All right, guys, what’s up? My name is Robin, and today, I’m going to be doing a review of a popular platform for taking online courses and as well as selling online courses. I’m going to be talking about both of those two things in this video.
The first thing we’re going to talk about is actually taking courses and signing up for a Skillshare premium membership. Then, in the second part of the video, I’m going to talk a little bit about my experience with teaching on Skillshare as well.
The first thing I’m going to talk about is what is Skillshare? I’m going to go on Skillshare here, and try to get to the homepage if I can. All right, so looks like that’s the homepage for my account. Skillshare is basically an online platform where you can enroll in all kinds of different types of courses.
I’m going to click on browse here and let’s take a peek at all the different classes they have here.
This is the homepage for looking at classes.
It looks like these are some of the top classes here. We can see things on art, such as water coloring, illustrator secrets, graphic design, storytelling, how to solve a Rubik’s cube, so a lot of really, really random but useful things at the same time, depending on what you’re doing.
Looking here, we can see logo design, lots of tech stuff, all that kind of stuff.
We have the different categories here. There’s fine art, photography, photography is really big on here, graphic design, illustration, writing, music, production, animation, film production.
Then there’s the business tab.
They have all your regular business stuff. There’s a lot of marketing stuff, freelancing, management, leadership, sales. Then, of course, there’s technology and that’s all the programming stuff, and the development stuff is all in there. They have this little category for lifestyle, which is kind of a little bit of everything. There’s a lot of different things in here.
I’ve been on Skillshare for about one to two years now, and I have a premium membership as well as I am an instructor as well. Basically what the premium membership does is it gives you access to every course in the platform for $10 a month.
That’s pretty much the gist of it. If you paid 10 bucks a month, think of it kind of like a Netflix thing, but instead of getting shows you can watch, you can enroll in courses. Same kind of deal.
A lot of people ask me is it worth it to have this Skillshare premium membership. I say definitely. I mean, you get such good value for $10 bucks a month. Other places online, like Udemy, you have to pay for each separate course and it can cost you a lot of money, especially, if you buy a handful of courses a month, that does add up over time.
But one thing I will mention, the course quality on Skillshare, it’s not as good as other platforms, and that’s just what to expect.
You’re paying $10 a month.
There are a few hidden gems in here that are really, really good, but for the most part, most of these courses are going to be like 10 minutes long, 15 minutes long, and they’re just going to be like little bite-sized courses that are going to help you out. Although, there are some pretty decent sized courses here, as you can see. There’s some pretty good ones.
But at the end of the day, it’s useful for picking up little tidbits of information. Let’s say if you’re a developer and you want to learn jQuery. You’ve never heard of jQuery before, well, you can just type it here in Skillshare and maybe you’ll get a small little course on Skillshare or maybe you’ll get an introductory, that kind of thing.
That’s kind of what you’re looking for on Skillshare. But there are, like I said, a lot of good courses as well, so it’s something to take part in.
When it comes to the membership, is it worth it, I highly recommend it to everybody. I really recommend it to anybody who’s a developer, you work online, you do anything in the tech field, and you’re constantly trying to learn new things because this is the platform where you’re going to learn those new skills.
But I think Skillshare will definitely be good for people who have a lower budget because it’s cheaper, it’s easier to afford, and there is a lot of good courses on here. That’s my recommendation when it comes to the membership, and I’ve watched a lot of courses on Skillshare myself.
Now, the other part of this for you, I talked about my experience with Skillshare, and yeah, here are the pros and cons that I’m just going to go through quickly. Again, very affordable price, lots of courses to enroll in, there’s over 17,000 and plus apparently.
That’s quite a bit of courses. Very easy to digest and a great place for instructors to get started teaching. I’m going to talk about that in just a second.
The cons, though, are, some courses are lackluster compared to others and the website interface is a little bit outdated but it’s pretty simple to follow, that’s not too bad. Depends on your personal opinion on what you prefer. The other thing I want to mention is there’s not much interaction between instructors and students.
You take a course in Skillshare, and that’s pretty much it. I don’t see a lot of conversation, a lot of Q and A, that kind of thing.
If you guys want, if you click on the link in the description of this video, that’s my affiliate link.
You guys can enroll in Skillshare and you get your first two months for free. Then, after the two months, you pay the $10. That’s something you guys can do if you want as well.
When it comes to teaching on Skillshare, I’ve had pretty good results, but my results has varied and they’re not as good as they were before because I don’t focus a lot of my time on Skillshare.
I’m going to show you guys my referrals. That’s the first type of income you can make on Skillshare, and that’s kind of referring people to platform.
My affiliate link in the description of this video, that is a referral link. If people click that link and they sign up, you can see here, I get $10 per every person that signed up. Over the course of about a year or so I’ve made about $200, so nothing crazy. I get maybe one or two referrals a month. Nothing nuts, but it does add up in income.
Then we have the teacher stats. You get paid whenever people watch your courses and it gets paid by minutes. The more people who watch your premium courses, the more money you make kind of thing.
I’m averaging about $50 to $100 per month here, you can see. I used to be making a lot more, back when I first started teaching, I focused more on Skillshare because I just didn’t have a platform anywhere else to really focus on. I was making about $200, almost $300 a month focusing strictly on Skillshare.
It was pretty easy. I was just pretty much just directing all my traffic to Skillshare. Since then, I’ve kind of changed that.
I don’t direct any traffic to Skillshare really anymore, other than the occasional blog post or something or video. My courses are pretty much on autopilot on the platform. I bring in about $50 to $100 per month. It’s a little bit of extra income. It’s nothing crazy, but it does add up and it is a great way to help build your student base.
If you’re a teacher or you’re looking into teaching, I would highly recommend it. It’s a great place to get started and the approval process to get your course actually published is really easy.
If you don’t have the best technology or if you’re brand new and you’re still kind of experimenting, then Skillshare is really good because they don’t have, they’re not as picky as places like Udemy are and whatnot.
That’s something you can check out as well.
But anyways, I hope you guys liked this review. Let me know what you think in the comment section.
If there’s any questions or concerns you have, just let me know. Thanks for watching the video, guys, and I’ll see you later.
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