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Online Course Development – How To Earn Money With Your Skills

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Right before Carly and I left to travel, we developed her online course 12-Days To Sexy on her website and it has helped buy us plane tickets, AirBNBs, and food around the world.

Since then we’ve created multiple other courses and have found great success in creating online courses and schools.

In this post, I’ll share why you should create an online course, how to create one, and the best online course platforms to choose from.

Why To Create An Online Course

Chances are, you’re really good at something that other people aren’t. No matter how big or small that skill is, someone on the world wide web will likely pay you to teach them how you do it.

After you develop a school and produce some curriculum, you’ll have a tangible product that will live on forever and the best part is, you don’t have to manufacture it more than once.

After posting it online and doing some marketing, it is possible to receive passive income from your courses for the rest of your life.

What You Will Need To Create An Online Course

There’s multiple ways to succeed in this realm but after lots of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few things that are crucial to success.

  1. A platform that you can easily create, update, and market
  2. An affiliate program
  3. A small understanding of video production (iPhone will work fine)

That’s about it.

Best Online Course Platforms

I started out by building Carly’s entire course on her WordPress blog. I made new pages for each day of the cleanse and password protected the directory page. After someone purchased, we’d send them an automated email with the password and that was about it.

It worked alright but it was cumbersome to design and use, and most importantly, it didn’t have an affiliate program!

After a few months, we came to realize how crucial an affiliate program is to the success of any school so I started searching for platforms that had an affiliate program built in.

This led us to 2 main contenders:

  1. Teachable

    This is my number one choice. I have built about 5 different schools on this platform and it offers:

    • a built-in affiliate program
    • beautiful and easily editable design
    •  high functioning video player
    • convenient payouts
    • many course payment options
    • and the list goes on.You can’t really go wrong with this option and I recommend it to all my friends.
  2. Zippy Courses

    When we discovered this app for WordPress, it was brand new. Carly was one of the first people to purchase it and it seemed to be a promising platform.

    After a few weeks of struggling to make it work, I ended up abandoning it and the investment we made into it.

    That being said, it looks like it’s come a long way and may be a good option for some but I can’t speak to it.

Marketing An Online Course

The beauty of an affiliate program is that it kind of markets itself. Here’s how I do it in it’s most basic form:

  1. Publish your course and school
  2. Send it out to your audience on social media, email and word of mouth for an introductory price, in exchange for feedback and a review
  3. Publish the reviews on your sales page
  4. Make the initial course participants affiliates in your course and give them a healthy commission (set up in the teachable backend)
  5. Message them all and tell them what they could earn by sending out their link to their friends.
  6. Repeat a few times
  7. Increase the price slowly over time to make the most sales.

Online Course Development

All that being said, I highly recommend you make a course if you’re considering it. Teachable has a free tier that you can get started with and then you can level up as you get going.

Click here to get started with Teachable

If you run into any troubles you can always message me and I’d love to help. I do this work for clients and I can build you a school of your dreams! 😍😍

happy hustling!

Email me here: rossobrown@gmail.com

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How I Became A Digital Nomad Musician

The other day I was chatting with a friend over the phone and he kept asking me questions about how I’ve travel the world, make money online, and play music as I go.

He’d ask were you ever scared for your life? How much money did you need? Where did you find clients? Did you have health insurance?

And I went on and answered them all. After our call, we were both feeling inspired and he said I should write this all down somewhere, so here it is.

How I became a digital nomad musician/marketer/accountant/videographer

Workaway International

When we first decided to leave we went to one of our favorite websites ever, workaway.info

I always suggest people go and browse on here, even if they’re not planning on traveling because once you get in there and see that you could work on a huskie farm in Sweden in exchange for room and board, you’re much more likely to go and actually travel.

There are so many available opportunities on Workaway like to work on a horse ranch in Costa Rica, pick olives in Tuscany, or go Glamping in Portugal (we did all these)

We did Workaways in Europe because it’s more expensive to hang out there, and we only worked on our computers in the inexpensive countries in Asia.

Digital Nomad Life

A lot of people don’t realize that there is an entire community of people working from their laptops in countries all over the world. They’re called digital nomads because they float around to multiple countries while still working to pay for it all.

Thanks to the internet, these things are possible.

We managed Instagram accounts, created videos, did SEO, wrote blogs, ran Facebook ads, created websites. Pretty much anything that was creative, needed in the marketplace and could be done remotely.

The only reason we knew how to do these things was because of a wonderful website called YouTube.com

Here you can learn any skill you need, then prove the results you can deliver and people will hire you. That’s how I’ve learned so much of what I do every day today.

