58 Most Successful Online Course Creators [2024]

Updated: February 8th, 2024
Create An Online Course

An online course business involves creating and selling digital classes teaching specialized skills or knowledge to subscribed students.

As an entrepreneurial course creator, you identify educational gaps around topics you have expertise in and develop engaging video lessons and supplementary materials.

With flexibility around self-paced or cohort-based structures, building a student base provides passive income potential.

For founders who enjoy information-sharing, launching an online course platform presents a lucrative way to monetize your instructional talents with small startup costs by serving eager lifelong learners seeking convenient access to emerging subjects.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a online course:

1. Let's Reach Success ($60K/year)

Lidiya started her blog as a hobby in 2013, combining her passion for personal development and writing. Over the years, she gained traffic, learned about SEO and monetization, and turned her blog into a 5-figure online business. Inspired by other bloggers, she created her signature course, "Financial Freedom Through Blogging," to help others achieve the same success.

How much they make: $60K/year
How much did it cost to start: $100
Current team size: 0

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How I Created A $5K/Month Online Course About Blogging

How a full-time blogger created a 5-figure online business from a hobby, and now helps people start a side hustle and earn passive income with a signature program that teaches how to start and grow a blog, reach 100K page views and $5,000/month, and live life on their own terms.

About
Lidiya started Let's Reach Success almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Lidiya grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost Lidiya $100 to start the business
Read by 12,949 founders

2. Publishing.com ($1.44M/year)

Christian and Rasmus Mikkelsen, also known as the Mikkelsen Twins, started their online education company after finding success in book publishing. They initially enrolled in community college to redirect their energy and prove their ambition. After finding success in publishing and growing their businesses, they started a YouTube channel and eventually launched their online course, Audiobook Income Academy, which generated $43,865.62 in pure profit in just 24 hours.

How much they make: $1.44M/year
Current team size: 2

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How We Launched A $120K/Month Audiobook Publishing Course

Mikkelsen Twins grew an online education company from scratch with over 800 students, making over 6-figures in profit every month thanks to their successful program, Audiobook Income Academy 2.0.

About
Rasmus started Publishing.com almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Rasmus grew the business to $120K/month
Read by 20,363 founders

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3. Writing Revolt ($300K/year)

Getting fired was what had finally propelled her into starting her own freelance writing business, and she thought that the urgency of having no backup plan was what had really pushed her to succeed.

How much they make: $300K/year
Current team size: 0

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I Got Fired. It Fueled Me To Build My Own $300K/Year Business

A freelance writer who started from scratch and built a multiple six-figure online business, helping freelance writers learn how to make money online, through online courses in freelance writing and blogging, and focusing on YouTube and email newsletter marketing efforts.

About
Jorden started Writing Revolt almost 9 years ago
Revenue
Jorden grew the business to $25K/month
Read by 16,967 founders

4. Create and Go ($1.2M/year)

Attracted a lot of subscribers, but it also helped us build trust and establish ourselves as experts in the blogging industry. We also focused on providing valuable and actionable content on our blog and social media platforms, which helped us attract and retain customers who were looking for guidance and support in starting their own successful blogs.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
Current team size: 0

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They Quit Their Jobs & Make $1.2M/Year With Online Courses

Two friends built an online blog that grew to generate an average of $130k per month, eventually turning it into a successful course business Create and Go with over 10,000 students, by focusing on what their readers needed, investing in their business, building an email list, and utilizing social media platforms like Pinterest and YouTube for traffic.

About
Alex started Create and Go about 7 years ago
Revenue
Alex grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 13,900 founders

So... can you actually make money with a online course?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

5. Proofread Anywhere ($2.4M/year)

the most influential resources for me have been "The Four Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss, "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero, and "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. Podcasts like "The Smart Passive Income Online Business and Blogging Podcast" with Pat Flynn and "The Life Coach School" with Brooke Castillo have also provided valuable insights and inspiration.

How much they make: $2.4M/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Built A $200K/Month Business Selling Proofreading Courses

Proofread Anywhere provides courses for proofreading that have helped founder Caitlin Pyle go from making $4,000 per month to $200K per month in income through creating a digital business with high profit margins, automated systems, and using ads, content, and affiliates to attract and retain customers.

About
Caitlin started Proofread Anywhere over 9 years ago
Revenue
Caitlin grew the business to $200K/month
Read by 10,952 founders

6. The Savvy Couple ($240K/year)

Kelan and Brittany Kline started their personal finance blog, The Savvy Couple, over three years ago with the mission of helping families find financial freedom. Through their blog, digital workbooks, and flagship course, they have helped thousands of families budget, pay off debt, and make money online. They are on track to make over $250,000 this year alone and have created products and services to solve their readers' biggest problems.

How much they make: $240K/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 2

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How This 28-Year-Old Couple Quit Their Jobs And Make $20K/Month Running A Blog

Learn how one couple created a successful personal finance blog, The Savvy Couple, that now makes over $20,000 per month and has sold thousands of digital workbooks and courses, by focusing on purposeful content and optimizing their ROI with efficient time management.

About
Kelan started The Savvy Couple over 7 years ago
Revenue
Kelan grew the business to $20K/month
Costs
It cost Kelan $500 to start the business
Read by 26,376 founders

So... can you actually make money with a online course?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. Frontend Mentor ($360K/year)

Matt Studdert, founder of Frontend Mentor, came up with the idea for his business while teaching a front-end web development course. He noticed that his students often struggled to find professional designs and projects to practice their skills and build their portfolios. This led him to create a platform that provides developers with challenges, designs, and optimized assets, ultimately launching Frontend Mentor.

