to watch the online instructional videos and take action. You’re busy. We get it! For that reason, we boiled the coursework down as tightly as possible.

You can Netflix binge the instructional training or take your time on a real-world project. Most take 90 days with 5 hours per week to complete their certificate course work.

Successful students are blocking their schedule and treating the course like a college class. You wouldn’t miss a college class! Treat your online learning the same way and schedule the time for it.

This course is the most efficient way to learn grant writing. Option B is trial and error, and that takes years!

Welcome! Over half the people who learn from us have zero experience in grant writing when they got started.

But you have been thinking about it for a long time, right?

This is the perfect opportunity to carve out the time to explore that little something you always wanted to do. You are in a safe space to explore all the opportunities available to you with grant writing as a technical skill set.

Life is too short to not work on that which matters to you. You are in the right place. Join us!

Welcome! About 15% of the members in the Collective are dedicated grant writers in an organization (like a municipal government or nonprofit). Others have innovative ventures that they are looking to get funded by using grants as a creative business development tool. Some are brand new non-profits where the Executive Director needs to learn grant writing to get the organization up and running before passing on those duties.

Whatever your motivation, you will benefit from the training in the Grant Writing Unicorn Collective. You will meet peers who are pursuing similar goals. You can bring your personalized questions and sticky situations to coaching calls. We routinely hire other experts to teach bonus trainings if a question comes up often enough. The bottom line is that you will be supported.

The only caveat we want to call out is that sometimes people want grants to pay for their business startup costs. Only in certain situations does that work, otherwise you will need to consider other types of financing.

The bulk of the course instruction is still relevant for you, regardless of location. The exceptions are that the grant writing database we teach is US based. We have members from throughout the world and they are finding the best grant research tools in their country. We are aggregating that information into a linkable google doc that you can reference. If your country isn't included, we will collaborate with you to find the best tools.

Phase 5 has a few videos about the Rapid Business Formation Method which shows you how to set up an LLC. Obviously the rules for company formation, payroll and taxes will differ where you are from. Again, we ask members in the program to document the process they followed (with screenshots and step by step instructions). That information will be available to you. If your country isn't included, then we ask you to help build out that business startup guide! You will help a future unicorn in the program! Tons of improvements are unicorn-led!

Aside from those caveats, everything applies regardless of your nation. Here's a quote from Putul in India who is implementing the Organic Networking Framework to create paid grant writing opportunities: "Honestly, I had my reservations about whether this course will help me earn big bucks because of the whole Indian-Western context clouding my head but I now have no doubt that the 🦄 magic works across borders."

Nope, you don't. But... concepts stick better when you have a real-world project. We teach a very specific process in Phase 1 for finding a PAID real-world project. Don’t freak out! Promise, our strategy doesn’t involve you actually writing any grants for them until you are ready.

We also have students that collaborate internally to gain experience without taking the lead. No matter what, you’ll get real experience!

The course is designed for beginner to intermediates, but we are continually amazed at the feedback advanced grant writers give us. They love refreshing their skills and learning new ways to do things.

Here's a snippet of a quote from one of our advanced grant writers, Tara O'Hanley: "I've been chasing, working under, or administering grants for more than 20 years at this point, and today is easily the best I have ever felt about anything related to the grant writing process...What a relief, to go from merely working hard (and not knowing whether it will pay off) to working smart (and being able to relax, knowing that, if I stay focused, I have my best possible shot at success)... I'll sing the praises of this course to anyone who will listen, for as long as I can!"

In addition, we have a special place in the community group for advanced grant writers to connect with one another. We have an advanced coaching call per month where you can bring us your hardest questions. You can also request early access to the advanced grant writing training in Phase 6 and 7 if you are working on federal grant applications and other advanced topics.

Absolutely! To earn your certificate, you must complete Phase 0-3 in the course, pass two assessments, and complete a Funding Strategy. A grant writing coach will review your Funding Strategy and issue a pass/fail. Most accomplish this work within 3-4 months. By the time you have finished the work required to earn your certificate, you will know what you are doing and should be recognized for your expertise. We will send you a certificate that you can leverage on your resume, LinkedIn profile, etc. It may or may not have a little surprise included! 😉

You will not find a grant writing system like what we have built here with the Global Grant Writers Collective. Past students regularly tell us that the class is worth much, much more than what we charge.

Our community is a special place filled with exceptional, motivated, and super-supportive members. When you join, you will be a part of this special group.

You get FULL access to all online content when you join the Global Grant Writers Collective. You will have seven days to decide if this program is right for you. Show us that you put in the effort by watching at least Phase 1 and 2, and if you are still not satisfied, we will send you a refund less credit card fees. Just send us an email at [email protected] to let us know how we could've improved your experience.

When you sign up, you are joining the Global Grant Writers Collective for one year. The program is set up this way because we are committed to your success. Most programs abandon you when you are your lowest confidence levels. We know when that occurs (usually month 4) and are there to give you the pep talk to keep going. Your questions evolve as your journey progresses. Grant writing is a life long learning practice. Your membership will shift to month-to-month on month 13 and you can cancel at any point if you decide the Collective is no longer serving you. (69% stay by the way!)

