Sponsored by Zeqr
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 entrepreneurs can all sell their know-how for cash.
Today there’s a multitude of online platforms that allow you to set up shop and instruct students via phone, email, and video chat. Most platforms allow you to set up shop for free, accept payments, and even market your courses.
If you’d like to make money selling your expertise, here are 12 online platforms to check out.
Zeqr is an online learning platform where individuals can offer live, one-on-one coaching sessions in Academics, Beauty, Business, Communications, Graphic Design, Lifestyle, Personal Health, or Technology. To get started, choose the type of class you’d like to teach: mentor, lecture, discussion, tutor, demonstration, or workshop and your class name. After you fill out your account details, you’ll add your class description, category, price per participant, the maximum number of attendees, class duration, and your level of expertise.
Zeqr offers three different plans for instructors/Xpert’s to choose from; with the Free Plan, Zeqr’s commission is 20 percent, with the Monthly Premium Plan which is $30 a month, it’s 17 percent, and with the Annual Premium Plan which is $250 a year, it’s 15 percent. Zeqr Xperts are paid via Escrow for their work. Zeqr students pay for their classes up front, and after the class is complete, if the Zeqr is happy with the quality of the class, the Xpert receives the money. Zeqr Xperts are charging anywhere from $200 for a two-hour class to $2,750 for a five-hour class.
Best-selling author, Guy Kawasaki had this to say about Zeqr, “I cannot wait to see the impact Zeqr has on people seeking new knowledge as well as experts trying to impart their expertise and advice across the globe.”
BrainMass is an online academic academy where experts can make money by assisting university, college, and high school students through 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, view the 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.
Skillshare is an online learning portal where individuals can earn money by creating online classes in a variety of categories: Design, Photography, Business, Entrepreneurship, Film, Fashion, Music, Technology, Writing, and Creativity. Because Skillshare operates under a membership model (individuals can consume as many classes as they’d like for a low monthly fee) teachers are paid $10 for every student they refer to the platform, and they earn royalties based on the number of minutes watched in each of their classes every month. According to their website, their top teachers earn $40,000 annually and up. Payments are made monthly via PayPal.
Uscreen is an online platform where teachers and instructors can create one-time videos or courses to earn money from home. Uscreen does not take any royalties or commissions from teachers, instead, they charge a straight monthly fee ($99, $199, or $399). The Uscreen platform allows users to accept payments, a full e-commerce billing system, hosting, analytics, and more. Companies like Zumba, Wanderlust TV, and Toys R Us are using Uscreen.
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 percent 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.
Yondo is an online teaching platform where experts can sell their knowledge through videos, webinars, one-on-one consultations, and group classes. Yondo gives professionals a platform to market, schedule, accept payments, and instruct individuals all in one place. Yondo offers a free 14-day trial, and after that, it’s either $27, $97, or $297 a month to use their platform.
PrestoExperts is a unique service that connects individuals who have questions to people who are qualified to answer them. Here’s how it works, PrestoExperts 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 PrestoExperts takes a percentage of the fee you charged then pays you the rest via check on a monthly basis. PrestoExperts 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 in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
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 percent when you have a session with a client and when they refer a new client to you, their fee is 20%. Popexpert will transfer money into your bank account 21 business days after your video session has ended. Popexpert has been featured in 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 percent 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.
Lynda.com is a branch of the popular social networking site, LinkedIn. On this membership site, teachers and experts can share their expertise in Business, Technology, and Creative Skills. If you’re interested in becoming an instructor, fill out their online application. If there’s a good fit, you will be contacted by one of their content managers.
Have you used any of these platforms to make money selling your expertise?
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Originally published August 7, 2014. Content updated September 11, 2017.
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