How To Teach a Course Online [ 5 AWESOME Platforms ]

How To Teach a Course Online

The old traditional way of teaching could very well become a thing of the past.

Ever since the introduction of the internet, more and more people are turning to the web to seek out new skills, learn a new hobby or gain knowledge to help improve their career prospects.

So, if you’re a person who has honed in on a particular skill, mastered the details of your passion and now want to share what you have learned with the world, then teaching online could be just for you.

How to Teach a Course Online

How to Teach a Course Online

Teaching nowadays online couldn’t be easier.

With simple access to the Internet, you can have your own self-made authentic course online that anyone eager to learn can enjoy.

What you want to do is provide helpful, insightful information on a given subject that comes from a beginners stand-point.

It has to be easily digestible that is appealing and thought provoking that really engages your audience so that they continue their learning.

Benefits of Teaching Online

Whatever subject or course you are looking to teach I can tell you that there are thousands, if not millions of people around the world looking for a range of courses to help them improve their lives.

Whether this be advancing their career prospects or simply for recreational purposes.

Whatever their reason is behind it, I am here to tell you that there are so many benefits that this can offer you.

  • Being able to teach people all over the world so you're not geographically restricted
  • Create your course, how you like it & in your own time
  • Being an authoritative figure within your industry
  • Finally, not to mention the $$$'s

These are only some of the benefits of being able to teach your own course online that will enable you to have greater freedom to do what you want, teach about your passion and earn an incredible income from.

Some of the most successful people that are teaching courses online are earning in the region of $100,000 per year!!

If you feel that this could be something you’re interested in well then read on. 

I have done a ton of research online and came across 5 platforms that I believe allow you to set up and help create your own course online.


Teachable Website

Teachable is a simple all-in-one platform that allows you to create your own fully functional school.

It has a very simple easy-to-use interface that is very appealing that will allow even the most non-tech savvy people to set up their own course.

Everything is guided step-by-step so you can design the course that you want and what you feel is going to best engage your students.

You can add your own photos, videos, pdfs, audios and texts.

Create your own custom colours and logos to helps best represent you.

It helps with everything. From start-up to design, learning management to payment gateways and assists with tools and marketing.

Is Teachable a popular platform?

Well, let’s have a look at some of the stats.

Currently, there are:

  • Over 18 million students enrolled across the world
  • Over 68,000 instructors selling their own course
  • Over 186,000 active courses
  • Over $338 million earned in total by instructors

Take a look for yourself at how popular it has been in recent years

Teachable Trend


Teachable offer 3 main memberships for you to choose from that you feel is best going to benefit your own course.







  • 5% Transaction Fees
  • Instant Payouts
  • Course Creator Training
  • Product Support
  • 2 Admin-Level Users

Everything is basic +

  • No Transaction Fees
  • Instant Payouts
  • 5 Admin-Level Users
  • Graded Quizzes
  • Advanced Reports
  • Course Completion Certificates

Everything in Professional +

  • No Transaction Fees
  • Instant Payouts
  • 100 Admin-Level Users
  • Manual Student Imports
  • Bulk Student Enrollments
  • Custom User Roles

These are only some of key features of each membership, there actually is quite a lot more.

You can check my full review Teachable here.


Thinkific Website

Thinkific is a very advanced course creator platform.

It has a fully integrated, easy-to-use platform that makes creating your own courses an absolute breeze!

You can have your own custom domain that allows you to drive traffic to where you can promote and sell your fantastic course.

The interface itself is very user-friendly, modern and sleek looking. 

Everything is guided step-by-step so you’ll never be stuck when it comes to adding specific content onto your site.

You can simply click or drag-and-drop your own videos, texts, audios, images or pdf’s.

It’s totally customisable so you can create and design it they way you want.

Is Thinkific a popular platform?

Well, just to give you some stats. 

There are currently:

  • Over 36,000 course creators
  • Over 16 million students have enrolled in courses
  • 164 countries use Thinkific across the globe
  • Over $200 million has been earned by course creators in total

Just have a look at how popular it has been in recent years


Thinkific has 4 memberships you can sign up to:









  • 3 Courses
  • Unlimited Students
  • Quizzes & Surveys
  • Content Hosting
  • Instant Access to Your Funds

All the Free Features +

  • Unlimited Courses & Students
  • Coupons
  • Ability to Email Students
  • Custom Domain
  • Email Integrations such as MailChimp

All the Basic Features +

  • 2 site admin accounts
  • 5 course authors
  • Advanced Pricing Options
  • Certificates
  • Memberships and  Bundles

All the Pro Features +

  • 5 site admin accounts
  • 15 Group Analysts
  • 50 course authors
  • Unlimited Growth Package

These are by only the few key features each each membership, there are plenty more.

If you feel that Thinkific is for you, give it a try here.


Udemy Website

Udemy is another great full-integrated course creator that allows you to connect with your own targeted audience.

It allows you to create your course through Google Docs or Microsoft Excel that you can import which can be created in multiple languages – helping you reach a greater sized audience.

Grab a camera and start recording your lessons which can be fully edited to your desire. If your camera shy, no problem.

You can use screen-casting software that allows you to display want you want to teach on your computer.

You can create quizzes, exercises and assignments to increase the interactivity between you and your audience.

You can engage with them and build out your own community.

The good thing is the bigger the community you grow, develop and interact with….the bigger your earnings can be!

Charge what you feel is a reasonable amount for your course and watch the sales come in.

There is people on Udemy on are easily earning full-time incomes from teaching online.

For example, there is people on Udemy who are selling Memory Courses for $199.99 and have over 1400 sales

That’s an EPIC $280,000!


