By Holly Reisem Hanna
Are you looking to make money from home, but have no idea what to do? Then consider selling your expertise online; musicians, cooks, life coaches, teachers, and crafters can all sell their knowhow. Today there’s a multitude of online platforms that allow you to set up shop and instruct via phone, email, and/or video chat. Most platforms allow you to set up shop for free, accept payments, and even market yourself.
If you’d like to make money online selling your expertise, here are 11 online platforms to check out.
BrainMass is an online academic academy where experts can make money by assisting university, college, and high school students though an online library, one-on-one help, or via their e-book library. Experts must be working on, or have obtained a graduate-level degree from an accredited university. To get started, register online, watch a training video, take a quiz, then send in your credentials and proof of education. Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to generate content for BrainMass. The academic expert pay rate works on a sliding scale. Payments are paid on the 15th day of the following month via PayPal or check.
Clarity is an online marketplace where people can sell small business advice to entrepreneurs. Simply create a profile through LinkedIn, set your rates, link up your PayPal account, and wait for calls to come in. Topics you can speak on are Business, Tech, Sales and Marketing, Funding, Product Design, Skills and Management, and Industries. Clarity hosts over 30,000+ verified experts, including Mark Cuban, Eric Ries, and Cameron Herold. Clarity takes take 15% of the fee collected from the call and you get the rest. Payments are made via PayPal every 15 days.
Createpool is an online marketplace for information selling in the following areas (pools): Programming, Academics, Auto Repair, and Legal Advice. To become an expert, create an account, search online for questions, give advice, then make money. Createpool deducts a 20% service fee from each transaction and payments are made via check or PayPal.
Ether is a company that lets you sell advice and content by phone, email, or through your website. Sign up for a free account, then set up your Ether Phone Number where calls will be forwarded to you. Set your rate and hours, and answer questions, Ether takes a 15% fee of what you make. Payments are made via check and direct deposit. Some examples are a therapist, doctor, nurse, tax expert, teacher offering their expertise to customers.
Expertory is an online platform where experts can sell their knowledge through live online video chats. Often referred to as “The eBay of Learning”, Expertory gives professionals a platform to market, schedule, accept payments, and instruct individuals all in one place. Totally free to join, you decide when and where to teach, and how much to charge. Expertory doesn’t take a cut until you’ve been paid and fees will vary depending on where the referral comes from. Expertory has been featured on The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Charlotte Observer.
6. Helpouts by Google
Helpouts by Google is an online platform where you can sell your expertise in a variety of subjects and fields. Sign up by creating a Google Plus account, choose a category, fill out your profile and price your expertise — then start selling. Google will take a 20% fee and the rest is yours. Payments are made via Google Wallet.
LivePerson is a unique service that connects individuals who have questions to people who are qualified to answer them. Here’s how it works, LivePerson has all the backend tools in place, so once you’ve completed your application and set your fees, you’ll be connected to people who need your expertise. Answers can be delivered via live chat, email, or phone. Once the action is completed LivePerson takes a percentage of the fee you charged then pays you the rest via check on a monthly basis. LivePerson has been featured on The Huffington Post and USA Today.
Maven is a micro-consulting platform that allows you to profit from your knowledge and connections. To get started, sign up for an account, select an hourly consulting rate, and answer some questions, which are sent to you through the Maven match-up feature. Payments are made via PayPal, check, and direct deposit. Maven charges a $4 – $25 fee per month based on usage. Maven is a member of the Better Business Bureau and has been featured on Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Odijoo is an online campus that allows users to sell their knowledge in a couple of ways. The first is to create an online course and sell it through Odijoo, they deduct 10% from the purchase price whenever someone purchases your course, then you keep the rest. The second way you can generate revenue is by creating an Odijoo campus classroom, where you have your own private online space for training people. Campus seats are sold in blocks, with each seat representing one user taking one course. Seats start at $7 per seat along with a $2,000 annual setup fee. It’s free to create an account and payments are made via PayPal.
Popexpert is an online video portal where you can sell you knowledge on Meditation, Marketing, Music, Relationship, Career Mentoring, Language, Nutrition, Productivity, and Style. Set up your profile, set your rates for a 50 minute video session, let others know your availability, then instruct your lessons via video. Popexpert’s fee is 3% when you have a session with a client and when they refer a new client to you, their fee is 20%. Popexpert pays will transfer money into your bank account 21 business days after your video session has ended. Popexpert has been featured on USA Today, Mashable, and the Daily Muse.
Udemy is an online teaching platform that allows individuals to teach on a variety of subjects (business, design, art, education, music, etc.) Instructors create their content, publish it on the site, and then promote it. As an instructor you’ll set your rates and promote your classes for which you’ll receive 100% of the revenue. If a class is promoted through Udemy and a sale is made, they keep 50% of the revenue. Using Udemy is free, except for a small processing fee for accepting payments. According to their site, most instructors make an average of $7,000 annually. Udemy has been featured on Mashable, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Have you used any of these platforms to make money?