Unit 6 - FAQs
How long will it take me to complete this course?
I have designed this course to take you from zero to creating and launching your first online course in 8 weeks. The actual course material can obviously be consumed in a much shorter period (you could probably blast through it all in a day if you really wanted to!) But the purpose of this course is to help you create and launch your first online course, and to do that you will need to also do the action points at the end of each module/unit and this will obviously take much more time.
The 8 week time frame is a realistic one, based on my experience of creating 3 successful online courses. But you are obviously free to go at your own pace, if you prefer! (To see how you will be spending your 8 weeks, check out the downloadable Project Plan at the end of this module.)
Do I have to have a blog to do this course?
I have designed this course specifically with bloggers in mind, but no, you don't technically have to have a blog to do this course. However you do need to have an existing audience and have built up a good degree of expertise/experience in the thing you want to teach. A blog will help you with both of these things, but is not strictly a prerequisite for doing this course, if you have built up an audience plus expertise/experience in another way.
Is there any benefit to doing this course but not doing the action points?
Nope! You will only see results from this course if you do the actions too!!
I am a total online course newbie, will I be able to understand this course?
Absolutely! I have designed this course assuming you have no prior knowledge. I use ‘normal person’ English and explain online course jargon. But if you do get stuck, you can ask for help in the Productive Blogging Inner Circle Facebook Group.
I have a bit of experience with online course creation, will this course be too easy for me?
That depends on how much experience you have and how much success you have had in the past. This course has been designed with beginners to online course creation in mind, but it would also be suitable for anyone who has created unsuccessful courses in the past or who is midway through creating their first course and feels a bit stuck.
If you have previously created and launched a successful course and know all about market research, curriculum design, pricing strategy, launch funnels etc., this course will probably be too easy for you.
Will there be any additional costs or hidden charges?
There are two things you will need to spend money on in order to complete this course:
- A good quality email service provider (e.g. ConvertKit)
- A course platform (e.g. Teachable)
It may be that your existing email service provider is sufficient. In which case, you will not need to spend any additional money here. However, marketing an online course requires certain more advanced email marketing features, which not all email service providers offer, so you may need to upgrade.
However, one thing you will definitely need, if you want to create an online course, is a course platform, such as Teachable or Thinkific. These course platforms will enable you to accept payments and actually deliver your course to students. They will handle all the complexity of making your course look good and function well, as well as dealing with payments, taxes, affiliate commissions and more.
Can I do this course in any order?
I wouldn’t recommend that approach. I have deliberately created this course in a specific order as I think this is the best way to approach online course creation. I also assume knowledge from previous units as you progress through the course and I assume that you have done the actions in the previous units too!
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.