How to Create an Online Course and Make Money in 2020

How to create an online course and make money to increase my revenue stream? Most of the bloggers, freelancers and content creators have this question on their mind.

When there are a lot of options available to make money online, why should you choose online courses?

Because every morning you jump out of joy getting payment notifications in your inbox,  recurring sales will happen and you get huge amount of money.

There is a massive opportunity for you to succeed as a course creator in any niche. It has the potential to reach a bigger audience and help many people.

Create a passive income online course for once and automate it. Thus you build a passive revenue system and make consistent money online.

Of course, it is not an easy job. It takes huge effort and time to build an effective course. But this one-time diligent work pays you for the rest of your lifetime!

If you have a desire to inspire and share your knowledge with people all over the world, then there’s nothing to stop you from doing this.

Let's get started..


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How to create an online course and make money

1 Identify the niche and narrow down the topic

If you are new to online business, then the first step is to identify a niche. You must identify a niche that is profitable and also that has demand in the market. 

Check out my post on how to choose the right niche.

If you are a blogger or content creator already have a niche, it is quite easy to narrow down the topic. List down the topics in your niche. Identify which are the topics you have additional knowledge and write comfortably.

If you are writing about food recipes, you can narrow the topics like "Guides for vegan diet recipes" or "How to prepare birthday cakes". Find out the relevant topics in your niche where you can create a course which people like to pay for it.

In her blog herpaperroute, Chelsea created many online courses related to her niche. She provides free and paid online courses for her audience. All the courses are aimed to help and guide her audience.

2 Become a problem solver

Your goal is to solve problems and help the user. People shell out their money only if they find value in the product. Build a course that is useful and provide information to your audience

So, your next step is to identify the problem on the topics you have listed.

1.If you have an email list, send out an email ask the pain points of your audience. Ask them what help they need related to your niche. 

2.Ask questions related to the topics in social media and forums to find what your audience needs.

3.Go to Quora and check the commonly asked questions and problems related to the topics in your niche. 

4.Type the sub topics in google and get the related search and the questions people also ask for.

5. Circulate a questionnaire to your followers in Linkedin, Facebook and other social platforms. Say you are going to build a course on a topic and ask how could you help them.

Collect all the questions & problems, decide on what topics you could cover and provide solution. Research in depth on each topic to give a remedy.

Scrivener is a software used by writers, screenplay writers, journalists, etc. Some people felt difficult using this software. In the learnscrivenerfast.com, Joseph tells people to use scrivener for effective writing. He helps thousands of people to write a book and publish.

3 Find out whether your course is on demand

Find out whether people are willing to buy your course. Don't waste your time and energy in creating useless lessons. Your course should benefit your audience. Your course must solve a problem or guide them to learn and progress.

4 Choose the methods to create lessons

Plan the teaching methods. Prepare how you are going to present the lessons. It can be videos, infographics, story-telling, worksheets, text or the combination of everything. Your goal is to offer effective lessons. Therefore apply all the ways to assist your audience.

5 Create your online course

After the complete planning and preparation, create the lessons. You can create a free course with teachable. You can upload text, videos, audios, images etc with ease. Make your course interactive by adding quizzes and discussion forums for your audience.

To learn more about how to create and sell online courses, I recommend attending the free teachable live summit. In the live online conference, they teach you how to create a profitable course in 30 days. You can learn and earn at the same place.

Get a free complimentary access to one of my absolute favorite virtual events of the year: Reach Summit 2020 from Teachable.


There will be three separate days of Summit—each tailored to different creator types, so you can choose the one that’s right for you. You’ll learn everything you need to know to create and scale your online business with courses. 

  • Reach Summit: For Content Creators on March 24
  • Reach Summit: For Freelancers & Consultants on March 25
  • Reach Summit: For Coaches & Tutors on March 26

By the end of this online event, you’ll learn how to...

