September always brings that same feelings of “newness.” A chance to revamp your personal brand, launch a new side hustle, or even… go back-to-school! But maybe this time, you’re doing it a little different. Rather than attending courses, you’re teaching them. You’ve learned a lot on-the-job and have great expertise to share about your experiences in your field. Maybe you’re a writer with a book that’s been recently published, a developer who wants to teach Python, a seamstress with decades of skills, or you know multiple languages and want to teach others. No matter what you do, other people want to learn from you. Why not teach some classes for a little extra cash, grow your personal brand recognition and thought leadership, and build yourself a fun side hustle.
Where Can You Offer Your E-Courses?
Finding the right spot for your brand is the first step to moving forward with teaching as a side hustle. You can monetize in different ways on every platform. Online enrollment, or e-learning, is growing throughout universities and colleges. Sites dedicated to e-elearning, like Udemy, boasts more than 30 million students and 51% of US YouTube users use YouTube to figure out “how to” do things and learn. There are a range of platforms you can use for your lessons and we’ve suggested some below.
Something to keep in mind: This is a side hustle that requires a lot of dedication and effort. You will need to have high quality videos, documents or assignments, manage a curriculum, facilitate conversation and offer help hours, and grade students. If you’re serious about this, be prepared to invest a lot of time and work into this pursuit.
The benefit of using a dedicated e-learning platform, such as Udemy, is that they provide a dashboard and curriculum to help you stay on track. You get to set the topics and pricing of your classes. You have the ability to participate in Udemy’s site wide sales and other deals so that the platform can promote your courses appropriately. You can create unlimited courses. Udemy is stricter about course ownership and pricing options.
Thinkific offers a suite of tools for marketing, sales, and account management. Their platform is sleek and modern and also have the option to create unlimited courses but on a customized website design. Thinkific allows for freedom of pricing structure and course ownership (and removal).
YouTube is an obvious choice for many beginners to gauge interest on their topics and test the market out. How to videos now rank on Google in top positions for how-to based searches, which is great for driving organic traffic. You can monetize differently on YouTube, such as through paid advertisements or sponsorship.
Domain Names for E-Learning Educators
Now that you’ve found the best place to host your courses, you need a domain name. A domain name will allow you to easily share your links. If you use social media channels to promote your courses, having an easy-to-remember, custom domain name is a much better option for your profile links than a www.elearningwebsite.com/courses/yourcoursetopic/yourcoursename. We offer many education-themed domain names that would make for a fun twist on your e-learning brand! Many of the e-learning websites allow instructors to connect or forward a personal domain name to their page.
A few education-themed domain name ideas:
The .COURSES extension is a great domain name for your Udemy courses to live on.
If you have a .ACADEMY domain name, let your Thinkific classes live on it.
The .TIPS domain names suits a YouTube channel packed with how-to videos.