How popular is Udemy?

So, let’s have a look at some of Udemy’s stats:

Currently there are:

  • 30 million students enrolled in courses
  • 190 million active courses
  • Over 190 countries use Udemy across the world
  • 42,000 instructors teaching courses
  • 50 different languages courses are taught in

Have a look at just how popular it’s been in recent years

Udemy Trend


So Udemy is free for any instructor to sign up to where you can start creating your own courses.

However, if you are looking to charge for your course, Udemy will take 50% of agreed sale.

So if you sell a course for $200,  you earn $100 and Udemy will take the other $100.

Now, Udemy also provide what is called ‘Discount Coupons’. These discount coupons is where you can really earn your own money.

If a customer clicks on your discount coupon and purchases – you earn 97% of that sale.

The remaining 3% goes towards administration admin fees.

If you feel Udemy is the one for you click here.


Skillshare is another great online learning platform that caters to a wide variety of topics or industries from business acumen to fitness.

However, it’s main focus seems to be in Creative and Visual topics such as art, crafts, photography, UX (User Experience), motion graphics and design.

They actually have some major influencers on Skillshare such as Gary Vanerchuk for Social Media training & Seth Godin for introducing Content Marketing.

This says a lot when you see these type of industry leaders using Skillshare for their own teaching platform.

The layout is beautiful and fully responsive that allows you to create and design your own specific course layout.

People are able to like and comment on your project also, which simply provides that social aspect to it – helping to improve engagement with your audience.

How popular is Skillshare?

Once again, check out some of these stats.

Currently Skillshare have:

  • Over 4 million students learning online
  • Over 22,000 active classes designed by teachers
  • Paid out over $5 million in total to teachers

Have a look at just how popular it has been in the past few years

Skillshare Trend


Skillshare has 3 memberships that you can sign up for. 

The first two would mainly be purchased by entrepreneurs, bloggers or someone basically looking to improve their skill set.

The third option would be more used by companies who are looking to train and develop the skills of their employees




£13 or $16

£84 or $105

Starts at £79 or $99 per year

However they ask you to contact them to get the package you want


Youtube Website

Youtube is the biggest search engine in the world right now that gives you the opportunity to connect with your target audience.

Teaching on YouTube can be very successful & more lucrative than you think for teachers – it’s all a matter of building out your following.

You can create your own videos then design, edit and craft it the way you want in YouTube Studio.

This allows you to add images, audio, texts and translations.

It has a very easy-to-use interface that any beginner can use.

Now, in regards to earning potential.

Many people think you get paid by YouTube by how many views you get – this is right, but not exactly.

YouTube pays by how many people ENGAGE with your videos AD’s for more than 30 seconds.

YouTube’s Advertising is managed in the Adwords Platform.

However, it has been reported that YouTube’s CPM is around $7.60. That means you get $7.60 per 1000 views.

Now, look at the image above on the first video for the channel GuitarJamz.

That video has 12 MILLION views!

That could equate to a total of $8,000 for JUST ONE VIDEO!

How popular is YouTube

Learn on YouTube Trend

So I had to go at a more specific search phrase ‘Learn on YouTube’.

You can see the graph tends to take a slight down slope in recent years however this is very minimal and if you go into Youtube you can see that thousands if not millions of people are searching for ways to learn a new skill.


Setting up your own channel is totally free where you will be given access to YouTube Studio so you can start creating your own videos.

If you are looking to drive income through your videos you can look into paid advertising.

Paying for keywords in YouTube is relatively less expensive than paying for keywords in Google.

Views cost an average of $0.06 per click on YouTube.

So look at your budget and decide what you can afford to pay per day.

Final Thoughts

So as you can see there a number of excellent online course creation platforms that you can take advantage of.

I myself have tried and tested Teachable and must say that it gives you a fully hosted platform that makes creating your own course an absolute breeze!

The customisation, the easy-to-use interface and payouts are nothing short of incredible.

If you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you.


6 Responses

  1. Henderson says:

    Wow, this is a really good post. I have thought many times about teaching courses online and I believe one can drive a lot of money from teaching but I didn’t know how to start. I’ve heard of Udemy too but they take 50% I think that’s a bit too much even though they have many users and potential students. I’ll try teachable. Is it possible to see which courses are hot in demand on teachable?

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Henderson,

      Your totally right, Udemy do take quite a high percentage of your actual sale and all of that time and effort you put in would only get your 50% of the profits.

      Teachable is complete custom course creator where you can design your own website that allows you to customise every part to reflect exactly what you teach.

  2. Jan says:

    Hi Ronan,

    Thanks for the insight of how to establish and teach on line, this could be the next step in my life, as I have completed  courses and will certainly look into a couple of ones that you have mentioned to create my own online course!

    I have book marked your site to follow and see where it can take me


    • Ronan says:

      Hi Jan,

      That’s great, I have taught a few courses myself on affiliate marketing and really enjoyed it and still do to this day.

      I hope you’re able to find that natural progression too. I feel it just provides meaning when you are able to share and pass on the skills you have learned.

      Thank you

  3. Snigdha Alam says:

    Hey Ronan,

    What a great post you have shared! This is a really nice post. Reading it, I have got to know about 5 great online courses. From all of these, we all know about YouTube. It’s obviously very popular among people all over the world. However after reading this, I really like the teachable site. It seems to be very friendly. I think it would better for me. 

    Thank you for your post and knowing this kind of information is very helpful to me.☺️

    • Ronan says:

      Hi Snigdha, 

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.

      Teachable is an excellent course platform that makes teaching your own course simple and easy!

      No need for writing complicated code, it’s all done for you!

      Thank you

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