  • Add a brand new revenue stream using online courses.
  • Take your knowledge and unique expertise and identify what your ideal course topic could be (and how an online course can fit in with your other service and product offerings.)
  • Minimize that feeling of overwhelm that can come from the prospect of creating a brand-new online course or digital from scratch
  • A deep-dive into sales funnels and proven strategies that will generate a meaningful income in your business
  • Simple strategies to recognize and conquer the mental blocks many creators experience (including doubt, self-sabotage, and procrastination).
  • And so much more!

Teachable made this 100% free but I recommend you register now before you miss out on this awesome opportunity 

6 Share all the useful resources

Share your knowledge to the audience. If you are creating a course on how to play the keyboard, develop the course with all your experience and education.

Your experiences are unique. Provide all the nuances and tactics to them which helps them to improve. Supply all types of resources which help them to practice and progress in playing the keyboard.

Magoosh provides English exam preparation courses like IELTS, TOFEL, etc. They want their students to succeed. Hence, in most of their videos, after each lesson, they share all the useful resources links which are helpful to their students.

Your motto should be to help your audience. When you provide a valuable product, people will pay without any hesitation.

7 Edit the lessons

After creating the course, double-check all the lessons. Do all the editing work and check for spelling mistakes. Install Grammarly to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes.

Ask your friends or family to check for mistakes in the lessons. It is better to examine from a third person's view.

8 Create a Marketing Strategy

When the course is ready to sell, plan for a marketing strategy. Create a plan to promote your course. Social media is a great place to promote. Facebook ads, PPC and content marketing are the other ways to market your course.

If you already have a website with a decent amount of visitors, then it is a good place to start. Shoot out an email about the new course to your email audience.

Create a sense of urgency using a timer. Offer a few free courses or a glimpse of the lessons before you give the complete course for payment.

Like Wealthy Affiliate, you can give a free trial period to access your course partially and then ask them to upgrade to use completely.

9 Sell over and over again 

Now you have created a scalable product which you build just once and can sell over and over again. Try different strategies to sell your course. Create a sales funnel for recurring sales.

Make sure you upgrade the lessons every few months. Update lessons with the latest information related to the topics.

10. Increase your revenue stream

If you are successful with once course, you can rinse and repeat the same. Create the most successful online courses using the exact strategy and formula.

Don't stop with a single course. Create and sell online courses in various niches and topics. Broaden the revenue stream and increase your passive income.

There are many ordinary people like you who have a desire to succeed in their online business. Those who are making an effort are seeking victory. Start making money teaching people about the topics you are passionate about.

11 Responses to “How to Create an Online Course and Make Money in 2020

  • Thanks for this post. I have been researching how to make side income online and this sounds like a great way to make some extra cash.

    I know from reading your post it will require a lot of work. But it sounds like the future return will be worth it.

    • Hi Ben,
      Definitely you will get the returns if you create a worthy and valuable course for your audience.

  • I love your article it is very informative. I will definitely look into some of the ways to monetize a blog.

  • Hi thank you for sharing. I have been thinking about writing an ebook recently and think that this process would apply. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jesse Lee
    10 months ago

    I enjoyed this post!
    You have given tons of helpful tips to start a blogging career and efficiently start making money.
    I have recently started a blogging career and all of these tips you have listed here are very helpful to get a blog started.
    Thanks for the helpful information and I look forward to coming back to this site in the future!

  • Thank you for the great information! I particularly like the outline set out so clearly and the idea of using Teachable. I’ve wanted to develop a course and this step-by-step guidance is going to be a big help.

    • If you are going to build a course, then I suggest attending the teachable live summit. There you get a lot of info on how to create and sell courses from experts.

  • I ca make an online course?!? oh so doing it!!! Thanks, Kavitha

  • Courses are a great way to increase your income! This is a great post for anyone wanting to start out. Thank you!

  • I’ve actually never even thought of this! I never really thought of myself as smart or savvy enough to teach. The verbiage needs to be engaging. One has to be able to answer unexpected questions. I’m going to give this a lot of thought. Thank you for sharing!

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