How much they make: $360K/year
How much did it cost to start: $8K
Current team size: 0

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We Built A $180K/Year Learn-To-Code Community

Online learning community Frontend Mentor has over 200,000 members, with over 1,500 paid subscribers generating over $15,000 MRR, offering professionally designed challenges to improve front-end coding skills with a freemium business model and a focus on real-life experience.

About
Matt started Frontend Mentor almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Matt grew the business to $30K/month
Costs
It cost Matt $8000 to start the business
Read by 9,775 founders

8. Stukent, Inc. ($6M/year)

Stuart Draper, founder and CEO of Stukent, came up with the idea for his digital courseware company after realizing that the current instructional resources for digital marketing were not adequately preparing students for the industry. By combining regularly updated text, guest lectures from industry experts, and a hands-on simulation, Stukent provides students with the real-world experience they need to succeed. Despite facing funding challenges and nearly running out of money, Draper's vision for the future allowed Stukent to thrive and become one of the fastest-growing companies in the US.

How much they make: $6M/year
Current team size: 50

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How I Started A $500K/Month Digital Education Company

Stukent, a digital courseware company with a focus on providing students with hands-on digital marketing experience through a variety of texts, videos, and projects, was ranked the 268th fastest-growing company in the US in 2018, an impressive feat considering it was bootstrapped by founder and CEO Stuart Draper, and faced the challenge of raising funds for several rounds of funding to stay afloat.

About
Stuart started Stukent, Inc. over 10 years ago
Revenue
Stuart grew the business to $500K/month
Read by 11,377 founders

9. PM-by-PM ($204K/year)

Praveen Malik, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), started his eponymous blog, Project Management by Praveen Malik, in 2014 to enhance his reputation in the professional training world. Over time, Malik learned about blog monetization and transformed his classroom training into an online business, selling his own eBooks and marketing third-party project management training programs through his blog. The blog has grown substantially since its inception, with an average revenue of about $17K per month and a target of achieving 100% revenue growth by the end of next year.

How much they make: $204K/year
Current team size: 2

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How I Started A $17K/Month Business Selling Project Management Ebooks And Courses

Praveen Malik shares how he started a $17k per month project management blog business in 2016 with negligible revenue, and grew his gross profit margin to about 80% by selling his own eBooks and marketing third-party training programs through his blog.

About
Praveen started PM-by-PM about 8 years ago
Revenue
Praveen grew the business to $17K/month
Read by 9,998 founders

10. SI Certs ($1.5M/year)

Gabriel Kramer, a former construction inspector, came up with the idea for SI Certs while studying for certification exams himself. Frustrated with the limited and expensive options for test prep courses, he saw an opportunity to create affordable online courses that would be accessible to aspiring inspectors across the country. With hard work and patience, SI Certs has grown to generate over $60,000 per month in revenue.

How much they make: $1.5M/year
How much did it cost to start: $2.5K
Current team size: 1

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My Past Career Helped Me Build A $60K/Month Online Business

SI Certs CEO Gabriel Kramer shares how he turned his experience as a construction inspector into an online test prep course business that made over $45,000/month in revenue last year, and is projected to make $60,000/month this year.

About
Gabriel started SI Certs about 13 years ago
Revenue
Gabriel grew the business to $125K/month
Costs
It cost Gabriel $2500 to start the business
Read by 13,983 founders

11. Markeko ($48K/year)

Diego launched Markeko after realizing the lack of content and study guides for the Facebook Blueprint Certification exams. He initially created a free study guide and shared it in a Facebook group, which gained traction and validation for his idea. With a meager investment of $150, Diego built a thriving community and monetized his blog, generating $4K a month in revenue while still working a full-time job. He has ambitious plans to grow the business and increase revenue to $10K per month.

How much they make: $48K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A $4K/Month Blog That Helps People Get Facebook Blueprint Certifications

Diego launched Markeko, a blog helping people pass Facebook Blueprint Certification exams, generating $4K a month and having a community of over 11K members, using a lean launch strategy and focusing on building and retaining a community.

About
Diego started Markeko about 6 years ago
Revenue
Diego grew the business to $4K/month
Read by 7,264 founders

12. Pushtak ($1.8M/year)

Adam Tal, a high school dropout and ex-musician, started an online education business in Israel that offers courses on "money hacking" and "equity hacking" to teach people how to build online businesses and assets. Initially planning to teach marketing to SMBs, Tal realized that by breaking traditional small business marketing rules, he could create something bigger. With over 100,000 subscribers, 7,000 students, and generating over 21,000,000 ILS ($6 million) in revenue, Tal's business has become a movement, empowering individuals to have more freedom in their work.

How much they make: $1.8M/year
Current team size: 10

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How A High-School Dropout Started A $150K/Month Online Courses Company

A high school dropout turned entrepreneur started an online education business teaching "money hacking" and "equity hacking", generating over $6 million in revenue in the past 5 years, and plans to expand globally to revolutionize the way people make a living remotely.

About
Adam started Pushtak about 10 years ago
Revenue
Adam grew the business to $150K/month
Read by 7,219 founders

13. No-Code MVP ($72K/year)

Bram had extensive experience working and coaching with early-stage startups, and No-Code MVP became an outlet to let all that knowledge into a product.

How much they make: $72K/year
Current team size: 0

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Creating And Launching A $6000/Month Course As A Stay-At-Home Dad

A stay-at-home father created No-Code MVP course, which teaches people the mindset, process, and tools they can use to build and validate their startup and business ideas without any knowledge or learning how to code, generating $8,000 in a pre-sale over 3 weeks and is on track to make $6,000/month.

