I give you the complete breakdown (as well as show you how to DIY it if that is what you want to do) in THIS BLOG POST.
As a frugal business owner, I HATE adding a monthly or yearly business expense.
I created a SEO Squarespace course on my website (perks of being a web designer!!) at first, but I got to a point where I wanted to be able to track my students and have automatic emails set up, so after MUCH research (you know me), I decided to go with PODIA to create my next course Squarespace With Confidence (and transferred my SEO Course to it)!
I looked into all of the course platforms… TEACHABLE, KAJABI, TEACHERY, THINKIFIC, and they all have their benefits, but ultimately I didn’t need something as in depth as Kajabi and I wanted a platform that didn’t take a percentage of my sales like Teachable, so I went with Podia.
After using Podia for multiple years, I can confidently say that I LOVED it! However, paying $390 a year just wasn’t worth it for what I was using the course for. I didn’t take advantage of the email marketing side of Podia (I had a Zap connecting a Podia purchase to a Flodesk workflow) and I felt the only reason I was using it was to track the progress of students, but many students weren’t actually marking “complete” on a lesson so it would show 0% progress when they had actually gone through some of the modules.
1. The main reason I decided to switch over to ThriveCart was beacuse of the one time fee of $495.
2. I can still track my student’s progress, which is important to me (you can’t make a real difference in peoples’ lives if they aren’t going through the course).
3. I can connect my payment processor which is PayPal business (you can also do Stripe, Authorize.net, Apple Pay and Google Pay).
4. It is easy to design on – maybe because I have some design background, but I found it to be very user-friendly in terms of building out the course and creating checkout pages that look branded to my business.
5. Multiple pricing options: ThriveCart has flexible payment models, including subscriptions, trials, and plans. If I decide later on I want to use affiliates, I can upgrade to that.
6. Supports Bump Offers: I sell my Squaresapce With Confidence course and then give a super low, one-time only price for my Squarespace SEO Course. I loved how easy it was to create a bump offer.
7. You can create unlimited courses at no extra fee.
8. I can sell physical products. I don’t foresee ever adding this to my business, but if I do I can choose shipping price, shipping weight, product dimensions, quantities and more on the checkout pages.
💥 If you are interested in using ThriveCart, I have a coupon offer for the lifetime account at one price of $495.
I tried creating a course ON my website and although it can be done, it is not worth the hassle + you can’t track progress or send emails. After much research I chose Podia as my initial course platform.
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I decided to switch over to ThriveCart (the one time fee of $495 sold me – I was paying $390/ year for Podia). I can still track my student’s progress, connect my PayPal, and it is easy to design on.
Yes, with some of these I get a little commission, (with no extra cost to you) but I would recommend all of them regardless!