Anyone who knows me in the online business world knows that my absolute FAVORITE type of side hustle is course creation. There are so many reasons why… but I’ll save them for a future blog post 😉
The focus of today’s blog is to delve deeper into why it’s so important to involve your audience or “ideal clients” in the creation of your online side hustle. Since course creation is my forte, I’ll be using it as an example throughout. Feel free to substitute “online course” for whatever side hustle applies to you.
Before we dive in, let’s see what involving your audience can look like:
These examples are just scratching the surface, but you get the gist. Now that we know how to involve our audience when creating an online course, let’s explore why you should in the first place.
Creating an online course can come with many important decisions to make like…
“What should I name my course?”
“How many modules is just right?”
“Will my customers learn best from audio, video, text, or all of the above??”
Sure, you can go with your gut or Google search the top answers, but nothing will produce an authentic course that specifically caters to YOUR audience unless you directly ASK your audience!!
Sounds like a no-brainer, right?
You’d be surprised by how many novel side hustlers skip this important step when first starting out.
That’s why I preach engaging your audience in ALL steps of the course creation process, from market research to selling and beyond! 🚀🚀🚀
Here are my top 3 reasons why you should engage your audience when creating your online course:
Reason #1: It’s Indirect Marketing
By involving your audience in the course creation process, you slowly gain their trust and build awareness of your online products and services before even beginning to sell them. You prime your audience on exciting things to come and build up their excitement by inviting them to play a part in its creation.
Reason #2: You’re Catering to Your Audience
By asking your ideal clients for their input in your business, you ensure that your finished product or service caters specifically to your audience, not someone else’s. Aligning your products and services with your client’s wants, needs, and desires is the secret sauce to producing a successful side hustle.
Reason #3: Crowdsource Ideas (aka, less work for you 😉)
You’ll inevitably run out of business ideas sometimes, but fear not! Your audience can be a great source of ideas for new product names, content, and more if you get stuck. They can also help you narrow down your choices quickly if you’re indecisive.
No matter where you are in the side hustle creation process, I challenge you to connect with your ideal clients and see how you can help them. In the process of getting to know their pain points, you’ll gain incredible insight and direction to guide your side hustle in the right direction.💡
~ Reina Olivera