If you have extensive knowledge of a certain subject, then it’s only natural that you’ll want to share your expertise with others. While taking up an ongoing commitment such as college lecturing, or volunteering in a school can be too challenging for many, creating an online course can be much more comfortable.

Not only will you have to prepare and deliver your content just once, but you can also sell access to the class, and turn it into a useful little side income.


Scan the landscape

Before you decide to spend dozens of hours putting your course together, take a look at what’s already out there, and what you can provide that these courses don’t. It’ll be very disheartening if your online course sits on a virtual shelf gathering dust, so put a little research in beforehand to avoid being disappointed.


Getting the right equipment

Then, make sure you invest in recording equipment that will make you look, and sound, professional. You shouldn’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money to make a significant difference. Your phone camera will probably be just fine if you invest a little money in a stand or tripod. An external microphone is also a good idea.

If you’re asking for people to invest many hours into your course, it’s only fair to make sure that you’re audible and easy to see.

Bring your passion

Finally, make sure that your passion for the subject comes across in all the material that you prepare. If you’re clearly bored by what you’re doing, then why should the participants care about what you’re trying to teach them? Enthusiasm goes a very long way in an online course.

Finally, always make it possible for anyone taking your course to be able to contact you and ask any questions they have. Introducing a level of interactivity in your class is also likely to help it become a success.

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