Sell your online course on udemy

Teaching an online course

Tap the value inside your brain

If you have just about any kind of specialized knowledge, you can create and sell an online course based on that knowledge.

If you want to create your own course, you’ll need a video camera and some way to edit the video for your course. You’ll also need a willingness to get in front of that video camera and teach the course.

You also need a way to sell your online course and process payments.

There is an online platform that makes this pretty simple: udemy.

I haven’t created a course on udemy, but I use the platform a lot to learn new skills.

There are thousands of courses on just about every subject on udemy.

Most courses sell for $10, but you can charge more.

It’s easy to upload and set up your course and udemy offers a lot of resources to help you market it.

And udemy is great for starting out when you don’t have a large following – lots of people are looking for courses on the platform.

After you grow your online course business and your following, you might want to offer courses on your own website.

If you’re worried that you don’t know how to do any of this stuff, guess what? You can always use udemy to learn how.

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You can sell your own e-book even if you can’t write

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Finding freelancers to write your e-book for you

If you have a great idea for an e-book you’d like to write and sell – but you can’t write – you still have options.

The internet makes it easy to find freelancers to do the writing for you.

One of the most popular sites for freelancers, including writers, is Upwork.

Upwork makes it simple to reach out to writers.

  1. Write a job post on Upwork
  2. Review the writers’ proposals
  3. Interview the ones you like
  4. Test them with small assignments
  5. Pick your writer
  6. Hire them

Soon, you’ll have your own e-book you can sell online.

And if you need help writing the marketing materials for your book, you can hire copywriters on Upwork, too!

If you want to make money online selling your own e-book, now you have a plan. What’s stopping you?

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How to find e-books and courses to sell online

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Affiliate programs to the rescue!

Yesterday, I talked about selling digital products online, such as e-books and courses.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, but you don’t consider yourself a good writer, you still have some options.

You can start by using affiliate programs, such as ClickBank.

With affiliate programs, you can sell other people’s products for a commission. You don’t have to create or pay for products this way.

ClickBank offers thousands of different e-books and courses you can sell for a healthy commission. This is how a lot of people get started online.

ClickBank offers a lot of training and support to help you succeed on their platform.

You can also sell your own products on ClickBank – it’s a great way to find customers online.

Oh – I almost forgot – you can also sell physical products for a commission on ClickBank.

You can change your life and start selling online right now!

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Digital products can make you lots of money

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Have you thought about selling digital products?

I’ve been talking about selling physical products for a while. Let’s shift gears and take a look at another kind of product.

One of the most exciting ways to make money online is selling digital products that you create.

One of the best parts about this business model is once you create your digital product, you can sell it hundreds, thousands, even millions of times – for almost no additional cost.

No inventory.

No shipping.

This can be incredibly profitable. There are people making hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars a year doing this.

What kinds of digital products can you sell? Let me list a few of them.

  • ebooks – PDF, Kindle, Kobo, other e-readers
  • courses – video, ebook, email
  • stock photography
  • music
  • themes, plugins, design elements for websites
  • apps
  • patterns for sewers and knitters
  • artwork
  • clipart

Does this sound like a great opportunity for you?

What are you waiting for? Start Googling!

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Sourcing products from China – an easier way

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Sourcing products from China is not for sissies

If you’re selling products online, chances are you looked at or at least thought about sourcing products from China.

So, maybe you went out and looked on Alibaba.com – and that’s about as far as you got.

Sourcing products from China can be complicated and risky. You need to find trusted suppliers and there is so much you don’t know.

What you really need is a guide – an expert – to help you through this process.

But, where is this guide?

If you’re interested in obtaining products from China, you ought to check out prouduct.com.

Prouduct acts on your behalf to find higher quality products from trusted suppliers at better prices than you could. Think of Prouduct as your concierge.

I haven’t used them (yet), but I have friends who do. John Lee Dumas used them to handle the sourcing, production, and shipping of his Freedom Journal.

I’m not being paid for this and I have no relationship with prouduct.com and I’m sure there are other companies doing the same thing, but you owe it to yourself to check them out.

This might be the missing piece of the product sourcing puzzle for you.

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Affiliate marketing: a great way to make money online

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Are you familiar with affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a great method you can use to sell products without spending any money on inventory or order fulfillment.

I’ve been making a little bit of money this way for a few years.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept, I found a great quote on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income website:

“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.”

You might hear that this method is dying or on the way out, but there are a lot of successful entrepreneurs who would argue otherwise. One of them is Pat Flynn.

