Here are my favorite tools to start & run your online course business.
(Heads up: There are some affiliate links on this page. I only share products that I've personally used. Also, most of these offer you a free trial so you can test the waters. If you decide to click, you'll be supporting Zen Courses. Thanks!)
Favorite New Tools
I just made the switch to Drip and I love it! After my last email provider failed to send some emails, I needed a tool that just worked. I needed a tool that could handle advanced automation & segmentation. Drip checks all of these boxes. Plus, they've been doing marketing automation longer than anyone else. Oh, and did I mention they're now part of Leadpages? Click here to check Drip out for free!
Design for How People Learn (julie dirksen)
This is my favorite book on Learning Design. It sits on my desk & I highly recommend that it sit on yours too if you want to create world-class courses.
Hosted Online Course Platforms
Email Service Providers
If you're starting out or don't plan to use content upgrades, go with Mailchimp. For only $10/mo, you can create an email course and grow your list.
Webinars & Workshops
Crowdcast is my number one choice for webinars and workshops. Period. And I've used nearly a dozen. Plus their customer support is amazing. It's paid, so if you're looking for a free webinar solution, consider Google Hangouts. The engagement features built into Crowdcast will be a game-changer for your webinars and workshops. Check 'em out!
If you're looking for a non-browser based video conferencing solution, you can't go wrong with Zoom. It's got tons of education features, like breakout rooms and whiteboards. It works well in low-bandwidth situations. Plus the pricing is incredibly reasonable.
Quizzes & Surveys
Typeform makes surveys simple to create and fun to use. You can use Typeform for quizzes too. And questionnaires! And creative stories! Plus, there's a free plan.
Screencasts & Video Editing
If you need to create screencasts, animations or edit your videos, Screenflow is my #1 recommendation. It's incredibly easy to use and directly exports to YouTube and Wistia. At $99 it's a steal. (Mac only)
If you find yourself offering a combination of courses and services like I do, you probably need a tool for managing all your clients, packages, invoices and payments. I Dubsado for that and love it. Before Dubsado, I felt like my processes were all over the place. Now they're just in one place.