5 Great Course Creation Platforms for Freelancers

Course Creation Platforms for Freelancers
Written by Hussein Yassine

You know a lot about your freelance skill, but what if you could take that knowledge and turn it into cash? A decade ago that wouldn’t have been possible, but today it’s almost too easy thanks to the advent of online courses.

But which course platforms are worth your time? Where can you sell your skills to turn a profit? Below are five online course platforms freelancers can use to make money from their experience and skill-based knowledge.


Course Creation Platforms for Freelancers

Udemy sits at the top of the online course food chain. It is one of the most popular course platforms in the world thanks to its ease of use, passivity, and the fact that Udemy promotes instructors.

Course prices on Udemy range from $10 to upwards of $100, so earnings vary. Instructors who bring their own students can expect to generate higher earnings since they keep up to 97% of sales profit.

Udemy takes a 50% commission fee from organic enrollments and 3% from enrollments that an instructor brings through coupon codes and/or direct referral links.

Standalone Platform No
Promotes Instructors Yes
Full Pricing Control No
Payouts 30 Days
Marketing Tools Yes

This means you can double your revenue just by having students join Udemy and opt into your course through your own marketing efforts. Keep in mind that it takes Udemy 30 days after the end of each month to send payment. 

If you don’t have your own marketing methods set up, don’t worry. Udemy will handle most of the marketing for you. As long as you can get at least 20 people to buy your course in the first few days after launch, Udemy usually helps drive traffic quite a bit.

To create and sell courses on Udemy you fill out a free application to become a premium instructor. Most applications are approved within 2 business days.

Courses listed for sale must contain at least five lectures with 30-minutes of those lectures being produced in video format. Instructors can also add quizzes, assignments, text and audio modules to enhance courses.


Thinkific is one of the most flexible and featureful online course creation platforms. The website is based on a subscription plan and provides users a rich array of tools to construct their courses exactly how they want them to be.

While the paid plans give you more control over the creation and customization process, the free option allows instructors to build, market, and sell all kinds of courses with a professional look and feel.

One downside to the free plan is that it only allows you to create three courses. If you plan to create more, you will have to upgrade to one of the paid subscriptions.

Thinkific takes a “you’re on your own” approach to course promotion. Although they offer many tools for building great courses, they don’t help at all with marketing and promotions.

Standalone Platform Yes
Promotes Instructors No
Full Pricing Control Yes
Payouts 7-10 Days first payment
Marketing Tools Limited

Depending on the size of your audience and your skills in marketing, this could be a good thing or bad. 

One big benefit of Thinkific is that you can price your courses however you want. You’re never locked into bottom-dollar promotions like you might be on Udemy or other platforms.

Thinkific payouts have a required 7-10 day hold after your first successful payment is processed. After that, the standard payout time drops to just two business days which is much faster than Udemy.


Course Creation Platforms for Freelancers

Skillshare is a top training platform that targets creatives. 

The platform is an excellent choice for writers, designers, photographers and other creatives who have unique ideas to share. 

Like Udemy, an instructor must be accepted in the premium catalog as a prerequisite to publishing courses.

Skillshare generally pays around $0.05 to $0.10 per minute of watch-time for each course. However, to get paid at the end of the month, you must garner a minimum total of 30 Premium minutes-watched across all of your classes within that month.

If this condition is satisfied, you will receive payments for each month on the fixed date of the 16th of the following month.

Standalone Platform Yes
Promotes Instructors Yes
Full Pricing Control No
Payouts 30 Minutes Watched
Marketing Tools Limited

One area which sets Skillshare apart for instructors is its focus on the sought-after niche of creative skills in a unique and interactive way. 

Skillshare courses generally involve 20-60 minutes of pre-recorded video content, broken down into a series of 2-5 minute videos.

The interesting part about Skillshare is that all courses also include a practical aspect; class projects in which students implement the skills they learn throughout the course.

Some of the most popular options to market Skillshare courses are free referral links and similar “free access links,” which give students up to 6 months of free trial time.


Course Creation Platforms for Freelancers

Like Thinkific, Teachable is a standalone course creation platform. 

With Teachable, you create and customize courses through a variety of tools. What’s different about Teachable is its focus on marketing. 

Teachable offers you many means to market and sell your courses, including a built-in email marketing tool.

The sales capabilities that this platform provides give it an edge over Thinkific and the other standalone platforms.

Standalone Platform Yes
Promotes Instructors No
Full Pricing Control No
Payouts 2 business days
Marketing Tools Yes

But again, Teachable is a standalone platform.

To make money depends on your ability to properly create and sell compelling courses and to market those courses using the tools provided to you.

Teachable transactions are processed in 2 business days.


Course Creation Platforms for Freelancers

TalentLMS is a lesser-known platform that comes with unlimited storage and a webinar feature that bridges the gap between online courses and in-person teaching.

TalentLMS also uses a unique gamification approach. The gamification feature has students engage in a reward system that encourages them to be more active during the course.

The system also includes quizzing features, conversation forums, and other trainee management tools to keep your students on the right track.

Standalone Platform Yes
Promotes Instructors No
Full Pricing Control No
Payouts Unk
Marketing Tools Yes

How much you earn on TalentLMS depends on how much you put into creating and marketing your course(s).

TalentLMS’s free plan gives you the ability to create up to 10 courses before having to upgrade to one of the premium plans.

About the author

Hussein Yassine

Hussein Yassine is a lifelong gaming aficionado and technology enthusiast. He also happens to be an avid writer, so he writes about these and other interesting topics. When he's not writing or gaming, he can usually be found fumbling around his piano.