A Mini Course: The Best Way to Start with Online Courses

A Mini Course: The Best Way to Start with Online Courses

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If you're just at the beginning of the online course business, a mini course might be the way to go. If you want to start with your online course today, without much risk, it's the best method to test the waters. Also, it's the fastest way to create a successful course if you don't have much time and want to expand your online course business in the future.

This list provides you with a general overview of what makes a good online course (incl. a mini course) as well as with some practical tips that will help you in creating an online course that will make your creative business thrive.

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What is a mini course

Simply put, mini course can be described as a short, online video course that you can sell for an attractive price. Usually, the time duration is from 30 to 90 minutes.

A mini course is a short, online video class without downloads and printables.

When it comes to creating online course content, the mini course is smaller in time duration than a traditional online course, and generally doesn't include other resources, like printables. It's a powerful tool for creators to build their business as it takes less time to prepare than a full course. A mini course is considered one of the best ways to kick start with your online courses.

If you want to record and sell online video courses there are lots of ways to approach it. Some creators approach the mini course in a generic way to start teaching and attract multiple users. But as is the case with any commodity, you must sell the mini-course, in the context of your industry.

As you read, keep in mind these are only some benefits of mini courses with workable examples, and they aren't covering the variety of what's possible! Experimenting on your own is always the best policy.

We'll start with the general information, and move to tips to help you create your own online course in no time.

As mentioned above, a mini course can be described as just a 30-minute video course that you could sell at a lower cost. Particularly a mini course is shorter in length than a complete course and typically doesn't include additional resources, such as printables. Overall, it will take less time to make.

what's a mini-course

You can launch your own mini course on CreativeMindClass.

Your audience can be content with a small-sized course for an affordable price of $10 to $50. This is also a wonderful marketing option for those who are busy with their side hustles and don't have time to devote big blocks of time to making digital courses.

However, if you plan to invest time in multiple recordings, master the editing and then prepare homework assignments and worksheets... it's lots of work. In order to make your online course profitable, we suggest you decide on the cost for your course at about $100 regardless of whether it's your first time making an online course.

The price of your mini course mostly is based on the amount of time you have put into it. If you put in the heart and effort, it should have a reflection on the price you set for your online course.

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A mini course is a short, focused video class without downloads and printables. A mini course can be described as 30 minutes of online video course that you can sell for less.

Where do mini courses fit in the context of online courses?

In the case of art, the single piece of art can be a base for the mini course. You want to sell the original artwork and other products related to it, such as canvas prints or earrings that match the featured painting.

When you are creating an art piece you might as well record the process to increase the attractiveness of your artwork through sharing BTS details. And it works both ways, when you're also selling the mini-course, it's an opportunity to sell the painting as well. So your mini course should include a  description of the painting and a brief story about its creation.

In the case of some specific industries, an illustration and some additional writing may be all that is needed. In this case, your mini course is really a standalone piece of content.

Mini course Examples

To give you some ideas and inspiration for launching your own mini-course.

  • Take part in an Instagram creative challenge and record the process
  • Indroductionary course about you and your passion
  • Make a video that shows your workspace
  • Work on a commission and record the creation process
  • Pair up with other creators for a cool project and make a video of brainstorming and working
An excellent example of a mini course is the teaching demo sample with a video produced by a Visual storytellers, and children books illustrators, Jennifer Gast. Jennifer added her mini course to the How to create imaginative, dreamlike illustrations. You can create and lunch a similar course here on CreativeMindClass.

Why do mini courses work

Starting with a mini course is a wonderful marketing option for those who are busy with their side hustles and don't have time to devote endless hours to building online courses.

If you are still wondering if you should sell your courses with a subscription model or a single purchase model, mini courses go perfectly with the latter because it takes off the pressure of creating content on regular basis.

What is more, starting up with a mini course allows you to test waters and validate the online course ideas with your audience. Compared to the full-length course it takes the pressure off investing lots of much time in something that you are not certain about.

What are the Mini course benefits?

A mini course is a short online course and there are a number of benefits for creating one.

  • You don't need any previous experience
  • Easy to set up
  • No huge investments of time or money
  • You have the opportunity to provide a high-quality course quickly
  • You can develop it in your own time
  • You are more flexible to create at a moment's notice

You can launch your own mini course on CreativeMindClass.

Larger online courses may have particular things you want to say about an issue or to cover a particular subject. Minicourses are usually quick and easy, and are ideal for giving something of interest to your audience.

With mini courses, you can work in your own time and create it at your own pace. You won't have to dedicate months or even years of your life to create a full length course when you're unsure of how to reach your goals.

Additionally, you can create a mini course with the mindset of developing it as much as you can in the shortest amount of time possible. What is more, it enables you to get feedback from the online audience, iterate and improve it with time.

How the mini course helps to get feedback from your audience

The best way to validate the perceived value of your course is to talk to your audience or try to sell it.

Talking to your audience on social media about your online course can do wonders.

You can get valuable feedback about your online course ideas course curriculum to improve its quality. You get lots of information and have a chance to keep it exciting for your customers with your updates leading to your online course launch.

