How Much Money Do People Really Make Selling Courses Online?

I recently came across an interesting Statista survey that purported to answer this question. Here’s what they found:

The Most Popular Courses to Sell

According to the survey, individuals are most interested in coaching or individual tutoring courses, followed by yoga certification, transcription, and marketing.

People who want to learn to become a yoga coach may make enough money to cover their costs. In fact, they may even surpass those who teach other courses, mainly because so many people are competing for this niche. The same goes for people who teach transcription and marketing. The demand for both of these courses is high, and so many people are chasing the same few jobs that this drives up the prices.

Which Courses Are Most Popular?

Let’s take a look at which courses are the most popular, according to the survey. First, there’s yoga certification, which, as we mentioned, is extremely popular. It’s followed by transcription and marketing.

Teaching yoga is a good fit for any freelancer or independent contractor who wants to make a living online. All you need is a comfortable place to sit and a webcam to capture your live classes. You can then package and sell these classes to make some extra money. Just make sure to keep your costs low so you can just about break even. The good thing about this course is that although its popularity is quite high, it can also be quite flexible. For example, since so many people are taking the course, it tends to drive down the prices.

Transcription is a big market, too, and one that is growing. More and more companies are seeing the value in having a professional transcribe audio records for them. If you’re a fast typer, you can find plenty of work doing what is known as online transcription, where you listen to audio files and type out what you hear. Most of these jobs don’t require any special training, but since there is such a high demand for transcriptionists, those who pursue this path can make a good living. A lot of work gets posted, so you never know when you might find something.

Last but not least, we have marketing. This is a cross-disciplinary field that covers a variety of topics, such as digital marketing, social media, and marketing analytics. This is a really interesting area to specialize in, especially if you want to make a living online. Just remember that a lot of people in this field are switching over to digital marketing, so if you do decide to go into this field, make sure to develop and grow your network.

Which Courses Are Least Popular?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the following courses:

  • Land Surveying
  • Actuarial Science
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Homeschooling
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Education
  • Pianoforte

As you can see, there are a lot of courses that are less popular than yoga certification, transcription, and marketing. The reason for this is that people prefer to specialize in very specific fields. For example, a lot of individuals are taking up land surveying, a course that focuses on geography and mapping. Once you complete the course, you can get a job as a land surveyor, mapping buildings and landscapes for other people. While interesting, this does not provide you with an income. In fact, you may not even get an interview, which, given the low demand for this course, is strange.

Another example is the actuarial science course. Actuarial science is the application of a body of science to the analysis of risks and issues related to insurance. Once you complete the course, you will be able to obtain a job as a financial analyst, helping insurance companies understand risk. While interesting, this is still just a job until you discover and develop your network, and even then, it doesn’t provide you with an income. Finally, the courses in the list above are not the only ones that are less popular. There are plenty of others, including marketing, web design, and software development, for example.

How Much Does It Cost To Learn Each Course?

Looking at each course individually, it’s not practical to give an exact price, as it depends on various factors, including the time of day, the location, and whether or not you are enrolled in a bachelor’s or a master’s program. However, we can give you an indication of the approximate costs for each course, as shown in the table below.

As you can see, not all courses are created equal. While yoga certification, transcription, and marketing are quite popular and can be pursued for less than $5,000, other courses can end up being quite costly. For example, the actuarial science course and the personal protective equipment course both cost around $25,000 on average. If you want to be an expert in any of these fields, your best bet is to get a job working in the field first, so that you can develop industry connections and learn the ropes from those who are experienced in the field.

How Many Hours Do You Need To Invest To Achieve Proficiency?

Another important factor to consider is how much time you need to invest to achieve proficiency in each course. As you can see in the table below, some courses, such as yoga certification, only require a few hours a week, while other courses, such as personal protective equipment and marketing, can take several months to years to attain proficiency in.

As a general rule of thumb, the more hours you put in, the more you will learn. With that being said, if you are looking for a quick solution and don’t have a lot of time to invest, you should look into courses that can be completed in a few hours or a day. This is especially true for courses that can be readily accessed and provided from a central location, such as the online version of the course.

How Much Income Do You Project/What Is The Likely Return On Investment?

Last but not least, we have the question of how much income you project and what is the likely return on investment. This is a tricky question to answer, because it depends on a lot of factors, including the time of day and the location. However, we can give you an indication of the likely return on investment for each course. As shown in the table below, the most lucrative courses are yoga certification, followed by marketing and then transcription.

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make money, consider pursuing a certification in yoga, which, as we mentioned before, is extremely popular due to the increasing number of people seeking to become more flexible. If you already have a background in yoga, this is a fantastic way to continue practicing while making some extra money. The most direct route to making a living as a yoga coach is via online teaching, which can be done from anywhere with a good internet connection. For people interested in this path, the demand is extremely high, so competition is likely to be very fierce. This makes it difficult for beginners to find employment, as there are a lot of experienced instructors out there who are more than happy to take on students.

If you are looking for a more steady and predictable income, consider marketing, which can also be done remotely. The best part of this course is that a lot of people are seeking to become independent contractors and have their own businesses, marketing themselves as specialists in online marketing. There are plenty of jobs available, and more and more people are switching over to digital marketing, so if you do decide to pursue this path, make sure to develop and grow your network.

Final Takeaway

To summarize, this was a pretty broad survey that aimed to give a general idea of which courses are the most profitable and which ones are less so. It’s important to keep in mind that the prices for these courses vary from school to school and can range from less than $5,000 to over $100,000, depending on the specific course, the time of day, and the location. For the best chance of making money, pursue courses that are both popular and profitable. If you are looking for a steady and reliable income, take up marketing or online marketing (with a specialization in digital marketing). If you have a specific skill set that you can put to use, consider looking into the lucrative course in actuarial science, as this is a great way to learn how to apply math to real-world problems. Finally, if you already have a degree and are seeking to further your education, consider looking into pursuing yoga certification, as this can open up a lot of opportunities for you if you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher.