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Online Course As Second Income?

Since our vacation, I have been thinking about how I can diversify my income. Many income opportunities are not available to me because they are location-bound. Only projects I can work on remote come into question.

As a software developer I have a profession that theoretically allows me to work from anywhere in the world.

But in practice, customers prefer a local presence. This has to do with shorter communication paths, security, data privacy, etc.

I also switched from “project business” to “product business” for good reason, because I no longer wanted to sell my time for money.

In my company I have the comfort of having employees taking care of things on the spot, so I don’t have to be present. For my second business, I can’t fall back on this option, so only digital products come into question.

Therefore I am considering to create an online course. Actually, I don’t like the idea of a video with my face and voice being available on the internet.

Simply because the internet doesn’t forget anything and I don’t want to leave any legacy to my “future self”. And in times when AI’s can generate deepfake videos with a few image and sound snippets, you have to be more careful what you give away.

On the other hand, I would like to know what the cost-benefit-ratio of an online course is. And I can only learn about that when I do that work.

Basically, there is only one thing I feel really comfortable with and that is software development with Java. My idea is to bring my cousin on board and to set up a kind of student-mentor course with him.

The idea is that he, the student, wants to learn Java programming from me, the mentor.

If we design the course like a dialogue, it probably wouldn’t be that dry, like a frontal exercise. Simply because two voices will alternate.

Let’s see what he has to say…

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