Have you ever considered sharing your skills and knowledge with online courses? It could be a great opportunity to help others and put some extra money in your pocket.

Consider this: We rely on technology for just about everything. It’s no surprise many turn to the internet to explore new interests, improve their careers, and find ways to better themselves personally or financially. Online learning (or e-learning) is the future of education. According to Forbes magazine, in 2015, online learning markets earned over a $107 billion in revenues. Does that get your interest?  Some forecasts predict that number could triple in just ten years.

Sharing your expertise can be a great side-hustle or even a chance to be a successful entrepreneur.

Of course, you might have some reservations. You have great information to share, but you may not have the slightest clue how to present it as an online course. Just thinking of managing a website, handling invoices, and bringing in students can make you pass up on an opportunity that can change your life.

Creating online courses isn’t as hard as you may think. There are platforms that actually take care of a lot of the legwork and make it easy for you to present compelling, professional looking courses. In addition, they give you the marketing and registration tools to lure potential students and easily sign them up to your course.

Let’s look at a couple of these platforms.

Teachable

If you could provide content–videos, presentations, text, audio, or images–Teachable can help turn it into a fully functional online course. Over 68,000 instructors have already taken advantage of this user-friendly platform creating courses in health care, technology, business, personal development, and more.

Once your content is uploaded, the easy “drag and drop” builder helps set up your course, website, and payment processing. Still unsure? Teachable offers periodic webinars answering your questions and providing step-by-step instructions.

What does it cost? You set the price for your online course.  With Teachable plans, you can have unlimited courses and students. Teachable charges you a monthly rate based on the subscription you choose. For example, the most popular plan (professional) costs $99 a month (or $79 a month when billed annually) with no transaction fees. A successful course can easily offset these costs.

Kajabi

Kajabi has helped people from all walks of life create and market their products and online courses without needing advanced coding, website management, or marketing skills. In fact, Kajabi has everything you need to start and sustain your knowledge commerce business.

You could easily customize your course, website theme, landing pages, and static pages (like the “about us”) page with just a few clicks. In addition, you will be able to track your students’ progress, what products they’ve purchased, and more.

Basically, everything you need to create a successful online teaching business is at the tips of your fingers with Kajabi.

Pricing for Kajabi is a bit higher–the most popular plan is $199 a month (or $159 a month billed annually). Considering all the features, however, you can quickly figure out the best ways to build and market courses that will sell.

Teachable vs. Kajabi: The Similarities

Both platforms make it easy to create an online course. If you can provide the content, these sites can help you turn it into something engaging for your students. You don’t need to be webmaster or expert in coding. Both sites offer drag-and-drop features and templates to help you save time and headaches.

Marketing plays a big role in finding and engaging potential students. After all, the best course in the world means nothing if it doesn’t have any students. Both of these platforms give you the tools to market your course and sell future courses to eager students.

Student payments can be a headache. These sites take care of all the registrations and payments so you can focus on more important things–like creating another lucrative course.

Kajabi vs Teachable: The Differences

At first glance, one of the main differences is the price. Teachable is a more affordable option, but doesn’t have all the features offered by Kajabi. That being said, those choosing a basic Teachable monthly plan also have to pay a 5% transaction fee. If your course gets the interest of many students, this fee could quickly add up.

Although Kajabi is more expensive, it has features that can quickly turn your idea for course creating into a full-fledge online business. That’s not to say Teachable isn’t a viable option, but as your business grows, Kajabi may offer more helpful tools as your learning curve grows.

The Bottom Line

When choosing a service helping you create and market your online courses, you may want to take some time to explore your vision. If you are looking to test the waters of creating online courses, try starting with Teachable.

If you have a clear plan for creating an online teaching school, the added marketing features of Kajabi may be the extra boost you need.

Both online course creation platforms are great options with plenty of favorable reviews. Your motivation, desire, and available time and money to create a new online business may be the best deciding factors.