Remember in The Matrix when he just loads up a file into his brain and he suddenly knows how to fly a helicopter? YouTube is like that, by typing the right questions into the search box you will have learned how to do it in less than 5 minutes.

I’ll link all of my favorite websites, tools, and resources for digital nomad jobs below, they just might inspire you.

How To Make Money While Traveling

This is the number one question that everyone asks, and for good reason. There are a million ways to make money and live a nomadic lifestyle but the easiest way is to convince your current job to let you go remote.

The second easiest way is to get a new job that encourages remote work, or has a fully remote workforce.

If you want to see what’s available, you can check out the remote job boards at the bottom of this post, or you can get started teaching English online.

We’ve found this to be one of the easiest ways to make money while you travel. Almost anyone can get signed up and you can do it from anywhere in the world, plus they pay well.

We’ve recently discovered an amazing platform that is helping thousands of people pursue a digital nomad lifestyle, and build experience in an in-demand industry.

Click HERE to check it out.

Digital Nomad Training & Certifications

When looking for remote marketing work I realized that there’s some certifications that employers really like to see on a resume, so I highly recommend taking time to study and get certified in Hubspot, Salesforce, Instagram, and Google Ads (links below).

Travel Safety

The world is a safe place. You don’t realize it but you’re living in a total bubble in America. You think you know what life is like but you really don’t until you travel.

Fear is a powerful emotion that is berated at you daily but we said it a million times over our journey, people are good.

We always tell everyone don’t party, drink, do drugs, stay out late, hang out with unsavory characters, and you’ll be fine. It’s the same status in America if you hang out with crazys and do crazy things, stuff might happen to you.

If you find the right people, you will be rewarded with amazing friendships. The people we’ve met are truly amazing.

One thing you should look out for is air pollution. This is no joke in certain places and I had an asthmatic effect that I’d never experienced before, we met Americans developing Asthma from being in Ubud, Bali. Be careful and get a purifier, and use a mask.

Travel Music

So I’m a fiddle player by trade and I did bring it with me. I wanted to write songs, produce music, and play in epic locations around the world and that’s what I did. I even started a band while I was out and we played a show in Cambodia. I also played about 10 shows in Australia and a house concert in Canada.

While out I built a kind of mobile studio into a Pelican case which I wrote a post about HERE, and that really helped me get organized. I started producing cover songs on YouTube and wrote a good amount of original music about travel as well.

Digital Nomad Visas

As an American, you can go to just about any country and get a Visa On Arrival, it usually permits you around 3 months so it naturally, keeps you moving.

Visas are never really a problem, especially if you have an American passport. While traveling we realized how much of a luxury American passports are.

Long-Term Travel Insurance

The insurance that most everyone uses is called World Nomads.

This company provides a very good plan for a very good price, they cover too many things to list here, but I suggest you check out their site below.

Digital Nomad Ergonomics

When working while traveling, you end up in some strange positions. You might be sitting in a lounge chair on the beach, crammed between people at a Starbucks, or sending emails from the floor of an airport.

That being said, I highly recommend focusing on your working posture and getting ergonomic computer equipment to make sure you can do this long-term.

I like to think of myself as an athlete. The soul lives forever but the body is only temporary so take care of it. I’ve listed some of my favorite ergonomic office supplies below, and trust me, I’ve tried all the options.

Conclusion

Whenever I talk to a friend about traveling the world I let them know that it is easier than you think, it’s not as scary as you think, and it will open your eyes and breathe depth into your life.

I highly recommend the digital nomad lifestyle and I believe we should take advantage of this opportunity in our lifetimes. The people before us could only dream about living a life like this!

Have fun out there

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Digital Nomad Jobs

  • Teach English Online – The easiest way to get paid for remote work – This is a game changer!
  • Fiverr – Freelance website where you can sell any digital skills you have.
  • Upwork – Freelance website where you can sell any digital skills you have for more money.
  • RemoteOk – Remote work website where you can be hired as a full or part-time employee.
  • WeWorkRemotely – Remote work website where you can be hired as a full or part-time employee

Digital Nomad Lifestyle

  • Nomad List – Research website to see the best countries and locations to visit as a digital nomad.
  • Workaway – Find work in exchange for room and sometimes board in amazing places doing amazing things.
  • Home Exchange – If you have a home, use this site to trade houses in other countries.
  • Trusted House Sitters – If you love animals, this site allows you to pet sit and house sit around the world.
  • World Nomads Insurance – We found this to be one of the best industry standard insurance offerings.

Digital Nomad Tools

Digital Nomad Ergonomic Office Supplies

Digital Nomad Training & Certifications

[Video] 7 Digital Nomad Jobs

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