As you know, for a very long time, SSiW offered the whole of Course 1 (and then the whole of the new Level 1) entirely for free.
We loved doing this - it felt great - and the word of mouth lead to what felt like successful growth in the early days.
Then it stalled.
I mean, really stalled.
We were just about able to manage two full-time people (on pretty low salaries). When we switched over to charging for the 6 month approach and the 6 minute approach, we started growing, and reaching far more learners. We’ve now got 10 full-time and 5 part-time members of staff, and we’re reaching and helping thousands more learners than we were before - so it’s very clear that this is the necessary direction for us.
But, inevitably, people who were paying for the 6 month or 6 minute structure weren’t very pleased to see that the core content for Level 1 was available for free - so we cut back there, offering the first 15 sessions instead of the whole 25.
It’s still something that generates support requests, though - understandably, a lot of people feel that the actual lesson content is the most important part of the 6 month/6 minute structure, and they feel we’ve mislead them by not pointing out that they could get that bit for free.
So, with a certain sadness at the inevitability of it all, we’re closing down free access.
This means it’s hugely important for you NOT to tell people that they should try SSiW because it’s free. It’s not, any more.
In place of the free course, we now have 3 options:
sign up to a paid-for structured approach (6 month or 6 minute currently, although we’re working towards blending them into one with some new tech)
do our free ‘one sentence’ mini-intro, which gets meaty enough to show how the method works and whether it feels helpful or not for that individual learner
if the paid-for structures are absolutely out of reach, apply for a scholarship place - we assess each application and offer a number of scholarships each year - when we offer a scholarship (at 50% or 100% off), it includes full access to everything, so in that sense we’ve actually started offering more material for free, for people who otherwise would struggle to afford it.
If you see anyone who hasn’t read this update telling new learners on the forum (or on Facebook or Twitter!) about the ‘free lessons’, it would be a GIGANTIC help if you could send them the link to this thread…