I’m not gonna lie. Writing this “how I made my first $1 online” post makes me a little teary eyed.
Getting started making money online was hard for me. It is hard. Most of us aren’t born with the skills we need to make money online. All the CRAP out there makes it seem like it should be easy! But when it isn’t, all that hype makes you feel like there’s something wrong with you, that you should quit.
It was just so damn HARD. And it felt harder than it should have been.
But here’s the thing. I didn’t give up.
And then it happened.
I made $1.
And then another.
Nothing about this article is going to make it easy for you…
Making money online is like any other job. You have to work hard.
But I’m going to share with you how I did it.
And hopefully you can make use of that experience.
The platform I used: Skillshare
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. If you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I may make a small commission.
Skillshare is a teaching platform. Teachers upload their content, and students can take the courses. Unlike Udemy and Teachable, where students pay per class, Skillshare students pay a monthly (or yearly) fee and can consume as little or as much as they want. People call it “the Netflix of course platforms.”
It costs $0 to teach on Skillshare. You do not have to pay a subscription fee to play (like on Teachable), you don’t have to market your course (unless you want to), and it is crazy easy to upload and publish your content (unlike ebooks on the KDP platform).
How teachers get paid…
Teachers get paid per minute consumed of their classes. This gives newbies an advantage. When a customer is going to buy only one thing, and that thing is expensive, they are less likely to try something new, someone new, an unfamiliar name or face.
There’s no worries about spending more or less, so you will find that students will frequently test the waters, watching a minute or two here or there.
What’s great about this for Skillshare teachers is that they get paid by the minute watched, regardless of whether the student “likes” the course or stays around to watch a certain percentage of it.
What you need to get started…
With Skillshare, you can get started with your smart phone, if that’s all you have. You can prop up the phone and record yourself. All you need is at least ten minutes of material. Skillshare publishes the content areas the platform expects to be hot in the future, so you can look ahead and try to develop content in those areas.
You can use a laptop with a built in camera or mic.
If you have a high quality DSLR already, use that!
You can invest in high quality equipment.
You can record your face as you talk, or you can record your computer screen. There are paid options for screen recorder software, but the free options (like Screen-Cast-o-Matic and others) are sufficient.
It is great if you like to edit videos and have the ability to do so, but it isn’t required to make your first $1.
Your first course…
A great way to get started teaching is to pick a topic that already seems to have a lot of students interested in it. In the future, you’ll consider making content around in-demand topics that aren’t saturated. But for now, you are looking to just get your first viewers, your first minutes watched.
Are you struggling to get started? Watch the free courses offered by Skillshare to get yourself immersed, and see what other people are doing.
Another option is to take advantage of the free trial and enroll in several of the courses. Learn the material. Learn it well enough to teach it. Then turn around and create content around the skills you just learned.
Teachers on Skillshare don’t have to be an expert in anything. You just need to be able to teach it and provide value to the student who ultimately consumes your content.
Other ways to make $$ with Skillshare…
There are three ways to make money with Skillshare.
- Get paid by the minute as your students watch your classes;
- Refer people to Skillshare and get paid $10 for every person who signs up for the premium Skillshare account; and
- Refer teachers to Skillshare.
Are you thinking of teaching? If so, leave me a comment on this post. If you let me refer you to Skillshare, and you post a course within 30 days, you will earn an extra $50 and so will I. It’s a win-win!
If you are just starting out trying to make money online, Skillshare is a great option because:
- There’s no up front investment;
- You don’t have to use specialized or expensive equipment;
- Teachers can use the expertise they already have and know;
- You can create a class relatively quickly;
- Even busy parents or folks with day jobs can do this because it is easy to publish content; and
- People who are completely new can still get students.
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