I was visiting the famous city of Amritsar in India today, where lives a good friend of mine doing a job as a teacher in one of the top colleges in the city.
While talking to him he came up with a question about online tutoring with me, as he wanted to follow his passion, and also wanted geographical freedom and more earning opportunities available online.
As a creator, I told him about the business of online tutoring as a tutor, and shared various steps and ways of monetization in online tutoring, which also made me wonder about going deep into his question – Why Should You Create Your Own Online Tutoring Platform?
Have you also got the knack for teaching, the kind of passion that could lit up a room??? Or a computer screen! You’ve got knowledge, wisdom, and a desire to share it – but HOW?
Well, let me let you in on a secret: the answer might just be creating your OWN online tutoring platform.
Imagine it – you, at the helm of your personal tutoring universe, sharing your expertise from the comfort of your own home. It’s not some pie-in-the-sky fantasy, it’s a realistic and achievable goal.
By launching your own online tutoring platform, you’ll escape the constraints of traditional teaching, while tapping into an exciting and rapidly expanding market, much better than doing a tutoring job on an online tutoring platform.
No need to worry about schedules, commutes, or even geographical boundaries! And the best part?
You’re in complete control!!!
Still not sure if it’s worth the effort?
Sit tight, take a deep breath, and let’s deep dive into why creating your own online tutoring platform could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this.
Let’s get started!
How Online Tutoring Boomed Up?
In today’s rapidly evolving digital age, education has undergone a remarkable transformation, with online tutoring emerging as a powerful tool for both educators and learners.
The ability to impart knowledge and facilitate learning remotely has become more crucial than ever, and this article explores the compelling reasons why you should consider creating your own online tutoring platform.
Online education has experienced a phenomenal rise in popularity over the past decade.
This growth has been further accelerated by the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than a 100% rise, as per the trends data.
As traditional educational institutions grappled with the challenges of shifting to remote learning, online education platforms proved to be a lifeline for students seeking to continue their studies uninterrupted.
The pandemic served as a catalyst, propelling online education into the mainstream and solidifying its significance in the education landscape.
And hence, many e-learning platforms emerged after 2019, in various parts of the world helping students globally online.
This has made people with a substantial to great amount of knowledge in a subject or more monetize their time online as a side hustle and even a completely profitable business earning online.
A more better question to ask here is, what exactly are online tutoring platforms and what limitations do they propose to a tutor in their platforms which leaves us with a more advanced and better alternative to creating our PERSONAL online tutoring platform?
Limitations to Online Tutoring Services Platforms
An online tutoring platform is a virtual space where educators and learners connect for personalized learning experiences.
These platforms offer a diverse range of subjects and skills, catering to a global audience.
Popular platforms like Khan Academy, Coursera, and Udemy have demonstrated the immense potential of online tutoring in democratizing education and making it accessible to learners across geographical boundaries.
And here our key question is what are boundaries that we can extend to while using these platforms.
Does it give complete control and customization? Does it offer flexibility? How much fees does the platform charge on a monthly or yearly basis? Etc.
Why Should You Create Your Own Online Tutoring Platform?
A. Control and Customizations
Having your own website gives you complete control over the design, layout, branding, and user experience of your course platform.
You can tailor the website to reflect your teaching style and brand identity. This is something you ain’t gonna get in any services-based platform like I mentioned above, as they reflect their own branding and hardly allow its users to change site design or formats.
Also, it offers a very valuable gift for a human in this era of the rat race which is Flexibility.
As an educator, you can set your own schedule and teach at your convenience, while taking the student’s time into consideration.
This flexibility allows you to strike a balance between your teaching commitments and other personal or professional pursuits.
And you’ve got the flexibility to experiment with various formats and content types.
B. Long-term Ownership
This is something all online tutors wish for when they are working through a service platform for Online Tutoring like Udemy or Chegg Tutors.
Your website and its content remain under your ownership and control. You won’t be at the mercy of changes or policies implemented by external platforms.
This means you’re platform-independent and can work with negligible restrictions.
This is quite problematic when you see platforms making changes in their policies like increase in fees or tax rates, and change in the operational process of the platforms.
The decrease in popularity of their platform will also affect your earnings and reach.
So, having a site of your own, you
Creating your own online tutoring platform presents a unique income-generating opportunity. While monetization strategies may vary, platforms often generate revenue through subscription models, one-time course purchases, or a combination of both.
Over time, as your platform gains traction and reputation, your earning potential can increase significantly.
You should know how many ways we can monetize a website and how these platforms whom we share platform charges and taxes with are monetizing the site apart from just commissions from sending paid users to tutors.
There are different types of monetization ways like display ads, sponsored ads, podcasts, affiliates, etc., for bringing revenue from a site and the users of a tutoring platform don’t have this freedom.
And If you’re offering paid courses or services, having your own website can give you more control over pricing, payment gateways, and revenue streams.
You’re not bound by the pricing models or revenue-sharing agreements of third-party platforms.
D. Strengthening Teaching Skills
Launching and managing your own online tutoring platform requires a diverse skill set, from curriculum development and instructional design to marketing and communication.
