Making money with hobbies like writing, gardening, fitness, and art are often not in the cards. Unless of course, you put together a professional online course to teach people all about it. This Teachable review outlines one of the more impressive options for developing a beautiful website for presenting your courses, from video courses to PDF training.
We've taken a look Teachable's main competitors: Udemy and Uscreen. Both of those mentioned have their pros and cons, but now it's time to outline Teachable, another interesting company. Teachable has clean website interfaces, great customization tools, marketing options and analytics.
Teachable's online course creation module provides hosting and security, along with all the learning tools you need, from quizzes to discussion forums and blogs to video courses. So keep reading to check out our detailed Teachable review and see if it's the right online course builder for you:
Which Teachable Features Stand Out?
Taking a look at the current user designs, it's clear that Teachable is doing something right in terms of its website builder. In addition to that, the pricing looks pretty solid. So what are some of the main features you can look forward to?
Upload All Sorts of Files
Teachable supports the majority of files you need for a respectable online course. This includes video, image, audio, text, and PDFs. On Teachable, you can pull your content from a wide variety of sources like Google Drive or Dropbox, syncing up your storage spots with the website.
Teachable's Drag and Drop Builder
Drag and drop builders are getting better and better, and if you look at the user designs from Teachable it's clear they've done a good job in that area. Not every Teachable user has tons of knowledge in web development, and that's kind of the point.
You can move around courses, organize pricing packages, drop text and imagery on the homepage, and quickly develop sales pages (which we'll talk about below).
Along with uploading from cloud services, you have the option to upload media and lecture files (like audio and PDFs) directly from your computer.
What's also interesting is that you can work with your existing website to add the course pages on there. Or, you can start a completely new website with a unique domain name by starting from scratch on Teachable.
One of the advantages of Teachable is that you don't need to be a coder or developer to make and sell courses online. It allows you to start with a template, upload your content, and start making money as long as your courses are good enough.
However, it makes sense that some individuals and organizations may want to customization the Teachable interface even further. This would allow you to move around more advanced elements like button placement, image size, and the overall branding of your website.
Teachable has something called a Power Editor, which gives more advanced users the opportunity to tap into the code and make those customizations if needed.
Teachable Review: Responsiveness for Viewing on All Devices
This ties into the design aspect of Teachable. In short, Google wants to make sure that your website is visible and user-friendly for all devices, from desktop computers to smaller smartphones and tablets. Therefore, you want to ensure that the text and media are viewable on these devices without any problems.
Luckily, your Teachable content all snaps into place based on the device detected. So, if your student is viewing your lectures on a phone, they can see everything in the right dimensions. The same can be said for computers and tablets.
Landing pages are often crucial for selling courses. You design the sales pages, then buy some ads linking to them on Facebook and Google. Customers are more likely to buy from sales pages, and you don't confuse people by sending them to the standard homepage.
In Teachable, sales pages are provided for you. All of the templates are tested to improve your conversions, so all you have to do is go in there and customize the template to fit your own brand and courses.
What's also cool is that these sales pages (and all of the pages on your site) can be converted into a wide variety of languages. This way, international customers have the chance to look at your courses and potentially sign up. It's not a guarantee that these folks will be able to understand your videos, but the text-based translations would allow you to open up your business to people all over the world.
Learning and Community Tools Like Forums, Blogs, and Quizzes
The quizzes are there to provide more content for your users. I haven't ever taken a course online where I haven't been excited to test my knowledge at the end. Teachable also offers a forum and blog for your website, turning it into more of a community than anything. If you nurture this community you're more likely to get some VIP customers who recommend you to other people.
Finally, some of the Teachable plans provide course completion certificates. This contributes to the feeling of community and gives students a sense of achievement when they finish one of your courses. You can do this for all of your courses or just a few of them. It allows you to customize each of the certificates and add your own personal flair to each one.
Impressive Marketing Features from Teachable
You don't always see marketing features with online course creation platforms. However, Teachable has coupons, promotions, affiliate programs, email marketing and much more.
You can also play around with advanced pricing options, with alternatives like payment plans, bundled courses, and subscriptions.
Teachable Reviews: Student Management
One of the trickier parts of running an online course is managing students, making sure they take the courses, and giving them the support they need.
One way to do this is with the student feedback module in Teachable. Basically, it lets you create items like surveys, Google Forms, and other feedback tools to get information from the students and see what they dislike or what they'd like to see in the future.
