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As of today, there are 40 days until Christmas. Stores have been prepping for the Christmas season for a long time. It seems like trees and tinsel have been on the shelves since summer. Retailers know what they need to do to make money during this time of year. Do you?

According to Gallup, the average American will spend $830 on gifts and other Christmas-related supplies. People who use credit cards to fund their Christmas shopping will spend even more—$986. The bottom line is this—most people could use an extra $1000 before the end of the year.

Before you run out to the local convenience store and waste your money on lottery tickets, let me make a suggestion that can actually work—teach what you know.

You are a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. You might not view yourself that way because you do so many things without giving much thought to them. My work with entrepreneurs reminds me that everyone has something he or she can teach. Most people have several things they can teach.

I am in the middle of creating course content for several clients. When I showed one client the first lesson I created, he responded, "I can't describe how exciting this is. WOW - that is beautiful in every way and so far above most of what I'm seeing out there. We're gonna rock with this."

My client doesn't know much about online learning, but he knows his subject matter. The principles and practices I used to develop his jaw-dropping course are the same principles I teach in The Course Course. The client mentioned above will generate six-figures with the content I'm producing for him. By his own admission, selling books and other products can't come close to that amount of revenue.

I am confident that you, like others in The Course Course, can turn your basic knowledge of technology and your expert knowledge of your subject matter into a profitable course that you sell on your own website. You don't have to get lost in the crowd by putting your course on one of the shared sites. You can market and sell your course right from your own site.

The average Udemy instructor makes less than $4000 per year and the instructors don't own the email addresses of their students. Therefore, they can't market other courses or products to people who purchase their courses.

I recommend people sell courses from their own websites. A simple course selling for $97 and enrolling five people per week will earn $24,220 per year. Toss in a few additional products or courses, and the total can double or triple. While everyone else is jockeying for position on the crowded community sites, you can be earning a lot of money and building your customer base.

Todd Henry ends his podcasts with a great statement… Cover bands don't change the world; don't be a cover band!

You can enroll in The Course Course right now for only $97 and have your course up and running in no time. Or you can head over to the mall and ask Santa to drop a few thousand dollars in your stocking. Only one of those ideas can work. I'm a fan of Santa, but I'm a bigger fan of online courses. How about you?

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on November 23, 2016 at 8:17am

Terry - love, love, love what you are doing to help others moving forward!!! THANK YOU for sharing this great reminder that we CAN do it!

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Comment by Terry Hadaway on November 16, 2016 at 11:59am

Thanks, Kathy, Dan, and Allan... there's one difference between people who are making money with courses and those who aren't... The ones making money actually created a course!

Comment by Kathy on November 15, 2016 at 9:04pm

Terry, You are so right. When your content is excellent, you can make a great income teaching what you know.

Comment by Dan Powell on November 15, 2016 at 8:56pm

Terry.....oh, Terry, Terry, Terry. I just finished up a blog post some longer moments past, and the subject of my thoughts therein indicate that you and I will not long remain strangers. Dost my eyes deceiveth me, or did you sneakily slippeth me a project idea?

Comment by Allan Dubon on November 15, 2016 at 5:14pm

You sir have it right!!! This is a wonderful way to make some money. Whether you turn it into a large business or just something to get a little extra every month. Love it!

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