Most people that make the decision to start their own home business or to make money online, have a rough time deciding where to start. Something you may want to consider is selling your knowledge and skills through teaching online courses. There are so many different platforms and ways to present your courses. Most platforms let and assist you with setting up your shop for free, taking payments, and promoting your courses.
Teaching online courses is a fantastic way to begin making passive income. The first step is to decide where you will offer your courses.
Where Will People Find Your Classes?
There are several options when it comes to platforms to offer your courses. A few of my personal favorites are –
**Many other options available. You could also offer your course through email or maybe a webinar. These are just a few that I found easy to use and get started with.
Teaching Online Courses Through your own Website
If you do not have your own website yet, you can very easily get started, like I did, at One.com. I paid $3 for the entire first year of hosting and my domain name by signing up here. Basically, you get to build your website for free! Love them and have had no problems so far with my site.
You may also want to check into Bluehost and Shopify. Though I have never used Bluehost personally, I hear nothing but good things about it and it is one of the bigger names in web hosting. I just set up my first Shopify store. With Shopify, you get your own domain name and they offer help with running your store. So far, I like it a lot and plan on go over details in a future post.
A Few More Places to Post Your Online Courses
If you want to know a little bit more about Udemy, check out my post about using Udemy to boost your home business.
SkillShare states that their “top teachers earn up to $40,000 a year” and they also offer plenty of help in the course creation process. Definitely, check out the 30 Day Teaching Challenge and the Teacher Handbook for extra help and feedback on creating your courses.
Teachable is another platform you can use. This one has some super cool features that I really like. Start my linking your own personal domain (which is what I recommend…more professional) or create a .teachable domain. The site walks you through creating your courses and allows you to set up your own affiliate program for your courses. This is a super cool feature and will help you sell and promote your courses.
Deciding What to Teach
To begin making your first online course, think of a subject that you are familiar enough with to show somebody how to do without any preparation. This can be anything – painting or drawing, creating websites, cooking, online marketing – the list goes on and on. The key here is to pick something you are good at. Pick something you could do from start to finish easily and make sure you could answer any question that may be thrown your way.
Try to become the go-to expert on your topic. If you pick a topic that you know and are sincerely passionate about, people that take your course will be more likely to share it with their friends and family.
Also, make sure you download a screencasting application to record your screen and voice if what you are teaching is online, or have a good video camera or webcam to record yourself going through the activity.
Why Should You Instruct an Online Course?
- Teaching online courses can be a great source of passive income. Create your course and get it online and make money from it for years to come.
- If you are truly knowledgeable about your topic, it won’t be hard or take you long to create.
- Helping others learn something you are passionate about is a reward. There is money to be made instructing web courses, but by helping other individuals you will for sure grow your audience and in turn grow your business.
What are your thoughts on online learning? Do you have a course you want to share with others? Have you taken courses that may be helpful to those wanting to expand their home businesses? Let us know in the comments below, or contact me if you would like to submit a guest post promoting courses that you teach!