Why is it that everybody seems to be offering online courses everywhere – but you wouldn’t know where to start? Just the thought of recording a video makes you sweat. And trying to write the content for your online course lets you feel completely overwhelmed! But what if I told you that it is actually very easy to create an online course? I created my first online course all by myself at home, so believe me when I tell you that it’s more than doable!
Now, try to forget for a minute how scary it all sounds, and ask yourself these questions: Is teaching something you’re passionate about? Would you love to be able to give lessons to others? Help them succeed in something which feels almost natural to you? Would you like to earn passive income with your first online course? If you’ve answered most questions with a “yes”, keep reading, ’cause I guess this post can help you understand that online courses are much easier to create than you think.
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5 Steps to create your first online course – without any experience
- Figure out what your online course is going to be about. Are you teaching a language? Yoga? A technical tool? A special diet? How to lose weight? How to eat vegan food without spending too much time in the kitchen?
- Set your target audience. Who are you talking to? Is it to overwhelmed moms? Sporties? Young people planning a year abroad? Bloggers trying to figure out how social media works?
- Write your course. Easier said than done, right? Well, it’s actually not hard at all! Read this post about creating content for your online course – and come back here once you’re done 😉
- If you’re going to add video lessons to your online course – which I highly recommend -, it’s time for you to create your slides. I use Keynote (for Mac), but you can also create them with PowerPoint.
- Record your voice over your slides. So easy! You can do it directly on Keynote or PowerPoint, no fancy tools needed 😉 Just follow these instructions for Keynote and for PowerPoint. Once you’re done, export your slides with the recorded presentation to a video file format.
Where are online courses sold?
- Join Teachable or any other learning platform you’d like to try – like Thinkific or Kajabi. Just make sure that the platform you join lets you be in control of your students’ data and your course pricing. Both Teachable and Thinkific offer very comprehensive free plans, so check them out and choose the one you prefer. My Work at Home Bootcamp is hosted on Teachable, so this is the platform I recommend.
- Upload your videos (that is, your slide presentation with your recorded voiceover) to Teachable or the learning platform of your choice.
- Create a sales page. If you don’t have a website of your own, you just have to create a sales page. There are tons of possibilities out there, but I like to choose the easiest – and cheapest one, which is the sales page which comes with your teaching platform. At least for your first online course.
- Set a price for your course & hit publish!
- Lastly, what’s left for you to do is to let everyone know that your course is open!
Not convinced yet? Still thinking that creating online courses is for highly techie people? Well, stay tuned for next week’s post, and let me prove you wrong 😉
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