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You Can Start Earning Side Income By Creating Your Own Courses On This Online Platform

One Malaysian has made RM60,000 by offering self-development courses in Bahasa Malaysia in two weeks.

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This Spotlight is sponsored by OpenLearning.

In the last few months, most of us have been spending lots of time watching videos and learning new skills online

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Whether it's finding out how to make the perfect Insta-worthy dalgona coffee, learning a language, or picking up a musical instrument, the recent Movement Control Order (MCO) gave us time to explore new interests and gain new skills.

As the world shifts to digital, more and more people are looking for online content like short courses, workshops, and certification programs

Today, it's possible for you to make side income by sharing your knowledge online. This new form of digital entrepreneurship is called contentpreneurship, or content entrepreneurship.

As long as you have the skills, knowledge, or experience in a certain topic, you can create online learning content and charge people for it. Now, if you're wondering what you can actually teach, just ask yourself, "What am I good at that other people would find helpful?"

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It could be teaching people how to play an instrument like the guitar, showing a step-by-step guide on cooking Malaysian cuisine, or even teaching fresh graduates how to prepare for an interview.

Ultimately, if your content is helpful and appealing, not just Malaysians will want to learn from you, people from all around the world will too. Just imagine, you could be the next Sugu Pavithra! ;P

One of the easiest ways to get started with contentpreneurship is through OpenLearning, an online learning platform with all the essential course building tools you'll need

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While you can start your own YouTube channel or create your own website to push your content online, it takes a lot of learning and experimenting to get it right. With OpenLearning, you can build workshops or entire online courses from scratch, minus all the hassle.

Plus, the platform is made specifically for learning, so you'll have all the tools you need to create content that is engaging and effective. You can add text, images, videos, and even use pre-made templates to come up with something that looks professional. The easy-to-use interface also means you'll get to save time and focus on creating quality content!

The coolest thing is that you can actually collect payments whenever someone enrols in your course

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OpenLearning has an in-built payment gateway system that allows you to charge learners whenever they enrol in your course. It's seamless and hassle-free, which means you could start making side income easily!

In fact, one of the contentpreneurs on OpenLearning, Norizan Sharif, came up with a course on Interpersonal and Human Relations in Bahasa Malaysia. Within less than a month, the course attracted more than 2,000 students online. Since students pay RM30 to enrol, this means Norizan has made over RM60,000 just through this single online course!

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“I did not expect to gain over 2,000 learners in less than one month after launching the course. This proves that there is high demand for professional development courses in Bahasa Malaysia,” said Norizan.

Here are some of the other benefits you'll get to enjoy when you use OpenLearning:

1. You can add value by offering certificates
Once learners complete your course, you can send them a digital certificate that they can then use in their CVs to get a promotion, secure a new job, or start a business.

2. You can go global with your course
Besides reaching out to Malaysians, OpenLearning lets you extend your content to learners from around the world. The platform also has user-friendly social learning tools that will help you build connections with your learners.

3. You can scale up and customise your course
You can easily offer different versions of your course for different groups of learners, at the same time. You can also quickly and flexibly personalise or update your course content for your target audience.

What's awesome is that OpenLearning is offering a 30-day free trial for you to become a contentpreneur and start making side income!

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You can even take part in their 30-Day Creator Challenge, where you'll go through a step-by-step online guide to help you build, launch, and sell your online course. That's not all, if you complete the challenge within 30 days, you'll unlock an additional one-month free Personal Plan subscription, so you can continue enrolling students!

If you're a creator looking for financial assistance, you can also apply for their RM100,000 Creator Fund Program. Their goal is to help high-potential creators, trainers, and educators get their content online. For the top creators who are selected, OpenLearning will provide a course building support worth up to RM100,000 through:

- A seat at one of OpenLearning’s exclusive digital workshops
- Access to group facilitation sessions with OpenLearning’s team of experts
- Full or partial course building sponsorship by OpenLearning

Whether it's the 30-Day Creator Challenge or RM100,000 Creator Fund Program, you can apply to one of these tracks based on your level of experience and readiness. 

These limited time offers for OpenLearning are available from now until November 2020, so make sure to get your free trial today!

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