How One Man Made an Extra $1,000 Teaching What He Knew


In my last post, I spoke about how the US Postal Service is leveraging its existing expertise in the delivery business to begin a two-year grocery delivery test in San Francisco, CA, and how you can emulate them leveraging your existing skills by teaching what you already know.

There are a number of ways you can start this endeavor, such as by starting a YouTube Channel, a podcast or your own blog. While those are great avenues, I want to introduce you to three new ways to capitalize on your unfair advantage (teaching what you already know). This is by far the best way to earn side hustle or full-time income.

I recently interviewed Nick Loper of Side Hustle He wrote a best-selling book, Work Smarter: 350+ Online Resources Today’s Top Entrepreneurs Use To Increase Productivity and Achieve Their Goals, which generated $1,400 in 30 days on Amazon. Because he kept getting asked the same question from readers on how they could replicate his success, he decided to teach a course on

In his Kindle Launch Plan: $1400 in 30 Days & an Amazon Bestseller, Loper teaches you how to lay a foundation on Amazon and then how to successfully launch your book even if you don’t have an audience yet.

Check out these three platforms for teaching online:

  1. – Based in San Francisco, CA, Udemy offers more than 20,000 courses in every genre you can possibly think of. The best thing is, you get to set your own price, come up with your own topic and if you help to market your course, you keep 100 percent of the profit. If Udemy markets for you and brings in people, you keep 50 percent of the profits. The average instructor makes $7,000 on Udemy. Ninety-six percent of instructors make sales.
  1. – This is an online learning community. So not only can you take some amazing classes for free, you can also become a teacher on the platform and earn side income based on what you already know, love or are passionate about. Do you have expertise in design, gaming or programming? Then teach it. They have over 750,000 students, 35,000 student projects and have paid their teacher over $3 million dollars. The average teacher makes over $3,500. So what are you waiting for?
  1. – If you are more of the hands-on type when it comes to teaching, then this is the platform for you. Depending on where you live, you sign up to teach classes in your own community. You can teach in a coffee shop, restaurant, you name it. Classes can be taught by anyone (which means you). You can attend a class, teach a class or host a class and let someone else do the teaching.

So now that you have the tools, it’s time to start building. If you’re still feeling a little hesitant, I’m sharing my insights about this very topic in an upcoming course I’ve titled “Teach Online: How to Create Side Hustle Income Leveraging Your Existing Skills.”  Let me know what you think in the comments section.

Meiko Patton is part of the GovLoop Featured Blogger program, where we feature blog posts by government voices from all across the country (and world!). To see more Featured Blogger posts, click here.

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Catherine Andrews

I’m so excited to see what happens in online learning in 2015 and I think this angle of people able to share their own learning through these platforms is especially inspiring. Also, GovLoop will be launching GovLoop Academy in 2015, an e-learning site for government leaders, so stay tuned!