How to Take Your Life Back from Your Greedy, Time-Sucking Business

The other day, I posed the question: What is stopping you from creating an online course? The most popular response was “I don’t have time.”

Look, I get it. You have client work, you need to write new blog posts, you’re busy promoting yourself on social media…oh, not to mention that your family would like to see you at some point. How can you make time to create online courses amidst this chaos?

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that creating an online course will actually SAVE you time down the road. I know you don’t believe me, but keep reading!

5 Ways Creating an Online Course Will Save You Time

1.  Earn Passive Income

After you create your course, most of your work is done. You may need to check in with your students from time to time, but most of your time will be spent doing other things…all while your online course can continue to earn money. You will literally be earning money while you sleep!

Since your course will earn money on autopilot, you’ll have more time to do the things you love while earning the same amount of money. You can take on fewer clients without fear of bankruptcy. Imagine having more time to do the things you love to do!

Not all courses reach this step. It’s important that you have a solid course with great content, a topic people are interested in, and a strategic marketing plan. Guess what? With 30 Days to Launch, you’ll do all of that in 30 days!

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2. Your Clients Will Come to You

Before I launched my first course, I was constantly prospecting for clients. I spent 1-3 hours every day searching for potential jobs, communicating with prospective clients, and promoting my services on social media. Yet I was never fully booked.

Fast forward to today. I am currently fully booked with clients. I spend about 15-30 minutes 3 days a week doing the same activities that used to take me hours. Why the change?

When I launched my course, people began to recognize my name. They saw me as an expert, and recommended my services to their friends. Even people that never took my course and didn’t know me said, “Kate Parsons is the online course expert!” I get several emails every week from people who WANT to work with me.

Imagine how it will feel when your inbox starts filling up with emails from your ideal clients!

I'm fully booked!

3. You Can Easily Impress Your Prospects with Your Dedication and Expertise

Many times I hear from clients that they have a hard time trusting those who provide virtual services because of a past bad experience. “How do I know that this person really does what she says she does?” Showing your prospect a sample of your online course can dispel these doubts. Your course shows off your expertise and proves that you have a strong work ethic, two things that your prospect wants to know before they sign the contract.

Without the online course, you have to spend time convincing your client that you have a strong work ethic (you won’t just take the money and run) and that you have the expertise to provide the desired results. You can show samples and testimonials, but even then, the client may be skeptical – they have no way of knowing if you made up those testimonials, or if those samples really represent your work. Showing off your online course makes this process much easier!

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4. You’ll Become a More Efficient Worker

Creating an online course is a lot of work. You will quickly learn how to do different tasks in the most efficient way. Before I created my online course, I would try to do ten different things in a day, then do another ten things the next day, etc. But when I started working on my course I soon realized that I needed a better system, so I moved to batching my tasks and learned what type of tasks are good for different days and times of day.

When I started, I would create one slideshow, then create the video, then edit the video, then upload the video, and repeat the process with the next lesson. Now I make several slideshows at a time, record all the videos at one time, and then upload all the material. This is just one example of how creating my course has given me insight into how productive people get everything done.

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5. More Income Means More Help

You launched your online course. Congratulations! Soon your course will start to make money, as discussed in the first section. But more money doesn’t just mean that you can take on fewer clients – it also means that you can hire your own assistant(s) to do the tasks that you dislike or do not have the skills for. Hiring skilled assistants, especially those with a gift for marketing, can also increase your profits even more!

Once again, you will be making more money. You won’t need to take on as many clients, you can hire an assistant to do the tasks you dislike, and you can hire a marketing guru to make your course even more profitable. Then the cycle continues: you’re now making even more money, so you can have even fewer clients or hire a second assistant to free up your own time.

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So, now for the bad news, and I’m going to be totally honest here. Creating an online course does require a significant time investment at first. Also, many online courses flop, leaving the creator with…nothing.

But that won’t be you! First, download my 10 Simple Steps to Create Your Course Guide. Use the 10 steps to guide you as you create your first course!

Second, commit to working on your course at a specific time every day. 30 minutes to an hour is ideal, but even if you can only take 15 minutes, do it! Before you know it, you’ll be ready to launch!

 

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68 Replies to “How to Take Your Life Back from Your Greedy, Time-Sucking Business”

  1. My business is still so new and I’m trying to build up passive income but it seems impossible. Hopefully soon it won’t take up so much of my time.

    Britt Mont // othersideof25.com

    1. Building passive income does take a lot of work. It can be difficult to know how much time to spend on building passive income versus working for clients, and that varies from one business to another.

