If you are an entrepreneur or content creator searching for a way to transform knowledge into earnings, Teachable is the platform for you.
Teachable is a learning management system (LMS) founded by Angkur Nagpal as a side project. It was previously known as Fedora. Nagpal, a course builder himself, decided to create his online learning platform with characteristics that he envisioned his classes and students would enjoy after getting frustrated over the lack of direct access to students some platforms had.
In 2020, sources say that Hotsmart obtained Teachable for about $250M.
Before you continue, you may want to check out this video by Robert C. Brown on YouTube that gives a quick review. After, you will want to read the rest of the article for a more comprehensive review of Teachable.
Teachable allows one to create and sell online classes and training with videos, quizzes, and lectures. It has a simple and intuitive interface which makes it an excellent platform for beginners. You don’t have to have a virtual assistant or group member to perform it because it already takes care of your sales tracking, payment collections, and affiliates commissions. Alternatively, you can focus more on course building.
Who Uses Teachable?
We can’t deny that online learning is a quick and booming industry. And we want to take a slice from the ever-growing demand.
Entrepreneurs, founders, and small business owners that want to make online courses into a potentially profitable business will find using Teachables to be excellent. Teachable is used by folks like Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income to market 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 courses and coaching for students all over the world as of this moment.
Here are some of the features I enjoyed in Teachable:
Ease of Use
Teachable’s best feature is being less of a tech hassle and more of being your partner-in-arms to a company.
As mentioned earlier, Teachable prides itself on its simplicity of use. Going around and operating the course will be found easy by tech beginners.
When you register on the website, it leads you to the dashboard. There you will see headers such as users, sites, sales, emails, and classes. It is pretty straightforward. It is easier for the user to upload documents, review analytics, issue refunds, and communicate with students.
It is possible to integrate as many tools as you need as Teachable’s list of partners is pretty extensive. You will also realize that it is easy to create multimedia lectures, videos, homepage, and landing pages using their power editor.
Users can select to make an attractive landing page with Teachable’s large selection of topics for your online course website. All you’ve got to do is upload the logos, text, images and select color schemes to fit your business’ branding.
You have the choice of inserting custom CSS or HTML into the Code Snippets region if you’re an advanced user.
Marketing, Student Tracking Tools, and Analytics Capabilities
It has all of the necessary and essential sales tracking and analytics tools that you would need while trying to analyze your course sales. You can see how well your courses have performed in specific periods.
You can provide your pupils discounts should they decide to buy another course when you get access to advanced sales features like one-click upsells and packages from availing higher plans. It’s a fantastic way of increasing conversions.
You can check student registration and engagement when it comes to student tracking. You will receive reports on how your students interact with your classes, their completion rates, and in which the students get stuck.
Teachable deals with technology and promotion for you so you don’t need to worry about monitoring sales and student insights with their comprehensive dashboards.
You’d 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 like logo, color scheme, and preset pictures. But, you may also create one yourself using the block editor (rich text and Liquid/HTML blocks).
Teachable comes with its own refundable payment processing through Teachable Payments. With this, you don’t have to get a 3rd party for payment processing.
You may select your payment money from a broad assortment of choices. You can even generate coupons and discount codes for students and affiliate codes. Teachable will manage affiliate payouts automatically.
Teachable has options like Stripe and PayPal and advanced payment options like Visa and Mastercard.
Your pupils can pay by credit card, debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. You also have the option of charging your courses as one-time purchases, monthly payments, or as a subscription.
The support 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 class. You can create a ticket if you have any additional queries. Normally, you will hear back from support within 24 hours. Professional Teachable clients have access to live chat service.
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. It also has integrated payment processing, student management, lecture comments, fundamental quizzes, no fees on free classes, and VAT (value-added tax) for the EU.
Basic ($39/month or $29/month if annual billing is selected )
All the base features include unlimited students, course product, coaching product, a members-only community, automated sign-ups, and two admin-level users. You’ll have to pay the monthly fee along with a 5 percent transaction fee on this plan.
Pro ($119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is selected)
Including all base attributes plus priority product support, advanced reports, five admin-level users, an unbranded site, and completion class certificates, among others–no transaction fees.
Business ($299/month or $249/month if annual billing is chosen)
Now that I’ve talked about what I enjoyed about Teachable, here are a few 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 percent transaction fees
- There is a 5% transaction fee for people who opt for the Basic plan.
- No phone service.
- There is no phone number to contact for queries.
Why should you attempt it?
I’m 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. But with Teachable, I found it reasonably simple. It does take a while to explore the web site, its features, and test stuff out. Akin to a duck testing the waters first.
You don’t need to worry about marketing. Teachable has built-in features to look after taxes, payouts, affiliates, and authors. So all you’ve got to worry about is making the content that you want to sell.
To Sum It Up
Teachable is an approachable platform for complete beginners and busy entrepreneurs who want to focus more on course creation than the business’s technology and marketing aspect.
Teachable helps you turn the online courses you can create on any topic you love into a business. Why not start now?
What is Teachable?
Teachable is an online learning platform that helps users make and market 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 not any 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 as well as PayPal payments. Owners can receive payouts directly to their own banks dependent on the payment scheme set out by the primary school owner. It can be carried out in 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 yearly billing is chosen. However, Teachable’s Pro Plan at $119/month or $99/month if annual billing is set is more opted by many people. It has more features that match most of what their company needs.
For large organizations where multiple teachers are needed 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. It costs 2.9% plus 30 cents for any sale made through a credit card, debit card, and US Paypal account. International cards are charged 3.9% and 30c. International PayPal gets billed 4.4% plus 30 cents.