Teachable's support integrations help out with student management as well. Through Zapier you can link to tools like Zendesk and Olark, bringing you all sorts of options for collecting customer information and remembering past conversations that you have had with certain students.
Finally, student list segmentation is provided to improve on your marketing and student-relationships. In short, the segmentation module has options for sending out targeted emails based on certain criteria. For instance, you may send out a welcome email when a student enrolls in your course. Or, you might think about having a code redemption for those students who haven't purchased one of your courses in a long time.
Teachable Review: Pricing
One of the coolest parts of Teachable is that you don't have to go out to find and pay for your own hosting. It's all included in the pricing package, which is nice for keeping your site up at all times and fast for users.
However, the best part is the number of students and courses supported by Teachable. It seems like more often than not I stumble upon similar services that have maximums for students and courses until you pay more money. That's NOT the case with Teachable–since you can have unlimited students and courses for all plans.
As for the pricing, here's what Teachable offers:
- Basic – $29 per month for all base features, 5% transaction fees, instant payouts, two admin users, product support, course creator training, custom domain support, coupon codes, drip course content, integrated affiliate marketing, integrated email marketing, and third-party integrations.
- Professional – $79 per month for everything in the Basic plan, instant payouts, five admin users, priority product support, graded quizzes, advanced theme customization, advanced reports, Teachable branding removed, and course completion certificates.
- Business – $399 per month for everything in the previous two plans, no transaction fees, instant payouts, 100 admin users, priority product support, manual student importing, bulk student enrollments, custom user roles.
The reason I like this pricing plan set up so much is because it allows you to test out your courses with the Basic Plan. The 5% transaction fees aren't ideal, but you still get 95% of whatever comes in for the courses.
Recently, instant payouts have been added to all of the plans, so you get your money upfront without having to wait for a few weeks or a month.
We mentioned that all base features are included in the Basic plan, so it makes sense to outline what some of those features are:
- No fees when you give away courses for free.
- Basic quizzes to test your students.
- Discussion forums for building a community around your courses on Teachable.
- Student management tools.
- An integrated payment processing system to collect all payments securely.
- Teachable offers nlimited hosting, students, courses, and video.
A few final notes on pricing:
During my Teachable review, I noticed that Teachable doesn't charge any setup fees or cancellation fees. This means that the only thing you have to pay for is the monthly plan and whatever transaction fees you might be incurring. You should also remember that there are always going to additional transaction fees for payment processing, and this all depends on which option you go with.
There isn't a free trial, but you can configure an account and play around with the Teachable backend for as long as you want. In my eyes, this is much better than a free trial, since it allows you to build your course website and understand how it's going to function before launching. Teachable then starts charging your credit card once you launch the site.
Finally, the pricing plans listed above are based on annual payments. So, you must pay for a year in advance to get that special pricing. Paying month-to-month for Teachable means that your monthly pricing will increase. For instance, the Basic plan goes up to $39 per month if you don't pay for a year in advance.
Teachable Review: Customer Support
As you may have noticed in the pricing plan area, each plan has product support. The Professional and High Volume Plans offer priority product support, so I'm assuming you get bumped to the front of the line when contacting the company.
As for the means of contact, Teachable offers a live chat on the website along with a ticketing system for you to submit your questions. However, they route you through the knowledge base before you send them a message.
Teachable also has a wonderful blog with tips and tricks, weekly live workshops for even more learning and an online academy filled with tutorials and courses similar to the ones you're trying to make and sell!
Overall, Teachable‘s support options look great. It'd be nice to see some phone support, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards right now.
Who Should Consider Teachable as a Way to Make Money Online?
Teachable is great for YouTubers, bloggers, publishers, niche experts, authors, and much more. My Teachable review revealed that as long as you have some sort of skill you can sell courses teaching that skill on Teachable.
You can test out Teachable without punching in any payment information, so that's cool for people who are planning on making courses. However, there's no reason to pay for a Teachable plan until you have some of your courses made.
Once you make a course, the sky's the limit. I'd recommend trying to get out of Teachable's Basic Plan as soon as possible since you can take advantage of the zero transaction fees.
Any type of course can go on Teachable. For example, Teachable supports everything from YouTubers to authors and artists to web designers.
Btw, I've done a video version of this Teachable review for you in case you want to hear my voice 🙂
If you have any questions about this Teachable review, let us know in the comments below.
And, there's a LIVE webinar called 7 steps to launch your own profitable online course that will explain lots more, I would definitely sign up on this one!