About
Bram started No-Code MVP about 4 years ago
Revenue
Bram grew the business to $6K/month
Read by 7,346 founders

14. Animal Behavior College Inc. ($12M/year)

Steve Appelbaum, founder of Animal Behavior College, came up with the idea when he realized that there was a need for a school to train dog trainers. He combined a distance learning portion with hands-on training in pet stores, offering a unique hybrid model. The school has seen remarkable success, with double-digit growth every year from 2001-2014, and generates around $1 million in revenue per month.

How much they make: $12M/year
Current team size: 72

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How I Started A $1M/Month School Focused On Animal-Related Programs

Animal Behavior College, a vocational school that trains animal lovers to become professional dog trainers, pet groomers, veterinary assistants, cat trainers and aquatic management specialists, achieved double-digit growth every year from 2001-2014, with revenue reaching $1 million per month on average, thanks to its innovative hybrid model of distance and hands-on learning and strong focus on the needs of pet owners and animal welfare.

About
Steven started Animal Behavior College Inc. over 22 years ago
Revenue
Steven grew the business to $1M/month
Read by 6,383 founders

15. Freelance Cake ($240K/year)

In 2009, Austin L. Church started his freelance writing business after getting laid off. Over the years, he developed various creative services and eventually launched an online course called Freelance Cake, which aims to help freelancers and consultants make more money. The course launched in December and Austin plans to scale up sales from $1,000 to $3,000 per month.

How much they make: $240K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Launched A $1K/Month Business Growth Course For Freelancers

Learn how writer and brand strategist Austin L. Church accidentally started his own freelance writing business, and eventually launched his $1K/month business growth course, Freelance Cake, distilling a decade's worth of hard-earned insights on how to thrive as a freelancer or consultant.

About
Austin started Freelance Cake about 4 years ago
Revenue
Austin grew the business to $20K/month
Read by 6,775 founders

16. Coursesity ($12K/year)

Keyul came up with the idea for Coursesity when he was preparing for a software engineer interview and realized he was spending more time searching for online courses than actually learning. He collected free programming courses from different e-learning sites, posted them on GitHub and Reddit, and received validation when the list became an instant hit, with 17,000 course visits in just 4 days. This inspired him to create a search engine to help learners find and compare online courses across different subjects.

How much they make: $12K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Validated And Built A $1K/Month Side Project

Coursesity is a search engine for online courses and tutorials with courses in seven different learning domains and 230 subjects, attracting 10,000 people within the first three days of launching the site on Product Hunt, and using a side projects strategy has helped to attract 8,000 new users.

About
Keyul started Coursesity about 6 years ago
Revenue
Keyul grew the business to $1K/month
Read by 5,874 founders

17. Duomly ($14.4K/year)

Radoslaw Fabisiak and Anna Danilec, co-founders of Duomly, came up with the idea for their e-learning company after realizing that the traditional learning process for IT skills was not enjoyable or efficient. As full-stack programmers themselves, they wanted to create a platform that made learning programming more fun and engaging, while also providing valuable content for beginners and advanced programmers alike. Their goal is to continue growing their user base and providing high-quality content, with a target revenue of $60k per month by July 2020.

How much they make: $14.4K/year
Current team size: 0

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How We Launched A $1.2K/Month Edtech Application That Helps Beginners In The IT Industry

Duomly, an edtech application that helps beginners gain knowledge in software development such as Machine learning and AI, Front-end and Back-end development, Blockchain development, and building Mobile apps, has achieved sales of around $1200/month since giving customers the possibility of paying by credit cards 3 months ago.

About
Radoslaw started Duomly about 6 years ago
Revenue
Radoslaw grew the business to $1.2K/month
Read by 4,932 founders

18. Doctrina ($1.08M/year)

Doctrina's co-founders, Jure Pučko and Tomaz Erjavec, were working in the pharma industry when they realized the potential for a more efficient way to educate healthcare professionals (HCPs) beyond traditional methods. After successfully testing their business model in Slovenia and expanding to other countries, they secured an angel investment of $50,000 and built a user-friendly video platform that reaches over 1 million HCPs worldwide. Since 2013, Doctrina has helped 60 companies grow and has an average view rate of over 50%.

How much they make: $1.08M/year
Current team size: 10

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How We Created A $90,000/Month Healthcare E-Learning Platform

Doctrina CEO Jure Pučko co-founded a global educational platform for healthcare professionals (HCPs), delivering short and focused e-learning videos coordinated with research and case studies that benefit independent courses, while helping over 60 companies worldwide grow through a multichannel marketing approach powered by technology since 2013.

Revenue
Jure grew the business to $90K/month
Read by 5,402 founders

19. Mandarin Monkey ($12K/year)

Tom and Ula Cain, the founders of Mandarin Monkey, came up with the idea to start a YouTube channel teaching Mandarin/Chinese when Ula was six months pregnant and they wanted to keep busy during that time. They initially had the idea to create a live teaching platform for English speakers studying Chinese, but after some bad experiences with web design companies, they decided to focus on creating educational content through YouTube and other platforms.

How much they make: $12K/year
Current team size: 2

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On Starting A Business Teaching Mandarin Chinese Online

Mandarin Monkey is a Mandarin/Chinese content creator business run by a husband and wife team, with over 250 videos on YouTube and 62 podcast episodes, and has seen their Patreon support grow steadily every month.

