If you are an entrepreneur or content creator searching for a way to transform knowledge into income, Teachable is the platform for you.
Teachable is a learning management system (LMS) based by Angkur Nagpal as a side project. It was previously called Fedora. Nagpal, a class builder himself, decided to create his online learning platform with characteristics he envisioned his courses and students could enjoy after getting frustrated over the lack of direct accessibility to students some platforms needed.
In 2020, sources state that Hotsmart acquired Teachable for approximately $250M.
Before you go on, you may want to check out this video by Robert C. Brown on YouTube that gives a quick overview. After, you’ll want to read the rest of our article for a more comprehensive review of Teachable.
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Teachable allows one to create and sell online classes and coaching with videos, quizzes, and lectures. It’s a simple and intuitive interface that makes it an outstanding platform for complete beginners. You don’t have to have a virtual assistant or team member to do it because it already takes care of your sales tracking, payment collections, and affiliates commissions. Instead, you can focus more on course building.
Who Uses Teachable?
We can’t deny that online learning is a fast and booming industry. And we would like to take a slice from the ever-growing demand.
Entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners that want to make online courses to a potentially lucrative business will find using Teachables to be ideal. Individuals like Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income use Teachable to sell their courses to students.
You also have enterprises such as The New York Times, Shopify, and Penn Law.
More than 100,000 creators sold over $1 billion in classes and training for students all around the world as of now.
Here are some of the features I enjoyed in Teachable:
Ease of Use
Teachable’s best feature is being less of a technician hassle and more of being your partner-in-arms to a business.
As mentioned earlier, Teachable prides itself on its ease of use. Tech beginners will find it easy to go around and operate the program.
When you register on the website, it leads you to the dashboard. There you may see headers like users, sites, sales, emails, and courses. It is pretty straightforward. Uploading documents, reviewing analytics, issuing refunds, and communicating with students becomes easier for the user.
Teachable’s list of partners is pretty extensive making it possible to integrate 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.
Users can select to create an attractive landing page with Teachable’s large choice of themes for your online course site. All you’ve got to do is upload the logos, text, images and select color schemes to fit your business’ branding.
If you’re an advanced user, you have the option of inserting custom CSS or HTML to the Code Snippets region.
Marketing, Student Tracking Tools, and Analytics Capabilities
It has all of the necessary and essential sales tracking and analytics tools that you’d need while trying to analyze your path sales. You can see how well your classes have performed in specific periods.
For greater plans, you get access to advanced sales features like one-click upsells and bundles. With this, you can provide your pupils discounts should they decide to buy another course. It is a good way of increasing conversions.
In regards to student tracking, you can check student enrollment and engagement. You’ll get reports on how your students interact with your courses, their completion rates, and in which the students get stuck.
Teachable deals with tech and promotion for you so you do not need to worry about monitoring sales and student insights with their comprehensive dashboards.
You would need a Pro or Business Plan to get this feature. The course 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 title of the program. You may change aspects of your certificate such as logo, color 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 find a 3rd party for payment processing as Teachable comes with its in-built payment processing through Teachable Payments.
You can choose your payment currency from a broad range of choices. You may even generate 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 option of charging your classes as one-time purchases, monthly payments, or as a subscription which your students can pay by credit card, debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
The service is responsive. It has a comprehensive knowledge library with online lessons and lives webinars for common questions you may ask as you begin creating your first course. Butif you have any additional questions, you can create a ticket. Normally, you’ll hear back from support within 24 hours. Professional Teachable customers have access to live chat support.
What Plans can I avail?
Teachable allows customers to choose among three options: Basic, Pro, and company.
For those who want to dip their toes first and take a look at its features before committing, Teachable does offer a 14-day free trial.
All plans include unlimited video, courses, and hosting. Additionally, it has integrated payment processing, student management, lecture comments, fundamental 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, course product, coaching product, a members-only community, automated sign-ups, and two admin-level users. You’ll need to pay the monthly fee together with a 5% transaction fee on this plan.
Pro ($119/month or $99/month if annual billing is chosen)
Including all base features plus priority product support, advanced reports, five admin-level users, an unbranded site, and completion course certificates, among others–no transaction fees.
Business ($299/month or $249/month if annual billing is selected )
Including everything in Pro and 20-admin level users, bulk student enrollments, manual student imports, custom user functions, advanced theme customization, and group coaching calls. Preview Teachable
Now that I’ve talked about what I liked about Teachable, here are some things I don’t like:
- No free plans.
- Teachable doesn’t have a totally free plan. However, it does offer a 14-day trial.
- 5% transaction fees
- There is a 5% transaction fee for those who opt for the Basic plan.
- No phone support.
- There’s no phone number to contact for inquiries.
Why should you try it?
I am not the most tech-savvy person out there. Far from it, actually. I’ve had many a day being the most confused about the bunch. However, with Teachable, I found it fairly easy. Akin to a duck testing the waters , It does take a while to explore the website, its features, and test stuff out.
You can teach the way you want to know by using customization tools to personalize your content. Preview Teachable
You don’t need to worry about marketing. Teachable has built-in features to take care of taxes, payouts, affiliates, and writers. So all you have to worry about is creating the content you want to sell.
To Sum It Up
Teachable is an approachable platform for complete beginners and busy entrepreneurs who wish to concentrate 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: Preview Teachable
What is Teachable?
Teachable is an online learning platform that helps users make and sell their courses.
Can I use Teachable for free?
There’s a 14-day free trial for the Pro Plan. You will automatically be entered into a Professional plan trial when you click on the “Get Started” button and register. You don’t need a credit card for this. There’s absolutely not any free trial for Basic and Business Plans. You can add up to ten students to complete courses.
How can Teachable payments work?
Teachable uses Stripe express to process credit/debit card transactions in addition to PayPal payments. Owners can receive payouts directly to their own banks based on the payment scheme set out by the primary school owner. It can be done 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. However, Teachable’s Pro Plan at $119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is set is more opted by many people. It has more features that fit most of what their business needs.
For large organizations where multiple teachers are required to upload course materials, a better fit would the Business Plan which costs $299/month or $249/month if annual billing is chosen.
Can Teachable charge any processing charges?
Yes. For any sale made through a credit card, debit card, and US Paypal account, it costs 2.9% plus 30 cents. International cards are charged 3.9% and 30c. International PayPal gets charged 4.4% plus 30 cents.