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How to make an online course (mini or any)

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How to Create an Online Course: The Full Step-by-step Guide

Creating a mini course is similar to creating a regular online course (but faster), below you can find the step-by-step to <<How to set up an online course>> that makes it easy to do.

Whatever you do as a content creator, a great way to make a mini course and earn some extra money is to show people the process of your creation. Low-hanging fruit is to simply turn your camera on and record how you make the work done. You can make a short video while making your work and sell it as an online course on a course platform to feed your audience with some special BTS content.

Do you need more details on how to create a mini course? Here is a guide on how to get started on CreativeMindClass

What makes a good online course

The most effective online courses are planned carefully; they're not created on the spur of the moment. Defining course goals and learning objectives during the course design process results in a well-thought-out and interesting online course.

Choose the Online Course Topic

choose the right topic

Defining a course topic shouldn't be a difficult task. Look at your everyday life. Most likely people already ask you for advice on certain topics or consider you an expert in some area.

Research your topic

research the topic

Research and planning are an important part of online course creation. Well-conducted research will help you get ideas for your online course subtopics.

Plan your Online Course Description

plan your course description

After researching you will have many ideas for your online course subtopics. Your topic together with subtopics creates an online course outline/structure.

Set Your Goals

set your goals

To create a great course it's good to define what you want your students to learn.

Defining the learning milestones will help you communicate to your students about what they can achieve with your online course. It's a part of the planning phase, and it can be done on a high level. Write it down in your notes.

Create your content

create course content

The process of your course creation will go smoothly if you divide it into smaller chunks and plan it in your calendar.

The time you'll spend on an online course creation depends on the value you want to provide to your audience.

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Use an online course template

Source: creativemindclass.com

It would be great to have a ready-made course template, wouldn't it? A ready-to-go template makes it so much easier to kick start your online course and decide on its structure and final outline.

We have good news for you, on CreativeMindClass there is a ready-use template for your online course. All you need to do is to fill it in with your content, no designing, no coding, no struggle, really!

You can create mini courses on CreativeMindClass.

Record an online course video

Before you start selling your online courses you need to prepare the course content. To prepare that content you need the course outline which later helps you in recording some videos. We are all familiar with recording fun videos on our phones.

But how to record professional videos for an online course? Start by assembling your gear, here are the things you might need for recording:

  1. Camera
  2. Tripod
  3. Lightning
  4. Microphone
  5. Backdrop

Set up your space

An important aspect of setting up your recording space is deciding how many different scenes you want to create for your video. There are two main types of scenes for video courses: face shot and work shot.

  • Face shot
set up your space

For the course introduction, you can show your workspace, and your favorite places in the neighborhood to let students get to know you better. If you want to keep it short simply start by saying "Hi" in your classroom or your own room and get straight to the topic of your course.

  • Work shot

The work shot can be done by screen recording if you are creating a course where the main action is taken on a computer, a phone, or an iPad.

set up your space

If you want to include yourself in the work shot before you hit record need to set up good lighting, check the focus of the camera lens, and choose the angle to record your work (without accidentally covering it with your body or a coffee mug).

set up your space

How much should you charge for a mini course?

A short video course is a great way to engage your audience in the process of creating your art and getting paid for that. Creators usually set the price of short video courses from $10 to $50. However, how much you’ll earn depends on how you price your online course and its value to people. If you put your heart into creating the video and promoting it on social media, you can make an additional passive income on each of your artworks by showing people how you made it.

If you're looking struggling to decide if a mini course is for you, here's our top recommendation. Just do it! It's the less risky way to start your online platform. Start from a mini course, and charge $10-50 for it. Then, find ways to enhance its value to $100. Finally, opt for a premium price of $250.

A mini course and its price are based on value-based pricing and on the belief that the lower the cost of your course the less time you'll devote to developing an online course. This means you can offer multiple mini courses at $10-$50.

The rule of thumb in how to price your online course is that the lower the cost of the course then you must convince more people to purchase it, which means you have to need to be more aggressive in promoting it. With the higher cost of the course, you will need to convince fewer people, meaning you spend less time on promotion.

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Online course prices generally go from $10 for a mini course to a premium price of $350. But how to know what price is best for you? We lay it all out.

The low cost of courses comes with their own challenges generally being said they're not the best long-term option for an entrepreneur. The sooner you can increase the cost of your courses and the higher the general viability of your online business.

How long should an online course be

When starting an online course business you are going to wonder about how many hours students should spend on your course. The ideal online course length allows your students to learn the information in the shortest possible time.

On average a mini course is a short video of 30 minutes, a full-length course is 120-180 minutes and a premium course is similar in time duration to the full-length course but additionally includes printables, attachements, and exercises.

Are you ready to create an online course? Check out the CreativeMindClass features and start today.

Read more

  1. How to Price Your Online Course: What You Need to Know Before You Launch
  2. Creative Ideas for Online Courses: Top Video Course Topics (with Examples)
  3. How to Create an Online Course: The 5 Easy Steps
  4. Creating an Online Course: How to Choose the Right Topic
  5. How to Sell Courses Online: 5 Strategies to Boost Your Sales

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