• Members 1 post
    June 1, 2020, 11:16 a.m.

    Hi there, I found this forum on Indie Hackers and thought I'd give it a go after seeing this category.

    I'm starting my first online course this summer and am placing a pretty heavy bet for it to work (hear me out).

    I've been doing consulting for 2 years, but haven't been in love with being a technical consultant for CRMs and marketing automation -- I want to help small businesses and entrepreneurs GROW.

    COVID struck and many businesses in my communities closed their doors. I live on an island (Cape Breton Island) which usually ranks as one of the world's most beautiful places on Earth!

    Soooo here's the plan:
    1. Use funds from consulting to hire a video crew to shoot an online course
    2. Make the lectures a combination of indoor and outdoor footage (biking, hiking, waterfalls, cliffs, classroom, studio, and screenshare).
    3. Try to grow my audience for when the course officially launches

    The deadline I've set for myself is August 2020 (launch date) so I'm going to go for it and hope it works.

    I'd rather place this bet and try, than to wonder and never know.

    If you'd like to see more info on this course, you can check out my website (see my profile).

    Thanks anyone/everyone who sees this!

  • June 1, 2020, 9:16 p.m.

    Hey Colin!

    Your course idea sounds fantastic! My main goal is similar, I want to help individuals become independent entrepreneurs. A course is a great way to build a nice passive income, once all of the work is completed.

    What are you currently doing to grow your audience? Also, how does the indoor/outdoor footage play a role in your class?

  • Members 8 posts
    June 1, 2020, 11:05 p.m.

    Are you planning to sell the course through your own website or through one of the many online course platforms?

  • June 2, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    From the look of the website, it's probably through his own site. Does anyone know how much percent online course websites, like Udemy, take?

  • Members 8 posts
    June 2, 2020, 11:28 p.m.

    Udemy's revenue share can be a bit complicated, but it is essentially the following:

    • Udemy takes 3% if a student signs up through the link/coupon of an instructor
    • Udemy takes 50% if it is an organic sale through the Udemy platform
    • Udemy takes 75% if the course is purchased through a paid ad


  • June 3, 2020, 4:18 p.m.

    @jacob wow that's some insane prices taking into account that most of the courses are anywhere between $10-$20 if you purchase it on their "sale" days. Does anyone actually purchase Udemy sites for the full price?

  • Members 11 posts
    June 30, 2020, 3:36 a.m.

    The third point is very integral. You should start communicating with your target audience already. This would help in long run.

  • June 30, 2020, 8:46 a.m.

    @vaibhav I totally agree with your reply. The earlier your start communicating with your target audience the easier it will be selling the course.