My Instagram inbox gets flooded with messages about online course creation these days.
I get it though: creating an online course is a great way to share your knowledge with the world without leaving your house. You don't need to host workshops, drag a big box of material with you from your car to the classroom, drive halfway across the country… You can just create and sell a course from the comfort of your own home!
Fantastic, I know.
Now the question is: which program should you use to create an online course?
Warning: this article contains affiliate links and if you purchase something through a URL of mine, I might receive a commission.
The current trending software programs are Kajabi, Teachable and Thinkific. I personally own courses from creators on all of these platforms.
That has allowed me to test out multiple features on all platforms and I have made the following conclusion: if you want to get started with a risk-free software tool that's easy to use and setup, I personally recommend Teachable.
Well, the other platforms require an immediate investment. Kajabi will set you back about 200 dollars per month from the start, which means you already need to know what you are doing. You can start Thinkific for free, but I don't like the usability and layout.
Teachable however looks good and you can start creating your course and selling it without paying a single dime. For the basics subscription you pay zero dollars and you pay Teachable a commission when you start selling your course.
If you want to pay less commission, you can move on to a higher subscription. You pay a higher ‘flat fee', but you don't have to give up as much commission.
If you are looking to create an online course, take my advice: don't take years reviewing system after system.
Every system has its upsides and downsides, and you will have to make compromises whichever one you use.
I want to recommend http://www.fastforwardamy.com/teachable Teachable to you because I have wasted thousands of dollars on testing out systems for my online business before committing to one. I do not want you to waste time and money on this process. Trust me on this one.
Some day I might switch to Kajabi because it has a lot to offer, but for now I'm sticking with Teachable*.
I am also a proud affiliate of Teachable! It doesn't mean I think it's flawless, but I think it's definitely a good place to start and create your first online course. You can get started with a FREE TEACHABLE TRIAL through my link here: www.fastforwardamy.com/teachable
*As I live in Belgium and have about 80% Belgian clients, I did have to make some adjustments to my payment platform. 80% of Belgian clientele prefers paying by Bancontact instead of creditcard of paypal, which isn't possible with any of these platforms. That's why I recommend setting up a separate Shopify account and sell your products/programs through there with the Bancontact (Mollie) setup. This will allow you to accept payments in Bancontact. You can connect Shopify to Teachable via Zapier if you want to automatically enroll students in new courses after they buy your product or program through Shopify.