Badassery Magazine May 2018 Issue 24 - Page 69

L et’s face it, there is a plethora of great and not so great ad- vice out there about creating online courses and I, for one, love creating and re-imagining online education. When you are brand new to the online space or even a seasoned professional, an on- line course may be your holy grail to passive online income. Can you say do the work once and sell your course hundreds or thousands of times? Heck yeah! But they’re a lot of things you really don’t know until you start building your online course. Things that, if you have not considered or even thought about them before you even start the creation process can leave you tired, confused and down right stressed. 1. Setting Realistic and Achievable Goals. 2. Always be Laser Focused on the Things That Have the Highest Pri- ority. It’s okay to plan, really it’s okay. Sometimes we get so caught up in adrenaline that we start creating our courses, full guns blazing, but never really sit down and think ev- erything through. Remember the 80/20 rule. This states that 20 percent of the work you do produces 80 percent of the results. So, if you find your- self working too much and too hard, remember to work smarter not harder. That’s the name of the game being an online course cre- ator. You owe it to yourself and to your audience to stay sane through the entire process. Planning and good ol’ sheet and paper will save you hours of busy work in the end. 3. Do What You Love. It sounds so simple right? Do what you love and the money will fol- low. It’s simple but it’s true and it’s easy to lose your ‘why’ in the pro- cess of course creation. Find a course topic that you are passionate about, instead of one that just makes money. Yes, pas- sive income is great but if you hate the process then you will hate the outcome and that will always leave you unsatisfied. When you are creating something you love and that is also in demand, the money will come and it will feel good. Impostor Syndrome is in full effect online, keeping close to your core values and your why will be the key to playing the long game when it comes to online course creation and online business. 4. Be True to You and Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses. Yes, it’s exciting when you start creating a course. Courses are fun and really get your creative juic- es flowing but I can’t stress this enough. Learn about SMART goal setting, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound. This means that you want goals that are realistic within a particular timetable and deadline. I cannot tell you how many times I thought to myself “Oh I’ll create a new course about Online Busi- ness Professionalism, my stu- dents will love it, I should have it all researched, designed, recorded and loaded up in my membership plugin in about six-weeks”, yeah, if I want to live off of fast food and sink water for the next six weeks. Remember, the time frame does really matter, just do not forget that you have a life. 68