There’s a huge shift happening in the world of on-demand online education.
It’s commercial enterprises and savvy small businesses that are filling the demand for courses and lessons, rather than the typical institutions of learning.
Brian Clark saw an interesting article in Fast Company recently about jobs of the future. One job description caught his eye — there will be a large need for “freelance professors” as teaching moves into the on-demand realm.
From the article:
“The continued growth of online courses and the introduction of alternative accreditations will spawn a growth in freelance or independent professors. By 2025 all you need to start your own university is a great online teaching style, course materials, and marketing plan.”
This is what we predicted, and have been preparing people for, since 2007 with our Teaching Sells course. The difference being that the field is becoming littered with VC-backed education platforms that want you to make them rich rather than building your own platform and audience.
Yep … digital sharecropping comes to online education. Have we learned from the lessons of Facebook, Amazon, and Apple? Do you really think they have your best interests at heart?
In this 11-minute episode of New Rainmaker with Brian Clark, we’ll cover:
The mainstream acceptance of online learning
Why you haven’t “missed the boat”
How to make a living with online education
What to be aware of and what to beware of
The truth about leveraging a VC-backed platform
Click Here to Listen toNew Rainmaker with Brian Clark on iTunes
On Monday, Brian and I hosted a webinar that focused on the fundamentals of smarter online marketing and how the new Rainmaker Platform Pro features help you execute them.
Specifically, we went through a live demo of the Learning Management System and Marketing Automation features, which I used myself to develop The Showrunner Podcasting Course.
We got overwhelmingly positive feedback on the webinar, so we are reposting it here for anyone who missed it.
But first, an important reminder about the Rainmaker Platform Pro upgrade option that expires later today.
Act now … before our best-ever offer to upgrade to Rainmaker Platform Pro expires
Rainmaker Platform Pro — which includes the online course builder and marketing automation features — is not available for general purchase yet. Once it is, it will cost the equivalent of $145 per month (billed at $435 per quarter or $1,495 annually).
But if you start your free, 14-day trial of the Rainmaker Platform by today at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, you will be eligible to upgrade to Pro for a one-time fee of $495.
So you will have all of the Pro features, and you’ll receive every Pro feature enhancement going forward at no additional charge for the life of your account, but you will still be locked in at the Standard recurring rate of $95 per month (billed at $285 per quarter or $950 annually, depending on your plan) instead of the $145 per month you’d otherwise pay.
Basically: you’ll save money in the
The Rainmaker Platform is only one year old, but it’s ready to turn pro. If you’re not familiar with Rainmaker, it’s the complete solution for building your online marketing and sales platform.
With the Rainmaker Platform, you can:
Create powerful, content-driven websites on your own domains.
Build membership sites and online training courses.
Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more.
Perform sophisticated online lead generation.
Optimize your content for search engines and social networks.
Master cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training.
Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code.
Forget about upgrades, maintenance, security, and hosting headaches.
Take your content to WordPress at any time you choose.
Our current customers who qualified already have access to the great new Pro features I’ll explain below. The early feedback has been positive, and we’ve already begun enhancements.
The Rainmaker Pro Plan is not yet available for general purchase on the site, but it will be soon. Before that happens though, we’re going to give every Standard Plan customer the chance to upgrade to Pro for a low, one-time fee (more on that in a bit).
First, let’s take a look at what’s new.
New Standard Features
These features are available now in the Standard Rainmaker Platform Plan:
Social media post scheduling: You can now create and set social media posts — on Twitter, Facebook (including Facebook pages), and LinkedIn — to be delivered at a specific time in the future. You’ll find this new feature in the Traffic section.
Add redirect links: We’ve always had the option to create redirects