Teachable is the platform for you if you’re an entrepreneur or content creator looking 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 known as Fedora. Nagpal, a course 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 access to students some platforms had.
In 2020, sources state that Hotsmart acquired 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. Afterward, you’ll want to read the rest of our article for a more comprehensive review.
In A Nutshell So Teachable
Teachable allows one to create and sell online classes and training with videos, quizzes, and lectures. It has a simple and intuitive interface that makes it an outstanding platform for beginners. It deals with your sales tracking, payment collections, and affiliates commissions. Thus, you don’t have to have a virtual assistant or group member to do it. Instead, you can concentrate more on course building.
Who Uses Teachable?
We can not deny that we want to take a slice out of the ever-growing demand from the fast and booming industry of online learning.
It’s excellent for entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners that want to make online courses into a potentially profitable business. Teachable is used by individuals like Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income to sell their courses to students.
You also have enterprises such as The New York Times, Shopify, and Penn Law.
More than 100,000 founders 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 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 business.
As mentioned previously, Teachable prides itself on its ease of use. Tech novices will find it easy to go around and operate the course.
When you register on the site, 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.
Teachable’s list of partners is pretty extensive making it possible to integrate as many tools as you need. You will also find that you can easily create multimedia lectures, videos, homepage, and landing pages using their power editor.
Teachable offers a large choice of topics for your online course site which you can select to create an attractive landing page. All you’ve got to do is upload the logos, text, images and choose color schemes to fit your business’ branding.
If you are an advanced user, you have the option of inserting custom CSS or HTML to the Code Snippets Area.
Marketing, Student Tracking Tools, and Analytics Capabilities
When you’re trying to analyze your course sales, Teachables has all of the necessary and essential sales tracking and analytics tools that you would need. You can see how well your courses have performed in specific phases.
You can provide your pupils discounts should they choose to buy another course when you get access to advanced sales features like one-click upsells and bundles from availing higher plans. It is a fantastic way of increasing conversions.
You can check student enrollment and engagement when it comes to student monitoring. 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 promotion for you so you don’t need to worry about monitoring sales and student insights with their comprehensive dashboards.
To get this feature, you would need a Pro or Business Plan. 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 name of the program. You may change elements of your certificate such as 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 do not need to get a 3rd party for payment processing.
You can choose your payment money from a broad range of choices. You may also 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.
You have the option of charging your courses 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. You can create a ticket if you have any additional questions. Normally, you will hear back from service within one day. Professional Teachable clients have access to live chat service.
What Plans can I avail?
Teachable allows customers to choose one of three options: Basic, Pro, and company.
For those who want to dip their feet first and check out its features before committing, Teachable does offer a 14-day free trial.
All plans include unlimited video, classes, and hosting. It also has integrated payment processing, pupil 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 yearly billing is chosen)
Each of the base features include unlimited students, class product, coaching product, a members-only community, automatic sign-ups, and two admin-level users. You’ll have to pay the monthly fee along with a 5% transaction fee on this plan.
Pro ($119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is selected)
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 chosen)
This includes everything in Pro and 20-admin level users, bulk student enrollments, manual pupil imports, custom user functions, innovative theme customization, and group coaching calls. So Teachable
Here are a few things I don’t like about Teachable now that I’ve talked about what I liked about it:
- No free plans.
- Teachable does not have a totally free plan. However, it does offer a 14-day trial.
- 5% transaction fees
- There’s a 5% transaction fee for those who opt for the Basic plan.
- No phone support.
- There is no phone number to contact for inquiries.
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 crowd. But with Teachable, I found it reasonably easy. It does take some time to explore the website, its features, and test stuff out. Akin to a duck testing the waters first.
You can teach the way you would like to learn by using customization tools to personalize your content. So Teachable
You don’t have to think about marketing. Teachable has built-in features to look after taxes, payouts, affiliates, and writers. So all you have 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?
Frequently Asked Questions: So Teachable
What is Teachable?
Teachable is an online learning platform that helps users create and market their courses.
Can I use Teachable for free?
There is 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 do not 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 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 principal school owner. It can be done from the Preferences > Payments section of the 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. But, lots of individuals opt for Teachable’s popular Pro Plan at $119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is set. It has more features that match most of what their business needs.
For large organizations where multiple teachers are required to upload course materials, a much better fit would the Business Plan which costs $299/month or $249/month if yearly billing is chosen.
Can Teachable charge any processing fees?
Yes. For any sale made via a credit card, debit card, and US Paypal account, it charges 2.9% plus 30 cents. International cards are charged 3.9% plus 30c. International PayPal gets charged 4.4% and 30 cents.