Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday 281? Free On Line course!

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Hello Fellow Deskers from Julia's place and visitors from Blacksburg Belle!

Above you see me "shopping my stash" for the worn cover I was busy with on the week-end...not much has happened on my desk since then!

Here is the finished worn cover.
Since finishing my cover and putting it "out there", I have had many peeps asking me to teach it which got me onto the subject of doing on line classes...the only question I have is how?
This got me thinking about all the work I put into the creative classes I teach and have been wondering how to make them into online classes...The answer I think is in the course I am about to attend by April Bowles-Olin on CreativeLive on 10 & 11 November.
April asks us to pick one of 5 questions to answer as to why we want to do this course and I am going to answer 2 because I think they are pertinent to me.
Q) Why you want to learn how to create and sell digital products
A)  Who doesn't want to earn money while you sleep?  That is just so appealing!  I have taught real in person classes to students for 17 years and the amount of work in both prep and time is the same if you do it for a video camera or for an in person class(if you exclude the kits!).  The only difference is that the in person class is taught once (has kits which take hours to prep) and can only earn me so much...where as an online class can be repeated at the press of a button and can be earning me money every time someone purchases it and there are so many more viewers on line!
Q) The biggest questions you have when it comes to selling digital or information products?
A) Apart from the classes, I want to create digital cut files to sell.  How do I know if they will work on all the different machines out there if I only have one of them in my studio to test it on?
I also want to create videos.  We do not have great bandwidth here in South Africa and I am worried about the quality and what camera and programs to use to edit it. 
So my fellow Deskers, I know this post has been long and wordy...I am in no way affiliated with April or CreativeLive, but thought I would share this with you as we are all creative in some way with some or other medium and this is free!

This is the blurb off her blog: “Are you ready to make your creative work more lucrative, stable, and sustainable in the long-term? Join April Bowles-Olin for an introduction to digital products and how they can enhance your creative business. This course will show you how to produce and position viable products for generating multiple revenue streams and passive income. RSVP right here to watch it live and get access to the workbook for FREE. This post is part of the Create Digital Products blog tour.


  1. Hi Bella, I do love the creative goodies on your desk, I love that Tim Holtz clock too, shame they have discontinued it. Good luck with your new adventure for creating online classes, hope it works out for you. I would hope that 20 years down the lie I could be in the same position xx

  2. Bella, that clock looks great. The courses sound like a great idea - I do hope you manage to get going with them, and make lots of cash!! Happy WOYWW, Chris # 3

  3. Hi Bella, love all the stuff on your desk, so many goodies. Good luck with the class, Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #28 xx

  4. Love all those goodies on your desk - wouldn't mind 'shopping' your stash myself! Have fun with the class and hope you get some new skills for your online adventure. Happy WOYWW, Cindy #63

  5. I am loving getting to know everyone on the blog tour! I think we all have similar questions when it comes to making this next step. Learning from April will be great for us because she has so much insight to share with us on how to take our area of expertise and translate that into creating a digital product to sell! For me the struggle isn't creating the content, Ive already done that. I just need to figure out how to package and sell that baby. I am so excited and wish the class was starting today!

  6. Hi Bella
    the clock and all the cogs look great. The on- line course is also interesting there are a few courses out there which seem popular I will pop back later and read it agsin as my concentration levels are not good at the moment.
    janet #22

  7. Interesting concept Bella. I wish you well in your new venture.

  8. I love the things on your desk. I like a bit of steam punk.
    Keep us posted about the course. And I wish you success once you start doing online courses yourself.
    Thank you for letting me have a peep of your workspace.
    Have a good week

  9. Hope the course goes well.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 41

  10. My heart skipped a beat when I saw all those cogs and wheels. I'm in love with them all. You make such wonderful things with them. I say go for it with the online classes, why not make money from what you know. I'd love to learn how to do those things.
    Have a great week and good luck with the course.
    Von #13

  11. Oh love what is on your desk and good luck with the course. I hope it works for you... money money money :D

  12. I think your online classes sound very promising! I have taken April's other Creative Live class and she is amazing. I am confident you will get the answers you need and the enthusiasm and motivation to boldly move forward in your endeavor! Wishing you lots of joy and success!!

  13. Good luck with your new class. I found you through blog tour and I am so glad that I did. We are both in the scrapbooking industry! I love the stuff on your desk. I can't wait to see what you come up with for your class.

  14. I agree with you, most of my questions are technical (how to put the ebook together), although, I'm beginning to think the marketing needs as much attention!

  15. Oooooooohhhhhhh I LOVE steampunk stuff, and this all has such a lovely steam feeling! I adore the stuff on your desk, and now I want to poke about and sew what else is on here! :)

  16. Creating videos would be really cool for this sort of thing. Videos add another dimension to anything, and it would be really great to see you actually demonstrate the techniques that you are discussing. I think it would really help people out! Nice!


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