If you joined by paying in full, we will send you an email reminder at month 11. Your membership will be “grandfathered” in at the price you join today.

Great question! The short answer is because of the Dunning-Kruger effect. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s basically this: when we learn something new, we are overly confident and excited. We aren’t actually all that competent yet. Once we figure out how much we don’t know, our confidence plummets. This is called the valley of despair.

If you have dropped out of programs in the past, this is probably when it happened. It is a 100% normal human experience. We all go through it when developing new skills. For most members, this occurs around month four.

Knowing that, we designed the program to check in on you and keep you progressing. Pretty quick your confidence AND competence starts to rebound. Your momentum flywheel starts turning. We are repeatedly told by our members that “Meredith really wasn’t kidding. When the momentum flywheel gets momentum, it really does all come together quickly!”

Career transitions, especially when you are preparing to leave your job and go all in on freelancing, is not something most pull off overnight. It takes consistent effort. For that reason, we have designed the program as a year-round commitment. You then go month-to-month and can cancel whenever you want. 69% of our members stay with us into their second and third years.

We are going all in on you. Now, it’s time for you to believe in your full potential and chase down those bold dreams of yours.

We use every template provided, so no extra useless fluff here. When you join,you get access to our Google Drive, where we share the following templates and resources:

  • Informational Interview Questionnaire
  • Meeting Agenda
  • Funding Research Guide
  • Funding Strategy Template
  • Sample Project Prospectuses
  • Grant Checklist Template
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Letters of Support Templates
  • Sample Grant Narratives
  • Grant Narrative Skeleton
  • Grant Budget Template
  • Resolution Template
  • Grant Schedule
  • Sample Contracts
  • Asana Project Management Templates
  • And many more for good measure!

We have closed captioning on all instructional videos and transcripts available for you to download. If you have additional suggestions on how to make our program as inclusive as possible, please feel free to share those with us!

Had to answer this question! 😂 We had a bunch of conversations with folks that were on the fence about joining the Collective and this concern about us being a scam came up. It seems too good to be true right?!

We empathize with the sentiment. The internet is proliferated with get rich-quick schemes and empty promises to build a life you love. We also offer A LOT of value (wait until you really see what's under the hood), and since this option is so much cheaper than a graduate degree, it puts some people on high alert. While less than a grad degree, it still is a sizable investment. As two bootstrapped female founders, let us assure you that we take your trust in us seriously. We obsess about your success. You can also read about Member experiences here and unicorn spotlights on YouTube here.

Reach out and get to know us. Shoot us an email, and we can connect you with a current member for an inside perspective or speak with you directly. Or DM us on Instagram.

Still have questions? Get in touch.

Let's Recap. The Collective
Collective Is For You If...

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You want step-by-step online instruction on how to write winning grants and get paid doing it.

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You value having your questions answered within 36 hours by one (or more) of our six grant writing coaches.

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You want in on the most supremely supportive online community for accountability and support.

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You have been thinking about becoming a grant writer, or getting better at it, for a long time.

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You want more control over your schedule, but don’t know where to start to make the transition.

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You want to create positive change and make a meaningful impact on the world.

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You are ready to step into your full potential and own what it means to get there.

What Students Hoped For When Getting Started

(P.S. They have gone on to excel at grant writing!)

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“I was honestly quite hesitant about joining learngrantwriting.org. But after I sent an email with some questions, I received a personal video message from Meredith that really helped ease my mind that this program was the real deal. I also spoke with a lady who had recently joined the program and, again, she helped ease my mind. Now that I've completed the program and am working with my first real client, I can say that this program completely exceeded my expectations. I'm so grateful I joined. I feel encouraged every time I connect with any of the unicorns, either through the community page or through the live coaching calls. The continued support after the initial training is complete is invaluable."

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Naomi Fields
Certified Grant Writer
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“I am LITERALLY birthing my dreams into the world right now... like we are perhaps 2 steps away from crowning... and it is remarkably exciting, it brings tears to my eyes each step that gets checked off... and it all began with joining From Start to Funded and the support I've received to get out of my own way, confront my weird feelings and do what I am capable of. For this, I'll always be so thankful.”

Lauren Juckniewitz grant writing student
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🦄  Curious about other successes? Read a handful of success stories here!

We would love to have you if you want...

Remember what we talked about... grant writing is hard work. But, if it fits your personality and goals, it can be a wildly fulfilling career.

You are the architect of your life. If you aren’t happy, you are not alone. It happens to all of us.

What matters is that you take action. Whether that means joining us or doing something completely different, all we want for you is forward motion.

Build a life you love.

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Pay one time annually or the payment plan. Your membership to the Global Grant Writers Collective will be the most fun you’ve ever had advancing your career.

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Remember, our goal is for you to make at least $15,000 in this program.

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