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9 Reasons Now Is the Best Time to Start Freelancing (Even If You Didn’t Get Fired)

I wanted out. In late 2014 I found myself at a crossroads. I was burnt out after working for two consecutive online marketing companies in New York City. Over my years hustling from apartment to office, I slowly realized that I wasn’t content to be constantly looking for the next stepping stone in my career. I couldn’t stand the idea any longer of working to hit hours instead of goals. I could no longer tolerate …

Zippy Courses Platform Review: Does It Really Solve the Course Building Puzzle?

The sales page for the Zippy Courses standalone platform points out that some online course creation tools are optimized for easy course creation, while others are optimized for selling courses. My experiments with both standalone platforms and WordPress plugins, which allow you to build your course on your own WordPress website, bear this out. Most platforms make the building simple and the selling… not so simple. So I was excited to try the Zippy Courses …

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Zippy Courses Plug-in Review: Delivering Power and Ease

I have a confession to make… I think I’m in love. I’ve tested a few learning management systems (LMS) including all-in-one platforms and one other WordPress LMS plugin. There have been great things and not-so-great things about each. I expected that. But then I tested the Zippy Courses Plug-in. Zippy Courses promises you can “create and sell courses without tech headaches.” Does it deliver on this promise? After creating a test course, I can sum …

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Teachery Review: Simple, No Frills, and Wallet Friendly

With all the LMS platforms to choose from, Teachery is gaining a foothold in the ever-increasing course-building industry. And if you’re into simplicity and a more basic production, and might need a little prodding to get things done, you’ll want to listen up. Teachery helps spur you into action, and newer course builders will love how easy it is to use. Teachery is a great option for those who don’t need a ton of bells …

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Kajabi Review: A Professional Option That’s Both Simple and Elegant

Searching for the perfect learning management system (LMS) can be grueling, so it’s nice to have someone (like me!) do the dirty research work to save you time and energy. Kajabi is a well-known LMS that states you can “easily market, sell, and deliver your content online,” even if you possess the design skills of an infant (the latter might not be their exact words). The site is beautiful, and sign up is pretty simple …

WP Courseware Review: Is It the Easiest WordPress Plugin for Creating Your Online Course?

I dreaded testing another WordPress plugin for course creation. My previous experience with a WordPress LMS plugin resulted in me locking myself out of the backend dashboard of my website when I created—and subsequently deleted—a course login feature for students! The panic of that experience was still fresh, and I wasn’t keen on breaking anything else on my site. Needless to say, I reviewed the WP Courseware plugin with serious trepidation. I’m neither a WordPress …

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How to Stop Being a Starving Artist and Start Charging What You’re Worth

When the prolific science fiction writer Harlan Ellison was asked to contribute an interview for a film project on the making of the TV show Babylon 5, he said, “Absolutely!” He just had one small stipulation: “All you’ve got to do is pay me.” “What?” the young woman on the other end of the call asked, as depicted in a video on YouTube. “You’ve got to pay me!” he replied. “Well,” she said, “everyone else …

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LifterLMS Review: A Robust Course-Building WordPress Plugin

Let me summarize LifterLMS in eight words… “LifterLMS is not for the faint of heart.” LifterLMS says it’s “a powerful WordPress LMS plugin that makes it easy to create, sell, and protect engaging online courses.” As you’ll see, LifterLMS is powerful. But if you’re not comfortable with WordPress and using plug-ins, then “easy to create and sell” is in the eyes of the beholder. Now, before I scare you off, let me give you some …

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LearnDash Review: Does It Deliver the Best in Online Course Creation?

You know that saying, “I know just enough to be dangerous?” That describes my familiarity with WordPress. I’ve had a serviceable WordPress website for half a dozen years. I built and periodically tweaked it on my own, but it’s neither fancy nor custom. I know practically nothing about HTML, CSS, or PHP. So I knew testing LearnDash, a WordPress plugin for building courses, would be a bit of a stretch. I knew I might break a …