He has a short post about making money online with this method – I highly recommend it. As a bonus, it includes a link for a free guide, “Affiliate Marketing the Smart Way”.

If you want to make money online, I can’t think of a better place to start.

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Two more options for online sellers

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Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

If you want to start making money online selling “stuff”, one of the fastest and easiest places to start is on craigslist. You can sell just about anything and it’s free.

Transactions are local and face to face, so you need to conduct your sales at a safe location.

I’m sure most of you are somewhat familiar with craigslist. There are all kinds of people making all kinds of money on the platform.

But, are you familiar with another great platform for selling stuff that is also free: Facebook Marketplace.

I had never heard of Facebook Marketplace until a friend of mine recently told me how he uses it to sell refurbished lawnmowers.

It’s not a new feature, but it’s a great alternative to craigslist. And it’s even easier to use! It’s like classified ads with color pictures – and it’s on Facebook which is where most people live these days.

If you’re already on Facebook, you can start selling on the Marketplace right away. You really ought to check it out.

Tomorrow, I’m going to talk about one more option you can use to make money selling physical goods online. And it’s a doozy!

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Print on demand: Making money selling shirts

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Welcome the POD people!

I love t-shirts with unique designs – and so do millions of other people.

I’ve tried selling t-shirts online and it can be tough.

If you have one design, you’ll need to offer that shirt in several sizes and colors. Keeping that one design in stock can easily run to several hundred dollars.

You won’t sell many shirts if your online store only has one design. You’ll need quite a few designs. Your inventory costs to sell t-shirts can get really expensive.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution for you if you want to sell t-shirts: print on demand (POD).

Several websites, such as Spreadshirt, Teespring, Sunfrog, and RedBubble, allow you to upload your own designs so you can sell shirts without having to buy inventory.

When an order comes in, the print on demand website will print the shirt and ship it to the customer for you. And that means no inventory costs for you!

And that means no inventory costs for you!

You can also use print on demand to sell other items, such as hoodies, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads – all kinds of merchandise.

If you aren’t a designer, you’ll find lots of affordable designers on sites such as Fiverr and Upwork.

You can even use print on demand to sell shirts on Amazon, but you’ll have to apply to their Merch by Amazon program. I had to wait five months to get accepted.

If you’re thinking this might be a great way for you to jump into eCommerce, then I say, “Jump”!

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Why to choose WooCommerce for your online store

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the popular eCommerce option

Yesterday, I talked about using Shopify, a hosted eCommerce platform, as your online store. Today, I’ll focus on using WooCommerce which runs on WordPress websites.

WooCommerce powers over 28 percent of all online stores making it the most popular eCommerce platform in the world.

I like popular solutions and I’ll tell you why: lots and lots of online resources.

When you need help setting up WooCommerce, there are tons of blog posts and videos showing you exactly how to do it.

And when you need help because something isn’t working, you can usually do a Google search describing your problem and get the solution.

My buddy Gary Leland has been selling online since 1996. He used to use a custom solution for his websites – but they started running out of SEO juice. His search results and traffic were suffering.

He moved all of his eCommerce sites to WooCommerce and is pretty happy with the results.

Full disclosure – it’s not quite as easy to set up a store on WooCommerce as it is on Shopify.

If you’re already using WordPress for your website or sites, I’d recommend going with WooCommerce. If not, Shopify might work for you.

I’ve installed WooCommerce on the Meditate with Mitch website, but I’m not using it yet. I’ll let you know when I do.

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Using Shopify to build your online store

Online store

Why would you want to use Shopify?

If you decide to build your own online store, you have two basic options:

  • Use a hosted eCommerce platform
  • Build your own hosted website

Let’s start with hosted eCommerce platforms.

Today, we’ll talk about Shopify.

Shopify is an eCommerce platform that makes it simple and quick to set up your online store and start selling – no design skills required.

There are other eCommerce platforms out there, such as BigCommerce and Volusion, but Shopify is the most popular option. Thousands of online sellers use this solution.

I use Shopify for my own online store and I’m comfortable recommending it.

If you aren’t super technical, this platform makes it possible for you to set up and run your own online store without too many headaches.

You can set up a basic online store in just a couple of hours. To add features to your store, you can add apps or plugins.

There are hundreds of apps and plugins available to make your store better, so you should be able to find something to suit your specific needs.

Be aware, these apps and plugins have a one-time cost or transaction fees. If you use a lot of these solutions, those costs can really add up.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about your other online store option.

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