I just wrote this post about the tools I use and recommend for teaching online. If you are anything like me, you’re a very busy parent who spends a lot of conscious energy focusing on parenting, life at home, and entrepreneurship. I really appreciate when someone or something saves me time so I can focus on the really important.
One of my main business projects, LifterLMS, is a software tool that makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses from a simple homemade WordPress website.
I decided to write this post to help pass along the a curated list of tools that come in handy for the education entrepreneur. If you happen to be on a similar journey and use online courses that you create to supplement your income, I encourage you to stay focused on what matters most in your project. In my opinion, it’s not the technology. It’s the learning content that you create.
We had an idea almost 3 years ago on what our online business might look like. We knew we wanted to serve organic gardeners and permaculturists. We launched Organic Life Guru and made the first courses ourselves. We reached out to leaders in the movement like Toby Hemenway and Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski to help combine talents and co-create online gardening courses that our organic growing tribe wanted.
We flew to Costa Rica and spent a winter there, working remotely and preparing to film this Permaculture Design Course. We brought in a talented videographer to increase the production quality of our videos.
It then took over a year from filming the event to bring the completed online permaculture design course to market. We recorded the audio separately, and syncing became a challenge. Editing two weeks of content is a massive challenge. We eventually brought in more help from a professional for that.
Uploading that much video is a challenge, so we mailed a hard drive full of video files to upload to someone with a much better internet connection than us.
While all this is happening, we still had to take care of our family and gardens. We have several jobs and businesses we had to keep going. With a company I co-own called codeBOX, I was in the middle of launching our software product to empower education entrepreneurs looking to build online courses or create online schools called LifterLMS.
I hope this inspires you to keep going. You’re not alone in your struggles. There are other startup dads and moms out there. By the way, if you’re feeling lonely as a startup dad, check out the Startup Dad Headquarters Podcast.
So the #1 Secret on How to Start a Business Online …
Just keep going
It’s kind of wild. I have the privilege of unique experiences as a long distance hiker, sled dog musher, world traveler, entrepreneur, and outdoor leader that helped shape my ability to focus and persist. But I’ve realized how so many people live in a state of fractured focus and distraction.
Stamina and marathoning in focus is becoming such a rare human facility.
Once you have kids you’re often torn between leaving them behind and returning to work. New mothers and fathers are often confronted with the reality of returning to work after a child is born. It’s no longer theoretical. It’s a real human baby in your arms, that you’re pretty sure doesn’t want you to leave.
Perhaps Stay AND Go in a Different Direction…
Many parents look at options of working from home or remotely so they can be closer to their kids and set their own schedule that works for the family. They google for online content around “how to make money online for stay at home moms.”
There’s a lot of options these days for working at home. Some say that digital nomadism is the path of progress these days even with big companies, and you don’t have to fight so hard to earn a living from home.
If you’ve followed me for a while you know I’m a huge proponent of creating online courses to create work from home income.
Pro-snowboarder, Mike Basich, tours his self-built 225 square foot home in the middle of his 40 acre snow covered property near Truckee, CA – and shows how being close to nature drives his most creative decisions. He also talks about his upbringing and how his parents got him into snowboarding.
This is an easy detail to overlook. So how exactly did Mike’s parents get him into snowboarding?
“So my mom was always looking for something different and fun for us to try out. That’s how we discovered it. The sport had no rules, and that kept us in it. No one was telling us what to do. From 7 to 14 years old I had epilepsy, so being differnent from everyone else I felt at home. That’s something my parent drilled into me every day … that it’s OK to be different. “
In Going Off Grid, Laura Ling examines how 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.