About
Tom started Mandarin Monkey over 7 years ago
Revenue
Tom grew the business to $1K/month
Read by 5,580 founders

20. Growth Ecole ($4.2K/year)

Lucas Chevillard, a growth marketer at home.ht and formerly at Airbnb, started his email marketing course and consulting as a side project. He was inspired to create the course after being approached by a founder to become their email marketing lead, realizing there was a need for companies to kickstart their email programs. With over 1,050 people taking the course already, Lucas has found success and plans to continue growing his SEO presence and expanding his lead volume.

How much they make: $4.2K/year
Current team size: 0

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On Creating An Online Marketing Course While Consulting

Lucas Chevillard turned his email marketing consulting for startups into an actionable course that over 1050 people have taken, which he has accomplished through word of mouth, blog posts, and reviews rather than paid acquisition.

About
Lucas started Growth Ecole over 7 years ago
Revenue
Lucas grew the business to $350/month
Read by 5,389 founders

21. The Recording Revolution LLC ($1.2M/year)

When Graham was laid off from a finance startup that ran out of money, he wanted a freelance source of income. Eventually, he started blogging about his experience in studio as an audio engineer while in college. This content resonated with a huge audience on google and youtube, and Graham ultimately decided to monetize them through courses and bootcamps.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 1

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How I Generate $1.2M/Year Working 5 Hours Per Week With Audio Online Courses

Recording Revolution founder, Graham Cochrane, generates over $1.2m per year whilst only working five hours per week, through his online music education business that teaches people how to record and produce their own music at a professional level from home.

About
Graham started The Recording Revolution LLC over 14 years ago
Revenue
Graham grew the business to $100K/month
Costs
It cost Graham $500 to start the business
Read by 8,505 founders

22. EMDR Consulting ($1.8M/year)

EMDR Consulting training, I included the consultation fees in the overall cost, making it a more comprehensive and valuable offering. Marketing: I utilized online platforms such as websites, social media, and email marketing to promote my training events. I also leveraged my reputation and network within the EMDR community to spread the word about my new training organization. Word-of-mouth: As attendees experienced the effectiveness and quality of my training, they shared their positive experiences with their colleagues, which generated further interest and traction for my events. Through these strategies, I was able to establish credibility, attract attendees, and build momentum for EMDR Consulting's training events.

How much they make: $1.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 8

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I Built A Business Around Mental Health & Grew It To $1.8M/Year

How one founder grew their business, EMDR Consulting, from a one-person operation to one of the largest EMDR training organisations in the US, annually conducting over 150 EMDR basic training courses a year teaching over 1500 mental health professionals how to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice.

About
Roy started EMDR Consulting over 10 years ago
Revenue
Roy grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Roy $500 to start the business
Read by 3,844 founders

23. Horkey HandBook ($588K/year)

Gina started a virtual assistant side hustle while working a full-time job in personal finance. She documented her journey and soon gained a following of like-minded individuals. This led her to launch a VA foundation course, which has grown into a 7-figure business.

How much they make: $588K/year
How much did it cost to start: $205
Current team size: 0

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This Mum Of 3 Kids Turned A Side Hustle Into A $588K/Year Online Courses Business

Gina, a personal finance worker turned virtual assistant, started a side hustle that evolved into a 7-figure business, The #FullyBookedVA System, which offers courses and support for new and existing virtual assistants seeking to launch and grow their business, with features including weekly group coaching, client leads, and specialization tracks.

About
Gina started Horkey HandBook almost 10 years ago
Revenue
Gina grew the business to $49K/month
Costs
It cost Gina $205 to start the business
Read by 3,947 founders

24. Made Urban ($60K/year)

Erin Mooney came up with the idea for MadeUrban when she realized the overwhelming competition on Etsy. After several unsuccessful attempts to build a rival online marketplace, she shifted her focus to the blog section of her website, which gained significant traction and led her to create her first ebook. She now earns between $5000 - $8000 per month and has sold close to 5,000 copies of her ebooks.

How much they make: $60K/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 0

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I Turned A Failing Startup Idea Into A Successful E-Book Business

A small business owner and blogger shares how she turned her failing handmade marketplace into a successful e-book business that generates between $5,000 - $8,000 per month, by focusing on a blog that resonated with her audience and providing unique value in her e-books.

About
Erin started Made Urban almost 12 years ago
Revenue
Erin grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost Erin $5000 to start the business
Read by 4,112 founders

25. HYLS ($456K/year)

Max, the founder of HYLS, came up with the idea for his donation-based online course platform after being inspired by a yoga training program in the Philippines led by Dada Dharmavedananda, an author he admired. With a background in meditation, yoga, and healthy lifestyles, Max saw the opportunity to share his knowledge with others and created HYLS. Since then, HYLS has attracted over 90,000 students, generated $1 million+ in donations, and averages $40,000 in monthly revenue.

How much they make: $456K/year
How much did it cost to start: $15K
Current team size: 12

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I Built A $456K/Year Donation-Based Online Course Platform

Max, CEO of HYLS, a donation-based online course platform, shares how they've attracted $1M+ of donations from 90K students with an average revenue of $40k per month, through a "pay what you want" model and targeting their audience through Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Youtube advertising.

Revenue
Maxim grew the business to $38K/month
Costs
It cost Maxim $15000 to start the business
Read by 2,939 founders

26. Product Focus ($1.8M/year)

Ian Lunn and his co-founder Andrew Dickenson started Product Focus after seeing a need for high-quality product management training. With their background in product management and marketing, they launched their first public course in 2006 and have since grown to become the European leaders in product management training. They have adapted their business model during the pandemic and continue to provide world-class training online. [Word count: 36 words]

How much they make: $1.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $10K
Current team size: 5

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How We Created A $1.8M/Year Product Management Course

Product Focus has become the European leaders in product management training, running multiple courses every week and receiving over 20,000 subscribers for their resources in 2018, now providing both face-to-face and online training options after COVID forced them to pivot their business model.