  2. This is a great idea. Do you think it’s possible to do this for no income at all though? I blog about veganism and I really don’t think that non-vegans would pay for me to tell them not to eat animals 🙂

    1. Yes, you can create free courses if you want to. But there might be a part of your niche that would pay for your guidance – maybe you could offer a course for newly-converted vegans to help them with the transition.

  3. Great idea of earning through online courses.
    I need some good theme for a course which can interest people. Do mail me some good ideas, including details of your online course.

    1. Yes, I know that stress all too well! But having a reliable source of passive income can be a huge stress reliever. So can chocolate. 🙂

  4. I have long been thinking about how to create course content to give myself some passive income. It’s a little hard though, since I am a mom blogger and don’t want to do courses on the stereotypical “organize your home in 30 days!” courses. I just haven’t discovered what is missing in this niche. In the meantime, I love learning about the process, so thanks for your awesome tips!

    1. What’s unique about your experience? How old are your kids? Perhaps you could create a ‘How to Manage a Difficult Toddler’ course or something along those lines.

    1. Yes, definitely! The more students you have, the more visible you will be, and the more your brand can grow without any extra effort on your part.

    1. Yes, patience is required. But you also have to know when it’s time to change something that isn’t working!

    1. Yes! Books can also establish you as an expert in your niche. I know a lot of course creators who have turned their books into courses, and vice versa. Creating a course is much easier when you already have the content!

  5. I’ve been thinking of creating a course for a long time – I even have all the content! I just need to work on updating my slides, so thank you for this encouraging post.

    I’ve downloaded your guide and will get in the case!

    1. I hear this all the time! What’s holding you back? The sooner you launch, the sooner you can start earning money. 🙂

  6. I really give you guys props for creating online courses! It seems so difficult, honestly. But knowing that you’re booked with clients makes it all that more inspiring! Great work!

    1. What do you think seems difficult? It can be a daunting process, but once it’s broken down into steps, it’s not so scary.

  7. I am currently working on putting a course together, and it is so challenging trying to figure it all out! But I am determined and all these are excellent points that I have come across that made me decide yes! I want to make a course.

  8. Passive income is something that I have been looking at for a while and I need to jump in and just try. Thank you for the little push!

    1. Passive income is great! Affiliate income is a great way to get started with passive income. That’s a little easier than trying to build your own course, and you can make a bit of money while you’re working on your course. Also, you’ll build a network that you can then sell your course to when it’s done!

    1. Yes, it’s great for new businesses. It’s also a good tool for an established business that wants to grow more quickly. You can reach more people through an online course than working one on one.

  9. I have a hard time putting short videos together much less a course, lol. Honestly though, it’s just not possible for me at this point to create a course. At some point, it’s something I would seriously consider though 😉

    1. What makes you think it’s not possible for you to create a course? It really is possible for anyone, if it’s something you really want to do.

  10. I can relate to this post so well. I think earning a passive income is great because it gives the extra help financially and leaves room to save.

    1. Yes, definitely! There are so many ways that extra income can help, from saving more to being able to hire an expert when needed!

  11. I love all these tips. I want to work for less hours but more income. I love the idea of passive income. Most of my income are coming from affiliate sales.

    1. Affiliate sales are another great passive income source! Plus, if you have an online course, you can add affiliates to help promote your course. It’s a win-win situation!

    1. It can take a while. But if you set aside time each day to work on it, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you make progress! When is your target launch date?

  12. This is a great post. I can absolutely see all of the reasons why it is a good idea. I always get stuck on the details… what system do I use, do I need to install anything, I hate myself on video… etc. Once I get past these things it just may happen 😉

  13. I feel like the main thing that is stopping me is my lack of tech-savvy, lol! Though I do have the creative part, and some ideas for passive income through learning — maybe I just need to find a programmer friend 😉

  14. What I learned from my own experience in creating courses, you need to put together a good marketing plan and start promoting your course before you even publish it. This may be relative but you need to be in the face of your audience every day… without being too pushy

  15. Great tips, thank you! I’ve been thinking of how to generate more income and an online course would be great, but what course would I create as a food blogger… 🙈

  16. I’ve been wanting to create a course. I have a wellness and a healthy living blog but I haven’t figured out what my course would be on.

  17. I didn’t know much about offering online courses but after reading your post, I feel quite positive about it and think I might give it a try! Thank you for sharing!

  18. These suggestions definitely make creating an online course more reallistic and favourable. I think you’ve solved a lot of people’s problems! 🙂

    1. Just curious…how long will it be until you finish all your other projects? If creating a course is something you want to do, I recommend making a concrete plan. You don’t have to start today, but set a date that you WILL start working on it!

    1. I agree completely! If we don’t do that, what’s the point of having a business? Many people have their own businesses so they can have more freedom, but find that the business takes up more than they thought it would.

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