Online courses are where it’s at these days.
If you want to learn something, you have no excuses.
Nothing is holding you back.
You might think something is, but when you really look hard, you realize that nothing is.
This is especially true when it comes to gaining knowledge.
You used to have to go to college to become successful.
There are so many courses online right now (many that are free), that you could get the same education sitting at home on your couch with your computer.
And as a translator, that’s invaluable.
Translation degrees have been and always will be scarce.
How many colleges offer accounting degrees?
Probably nearly every one.
What about history degrees? Same.
(Although you’re not going to be rich with a history degree.)
But a degree in translation?
You’re only going to find that at a handful of universities in the states, and those universities are not easy to get into.
Plus, if you’re like most people making the transition to freelance translator, you don’t have a lot of time to devote to your studies.
You can’t take four years off for the rest of your life to get a degree that might help you become a successful translator.
You just can’t.
Online courses to the rescue.
There are a ton of platforms out there that offer online courses.
I’ve already talked about one of those platforms here.
That one is pretty good at helping you turn your freelance translation gig into a full-fledge business.
But it’s not the only platform out there.
Before I get to that one, though, let me ask you this?
How do freelance translators make money?
I’ll give you a minute to think about it.
OK. You probably think I’m an idiot for asking this question since freelance translators make money by translating.
Yes, you’d be right.
But think about this.
Most freelance translators that make a big chunk of money make money by doing more than just translating.
Freelance translators that are super successful think of themselves as business owners first, then freelance translators.
That little mindset shift allows them to not be boxed in by definitions and labels.
If they think of themselves as purely freelance translators, they will never be able to think outside the box and recognize the other opportunities that are there for them in tangentially-related business ventures.
Which kind of translator are you?
It’s a legitimate question that you need to ask yourself.
And not just once, but multiple times over your life.
If you want to be the type of translator that looks at yourself as a business owner, then read on.
How to Use Udemy to Make More Money as a Freelance Translator
One of the best ways that successful business owners earn money is by helping others replicate the success that they’ve had.
In essence, that is what I am doing here.
I am providing information to you on how to become a successful translator.
That’s what TranslationRules is all about.
However, a website is not the only means for teaching people what you know.
In fact, it might not even be the best way.
Because most people skimming websites on how to accomplish a task or improve themselves aren’t really interested in taking the necessary steps recommended.
It’s easy for them to ignore the advice and keep searching Google for the magic pill of success.
However, there is another way to reach people that are interested in improving.
And that way is to become an online instructor teaching people that want to know more.
And Udemy is a great platform that allows you to do just that.
Here’s how it works.
If you’re an expert in how to run a successful translation business (or anything else for that matter), you can design the course, market it, and then attract an audience of willing students to learn from you.
So if you think that you have a course inside of you, here’s how to get started.
First, go to teach.udemy.com/course-creation/.
This will open up the initial webpage for those interested in creating a course in Udemy.
Here you will be asked to input the title for your course.
I put in “Social Media Marketing for Freelance Translators.”
Once you click the create course button, you are then taken to a registration page.
After you register, you’re taken directly to the course creation dashboard where you can
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You’ll notice that on the left side of the screen, you can click on links that will take you through everything you need to know on how to build a course.
And the main content window gives you a great outline for starting to design your course.
The great thing about Udemy is that it gives you all the tools you need to put the course together.
You can add videos.
You can add text.
Really, anything that you think would be effective for teaching your class is fair game.
Udemy really does make it easy for you.
I’m not going to walk you through every link because it’s all laid out for you on the site.
You just have to do it.
The downside for using Udemy to teach your courses.
Of course, there are some drawbacks to using Udemy for your course-building platform.
Actually, I’ve only come across one drawback.
And that is that Udemy automatically takes 30% of your course price for every person that enrolls in the course.
But after thinking about it, it’s not really that much of a drawback.
Udemy gives you the tools you need.
It’s convenient and a time-saver, allowing you to focus specifically on the content without having to worry about any of the administrative or technical stuff that you would have to if you decided to implement a course all on your own.
So if you want to make more money as a freelance translator, consider teaching others through Udemy.