About
Ian started Product Focus over 17 years ago
Revenue
Ian grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Ian $10000 to start the business
Read by 3,384 founders

27. Ellen Yin Media LLC ($960K/year)

Ellen Yin, founder of Ellen Yin Media and creator of Cubicle to CEO, started her business after quitting her corporate marketing job. She initially took on small projects, but when a coworker became her first client, she realized she could monetize her skills into a service. She then made a pivot to focus on creating and scaling digital products, launching her first program with zero content and pre-selling it to beta students. To attract and retain customers, she leveraged partner campaigns, utilized a self-liquidating offer funnel, and gained media features. Today, the business has reached seven figures in lifetime revenue and is on track to make over one million dollars in annual revenue.

How much they make: $960K/year
How much did it cost to start: $100
Current team size: 3

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How I Launched A Six Figure Online Membership That Helps Coaches & Service Providers Make Their First $10K Month

Founder Ellen Yin shares how she profitably bootstrapped growth from a $300 client project into 7 figures in lifetime revenue and how she launched a $10K/month online course using pre-selling to test and validate her offer.

About
Ellen started Ellen Yin Media LLC about 6 years ago
Revenue
Ellen grew the business to $80K/month
Costs
It cost Ellen $100 to start the business
Read by 7,612 founders

28. MindEasy ($36K/year)

Griff, the founder of MindEasy, came up with the idea for his business after discovering meditation during a trip to India. As a firefighter, he found that meditation helped him cope with stress and wanted to make it more accessible to others. He created MindEasy to provide meditation courses and content in a language that is relevant and meaningful to people's goals, focusing on mental optimization, health and wellbeing, and spirituality.

How much they make: $36K/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 1

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I Left My Old Career & Started A Meditation Online Courses Business

Meditation company MindEasy offers personalized, relevant courses to help people find their way into mindfulness and meditation in a way that helps them achieve their career and personal goals, with focus on mental optimization, health and wellbeing, and spiritual approaches.

About
Griff started MindEasy almost 5 years ago
Revenue
Griff grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Griff $5000 to start the business
Read by 3,104 founders

29. Chefs Resources ($60K/year)

David Buchanan, a professional chef, came up with the idea for Chefs-Resources.com because he wanted easy access to culinary knowledge he had learned. After starting the website as a personal resource in 2005, he added content, studied SEO, and eventually monetized the site through paid subscriptions, resulting in revenue of $44,800 in 2020.

How much they make: $60K/year
How much did it cost to start: $50
Current team size: 1

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I Built A Resource Site For Chefs Like Me That Generates $60K Of Extra Income

Chef David Buchanan generates over $6,000 per month through his website Chefs-Resources.com, which provides professional chefs with free and paid access to detailed culinary information and kitchen management resources such as Excel sheets, resulting in gross revenue of $46,000 to date and a subscriber growth rate of over 1300% from 2015 to September 2021.

About
David started Chefs Resources over 13 years ago
Revenue
David grew the business to $5K/month
Costs
It cost David $50 to start the business
Read by 4,154 founders

30. Khan Academy ($44.8M/year)

How much they make: $44.8M/year
Current team size:

Khan Academy: Sal Khan - How I Built This

A former hedge fund analyst left his job to create a non-profit online teaching platform, which started with free tutorials on Youtube and now offers hundreds of free recorded tutorials in dozens of languages that is used by 30 million users a month.

About
Sal started Khan Academy almost 15 years ago
Revenue
Sal grew the business to $3.74M/month
Read by 758 founders

31. ClickMeeting ($10.8M/year)

ClickMeeting was born out of Simon Grabowski's desire to support small- and medium-sized businesses with modern communication and marketing software. In 1998, he founded GetResponse, a platform for email marketing, which eventually expanded to include a separate tool for webinars and online meetings. ClickMeeting quickly gained traction, particularly in the American market, and has since grown to host over 2.3 million events with 30 million attendees in 2020 alone.

How much they make: $10.8M/year
Current team size: 93

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Our Online Meetings Platform Skyrocketed During The Pandemic And Now Makes $10.8M/Year

ClickMeeting, a platform for webinars and online meetings, has grown to host over 2 million events with 30 million attendees and has been profitable since its launch in 2010, with a focus on reliability and quality customer service.

Revenue
Szymon grew the business to $897K/month
Read by 3,004 founders

32. SketchUp For Woodworkers ($12K/year)

Zack Hall, a software developer and woodworker, came up with the idea for SketchUp For Woodworkers after struggling to find updated SketchUp tutorials for woodworking. He saw the potential in an old website that had valuable SEO and purchased it for $5,000. Zack then partnered with an experienced woodworker to create a comprehensive online course teaching woodworkers how to use 3D design software. The business is currently earning about $1k/month and Zack plans to focus on SEO, affiliate marketing, and video marketing to grow the audience and increase sales.

How much they make: $12K/year
How much did it cost to start: $7.5K
Current team size: 0

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I Built A $12K/Year Online Course & Tutorials Business [For Woodworkers]

Zack Hall started SketchUp For Woodworkers, an online course for teaching woodworkers how to use 3D design software, after acquiring an old website and investing $5,000, with the business now earning around $1k per month and attracting almost one sale per day through organic SEO traffic.

Revenue
Zack grew the business to $1K/month
Costs
It cost Zack $7500 to start the business
Read by 3,397 founders

33. Course Creator Pro ($3M/year)

How much they make: $3M/year
Current team size:

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How I Make 7 Figures Selling Online Courses

Course Creator Pro teaches practical marketing solutions across various domains to create rapid business growth, with student success stories generating thousands in revenue in less than 24 hours.

