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The creator economy is thriving, and online learning is at an all-time high. The moment has come to start your own e-learning portal. Online courses can supplement your current revenue sources or serve as the foundation for a completely new venture. However, being an online course designer is not so simple.
Creating, advertising, and selling online courses is no easy task. However, with the correct tools and mechanisms in place, you may create a successful platform. Whether you want to expand your current business or start something totally new, we’ll show you how to monetize what you already know and become a successful online course designer. Trying to make an online course on a shoestring budget? We’d like to share eight free and low-cost resources for producing online courses with you.
It’s all too tempting to put off creating and selling an online course until the “ideal time.” The ‘ideal moment’ is usually a fully filled client calendar with plenty of free time and discretionary funds to play with. We don’t believe there is a ‘perfect time to begin an online course, but we do believe you can do so for a quite low cost.
In reality, there are creators whose first few online courses were prepared for as low as $200 apiece. And then they made 10 times that in profit, at least. So now we want to provide several free and low-cost online course creation tools that you may use to create your own online course.
Canva makes it very simple to generate PDF textbooks if you’re willing to invest your personal time. Having your online course content prepared can cost anywhere from $500 to 2,500, depending on the amount of content and time necessary.
The free edition is ideal for online course producers without a brand since it offers a variety of layout choices and typefaces to experiment with. But don’t worry if you’ve already invested in brand identities such as logos, visual identity, fonts, and textures. Canva for Work can effortlessly bring them all together. This is ideal for online course creators that are willing to do some brand DIY.
Do you already own a WordPress website and want to use it to offer your online course? Beaver Builder is a low-cost drag-and-drop WordPress page builder. The page builder plugin integrates with your current website and is ideal for creating professional-looking sales pages and membership sites. All you have to do is select a template, enter your material, and press the publish button!
This is ideal for those who already have a WordPress site and wish to host their own product online. Please keep in mind that Thinkific gives free tools for creating a website and sales page for your online course.
Videos are an excellent way to deliver content to your online course participants since they accommodate all learning styles, such as visual, audio, and kinesthetic. Visual learners may view the videos, auditory learners can listen to the videos, and ‘doers’ can be catered to by including a downloaded action-oriented workbook (kinesthetic learners).
Camtasia is an excellent program for making videos since it allows you to record and edit them to seem professional. Camtasia is what I use to record the Powerpoint presentations for my webinars.
Since this is a subscription service, you may acquire a 30-day trial and record and upload to your preferred video hosting provider with ease. This is ideal for online course developers who wish to give participants with demos and instructions.
You’ll need a place to host your professionally recorded and edited films now that you’ve finished them. Vimeo offers both free and paid alternatives for uploading, hosting, and sharing high-quality HD films. After you’ve posted your films to Vimeo, you can share the URL or embed them on your website for online course attendees to watch. Even better, there are several privacy settings available to ensure that only paid participants may view your films.
This is ideal for online course creators who have developed videos and wish to host them online with the possibility of sharing the URL or embedding them into a website. Please keep in mind that video hosting is included in all Tribify plans. So, if you choose Tribify to host your courses, you won’t have to pay for video hosting.
Is there any live material in your online course? Maybe you offer live calls once a month? Or are free webinars being used to promote the content? Zoom offers both a free and paid alternative for hosting live meetings with your online course attendees.
The free plan is ideal for brief conversations with less than 50 people, but if you wish to extend the conference beyond 40 minutes, you must purchase the premium version, or Zoom will boot you out.
This is great for online course creators who wish to market their product through a series of free webinars or live calls, and Zoom is one of our top virtual office software recommendations.
MailChimp enables you to stay in touch with and engage with your online course participants. With the free plan, you can send emails with the press of a button, while the premium version allows you to build up automatic sequences. This is ideal for online course developers looking for a low-cost customer management solution.
Therefore, now that you know what low-cost tools you may use to create an online course, it’s now time to put everything together. Zapier is a program that enables you to link several programs and automate them. Zapier not only integrates with MailChimp, and Zoom, but it also recommends Popular Zaps based on the applications you use. For instance, you might design a ‘zap’ that automatically subscribes new Thinkific students to Mailchimp. This is ideal for online course designers that emphasize simplicity and fluidity in their systems and procedures.