These days, being an expert and having skills in almost any field can be a great tool for earning extra money.
In the past, I have shown you how to make money by teaching English online.
Today, I am going to show you how to make money teaching almost anything on a site called Udemy.
What is Udemy?
Udemy is more than just a regular website that you visit. This is a community that allows anyone to post training programs online for people to utilize.
For those who go onto this website, the learning programs are fun, and entertaining. While for those who post these educational segments, it can be very profitable.
Udemy was introduced in 2010, and has become one of the best online education tools used to teach the current generation.
The site allows a person to joint in order to learn new skills and to train other people. At the same time, it allows you to make money by teaching those people the new skills they are after.
Every online course that is developed, allows a trainer to receive 70% of the revenue that the course brings in.
How Much Money Can I Make?
You can make money through teaching others what you have to offer. Your pay is going to be based on how much your charge students for your course.
Thus, what you make is really determined by you.
Most instructors make on average $7000 per year. The income is ongoing, as students can sign up for the course at any time.
And there is potential here. There are some people how make 6 figures per year, or even more. The key is to exploit the opportunity.
What Can You Teach?
Almost anything! But for the sake of this post, here are some of the most popular topics on Udemy:
- Crafts and Hobbies
- Arts & Photography
- Health & Fitness
- Math & Science
- Social Sciences
Each of the topics listed above are going to have subcategories in order to break the offerings down even further.
For example, Technology may have HTML, Programming and the like as subcategories. There are over 14,000 courses for a student to choose from.
Things like algebra, or even how to best apply makeup, shows the diversity of what is offered.
There is no special training needed in order to utilize Udemy, however, those who have a teaching degree may find this a bit easier to do.
Many of those who are instructors on the site are not teachers, they simply have enough experience or knowledge in an area to help teach others what they need to know.
Instructors can sign up for free.
According to the site, instructors who are considered average earn on average $7,000 per year.
If you market your own course and have students sign up for the course on your own, then you get 100% of the profits that come from this course. However, Udemy does offer to do the marketing for you and help sign up students. In this case, you would take only 50% of the profits for each course they help with.
Tools & Resources
The great thing about Udemy is that they provide you with the tools that you are going to need in order to develop the courses you want to teach:
- An All-in one, free online training platform
- Unlimited video uploads
- Course design & development support
- 24X7 tech support and payment processing
- World wide availability of you course
- Discount coupon
- Your own mobile app built in
- Course management tools
- Course tracking
Creating Your Course
There are 4 easy steps that Udemy has in order to create the course that you are teaching:
- Plan the course
- Create the content for the course
- Publish the course online
- Promote the course
Based on the content of the course, most instructors make $10 to $30 per hour. The usual price for the courses is between $29 to $99.
This information is available 24/7 so you can look at this whenever you need to. There are also specialists on hand 24/7 in order to answer any questions you may have or the like.
All of the support is meant to help to ensure that your course is as great as it can be.
Promoting Your Course
Once you are ready to launch your Udemy course, the last step is to promote this!
Here are a few ways in which you can get started:
- Social Media
Maybe you don’t have a large following, which is fine, but you can still use social media to help promote your course.
You can utilize Facebook, Twitter, G+ contacts, Pinterest, Linkedin and whatever social media outlet you utilize in order to get the word out about what you are offering.
The best method is to provide a special discount just to those who are on your social networks in order to gain interest.
Tip: Create a Pinterest page just for your course, as well as a Facebook page. This is going to allow you to start being ranked in search engines.
If you are an active user of community forums, then use your Udemy course link when you post comments under your name.
You can even purchase advertising in many forums in order to display your information to those who may be interested.
Those who click on the link from forums should be offered some type of discount or special materials in order to entice people to do this.
- Authority Blogs
Guest post of blogs in which may coincide with what your course is offering.
- Video Channels
Find videos that are relevant to what you are offering, and then add comments with links to your course.
- Paid Advertising
You can put ads into newsletter, banners on website, or other avenues in order to gain more attention. A few examples are using Google Adwords or even Facebook ads.
Things to Know
Udemy recommends that those who create and provide instruction in courses charge $10 to $30 per course.
English can be used when teaching these courses, along with ten other languages. Since these courses are recorded and not live, students are able to sign up for whatever course they want, whenever they want.
There is a business course package designed to help businesses teach new skills to employees. This is the Udemy for Organizations or UFO program. A few examples of businesses who have utilized this service are 1-800-Flowers, Pitney Boews and Oracle.
Those who teach these courses are considered “freelancers” thus they are responsible for their own taxes. If you make over $600 per year, you will receive a 1099 Tax form to help when completing taxes at the end of the year.
There are over 1,000,000 students that are enrolled in the system that are taking the classes that people develop, with 2,000,000 visitors who go to the site each month. You can maintain your current job and have your teaching career on the side.
You always have the ownership of the content that you create, no matter what.
The bottom line is that you can make money through Udemy. Whether this is a second income or a full-time job, is up to you. One thing is for certain, you should not miss out on this multi-billion income adventure.
The best thing I personally like about making money with sites like Udemy is the fact that these can become a source of passive income. You develop the course once, but you continue to earn money from it, as more people sign up and pay for it down the road.
And that’s why Udemy is becoming a favorite source of making money online for many people.