Revenue
They grew the business to $250K/month
Read by 780 founders

34. You've Got Clients ($312K/year)

How much they make: $312K/year
Current team size:

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Making Something From Nothing: LaTisha Styles Of You’ve Got Clients On How To Go From Idea To Launch

Marketing expert LaTisha Styles earned $314k in 2021 by selling digital products without spending any money on advertising, and shares her strategies for growing your business and increasing profits in this Authority Magazine case study.

Revenue
They grew the business to $26K/month
Read by 761 founders

35. Trey Cockrum ($101K/year)

How much they make: $101K/year
Current team size:

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I made $5.6k my first 20 DAYS selling ONLINE COURSES

Learn how Trey Cockrum made $5.6k in his first 20 days selling online courses through his 3-step online coaching business that helps people discover what expertise they have and what products or services they can sell.

Revenue
They grew the business to $8.4K/month
Read by 709 founders

36. Your Lessons Now LLC ($1.2M/year)

Alexandra Exeter, the CEO and owner of Your Lessons Now LLC, came up with the idea for her business based on her personal experience as a transgender woman who transitioned her voice. She developed a curriculum that combined speech-language pathology, vocal therapy, music theory, and other techniques to help transgender individuals modify their voices. With a focus on providing a safe learning environment and offering both group and individual instruction, Your Lessons Now has experienced consistent and rapid growth, earning around 1.2 million dollars a year and acquiring 52% more users since last year.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 32

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How I Started A Trans Voice Coaching Business [$1.2M/Year]

An entrepreneur who is a transgender woman started a profitable company that offers music lessons and vocal coaching to the LGBTQ+ community and has acquired 52% more users since last year.

About
Alexandra started Your Lessons Now LLC almost 4 years ago
Revenue
Alexandra grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 3,111 founders

37. Simply Hudson ($84K/year)

based on Simply Hudson's core values and vision. By offering strategic advising and process design services, along with additional public speaking packages and online business development courses, Simply Hudson attracts and retains customers by providing tangible and effective solutions for their businesses. The company's focus on simplicity, effectiveness, sustainability, integrity, and trust resonates with clients, leading to meaningful and impactful results.

How much they make: $84K/year
How much did it cost to start: $16K
Current team size: 0

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How I Built An $80K+/Year Business As A Solo Consultant Traveling The World

Simply Hudson, a process design and strategic advising company, has saved over 800 manual work hours and $80,000 in annual overhead costs through designing streamlined, semi-automated processes for their fully remote, globally distributed team.

About
Nicole started Simply Hudson over 3 years ago
Revenue
Nicole grew the business to $7K/month
Costs
It cost Nicole $16000 to start the business
Read by 2,313 founders

38. Piano In 21 Days ($360K/year)

Jacques Hopkins, creator of Piano In 21 Days, came up with the idea for his online piano course after realizing he could turn his piano hobby into a business. Inspired by books like The 4-Hour Workweek, he decided to create a course that would help adults learn to play piano quickly and conveniently. With the power of YouTube, a strong sales funnel, and a focus on student success, Piano In 21 Days has become a profitable business that allows Jacques to work on his own terms.

How much they make: $360K/year
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 1

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I Created A $480K/Year Online Piano Lessons Business With $100

Piano In 21 Days built a low pressure and flexible online piano course, bringing in 5 figures every month while allowing the founder to spend time on other interests and family while its profitable business runs itself.

About
Jacques started Piano In 21 Days almost 11 years ago
Revenue
Jacques grew the business to $30K/month
Read by 5,027 founders

39. Sustain Academy ($420K/year)

Auste and Ieva founded Sustain Academy after realizing the lack of practical resources to educate sustainability professionals. They spoke with over 100 field experts and tested their concept in the Lithuanian market before launching their 10-week online sustainability course. The business has since attracted over 100 companies from 10 different countries and uses a combination of PR, social media, email marketing, and personal branding to attract and retain customers.

How much they make: $420K/year
Current team size:

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How We Created A $35K/Month Sustainability Online Course

Sustain Academy is an online sustainability academy that offers a 10-week LIVE online sustainability course followed by 1:1 mentorship, taught by the world’s best field experts; so far, more than 100 companies from over 10 different countries have trained their employees with them.

Revenue
Auste grew the business to $35K/month
Read by 4,014 founders

40. Swim University ($600K/year)

How much they make: $600K/year
Current team size: 2

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How Matt Giovanisci Built Swim University to a $30,000/Month Powerhouse Offering Hot Tub and Pool Care Training

Matt Giovanisci's vast knowledge and expertise in pool and spa maintenance led him to launch Swim University, a platform where he shares his extensive knowledge through informative articles and interactive video courses.

About
Matt started Swim University about 20 years ago
Revenue
Matt grew the business to $50K/month
Read by 881 founders

41. Money Hacking Mama ($120K/year)

How much they make: $120K/year
Current team size: 0

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See How Rachel Jones Is Making $10,000 a Month Selling Digital Products on Etsy

MoneyHackingMama.com founder creates and sells downloadable printables on Etsy, generating passive income and also selling courses for personal and professional success.

About
Rachel started Money Hacking Mama about 6 years ago
Revenue
Rachel grew the business to $10K/month
Read by 916 founders

42. Elite Chess ($99.6K/year)

How much they make: $99.6K/year
Current team size: 0

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From $17/hr to 6-Figure Side Hustle

This case study showcases how a transition to an online recurring membership model can lead to a successful six-figure business, as Elite Chess founder Jeff earns five times more than when he was teaching chess at summer camps for $17 an hour.

