No one gets into teaching for the money. A passion for sharing knowledge with others and watching them grow is usually the driving force behind a successful teacher.
On a recent episode of Anamolous Educator, I spoke with Daniel Scott, founder of Instructor HQ and bringyourownlaptop.com. Daniel sort of fell into teaching after some of his graphic design software instructors in college realized he was more knowledgeable about the technical side than they were.
After taking over some night classes, he realized nothing he had ever done had been as rewarding as teaching. He was overwhelmed by the feedback from his students. “Nobody gets that kind of gratitude in a regular job,” he says.
The Search to Keep that Gratitude Going
As anyone who has spent time in a classroom knows, the gratitude from students makes up for the stress you feel from the workload of teaching. So how do you keep that high going? Teach more students!
Preparing for and teaching extra classes can leave you quite drained. As Daniel says “you don’t want to end up like that angry bald teacher who’s always yelling at everybody”. So, where do you go from here?
Online Courses Gives You the Ability to Deliver Your Best Class Every Time
Standing in a classroom for hours at a time, pouring your heart out for your students is indeed rewarding. But all that pouring leaves the glass empty at the end of every day.
Imagine being able to teach each class with fresh eyes, a clear mind, and renewed energy every time. That’s what online courses allow you to do. Each class can be the best class.
Know What Subjects are Worth Teaching
Part of giving your best self in every course is knowing what to teach. As you’re planning your online courses, it’s hard to know which subjects to focus on. Daniel suggests making a list of all the topics you feel confident in and narrowing down which ones are “doable”.
As you get started, you’ll find that some courses will make much more money than others. That’s ok. You can still use the non-profitable courses on other platforms like YouTube to bring in an even bigger audience.
Use Multiple Platforms
Daniel’s website InsctructorHQ is a perfect place to get started, but he recommends using as many platforms as possible. Skillshare and Udemy are great platforms, as well as hosting your videos on your own website.
Each platform has different pricing options, but Daniel recommends setting your price as low as possible. Lower prices give you a higher volume of students and don’t change your bottom line by much.
He saw virtually no difference in his profits when raising his price points, just a lower amount of purchases. So why not offer your knowledge to as many people as possible?
Keep it Up
No one makes a large amount of money right away. But don’t be discouraged. If you’re consistent, your hard work will pay off. Keep setting those goals; you’ll get there. Gratitude may not come easy, but as we all know, it’s worth every bit of hard work. Daniel says “It’s a slow burn,” so go ahead and start that fire.
You can hear the full interview with Daniel here.