Creating your first online course can seem like a daunting task at first. But with a bit of preparation, you will be well on your way.
There are many ways to make money from home. I make money from home through blogging, writing, affiliate marketing, course creation, ebooks, virtual assisting, coaching, and more. I have found that if I diversify always have at least one reliable stream of income. Earning income from multiple streams is ideal and can protect you through even some of the worst economies.
One of the best ways to have a recurring income is through course creation. This process is not nearly as complex as you may initially believe. Let’s spend some time reviewing what it takes to create your first course.
Creating Your First Online Course
My first course creation was about blogging. At the time, this was the topic that I had the most experience with. Since then, I’ve created courses on a variety of topics. When you are an entrepreneur and strive to help people, there are multiple ways to achieve that goal. One strategy is to become a coach where you can work one-on-one with persons to meet their goals. Coaching is an excellent strategy, but sometimes there is a better way to build that initial framework before one-on-one strategy sessions.
#1. Choose A Topic
In the beginning, you need to choose a topic. At first glance, this may seem like a daunting task; however, really, if you look back on what your skills are, it isn’t that difficult to do. For example, I am often asked how I started working from home? How did you become a blogger? How do you make money from home? How do you make money blogging? All of these questions can serve as a basis for one course or multiple courses.
If you genuinely have no idea where to begin, then developing a survey to see what your readers are looking for or interested in is an excellent idea. Creating a course can take some time to do correctly, so you want to target what readers are looking for.
#2. Start With An Outline
Before you start developing video content, work through designing an outline. This outline will serve multiple purposes, such as giving your readers an idea of what to expect in the course and keeping you focused on what should be covered in each module.
Begin by simply doing a brain dump onto a piece of paper or a Google doc. I prefer to use Milanote productivity software. This software allows me to create Post-it notes on a billboard, and then I slide the notes around to where I want them to be. Once I have them arranged as I’d like them, I can build my outline and the details of each module right in the productivity software.
Once you have an outline, start to enhance each module and eliminate anything that appears to be unnecessary. If you can have someone knowledgeable in course creation review your information, that would be ideal. If not, there are gigs on Fiverr that offer to proofread and edit your course creation contents.
#3. Course Recording
There are multiple ways actually to record your course. For example, you can be the face of the course, speaking to the students. In contrast, another option is to talk while reviewing slides, such as through PowerPoint or Google slides.
It is essential to have an excellent microphone with either scenario so your voice can be heard clearly and understood by anyone listening. I recommend this Tonor microphone which has fantastic sound quality at a reasonable price. You will also need video editing software, and I recommend Camtasia.
#4. Course Delivery
There are many ways you can deliver a course to potential students. If you have a website, that is a great place to start, and all you would need to do is password protect the course. However, you could choose to list your course on teachable.com, Udemy.com, Coursera, or some other platform. There are many out there.
#5. Course Promotion
Now that you have developed your course, you need to promote it otherwise, how will anybody find it? There are many ways to promote your course, and social media is one of the best ways. You can do Tik-Tok reels, Instagram reels, Facebook lives, paid advertising, Pinterest stories, and so much more. I highly recommend that you develop Facebook groups to keep readers up-to-date on valuable information if you are going to get into course creation. It allows for two-way interaction and follow-up conversation after course completion.
Are You Ready To Get Started With Creating Your First Online Course?
Now that you have all the tips you need to create your first course, nothing can stop you now!