Welcome back to the Changing Careers Series! Each week, I’m going to handle a different freelance career: A profession typically performed by people who have their own business, and work from home – or anywhere else. This week is all about freelance online teachers. Let’s get started!

Changing Careers: Online Teacher

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What does a freelance online teacher do?

An online teacher creates courses and offers them on online platforms. The teaching subject can be anything: From DIY crafts or a new language to social media techniques or developing an app. What would you like to teach? What are you an expert in? Are you a natural born yogui? Then why not offer yoga lessons? Do you create beautiful printables? I bet there are lots of people who would love to learn that! Do you know the secrets of successful writers? Please share your wisdom 🙂

Some examples of freelance online teaching:

 Visual arts: Web design, graphic design, brand building, design thinking, UX design, tools like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Canva

 Software & technology: Web development, app development, PC software, blog setup, e-commerce tools

 Online marketing: Email marketing,  SEM, SEO, web analytics, e-commerce strategies, mobile marketing, social media strategies, Instagram marketing, Facebook Ads, Pinterest SEO

♥  Business & Personal development: Career development, stress management, productivity, project management, finances, business management, planning & organization

Arts & Crafts: Drawing, knitting, book scraping, mobile marketing, watercolor lettering

 Health & Lifestyle: Yoga, pilates, running, sports, dieting, nutrition, healthy cooking

 Other hobbies: Photography, foreign languages, music instruments, cooking, makeup, singing, acting

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Some additional notes about freelance online teachers’ work

 Create additional material for your course, like worksheets, workbooks, or – at least – the transcription to your videos as a downloadable pdf.

♥ Prepare an automatic email sequence for your students. You want to welcome them when they enroll in your course, and also send them weekly or bi-weekly emails with new content or info. My suggestion is that you join an email program such as ConvertKit – and avoid having to send emails manually to each one of your (many) students 😉

Online courses are the perfect way to earn passive income, which means that you’re theoretically done once you upload your course. However, try and reach for your students every now and then. Ask them for feedback. Arrange some live events, like Facebook Live, for instance. They’ll be very thankful, I’m sure!

You should be checking if the content you’re offering is up-to-date, or if there’s anything you could change. Set a reminder on your calendar every 6 months 🙂

How can I work as a freelance online teacher if I have no experience?

Offer a free webinar or a mini-course about your course’s first lesson, or even with a sum-up of the whole course. Let your potential students want more from you! It’s as easy as sharing it on social media.

You could offer the course to a small group of people for a reduced price, and let them give you their feedback for you to share it on your sales page. This is the best propaganda you can ever get!

Create a compelling sales page to sell your course. If you join the ConvertKit email program, you’ll be able to use their sales page. You also can join Kajabi, which is a pricier option, but you’ll find anything you need to create and host an online course!

Equipment I need as an online teacher

A good photo/video camera and, if possible, someone to help you with the shooting.
 A high-quality mic for your students to get every single word you say 😉
 A platform to upload your videos. I’d go for Teachable or Thinkific, but you can also check out the 10 Best Platforms to Create and Sell Online Courses.
 Check out this post about practical tools & equipment for freelancers you could be getting for special dates, like Christmas or Black Friday 😉

Interested? Questions?

Let me know your thoughts about freelancing as an online teacher. Do you have any questions you’d like me to address? Go for it 😉

xoxo,
Alicia
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Other posts in this series:
Freelance Translator
Freelance Virtual Assistant
Freelance Visual Designer
Freelance Photographer
Freelance Social Media Manager
Freelance Writer
Freelance Ghostwriter

Online Teacher - Change Careers Series