Are you skilled at something you wish you could turn into a course and sell online? The good news is that there are incalculable platforms to create and sell courses online. The bad is it can be tough knowing what platform is the best alternative. In this article, I want to review a few of my favorite platforms and why I think they are the best for creating and selling online courses.
While the feature sets are comparatively similar, they can be very different in the way educational content is organized and how easier they are for the course makers to use. Be sure to check out the free trial options, where available.
Thinkific presents a truly full-featured software solution that helps you design, deliver, promote, and sell your online courses. The Basic paid plan starts at $49 per month ($39, if paid annually).
Kajabi describes itself as the one system you need to market, sell, and deliver your knowledge online. Also, you’re able to sell memberships, training portals and file downloads. In early 2020, Kajabi released Kajabi Email, including a powerful visual editor to create high-converting e-mails fast.
LearnWorlds appears to be gaining more popularity right now. The company provides a high-level interactivity and social learning tools to match the standard course content. In July 2020, LearnWorlds added a full Web site builder capability.
Try LearnWorlds free for 30 days (no credit card required), then pricing starts at $29 per month ($24, if billed annually). The company charges $5 per sale on its starter plan, but no additional fees on its other plans.
Teachable gives you room to create online courses on your website and control your branding, student data, and pricing.
The basic plan is $39 per month ($33.25, if paid annually + a 5% transaction fee).
Udemy platform gives course creators an uncomplicated way to create and deliver content presented in PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, and YouTube videos. You can then publish into the Udemy marketplace and use a variety of tools to promote your course. It is free for instructors; the company makes money by retaining 50% if it sells your course. If you do the selling, you keep 97% (Udemy takes a 3% transaction fee). It is a requirement that you price your courses in $5 increments between $20 and $200 on Udemy.
Podia is a full-featured, easy-to-use platform for selling online courses, memberships, and digital downloads. It has no transaction fees, no limits on courses or users, and supports affiliate marketing of your products.
With its basic plan of $39 per month, Podia seems to be rapidly gaining a lot of momentum.
Skillshare provides instructors with tools to create courses comprised of video lessons and class projects. Classes are 10-25 minutes long, broken down into short videos, and are all pre-recorded and self-paced. After enrolling 25 learners and above in a class, you become qualified for Skillshare’s Partner Program and can earn money through the royalty pool controlled by the company. Skillshare sells subscriptions to all of its content rather than to individual courses.