159: How to Earn 6-Figures Teaching Online Part-Time

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Teaching online is a fantastic way to earn money from your experience, skills, and expertise — and everyone’s an expert in something, right?

We’ve covered this topic in the archives before, with Scott Britton, Rob Cubbon, and most recently with Jon Haws and how he included an online course as part of his rapidly-growing nursing empire.

This week on the show I’ve got an inspiring and action-packed episode with Phil Ebiner, who’s someone I’ve been watching from afar the last year or so.

Phil’s built up a HUGE library of more than 50 online courses and teaches more than 130,000 students. While he now focuses on his business full-time, he hit the 6-figure income mark before leaving his day job.

In this episode we chat about how he comes up with course ideas, how he structures his content, and he markets his material, along of course with the tech he uses to get it all done.

On a personal note, my Udemy course has turned into a nice passive income stream, earning $300-600 per month on autopilot. If I were smarter, I’d work on building out my portfolio of courses!

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  • How Phil’s first $62 in income from teaching online hooked him on the business model.
  • How to come up with ideas on potential courses you can teach.
  • How Phil outlines and structures each course.
  • The tools and software he uses to create his courses.
  • Why Udemy is such a powerful platform for people without an audience.
  • How each course turns into a “little passive income asset.”
  • How Phil is building his own list and platform with the help of Udemy and his “Bonus Lecture” strategy.
  • How he recommends launching and marketing a course for both new and experienced instructors.
  • Phil’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.


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Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

His work has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, TIME, Newsweek, Business Insider, MSN, Yahoo Finance, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times, Bankrate, Hubspot, Ahrefs, Shopify, Investopedia, VICE, Vox, Mashable, ChooseFI, Bigger Pockets, The Penny Hoarder, GoBankingRates, and more.

17 thoughts on “159: How to Earn 6-Figures Teaching Online Part-Time”

  1. Hey, great podcast. Definitely got a lot of ideas flowing. However, I was disappointed that you didn’t talk validation at all. There’s a lot of work upfront for creating these video courses. Do you validate that it will sell first, and if so, how?

  2. I enjoyed this show. I’m a soon to be Udemy instructor. Course is in the Udemy hopper.

    I’ve had a few snags with the test video. Nonetheless, I’m pressing forward.

    Technology is kicking me in the rear, but I’m pressing forward and the goal for the course to launch in March.

  3. Hi,

    First off, great podcast and there is a ton of actionable info here. I am going to sign up for the Video school course but I want to hit the ground running, is there a certain microphone you suggest or would I be better off just going with the webcam? I’m planning on Powerpoint based courses. Thank you.

  4. At the moment I am not involved online courses. It is for later in the year. However, I do enjoy dipping into the various Podcasts. Once again Nick’s questions show genuine interest. Plus, Phil’s experience, knowledge and discussion are inspiring. Cheers!

  5. Hi,
    I just discovered this on Pinterest. I am wondering if people are teaching online independently, without being employed by a college/institution? I am curious what field of teaching applies, I am in the field of communication. I am curious if you can design a course on anything you want? Would love to learn more. Thank you!


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