One of the hottest marketplaces for online courses that has been popping up all over the web lately has been Udemy.
In this blog post I’m going to do my best to help explain to you what exactly Udemy is and if it’s worth your time to invest both time and money into buying courses on this interesting online platform.
First let’s take a closer look at Udemy.
What is Udemy?
Udemy is an online platform that was first introduced to me via Google when I was searching for web developing tutorials a couple of years ago. I came across Rob Percival’s Complete Web Developing Course and since at this time I wanted to be a web developer I enrolled in the course and this is when I got to see first hand what Udemy had to offer.
A few web developing course purchases later and I was quite enjoying my time on the platform. The course quality in my experience did vary from course to course but overall for the price I was paying for these courses I couldn’t really go wrong.
I remember a friend of mine was enrolled in a multi-media program that he paid thousands of dollars for in College. By the end of his 2nd year he decided he wanted to be a web developer just like myself, and we were both at the same level. Only difference was he paid over $12,000 to get to where he was where I paid maybe $300-400 and that brings me to the first advantage of learning on Udemy.
Courses generally cost around $50-$200 but are regularly discounted on the platform from anywhere between $10-$50 dollars.
Although Udemy doesn’t do as many $10 promos as they used to they still regularly do them once every 1-2 months so that’s when I’d recommend you but the bulk of your courses on the platform. Nonetheless most courses you enroll in will earn you your money back in value or action regardless so it’s really up to you on how much you want to spend.
Who Should Enroll In Udemy Courses?
The next question you are probably asking yourself is who benefits the most from taking Udemy courses and is it really right for me? I personally think that everyone can benefit from Udemy courses because there is such a wide variety of topics covered on the platform.
My girlfriend who at one point in time was interested in running her own spa from home enrolled in a basics massage course and made her money back 10 times what she paid for it. This is also the same platform that I regularly take business courses on as well so there is most likely at least something for everyone, you just got to look.
I think the people who will really benefit from Udemy the most are people who can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on schooling when they just want to experiment with a certain career path.
For example, interested in being a freelance graphics designer? Take a course on Udemy for $50 bucks and try it out to see if you like it, if not then move onto something else. No more wasting a full year in school and thousands of dollars seeing if something is right for you.
For people who don’t have the money or simply refuse to pay the insane amounts of money that traditional schooling tries to charge you I think Udemy is the perfect alternative. I’ve even seen a personal trend towards online course consumption increasing more and more each year meaning that this type of learning is just going to become more and more popular, and for a good reason.
My Results With Udemy Courses
I’ve enrolled in some amazing Udemy courses and I’ve enrolled in some that weren’t the greatest but for the vast majority of them I usually end up walking away with at least something that I can use and apply to my business.
Recently I’ve enrolled in a Facebook ads course that shows you how to create lead ads. I didn’t know nothing about this prior so there definitely are courses out there that you can benefit from you just got to find what you are looking for.
If you are like me you will most likely not mind paying for content as long as it will help you get a result.
Udemy also let’s anyone become an instructor so if you have something to teach you can also earn some cash on the platform. In fact my total earnings on the platform is over $15,000 to this date.
Read my guide below if you want to learn more about making money by publishing courses on Udemy:
Overall my experience as both an instructor and student on Udemy has been positive.
The Pros and Cons of Udemy Courses
Now let’s look at the pros and cons of learning on Udemy.
- Courses Are Regularly Discounted For A Good Price
- Lot’s Of Variety On The Platform
- Courses Are Primarily Made With Video So Easy To Learn From
- Great Way To Develop Or Learn A New Skill
- Potential For Online Instructors To Make Some Good Money If You Are Interested In Teaching
- Course Quality Can Vary Quite A Bit From Course To Course
Overall those are the positives in my own personal experience as well as the one con that I’ve experience using the platform. I’m pretty happy with what Udemy has to offer to students and it’s a great alternative for those who simply can’t spend large amounts for online courses.
If you like this review please let me know what you think in the comments section below! What are your experiences with Udemy, have you had a positive or negative experience on the platform?
I’d love to hear from you.