The Online Course Experiment
This page will detail my journey building an online course. I will continue to update this page as I learn and experiment more.
Why Build an Online Course?
One of my goals for this year is to help young people make better financial decisions. That’s why on this page I decided to share my experiences of building an online course to help people achieve their goals.
It’s taken me years to learn and put into action a system where my money works for me. What you don’t know can lead to missed opportunities. I want to make sure you know your financial options so you can grow your money while saving, how to plan for debt, and never be denied for anything you want because of credit.
I started my course building journey by interning an entrepreneur who currently makes $30,000 a month from his course teaching people to play the piano. Because of his big success, he’s created a course and podcast about creating a successful online course on his website he covers 8 steps to course building. Which I will walk you through.
Step 1: Select your Nitche
The most important part of creating an online course is determining what results course-goers are going to get from taking the course.
People who take my course (I haven’t thought of a name for it yet) will know how to manage, save, invest & grow their money by the end of it.
Step 2: Outline your course
Brainstorming ideas is one of my favorite parts of the creative process because that means sticky notes!
After figuring out how I want to transform people’s lives I needed to nail down the specifics.
What things did I need to teach within each sticky note to make my friends proficient in that skill?
I made a quick list of those things for every sticky note.
There’s no point in creating the entire course and hope somebody likes it after putting in all the work to create it so I called my friends.
I shared some of the things I’d learned about personal finance and they were really interested. I told them that I was thinking about creating a course and sent them the chicken scratch outline I’d made.
What was interesting was they all have different needs that they wanted to tackle. I thought it would be a good idea to start with the basics of every topic like definitions and an overview of what they were going to be doing. After they understood the basics I would move on to help them learn exactly what they wanted to know about managing their money.
Step 3: Make Ugly Videos
I didn’t want to spend a ton of time making a video that was pretty like what you see in most online courses. I needed a video whose visuals supported what I was saying and really helped people understand personal finance. I created a powerpoint and recorded myself talking over it.