About
Jeff started Elite Chess about 12 years ago
Revenue
Jeff grew the business to $8.3K/month
Read by 695 founders

43. Ship 30 for 30 ($2.5M/year)

Dickie started writing online in 2020. He was writing a newsletter but after 9 months he only had around 300 subscribers. Decided that if people weren’t going to find him, he needed to go to where the people were and double down on it. The people were on Twitter. And so he committed to writing 30 threads in 30 days to grow his account. That personal writing challenge turned into the foundation of Ship 30 for 30, which started as nothing but a Slack accountability group to help people publish consistently.

How much they make: $2.5M/year
Current team size: 0

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The Journey of Dickie Bush Growing a 6-Figure Side Hustle in 12 Months

This business case study shares the story of an online course, teaching students how to write 30 pieces of content a day, that has grown from no followers to nearly 50k on Twitter in 12 months, helping over 4000 students and resulting in a successful six-figure company.

About
Dickie started Ship 30 for 30 over 3 years ago
Revenue
Dickie grew the business to $208K/month
Read by 691 founders

44. OneHourProfessor.com ($360K/year)

Ron Stefanski, the founder of OneHourProfessor.com, came up with the idea for his online business when his step-brother asked for help finding a job with a felony record. Seeing a need for employment resources for those with criminal records, Stefanski launched a website that quickly went viral, attracting thousands of visitors in a short period of time. The business has since become highly profitable, with Stefanski making over $1 million in profit and earning $30-$40k per month.

How much they make: $360K/year
How much did it cost to start: $140
Current team size: 3

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How I've Built A Websites Portfolio That Has Generated $1M+ In Profit

Learn how Ron Stefanski generated over $1 million in profit from his online business, OneHourProfessor.com by obsessively measuring and following data, using SEO, and focusing on reinvesting profits into growth.

About
Ron started OneHourProfessor.com over 9 years ago
Revenue
Ron grew the business to $30K/month
Costs
It cost Ron $140 to start the business
Read by 4,743 founders

45. TypeScript Course ($4.8K/year)

Joe Previte, an Open Source TypeScript Engineer, came up with the idea for his business after finding success teaching coding through platforms like egghead. Recognizing the growing demand for TypeScript education, Previte partnered with the Badass Team to create a comprehensive TypeScript course, leveraging industry trends and his passion for education to provide valuable content. With plans to expand into workshops and self-paced courses, Previte aims to make his course the go-to resource for learning TypeScript.

How much they make: $4.8K/year
Current team size: 1

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How This Engineer Created A TypeScript Online Course With 1,500 Students

Joe Previte teaches a course on TypeScript, offering a free email course with 3 modules that teaches how to ship TypeScript production code faster and safer than any other course out there, currently with over 1,500 subscribers and high ambitions to become a million-dollar course.

About
Joe started TypeScript Course over 2 years ago
Revenue
Joe grew the business to $400/month
Read by 2,956 founders

46. Cary Jack - The Happy Hustle ($300K/year)

Cary Jack, founder of The Happy Hustle, experienced burnout while working 100+ hour weeks for his tech startup. After rejecting a 7-figure funding deal and taking time off in Thailand, he developed a way to find happiness within the hustle and created The Happy Hustle™ to help entrepreneurs achieve work-life balance. Through various revenue streams, such as podcasting, books, and mastermind adventures, Cary has built a successful business that focuses on serving his tribe and creating positive impact.

How much they make: $300K/year
Current team size: 4

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How Experiencing Burnout Led Me To Start One Of The Most Popular Podcasts In The World

Cary Jack started The Happy Hustle to help fellow purpose-driven entrepreneurs avoid burnout and achieve blissful balance in their personal and professional life while putting the Happy in their everyday Hustle, offering multiple revenue streams including a mastermind, book, and course.

Revenue
Cary grew the business to $25K/month
Read by 1,896 founders

47. Oki Doki Digital Inc ($480K/year)

Marie Poulin came up with the idea for her course, Notion Mastery, after discovering the software tool Notion in 2018. She found that Notion helped her with organization and productivity, and she began sharing her tips and tricks on YouTube. After receiving requests for a course, she launched Notion Mastery, which now generates an average of $40k/month in revenue.

How much they make: $480K/year
Current team size: 2

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How This Couple Created An Online Course That Generates $40K/Month

Marie Poulin built a digital strategy and design company, Oki Doki, with her husband and pivoted the niche to course creators, culminating in their signature course, Notion Mastery, which generates an average of about $40k/month for the company.

About
Marie started Oki Doki Digital Inc over 4 years ago
Revenue
Marie grew the business to $40K/month
Read by 3,001 founders

48. Millennial Money Man ($1.8M/year)

After paying off his own debt and becoming passionate about personal finance, Bobby Hoyt started his blog, Millennial Money Man, to teach millennials how to make more money, save more money, and pay off debt. After realizing the success of his own Facebook ads for local businesses, Hoyt partnered with Mike Yanda to create the Facebook Side Hustle Course, which teaches others how to run ads for local businesses. The course had a six-figure launch, leading Hoyt and Yanda to start Laptop Empires, where they help people start and grow online businesses.

How much they make: $1.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $50
Current team size: 3

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How I Started A $88K/Month Personal Financial Improvement Website

Millennial Money Man founder Bobby Hoyt and partner Mike Yanda created Laptop Empires, which boasts a seven-figure revenue through their flagship Facebook Side Hustle Course, helping retirees and millennials launch and grow their local Facebook ad agencies.

