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 called Fedora. Nagpal, a course builder himself, grew frustrated over the lack of direct access to students some platforms had. He decided to create his online learning platform with features he envisioned his courses and students could enjoy.
In 2020, sources say that Hotsmart acquired Teachable for about $250M.
Before you go on, you may want to check out this video by Robert C. Brown on YouTube that gives a quick overview. Afterward, you will want to read the rest of the article for a more comprehensive review of Teachable.
In A Nutshell Teachable Embed Video
Teachable allows one to create and sell online classes and training with videos, quizzes, and lectures. It has a straightforward and intuitive interface that makes it an excellent platform for beginners. It takes care of your sales monitoring, payment collections, and affiliates commissions. Thus, you don’t need to have a virtual assistant or team member to perform it. Alternatively, you can focus more on course construction.
Who Uses Teachable?
We can’t deny that online learning is a fast and booming industry. And we want to take a slice from the ever-growing demand.
Entrepreneurs, founders, and small business owners that wish to make online courses into a potentially profitable business will find using Teachables to be ideal. Individuals 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.
More than 100,000 founders sold over $1 billion in classes and training 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 headache and more of being your partner-in-arms to a business.
As mentioned previously, Teachable prides itself on its simplicity of use. Tech novices will find it easy to go around and operate the program.
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 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 with their power editor.
Users can select to create an attractive landing page with Teachable’s large selection of topics for your online course site. All you have 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 to the Code Snippets region if you are 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’d need while trying to analyze your course sales. You can see how well your courses have performed in specific periods.
You can offer your students discounts should they choose to obtain a second course when you get access to advanced sales features like one-click upsells and bundles from availing higher plans. It is a good means of increasing conversions.
When it comes 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 marketing for you so you don’t need to worry about tracking student and sales insights with their comprehensive dashboards.
To get this feature, you’d 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 title of the program. 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).
Teachable comes with its in-built payment processing via 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 service is responsive. It has an extensive knowledge library with online lessons and lives webinars for common questions you might ask as you start creating your first class. Butif 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 allows customers to choose among three options: Basic, Pro, and Business.
For people who want to dip their toes first and check out 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, basic 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 )
Each of the base features include unlimited students, course product, training product, a members-only community, automatic sign-ups, and two admin-level users. You’ll have to pay the monthly fee together with a 5 percent transaction fee on this plan.
Pro ($119/month or $99/month if yearly billing is selected)
This includes all base attributes plus priority product support, advanced reports, five admin-level users, an unbranded website, and completion class certificates, among others–no transaction fees.
Business ($299/month or $249/month if annual billing is selected )
Including everything in Pro plus 20-admin level users, bulk student enrollments, manual student imports, custom user functions, innovative theme customization, and group coaching calls. Teachable Embed Video
Now that I have talked about what I liked about Teachable, here are some things I don’t like:
- No free plans.
- Teachable does not have a totally free plan. But, it does offer a 14-day trial.
- 5% transaction fees
- There is a 5% transaction fee for people who opt for the Basic plan.
- No phone service.
- There’s no phone number to contact for queries.
Why should you attempt it?
I am not the most tech-savvy man out there. Far from it, actually. I’ve had many a day being very confused about the bunch. However, with Teachable, I found it reasonably easy. 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 how you would like to learn by utilizing customization tools to personalize your content. Teachable Embed Video
You don’t have to think about marketing. Teachable has built-in features to take care of payouts, taxes, affiliates, and writers. So all you have to worry about is creating the content that you wish to sell.
To Sum It Up
For complete beginners and busy entrepreneurs who want to focus more on course production than the business’s technology and marketing aspect, Teachable is an approachable platform.
You may make your online course on any subject you love, and Teachable helps you turn that into a company. Why not start now?
Frequently Asked Questions: Teachable Embed Video
Teachable is an online learning platform which helps users create and market their courses.
Can I use Teachable at No Cost?
There’s 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 can Teachable payments work?
Teachable uses Stripe express to process credit/debit card transactions as well as PayPal payments. Owners may receive payouts directly to their own banks based on the payment scheme set out by the primary school owner. It can be done in 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. However, Teachable’s Pro Plan at $119/month or $99/month if annual billing is determined is more opted by many people. It has more features that match most of what their business needs.
For large organizations where multiple instructors are needed to upload course materials, a much 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 billed 3.9% plus 30c. International PayPal gets billed 4.4% and 30 cents.