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This is a guest post by my fellow Udemy Instructor – Steve McDonald. I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with everything he talks about – teaching online is an extremely fulfilling experience.

You can find out more about Steve on his Passive Income Project website.

1. It’s Fun

Teaching on Udemy is a blast! You get to basically talk about what you’re passionate about, talk about what you know best, and you get a share it in your own personal way. It’s a great way to express who you are in your work. You have a ton of control over what you teach, how you organize your course outline, and how elaborate or simple you want to be with your video production and course images.

2. The Udemy Community

The instructors at Udemy are amazing! I honestly have never encountered a cooler group of people anywhere on Earth. They have this amazing mix of business-minded entrepreneurial creativity and boldness, mixed with this giving, open-hearted teacher mentality that is unique and inspiring.

3. It’s Better Than Teaching in a Building

This is just my opinion buy I think you’ll agree. Here are some reasons why:

  • You still get to interact with your students in very meaningful ways. If you want to speak directly with them, you can arrange a Skype session with them. But the awesome thing is that if you don’t want to do that you don’t have to.
  • You can interact with them on your own time. You still want to try and respond to every student as quickly as possible, but if you like answering emails in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning you can do that and it’s perfectly acceptable.
  • Difficult students are less disruptive. If you’ve ever taught in a classroom setting and had a difficult student you know how frustrating it can be. One student can disrupt a whole day of learning for an entire room of 30 students. On Udemy, people learn at their own pace without the behavior or learning speed of other students affecting their experience. And you still have plenty of ways to interact with each of them in the course questions and announcements and through the messaging system.
  • The students actually want to be here. I don’t have stats on this, but I’d bet that in any given high school class less than 2 in 10 students actually wants to be there. College classes are a little better, but not by much. On Udemy, I would say that 8 out of 10 students wants to be there. They had to find your course, sign up for it and pay for it in order to take it. They are there to learn, not to get a diploma or a degree that someone else told them they needed. And that makes all the difference in the world for you as a teacher.

4. Less Time Wasted

You don’t have to travel to and from the school. You don’t have to set up a projector. You don’t have to carry books and papers around with you. And you don’t have to keep your desk clean. 🙂 You can teach in a suit and tie or in your pajamas (if you’re doing screencast lectures) and the only thing that people will notice is how much you care about your students.

5. You Can Reach a Vast Community

You can literally reach millions of people from all over the world with one Udemy course. I have students in 156 countries. I don’t even think most people could name 156 countries off the top of their head. It’s an incredibly diverse community and the opportunities are almost limitless.

A photo of a seminar room at Florida State University.

There are no physical limitations when teaching online.

6. You Can Make Money

You’ve been waiting to hear about this one, and it’s true, there’s a lot of money to be made on Udemy. Currently, the bulk of my income comes from courses that I teach on Udemy. And I’m far from being alone. It’s definitely not a place to “get rich quick,” but as Dragos says “I believe that at this moment in time Udemy is one of the easiest ways to make money online.” I totally agree with that statement.

To really succeed on Udemy you have to work hard at it. You have to be committed to it. You have to pour your heart into creating courses that will be valuable to others. You have to learn other instructors who have already been there. And that is what makes teaching on Udemy so incredibly fulfilling.


If you enjoyed this post, find out more about Steve on his Passive Income Project Website.