Taking classes or watching the you-tube videos are really a big help.
Ask at the big chain craft stores if they teach Cricut or Gypsy classes. You'd be surprised. I work for one of those chain craft stores as an independent demo and I teach a Cricut Class, 3 hours of how to use the machine, and a Gypsy how to use the machine class. They're actually popular classes.
Asking questions on this forum is a big help too.