Are you ready to start teaching online today?
You might wonder why I want to teach online. Teaching online is the number one way I’ve been able to earn money online in eight years and it’s the number one suggestion I have if you want to make money online. Build an audience, have a passive income for life, start teaching online today.
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What I intend to do for you here is to give you everything that you need to be able to start teaching online. I will walk you through the equipment, the software, the services and things you might need, future videos to watch. To make this even easier for you, I’ve got all this linked for you and I will walk you through it one step at a time.
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First as an instructor it’s very important, this is a huge tip if you want to have successful courses, to qualify yourself as an instructor, ask yourself what experience do you have relevant to whatever you want to teach?
I’m Jerry Banfield and I’ve made over $1000000 teaching online till now. You can see on my income report the top places I’ve earned money and what years I was on those platforms.
The number one from me with over $600,000 was on Udemy. However, the best opportunity for growth I see is to build your own platform and put your courses on all the other platforms, stick to promoting yourself and your own platform and take whatever sales all the other platforms give you.
I’ve got the income here listed to show you where you might make some money yourself and to give you my experience related to what I’m teaching. I have been teaching online since 2013. I started on YouTube and I highly recommend starting on YouTube. YouTube is the easiest place to just put a video up, get some feedback and if you really care about what you’re teaching YouTube is the easiest way to just get it out there. If you want to make money, then selling online courses to your existing YouTube audience can help with that and that’s the main strategy I’ve done to promote my courses -- I put videos up on YouTube. I put a very good information tutorials up on YouTube a year before I made even $1,000 a month in sales. Therefore, if you want to start today, start out on YouTube.
I’ll show you exactly how to quickly go through an escalate your progress. You can do it the hard way like me and take years to get a decent teaching setup or you can watch the rest of this video and I will show you exactly how to set up your entire teaching studio up, what websites to use, etc.
The first critical thing you need to do is set your studio up so you can have higher quality videos, videos that are good enough to get approved on places like Udemy, videos that give people a good impression right away as soon as they watch videos that allow you to stand out from the majority that don’t take the time to buy good microphone, to have screen capture tutorial software, that aren’t on all the different teaching platforms.
This will give you the ability immediately to stand next to establish instructors like me that have been teaching online for years. If you want to help me earn by buying any of these, you can buy using these links directly and I will get a percentage of the sales for which I’m grateful given I do YouTube now full time.
You might ask why with all this stuff I know about teaching I do YouTube full time. I do YouTube because to me the highest level business system is to release every single thing you do for free and not even need to directly charge for the content itself. Teaching online is a good middle step to work into the spot I am now. Now I just put everything out for free and I monetize with a partner program at jerry.tips/partner where you can get help as an online instructor building your business.
This allows me to put all my content free now, and then I charge people in my partner program at a much higher rate than selling individual video courses. This gives me the biggest audience with a higher level monetization step, and this is the strategy you can do. If you prefer not to get to work on all these teaching platforms, you can do something like my partner program. If you really want to build your teaching business, my partner program has several case studies and people who started out trying to just pay the rent and have worked into best-selling instructors online that earns 10+ thousand a month every month with exactly what I’ll show you here. I’m able to help because I know who to refer you too to get you some extra deals that aren’t available to the public and I’m on top of the newest trends myself.
Let’s take a look at the equipment to begin. The number one thing you need to do to start teaching online is to get a decent studio setup. You can get an outstanding studio setup for $500 or less, depending on where you’re at in the world. Getting a good microphone, getting a green screen behind you and getting screen capture video tutorial software will allow you to make a lot of sales if you make a course on the right topic and which you can almost be certain to do by just teaching everything you know and intentionally learning new topics that you can teach. I’ll show you the landing pages of each of the equipment I will show you and I’ll walk you through why this equipment is what I’m recommending.
The first thing I recommend is this microphone Shure SM58-S. This is a microphone that’s stood the test of time. You’ve probably seen lots of performers use this microphone on stage I recommended it as a function of a recommendation by my friend Thomas George who in my partner program. He is a music producer and he absolutely recommends this microphone because it gives you the best voice quality for the lowest price in a studio environment that is not ideal.
That’s a key point to mention for you because when you start your studio out as I did you may not be in an ideal recording environment, there may be traffic or airplane and so on. I was next to the airport when I started teaching online and I used to cut planes out flying over, I would be in the middle of a tutorial and a plane would buzz over and I had to cut the plane out. What I didn’t realize that if I had this microphone instead of the Blue Yeti USB one I had this would have done a better job at not capturing those planes flying overhead. Therefore, I recommend the microphone first as a key piece of equipment because low quality audio is one of the easiest ways to get your courses rejected on every platform, to turn people off of your YouTube videos which I’m an expert in. I don’t mean expert in how to turn people off YoutTube videos. 🙂
The next step you need a preamp (short for preamplifier) for this microphone. I recommend the Focusrite Scarlett Solo because it’ll connect to both Mac and Windows. You connect this via an USB and via a microphone. On the microphone, you have a volume control and then you can connect it to the computer. The idea with your audio is to have your audio recorded properly when it’s going into your computer. The main mistake I see new instructors making in terms of workflow is using a low quality microphone in a studio that’s not very good. For example, audio has lots of noise and echo (this is totally me when I started out) and then taking a bunch of time to edit it after the fact. If you notice my audio sounds good today. I don’t edit my audio, in fact I don’t even edit my videos today because I’ve practiced so much that I can usually rip an hour-long tutorial out straight and not totally butcher it that bad, unless you read some comments you might disagree. The key thing is if you record your audio right the first time then you don’t need the hundreds of hours new instructors spend trying to use post effects processing, noise reduction and all these effects into after-the-fact audio. It’s much easier to record your audio right the first time and then you don’t have to mess with it. Therefore, I’ve given you the best microphone that I know of at a low budget and the best USB interface to get the audio into your computer right.
