As a business owner, and a creator, you know that one of the best ways to make passive income is to build and sell digital products.
It’s not just profitable, and something you’ll sell forever (considering you’ve chosen an evergreen topic) once you take the time to make it quality and practical, but it’s a fantastic way to become an expert in your niche, to grow your personal brand and actually help people by teaching them how to deal with something they struggle with or learn a new skill.
The most popular digital product is the eBook. You may have already written one and shared your experience, be it on how to be more productive, a better parent, or how to shift your mindset after quitting your regular job.
Then, there are the audio products, membership sites, artwork, magazines, and software tools.
But when we talk about teaching people how to do something, nothing beats creating a course for beginners on a hot topic.
One of the things people will never stop searching for online is the millions of ‘how-tos’.
The world is going crazy about building skills that can save people time or money, teach them how to build a business, how to be better writers, how to use specific online tools (a few guides on Evernote, for instance, made their creators rich simply because the app is used by millions of people and they love it).
A course is different because it takes more time than a regular digital product. There’s video included, and the modules must be organized in an understandable way so that people can really get value from it and know how to do something new once they finish it.
But which platform do you use when you want to create an eCourse?
First, you need to decide whether you’ll be integrating it with your website. If so, you’ll be interested in the first 4 items below. The other option is to use third parties, which means you won’t have full control over it, but the course will be put directly in front of the eyes of people looking for it and the platform will take care of the distribution. The last 2 items on the list offer you such solutions.
Teachable is one of the most popular choices of online course creators with their own websites.
The process of building the product is easy. You take care of all the elements of the course (video content, pictures, text, etc.) and simply import it all. Then you can design it in a beautiful way without any coding. The platform takes care of the payments, signups and hosting, so all you need to do after that is keep promoting it to current and new visitors of your website.
One thing that makes Teachable stand out is the variety of features it offers that make your work so much easier and more pleasant.
Prices range from $39 to $299 per month, but there’s also a free plan.
Simple to use, and with great design, Teachery is another way to have an eCourse and integrate it with your website.
Their support is fantastic and there are no limits in terms of numbers of courses and students.
You can try it out for free for 14 days. If you like what you see, the plans start from $49/month. There’s also a yearly and a lifetime version, if you’re thinking long-term.
This one is known as the all-in-one platform for independent entrepreneurs to create, market and sell their courses.
Like Teachable, it offers a free plan where you pay a fee for each transaction. That makes it affordable for newbies or those looking to create useful courses.
The big difference with this platform is you earn your revenue right away versus others that have a 30-day payout wait.
The things people love about Ruzuku the most are its clean looks and ease of use. You can be non-techie and still set up an eCourse fast and successfully, and offer your students a great experience and many features.
There are 3 monthly plans ranging from $58 to $83. There’s also a 14 day free trial.
If you have a business online, you’ve heard about Udemy. It’s like YouTube, but for courses.
You may not be able to integrate it with your website, but you’ll be selling your course directly on their marketplace as the platform provides you access to millions of students.
It’s free for instructors (that’s you), but they keep 50% of what you sell there.
Last but not least, another online learning community that lets you create, sell, promote and distribute your digital product on their platform is Skillshare.
Other entrepreneurs and teachers that are using it are quite happy with the results. Although the admins are picky and don’t approve all people or material.
If you decide to work with them, the commission rates are the following: Skillshare takes %30 of the revenue if you refer the student, and %70 in any other case.
Now that you’re familiar with your options in terms of platforms for eCourse creation, you can gather and organize your content and not worry about the technical part.