Online courses are a great way to make money. As Zimbabwe and the rest o the world are going through a Pandemic, online courses are at an all time high. As a matter of fact, they have now become a very popular way of learning now that schools can’t operate normally.
In this article, we are going to share how you can make money through offering online courses. Courses are the lifeblood of many online businesses. I know of one lady who makes upwards of $100,000 per month through selling courses online.
This number may seem too far-fetched to wrap your head around but it’s ok. Even if your goal is to earn an extra $500 per month then you can use these methods as well. I am going to give you a framework you can use to build an online learning portal that you can make some money from.
Which Courses Can You Sell Online?
So, what exactly are you able to sell online through courses? Right now I can say just about anything which is taught in a normal classroom setup. If you a primary school teacher, you can start offering lessons online.
If you are a makeup artist, you can create a course that teaches people how to do their own makeup. If you are an interior décor expert, you can teach on affordable ways to decorate your own home.
If you are a fitness coach or dance instructor, you can create online lessons specifically targeting your audience. The extent of what you can offer as lessons is really limited by your imagination. Let’s now look at what you need to make all this happen.
How to Set Up an Online Course
The first thing that you’ll need to do is create an outline for your course. The outline will help you put structure to your course as well as keep you on track on which content needs to be created in what sequence.
Once you have your outline, the next step is to create the training videos using your outline. The beauty of online learning is that you won’t need to do a large amount of editing. Once you have created your content, the next step is to edit. One of the tools I like is screen-o-matic a computer screen recording software.
I would suggest that you record one lesson first then edit so that you get the hang of things. You might see that you could have presented better or improved the sound and lighting in your video. Doing one video at a time in the beginning will enable you to make improvements each time.
Once you come up with a good working formula, you can start doing larger batches of content at a time. Once you are done with filming, the next step is editing.
Editing is something that just about anyone can learn especially for online training videos. Most times you won’t need anything complex.
Once you are done with editing, you need to upload the videos to an online learning platform. One of the best platforms for this is an application called Learn Dash. Learn Dash is software that turns your WordPress website into an online learning platform.
If you’ve taken an online course you will get the same sort of layout with Learning Dash.
What You Need
Here is a list of the things you’ll need in order to get this going.
- A camera/ phone
- Microphone (optional)
- Lights x 2
Good lighting will definitely get you great results as will a microphone and a professional camera. If these are out of reach for now there are a lot of content creators out there who use just their phone on a tripod.
An iPhone or other high end phone with good camera works best for this purpose. As I said before, experiment with different angles and lighting until you get it right.
How to Get Paid
If you are offering your content to the local market, you can take payments manually as cash, mobile money or a bank transfer. If you want to automate this process, you can use www.paynow.co.zw . They offer a way to take payments automatically on your website.
Making online courses can be something that’s very lucrative for you. Fortunately with the advancement in technology, what used to take thousands of dollars to implement now takes little to no money.
There really is no excuse anymore. The ball really is in your court.Recommended1 recommendationPublished in