The process of becoming a full-time course creator can be divided in the following steps:
- Learn your preferred topic very well, better than most people that are interested in it. This can be some sort of knowledge niche like web development or writing, but there must be enough people interested in it
- Grow an audience that trusts you and that learn about the topic from you, either via a blog or YouTube channel
- Learn how to create online courses, by understanding what equipment is necessary, how to edit videos, how to record lessons, etc. It might sound intimidating, but it's much easier than mastering the topic that you are teaching
- Learn how to market and sell online courses. This is a separate skill from all the rest. You might know the topic better than anybody, you might have created the best courses and have a pre-built audience, but if you don't know how to sell your courses and build an online course business, it won't work.
The good news is that, other than learning your topic of choice (which might take years), all the rest is easily learnable, it's not that hard at all.
The part of growing an audience is also very time-consuming, so here is an optimized timeline of how you can do it.
Recommended timeline for becoming an online course creator
Start by learning your topic of choice very well, either by working on it professionally, or by continuously working on it in your free time.
At this time, you might be years away and are not even thinking of becoming a course creator. You are simply learning as much as you can about the topic because you are interested in it.
For you, the topic is either a hobby, a strong personal interest, and often both!
At this point, you are probably working as an employee for a company, where you might get the chance to work on your topic.
Why create content before releasing courses?
This is now a very good time to start growing your audience, either via a blog or YouTube channel, via some written or video content.
There are some very good reasons for starting to create content before doing the jump to full-time online teaching:
- you will start growing an audience as soon as possible, which is a very time-consuming process. This way, later when you start selling your courses you will already have an audience to buy them.
- you will learn the ropes of how to create content, either in written or video form, and preferably on both. This way, when you start producing courses you will already have experience creating content.
- You will also get an idea of exactly how many people are interested in your topic, and you will also get an idea of how hard it is to grow an audience in your niche.
All of these things will be tremendously helpful to you as an online course creator, and you can work on them while you are an employee working full-time. You can work on these things one or two years ahead of launching your online course business.
Another thing that you can do, is to become a freelance on your area of expertise. As a freelance, you might be able to charge a higher rate, and this will give you a financial cushion when you leave your current job.
Also, as a freelancer you will be able to move around and learn more about your topic by working in several places and with several different people.
How to make the transition to online teaching?
Finally, when you are ready to take the plunge, you can do so in a couple of different ways.
First, you might want to create your first course and launch it, just to get an idea of how much you will make and how hard it is to sell it.
Doing this however might be a bit tricky, because your first course will take a lot longer to create due to the learning experience, and the idea is that you do this full time.
You might want to take a couple of weeks of holiday and create and launch the course as well, without leaving your current job.
But if you have the possibility, it's always better and you will have a higher chance of success if you just take the red pill and go full time as an online course creator!
This will give you 100% of your time to dedicate yourself to your dream project, and give it your all. It's much easier to create online courses if you can do it full-time every day, as opposed to only a few hours here and there in the evenings and weekends.
While you are creating your course, it's important to understand how exactly you are going to sell it and create a business around your courses.
You will get an answer either from other like-minded aspiring course creators, from established creators, or from our support team.
I hope this helped understand the different steps involved in the process, if you have any questions let me know in the community forum and I will get back to you.
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All in all, becoming an online course creator is an awesome journey towards a very rewarding and well-remunerated career, so enjoy the process and let us know if we can help!