And engaging with these facets of education can contribute to your personal and professional growth, making you a more well-rounded and effective educator.
The digital age directly demands that educators adapt to technological advancements asap. As this coming era will be the best for the ones who are most adaptable and ready to learn and grow.
By creating your own online tutoring platform, you position yourself at the forefront of educational innovation, harnessing technology to enhance the learning journey and better prepare students for the digital world.
You get the freedom to use the best tech in the industry for improving your craft and help your students deliver great results in their careers.
There are a ton of them. I’ll share with you some basic examples like a digital whiteboard, tripod, lighting, camera, visuals, different software, etc.
E. Direct Communication
A personal website allows you to direct communication with your students and gives you the freedom to change whatever is needed to make it the best place for your students to share their issues with you.
Communication is important in tutoring or teaching, and it gets much more of a priority when you are teaching online. The better online tutors are able to understand students, the more demand and rating they will be endowed by the students.
We can understand this from a better quote by Azul Terronez below…
“Great teachers know that their students have a life outside the class. And they come in and help their students when they get stuck at any point.”
It’s great if a teacher can understand his student and take necessary actions to elevate their growth in the best possible manner.
You can also provide announcements, updates, and clarifications easily, fostering a stronger teacher-student relationship.
F. Opportunity to Create a Unique Learning Platform
Every educator brings a unique perspective and teaching style.
When you create your own online tutoring platform, you have the creative freedom to design a learning environment that aligns with your educational philosophy.
This platform becomes an extension of your identity as an educator.
You maybe also thinking in the back of your mind, that how to make one for yourself and how much hard work you need to put in.
Well, I have answers to all of your questions, and that too with a bonus. Keep reading…
Steps to Create Your Own Online Tutoring Platform
Creating your platform can be a good amount of work and also an easy way too, but whatever it is, it has many aspects that need to be worked on.
And to be honest I can’t write each and every step in this article.
But I can surely help you with the three fundamental steps for you to work on. (check bonus below)
These are the steps that are the most important ones and are considered to be chosen wisely with a good WHY as they have a significant contribution to the success of any project, business, or plan.
A. Define Your Niche and Target Audience
Before diving into platform development, it’s very very essential to identify your niche and target audience.
Are you focusing on academic subjects, professional skills, or a combination of both?
What kind of audience are you searching for? Based on geographical location, time zones, language, class, etc.
Understanding your audience’s needs and preferences will guide your content creation and marketing strategies.
With my good amount of experience in digital marketing, online services, and content creation, I have seen that most people fail to select the right niche for themselves, learning to fail in their projects or businesses,
And even more, people fail to select one!!!
But that’s the truth. Choosing what works best for you with considerations of what will work best for your clients or students, is one of the best ways to take the decision.
And this can be done by writing the WHY for you choosing the niche and believing in that WHY until you get succeeded.
This is how the A-players exercise their craft growing every single day.
B. Choose the Right Technology
Selecting the appropriate technology stack is pivotal to the success of your online tutoring platform.
Opt for a user-friendly and scalable platform that supports seamless interactions, video conferencing, and content delivery.
This means selecting the tools that will work not only just best for you but also for the students.
Just do some research while setting up a website or adding steps to connecting with the student or payment system, etc.
C. Develop Engaging Content
Compelling content is the lifeblood of any online tutoring platform.
Create well-structured, engaging, and interactive lessons that cater to various learning styles. The resources should be delivered on time with high-quality content made with keeping ease of use in mind.
Also, incorporate multimedia elements, quizzes, and assignments to enhance student engagement and comprehension.
Content is entirely your part. It’s the most fundamental one and without that, nothing works in this industry.
You can do hundreds of investments, and still fail if you don’t have high-quality or optimized content.
We’ll be sharing more articles related to content quality and optimization improvement.
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D. Market Your Platform
Effective marketing is crucial to attracting learners to your platform.
Utilize social media, content marketing, organic traffic, and targeted advertising to create a buzz around your platform. (We are coming up with more articles on our blog)
Highlight its unique value propositions and benefits to entice potential students.
Well, I also talked about some bonus stuff above in this article.
So, what if I tell you that you can create a website for hosting your courses or classes with zero hassle???
Yes, it’s possible! You’re here on FlowClass and we have this platform dedicated to providing educators with a zero-hassle website builder. And you can build one for you in seconds.
You can check out our article on step-by-step website creation with FlowClass in minutes.
Feel free to give it a try. You’ll love it. And yeah, we also have free trials for you.
Creating your own online tutoring platform is a venture that offers a plethora of benefits for educators in today’s digital age.
The flexibility, global reach, and opportunity for personal and professional growth make it a compelling choice.
And as the educational landscape continues to evolve, embracing technology and harnessing its potential will empower educators to shape the future of learning.
Embark on the journey of discovery by exploring the possibilities of creating your own online tutoring platform. And embrace the challenges, celebrate the successes, and contribute to the evolution of education in the digital era.
I hope you’ve got the answer to your question – Why Should You Create Your Own Online Tutoring Platform?
Your platform could be the key to unlocking the potential of learners worldwide and making a lasting impact on education.
Try FlowClass today!!!