Alternatively, if you want to use the Blue Yeti USB microphone, this is actually the cheaper solution, and this is what I started with. However, one big caveat -- if you use the Blue Yeti USB microphone in the studio that has any ambient noise at all, anything from echo to airplanes to traffic to people talking, you will pick this up and it will easily reduce the quality of your video courses as it did for mine. It will require you doing things like editing plane sounds out of the background, I can testify to the time and energy and frustration that takes is well worth $100 especially if you’re hoping to make a few thousand or maybe even $100,000 online. Spend $100 up front to make it easier.
Once you’ve got your microphone, I recommend getting a better webcam instead of just using your built-in webcam with a $40 curtain like I did when I made thousands of videos on Udemy. This Logitech is the lowest-cost highest quality webcam I found -- Logitech c930e. It’s a full 1080p webcam under $100, and you can download a color settings profile for Mac. It comes with one on Windows and you can adjust the color. If you got a green screen, you can get it looking fantastic on this webcam. You can connect it to a Mac or a Windows computer if you got one. I used this webcam for years until I stepped up to this one.
I’m currently using the Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder because it’s beautiful, and it’s got modes I can switch back and forth from things like Cinema mode. I’ve finally got my green screen and my face and everything looking superb and even this can glitch like the other day it left me looking super tan. This is the camera I recommend if you want the highest quality and the best picture, if you want the flexibility to go film on location, etc. This is the camera I’m using.
The next key piece you want is a green screen. A green screen allows you to take out whatever background is there. There is nothing that makes you look less professional than having a nice white panel door in your bedroom behind you when you’re filming. Elgato Collapsible Green Screen makes it real easy if you’re filming in your parents’ bedroom, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just buy this Elgato Green Screen, pull it up behind you and suddenly it looks like you’re in a $10,000 custom-built shed in your backyard like me but really you’re in your parents’ bedroom. Get this pull up green screen because you don’t need to do like I do. I’ve painted a wall behind me. The whole office is painted with the green screen, but you can just literally pull it up out of the floor, hold it up and you got a professional-looking background behind you.
I also recommend a standing desk. It’s standing up and do your video that makes it a lot easier to be energetic. Again I’ve learned this the hard way, I used to sit in the chair and go like… we’ll go click on this and we’ll click on that…
It is much easier and more natural for most of us to talk while we’re standing up, therefore I recommend getting a standing desk to get yourself up, to keep yourself moving around, make it easier for you to get your full voice out there. Your voice may not go as full as it can and when you are standing up, you can get your voice at the maximum. We went over the equipment right now. I’ve covered the microphones, the cameras and the green screen.
I recommend the next key thing you need is a screen capture video production software or to put it in a little more plain language you need something to create the videos that you will make. What I recommend is to get a monitor that’s 1920 x 1080 resolution exactly and then used one of these three programs to capture what you’re doing on your monitor. Stick your face on it and that’s all you need to do to produce the video courses. I’ll show you the two I recommend.
Number one is Camtasia 2019. You can get a link to try Camtasia for free and help me earn if you use my exact affiliate link right here. You can get a free trial and download on Windows or Mac. The Mac version on my Mac Pro 2016 really stinks for Camtasia 2019. However, though I’ve used the Windows version for years filming Camtasia, I filmed thousands of videos; I imagine the Windows version is great. If you got a Mac, I recommend you download instead ScreenFlow by Telestream. You can get your free trial and you’ll also be able to help me earn if you purchase. ScreenFlow and Camtasia are two paid options you can use to record high-quality tutorial videos. Both have editing and customization options where you can record yourself, you can record the screen, you can record mouse clicks, you can make some very high-quality video tutorials that are much better looking than mine directly using Camtasia or ScreenFlow. If you are on a Mac, I recommend you use ScreenFlow because the Camtasia 2019 has not been working good on Mac.
As an alternative, you can use OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) to record for free and not even need to edit at all or render. The big downside of using Camtasia 2019 and ScreenFlow is that both require you to capture every single source independently which means you are recording the desktop, whether your monitor or your screen, recording that and recording the webcam and recording the audio. When you are recording these independently, then you have to put them together and render the files. If you are pushing the limit on your computer, you see that it may take you a really long time to render a video and that your video rendering time may be the slowest part of your workflow. My video rendering time until 2016 was the slowest part of my workflow, and I used two computers to speed things up. I would film and start rendering on one computer then I’d hop over to the other computer and start getting everything I needed ready for the next one and then as soon as the video finish rendering on the other computer I just go click through everything from the first computer real quick to bring up all the slides or whatever I needed to teach on and that way I could just keep working constantly.
If you’ve only got one computer or if you don’t want to buy a Camtasia or ScreenFlow or if you want an alternative that gives you a lot of powerful options like this then OBS is what I use to record my videos because if the fastest workflow. I use OBS to record my videos because I can literally hit record, talk that blah blah blah forever, then I hit record again and I’m done. I’ve finished recording my video and I’m ready to upload it immediately.
I set OBS up as live streaming software, which helps me to have a video file immediately done. The downside of OBS is if it screws up and it messes up the file you lose everything which can be a big risk when you do something like an hour-long tutorial but hey I just take the risk and it works out most of the time. I might do a better job on the video if I lost the file and had to do it again. What’s also cool about OBS is as I’m able to do things like I can pull up a scene in automatically with the Elgato Stream Deck, I can for example highlight the YouTube subscriber button, I’ve got the Facebook follow button, I can move my face around in different ways, just clear your face off Jerry, that be so nice, clear face off 🙂
You may like tho read the second part of this post: Recording Online Courses with OBS for YouTube, Udemy & Skillshare!
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