About
Bobby started Millennial Money Man almost 9 years ago
Revenue
Bobby grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Bobby $50 to start the business
Read by 9,361 founders

49. Writing Income Accelerator ($120K/year)

friends who turned out to be a nightmare to work with. They were demanding, changed their minds constantly, and didn't want to pay my fees. But I learned to be firm with my boundaries, set clear expectations, and communicate effectively to avoid any misunderstandings or difficult situations in the future. It's important to remember that not every client is going to be a perfect fit, and it's okay to say no to those who don't align with your values or work style.

How much they make: $120K/year
Current team size: 1

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How I Started A $10K/Month Business Writing Custom Long-Form Articles

A freelance writing program that teaches intermediate-level writers how to command $1,000 - $3,000 per article, with creator Arlie Peyton generating $10k a month from writing custom long-form articles that get premium results in the eCommerce and SaaS industries and for personal brands.

About
Arlie started Writing Income Accelerator over 5 years ago
Revenue
Arlie grew the business to $10K/month
Read by 9,361 founders

50. Tracking Happiness ($36K/year)

Hugo Huijer, founder of Tracking Happiness, came up with the idea for his online media company after discovering the power of tracking his own happiness through journaling and data analysis. Realizing the impact this habit had on his own well-being, Hugo launched Tracking Happiness to share his experiences and insights with others. Since its launch in 2017, Tracking Happiness has generated around $3,000 per month from display ads and is now diversifying its revenue streams by launching digital courses.

How much they make: $36K/year
How much did it cost to start: $49
Current team size: 0

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How I Created A $36K/Year Mental Health Blog

Hugo Huijer started Tracking Happiness in 2017 and generates $3k per month revenue from mostly display ads, but is looking to diversify income streams through a digital course and hiring freelance writers in order to build a brand and have a positive impact on mental health.

About
Hugo started Tracking Happiness almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Hugo grew the business to $3K/month
Costs
It cost Hugo $49 to start the business
Read by 2,080 founders

51. Una Vida Online ($216K/year)

Pau, the founder of Una Vida Online, came up with the idea for his business when he was looking for ways to make extra income online. He discovered the world of affiliate marketing and started creating affiliate websites. After achieving success and making more money from his websites than his full-time job, he decided to quit his job and focus on his online projects. He then created an online course to teach affiliate marketing and expanded his business to offer WordPress templates and plugins, as well as a tokenized private community for bloggers and affiliate marketers. With a strong focus on SEO, Una Vida Online has seen significant growth and currently generates about 18K per month in revenue.

How much they make: $216K/year
How much did it cost to start: $100
Current team size: 1

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We Make $18K/Month Selling WordPress Templates, Plugins, And Courses In The Spanish Market

Una Vida Online started as a side gig in 2018 to share knowledge on affiliate marketing and blogging, and has since grown into a business employing a full-time assistant and many freelancers with a monthly income of around 18K, offering online courses, WordPress templates and plugins, and a tokenized private community for people interested in generating income via blogging or affiliate marketing.

About
Pau started Una Vida Online over 5 years ago
Revenue
Pau grew the business to $18K/month
Costs
It cost Pau $100 to start the business
Read by 1,667 founders

52. Sauce Writing ($150K/year)

He realized the potential of writing when he landed his first job in Marketing. His mission was to learn everything he could about copywriting. In parallel, he created a personal blog and built a decent following. People loved his writing, so he decided to launch a writing school.

How much they make: $150K/year
How much did it cost to start: $2K
Current team size: 0

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How I Started A Writing School That Generates $10K/Month With Minimal Marketing Spend

Sauce Writing's Valentin Decker started an online writing school just before the pandemic, helping over 100 students last year and aiming for up to €150,000 in revenue in 2023 with an emailing list of 5K people.

About
Valentin started Sauce Writing about 4 years ago
Revenue
Valentin grew the business to $12.5K/month
Costs
It cost Valentin $2000 to start the business
Read by 1,459 founders

53. EntryLevel ($360K/year)

Ajay Prakash, the founder of EntryLevel, started the business in 2021 with the mission to make tech education more accessible. Inspired by the World Economic Forum's goal to reskill 1 billion people by 2030, Prakash saw an opportunity to create a high-volume, low-cost reskilling platform. With a unique pricing model, active community, and AI teaching assistant, EntryLevel has trained almost 30,000 people and is making $40,000 per month.

How much they make: $360K/year
How much did it cost to start: $2K
Current team size: 12

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Our Unique Pricing Model Got Us To $40K/Month As An Educational Business

EntryLevel, an online education platform founded by Ajay Prakash, provides accessible and effective tech education through cohort-based programs that have resulted in training nearly 30,000 people since its launch and generating $40,000 per month, with a unique pricing model allowing 100% refund for those who complete the course.

About
Ajay started EntryLevel about 3 years ago
Revenue
Ajay grew the business to $30K/month
Costs
It cost Ajay $2000 to start the business
Read by 1,499 founders

54. Higher Levels ($120K/year)

How much they make: $120K/year
How much did it cost to start: $750
Current team size: 0

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We Make $110K/Year on YouTube Helping People Break Into Tech

Case study synopsis: In just 2 years, Eric and Kris grew their YouTube channel 'Tech Sales With Eric' into a full educational platform, higherlevels.com, generating over $10,000/month in revenue from organic YouTube traffic, and are now exploring paid advertising and affiliate marketing to fuel their hyper growth phase.

About
Eric started Higher Levels about 2 years ago
Revenue
Eric grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost Eric $750 to start the business
Read by 2,436 founders