The question I most often get, still, is, “How did you start teaching online?”
I am still trying to nail down the most simple way to start teaching online.
My story is complicated. All the gurus out there sell very expensive, and as far as I can tell, complicated answers to the question.
I am looking for simple answers. Not easy answers. Simple answers. The two are not the same.
If I had to narrow it down to a quick list, this is what I would recommend.
#1: Tap into your “secret wealth”. What do you already know that you could teach to others. Chances are high you are already an expert at something. That’s your “secret wealth”.
#2: Determine to master your field. (Maybe you already have. Your “secret wealth”)
#3: Consider becoming a “hired gun” for a while. Work for someone else as you master your field. Until the modern bureaucratic education system took over, this was common. It was called apprenticeship. Still a good model. This is how I started online.
#4: Commit to one thing. Choose something. You can’t be good at everything.
#5: Find a way to practice locally. This keeps you in contact with people. Teaching online can be pretty isolating.
#6: Stay local. Keep teaching locally, even after finding success online. Keeps you in contact with people. Honestly, this one is optional. But, I recommend it.
#7: Set up a free blog on WordPress.com. You need a place to begin tracking your journey. A free blog is fine. You can upgrade later, when you are ready and as you pick up skills.
WordPress is offering free training these days.
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#8: Start reviewing books in your field. Post the reviews on your site. Most Americans read one book a year. If you read and reviewed just one book a month and posted it on your site, you’d separate yourself from your competition.
#9: As you read, you will learn. Blog about one thing for 11 months. In the 12 month, you will likely be ready to launch your first product. It could be a special report, an ebook, or a course.
#10: Sign up for a free account on Mail Chimp, or Aweber or another email management system. You are going to want to start capturing people’s emails.
#11: Start sending out a weekly, or monthly newsletter. Send it to your subscribers. Could be about your topic of study. I’d recommend that. But, it doesn’t have to be. I’ve been sending out a “tip of the week” for years. I simply share tips and tricks I’ve discovered along the way that have made my life easier. I share those with my readers. But, at the end of every one of those emails are advertisements for the classes I teach online.
#12: Stick to your knitting. Slow and steady wins the race. Keep plodding. Making a living online is not an overnight venture. At least, it hasn’t been for me. But, it’s worth it.
It adds up. I upload five videos a day, five days a week. There are now over 3,000 videos on my site. I write a test a week for each of my courses. Two Spanish tests. Two French tests. A German test and a Latin test. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month.
Learn to plod along. It adds up.
But, you’ve got to begin.