One Word to Rule Your Course Business

Chalk board A-B-C business process drawing

If you want to validate the market for your online course idea …

If you want to build an audience for selling your courses …

If you want to pick the right online platform and be confident it will be around next year …

If you want to be sure your course does not flop

If you want to do any of this successfully, there is one thing you absolutely need: a process.

There are methodical questions, concrete steps, and useful tools that course entrepreneurs can take advantage of in each of the areas above. I cover them, at least in part, at each of the links above and I encourage you to read or re-read each of these items.

But more generally, I encourage you to think about what the processes are in your business, where they need to be added, and where they might be improved.

Process is what takes most of the risk out of being an entrepreneur. It is what enables you to scale and create a truly thriving, sustainable business.

There are no guarantees, of course, that a process will lead to success, but without good processes, you are just gambling.

One word: process.

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, it’s worth putting a little thought – and action – into today.

Don’t miss this rock solid example of audience building

I recently did an interview with the folks at WP Tonic and I think it is worth highlighting for a number of reasons that apply to edupreneurs.

Here’s the interview link:
https://www.wp-tonic.com/podcast/269-wp-tonic-show-wednesday-interview-special-guest-jeff-cobb/

Here are the reasons: [Read more…]

Learning to Love Unsubscribes

image of unsubscribe stampIf you are a subject matter entrepreneur (or an entrepreneur of any sort, for that matter) building an engaged list of e-mail subscribers is essential.

The big upside of a high quality list it that you have a direct line into the inbox of people who have asked to hear from you. There’s nothing that beats that when you have a new course to offer. (See also this post about how to build an audience.)

A potential downside, though, is that every e-mail list inevitably gets plenty of unsubscribes. Those unsubscribes can feel like a daily dose of rejection when you are trying your best to maintain your motivation and create a sustainable business. It can be hard not to take them personally or see them as a sign of failure.

It has taken me a long time to move past a negative view of unsubscribes and actually learn to appreciate – and yes, even love – them. Here are my reasons: [Read more…]

Qualities of Good Affiliates for Selling Your Courses

affiliate marketing green blue squares - find good affiliates

In a previous post, I mentioned affiliate marketing as an opportunity for you to create additional revenue streams (along with expert networks and packaged consulting).

In that case, I was talking about you being an affiliate for someone else’s products. But, of course, the reverse is also true: you can find people to market your products – including your courses – in exchange for a commission on any sales they make.

On the surface, that sounds fantastic. After all, what’s not to like about other people selling your courses for you? [Read more…]

Build An Audience – What I Did (and You Can, Too)

Build An Audience: Photo of Crowd at Concert

If there is a single “secret” to succeeding with selling online courses or with any other business that involves marketing and selling your expertise, it’s finding and connecting with the audience for whatever you offer.

Actually, that’s only part of the secret.

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