Teachable is the platform for you if you are an entrepreneur or content creator searching for a way to transform knowledge into earnings.
Teachable is a learning management system (LMS) founded by Angkur Nagpal as a side project. It was previously called Fedora. Nagpal, a class builder himself, grew frustrated over the lack of direct access to students some platforms needed. So, he decided to create his online learning platform with characteristics that he envisioned his classes and students would like.
In 2020, sources state that Hotsmart obtained Teachable for approximately $250M.
Before you go on, you may want to watch this video by Robert C. Brown on YouTube that gives a quick overview. After, you’ll want to read the rest of the article for a more comprehensive review.
In A Nutshell Medium Teachable
Teachable allows one to make and sell online classes and training with videos, quizzes, and lectures. It’s a straightforward and intuitive interface that makes it an excellent platform for complete beginners. You don’t need to have a virtual assistant or group member to do it because it already deals with your sales monitoring, payment collections, and affiliates commissions. Instead, you can focus more on course building.
Who Uses Teachable?
We can not deny that we would like to take a slice out of the ever-growing demand from the fast and booming industry of online learning.
Entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners who wish to make online courses into a potentially profitable business will find using Teachables to be ideal. Folks like Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income use Teachable to market their courses to students.
You also have enterprises like The New York Times, Shopify, and Penn Law.
As of now, more than 100,000 creators sold over $1 billion in classes and coaching for students all over the world.
Here are some of the features I liked in Teachable:
Ease of Use
Teachable’s best feature is being less of a tech headache and more of being your partner-in-arms to a company.
As mentioned earlier, Teachable prides itself on its simplicity of use. Tech novices will find it easy to go around and operate the course.
The dashboard is the first thing a user would see after registering on the site. There you will see headers like users, sites, sales, emails, and courses. It’s pretty straightforward. It is a lot easier for the user to upload files, review analytics, issue refunds, and communicate with students.
Teachable’s list of partners is fairly extensive making it possible to incorporate as many tools as you need. You’ll also find that it is easy to create multimedia lectures, videos, homepage, and landing pages using their power editor.
Teachable offers a large choice of themes for your online course website which you can select to make an attractive landing page. All you’ve got to do is upload the logos, text, images and select color schemes to fit your business’ branding.
You have the option of inserting custom CSS or HTML into the Code Snippets Area if you’re an advanced user.
Marketing, Student Tracking Tools, and Analytics Capabilities
It has all the necessary and essential sales tracking and analytics tools that you would need while attempting to analyze your path sales. You can see how well your classes have performed in specific periods.
You can provide your pupils discounts should they choose to obtain another course when you get access to advanced sales features like one-click upsells and bundles from availing greater plans. It is a fantastic way of increasing conversions.
You can check student enrollment and engagement when it comes to student tracking. You’ll get reports on how your students interact with your classes, their completion rates, and where the students get stuck.
Teachable deals with tech and marketing for you so you don’t need to worry about tracking sales and student insights with their comprehensive dashboards.
You would need a Pro or Business Plan to access this feature. The class will award the certificates upon completion (Admin > Courses > Course > Certificates). There are templates available. Teachable will automatically insert your school name, student’s name, and name of the course. You may change aspects of your certificate such as logo, colour scheme, and pre-set images. But, you may also create one yourself using the block editor (rich text and Liquid/HTML blocks).
You do not need to get a 3rd party for payment processing as Teachable comes with its own refundable payment processing via Teachable Payments.
You may select your payment money from a broad range of choices. You can also create coupons and discount codes for students and affiliate codes. Teachable will handle affiliate payouts automatically.
Teachable has options like Stripe and PayPal and advanced payment options like Visa and Mastercard.
You have the choice of charging your classes as one-time purchases, monthly payments, or as a subscription which your pupils can pay by credit card, debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
The support is responsive. It has a comprehensive knowledge library with online lessons and lives webinars for common questions you might ask as you start creating your first class. But, if you have any additional queries, you can create a ticket. Normally, you’ll hear back from service within 24 hours. Professional Teachable clients have access to live chat support.
What Plans can I avail?
Teachable enables customers to choose one of three options: Basic, Pro, and company.
For those who wish to dip their toes first and take a look at its features before committing, Teachable will offer a 14-day free trial.
All plans include unlimited video, courses, and hosting. Additionally, it has integrated payment processing, pupil management, lecture comments, basic quizzes, no fees on free courses, and VAT (value-added tax) for the EU.
Basic ($39/month or $29/month if yearly billing is selected )
Each of the base features include unlimited students, class merchandise, coaching product, a members-only community, automated sign-ups, and two admin-level users. You’ll need to pay the monthly fee along with a 5% transaction fee on this plan.
Pro ($119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is chosen)
This includes all base features plus priority product support, advanced reports, five admin-level users, an unbranded website, and completion course certificates, among others–no transaction fees.
Business ($299/month or $249/month if yearly billing is selected )
This includes everything in Pro plus 20-admin level users, bulk student enrollments, manual student imports, custom user functions, advanced theme customization, and group coaching calls. Medium Teachable
Now that I have talked about what I enjoyed about Teachable, here are a few things I don’t like:
- No free plans.
- Teachable doesn’t have a free plan. However, it does offer a 14-day trial.
- 5 percent transaction fees
- There is a 5 percent transaction fee for those who opt for the Basic plan.
- No phone support.
- There is no phone number to contact for queries.
Why should you try it?
I am not the most tech-savvy man out there. Far from it, actually. I have had many a day being very confused about the crowd. But with Teachable, I found it fairly simple. It does take a while to explore the website, its features, and test stuff out. Akin to a duck testing the waters first.
You can teach the way you want to learn by using customization tools to personalize your content. Medium Teachable
You don’t have to worry about marketing. Teachable has built-in features to look after taxes, payouts, affiliates, and authors. So all you have to worry about is making the content you wish to sell.
To Sum It Up
Teachable is an approachable platform for complete beginners and busy entrepreneurs who want to focus more on course production than the business’s tech and marketing aspect.
Teachable helps you turn the online courses you can create on any subject you love into a company. Why not start now?
Frequently Asked Questions: Medium Teachable
What is Teachable?
Teachable is an online learning platform that helps users create and sell their courses.
Can I use Teachable at No Cost?
There is a 14-day free trial for the Pro Plan. When you click on the “Get Started” button and register, you will automatically be entered into a Professional plan trial. You don’t need a credit card for this. There is no free trial for Basic and Business Plans. You can add up to ten students to complete courses.
How do Teachable payments work?
Teachable uses Stripe express to process credit/debit card transactions in addition to PayPal payments. Owners may receive payouts directly to their own banks dependent on the payment scheme set from the principal school owner. It can be carried out from the Settings > Payments section of their school admin. Payouts can be set daily (on a 2-day business rolling period), weekly (every Thursday), or monthly (every 30 days on the first business day of the month).
How much does Teachable cost?
The Basic plan costs $39/month or $29/month if annual billing is chosen. But, many individuals opt for Teachable’s popular Pro Plan at $119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is set. It has more features that fit most of what their business needs.
The Business Plan also costs $299/month or $249/month if yearly billing is chosen. This is a better fit for large organizations where multiple instructors are needed to upload course materials.
Does Teachable charge any processing fees?
Yes. For any sale made through a credit card, debit card, and US Paypal accounts, it charges 2.9% plus 30 cents. International cards are charged 3.9% and 30c. International PayPal gets charged 4.4% and 30 cents.