SPP 010 | Earning Five Figures a Month With Online Courses by Using Udemy, with John Purcell

John Purcell spent 14 years as a software developer and contractor for over 14 years. After working for a bunch of companies, including Proquest and AT&T, he decided to work full-time as a private software trainer. This led him to Udemy, a platform where anyone can upload and sell video courses.

In his first year and a half he made $80,000. His courses on Java and C++ are among the most popular courses on the site, with nearly half a million students. His course “Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners” has over 350,000 students from around the world. John has taken his experience and now teaches others how to make a living creating tutorial videos. Whether the topic is English, computer programing, the humanities, or a highly specialized technical skill, he shows that creating your own online business is easier than you think.

He is the author of “How to Make a Great Living Teaching Online”

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Quicktime Pro Screen Recorder


Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

John’s Youtube channel

John’s blog post about when he realized online teaching was for real

John’s courses on Udemy

John’s Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners

Google Keyword Planner

Jaaxy.com – World’s “most advanced” keyword planner


Quantum Lifetime Podcast

How to Make a Great Living Teaching Online

Cave of Programming

In episode 010, you’ll hear

  • Why teaching online is a realistic part-time job for any university instructor
  • How to create and upload your first Udemy cours
  • How to create full-time income with online teaching
  • The resources that John recommends to create high-quality video content without spending too much money