Can I be honest here?
As a content creator, I have a dream – a dream that there is one platform, the best platform, that can help me create and sell an online course and do it ALL.
Deep down, I know that might be asking for a little bit too much.
But what I want this online platform to have is the ability to create and sell digital products, online courses, and memberships.
Even better would be the ability for this platform to have an inbuilt affiliate program so my friends and community can promote and sell my courses that they believe in as well as a super easy way to take payments and receive payments.
It’d also be nice if it was super mobile responsive, beautifully designed with a clean interface that is simple to use – even for non techies, and affordable.
This dream seemed absolutely impossible…
And I must admit, I’m a little bit excited.
Over the years, I have researched a plethora of online platforms. And there are so many great ones out there as I shared in The Ultimate Guide to the Best Membership Software To Run an Online Program in 2016.
Plus, there are more and more being made every day because the online e-learning industry is booming!
Why You Need to Teach and Create Online Products and Courses in 2019
To put it into perspective, the online e-learning industry is going to triple by 2025 and become a $320 billion industry.
If you want to learn more about that read 3 Reasons to Launch Your Online Course in 2019
The reality is, if you are not part of that revolution and not sharing your gifts with the world by teaching others what you know so that they can learn from you… then you’re missing out!
Every single experience you’ve ever had in your life, anything you’ve ever been taught, anything you’ve ever learned, implemented, or experienced for yourself – THAT is what somebody else wants to learn..
And you need to step up and be a teacher and share that with other people.
You need to be able to add value to their life, to give generously, and to teach. And you also need to be able to learn, continue to upscale, reskill, and all those good things.
In order to survive in the future of work and actually thrive, we need to be constantly learning.
Simply put, we need to become lifelong learners. Otherwise, we’re going to get left behind, and the robots are actually going to come in and replace us.
Read 11 Benefits of Learning Something New to get up to speed!
That is why the learning industry is growing at the speed of light. So many people are realising how important it is to stay relevant and to continually challenge themselves by learning.
That means there needs to be a whole heap of online course creators out there and teachers who are willing to bring you up to speed.
I like to think of this as being a Leading Learner. You’re not an expert. You’re not a guru.
You’re just a couple of steps ahead of the person who is right behind you and wanting to come up to speed really quickly.
And so, as an online course creator, I want a platform that allows me to do that in lots of different ways.
I don’t believe that just courses are the way.
I don’t believe that just digital products are the way.
And I don’t believe that things like memberships and communities are the way by themselves.
But combined… they make an incredible learning experience.
So when I found that Podia does all of those in one tool, I was super excited.
I asked them to do a demo for me before I jumped in to try Podia myself, and they generously showed me all the features and ways you can use Podia.
Why I am switching to Podia for Online Courses
Since that demo, I am switching away from Teachable (which I’ve enjoyed using for years) to put all future courses, products and memberships on Podia for several reasons.
In fact, you will be experiencing Podia if you come along and apply to join my Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator in October.
But even if you don’t, and you’ve been looking for a platform that’s super easy to use, affordable, and made by people who get the online course space, then Podia will definitely be for you.
Thanks to Len Markidan, the Chief Marketing Officer at Podia, I’m able to share the demo with all of you!
In this video we walk through all the awesome features that Podia has and you’ll be amazed, as I was, at all the things that they have going on and some of their upcoming features.
My Favourite Podia Features
- Sell as many online courses as you wish – free as a mini course or paid
- Prelaunch and sell courses before you deliver them
- Offer one-off payment or payment plans
- Podia take no fees!
- Upload any file type
- Unlimited everything – no for real. No restriction on students or courses.
- Sell as many digital products as you wish – free as an optin or paid
- Sell anything – digital guides, audios, PDFs etc
- Speedy checkout
- Upsells are built in – so you could offer a free optin guide then upsell to a paid book
- Sell it or gift it – now that’s cool
- Simple membership platform to share videos, content and build a community
- Offer multiple plans for your members – free through to monthly subscription or annual
- Bundle products
- Interact with your members easily through comments (not a forum)
- Connect Facebook or Slack if you want to create more of a community
- Send drip campaigns
- Send newsletters
- Grow your list
- Track results
- Cross-sell products
Use Podia as your Website!
- Create a home page and landing pages to act as and replace your website
- Have your own shop page
- Mix & match sections
- Fully customize your layout
- Mobile friendly
- Easily integrate third-party tools
- Simple to setup (we love simple)
- Helps increase your sales
- Seamless payouts
- Helpful reporting
- Customise your affiliate program
As an online course creator, as an online content creator, as an online business owner, Podia simply kicks ass as an all in one platform to ensure you get paid to be YOU.
You will be able to develop multiple revenue streams while making a massive impact and doing it in a simple and easy to use platform that’s not too feature rich or complex to use.
Also, check out my interview with Len on Untapped where we chat about some really interesting statistics about online content creators and the state of the side hustle industry.