Interview with Mr. Mihai Catalin Teodosiu
Financial win is important. But the more you earn in time, the more your personal value changes.
There is always an exchange. It is about the exchange when you on your own succeed in feeling rewarded. When you can sell from what you know to a company, from which you have brought, learned and then have started your first steps in your career. Then you are ok with yourself and on the right way.
He has managed to change his lifestyle from routine work to a work, which has brought a lot of satisfaction to him.
The Udemy Courses created by Mr. Mihai Catalin Teodosiu offer high-quality content. He succeeds in adapting and readapting to what is new on the market, and to manage his work.
He has not wasted time in searching for perfection, because he is aware that nobody is perfect in what one is doing. But he is aware of the fact that only a quality content can bring you a step before the others.
In the following interview I want to present you Mr. Mihai Catalin Teodosiu. He holds a degree in Telecommunications and Information Technology from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania and also the CCNP, CCNA, CCDA, JNCIA and ISTQB CTFL certifications.
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1. I would like to request you to share something about you and what’s not yet discussed before?
I am a network engineer and programmer who got tired of the 9 to 5 trap and searched for a way to get out of it over the past 6 years. After opening a security systems company in 2011 (and failing with it in 2013), I decided I have to find something else, preferably an online opportunity to create a steady source of passive income and maybe change my lifestyle altogether. In early 2015, while searching for a web development course (I was thinking of opening a web development and design online business), I stumbled upon Udemy. And that’s where it all began. I saw some really amazing courses and some really poor ones and I thought to myself: If so many other people all around the world can do it, why not try creating an online course and see how it goes. And it went pretty well.
2. How’s your experience working with Udemy and other sites where you were/are selling your courses? (I know that no one can gain success overnight, what looks overnight to people is actually countless sleepless nights bundled with a lot of hardwork.)
Yes, that’s right. There’s no such thing as “overnight success”, except for winning the lottery maybe. It took me about three months to create my first course. I was recording and editing and organizing the curriculum after work, three to five hours a day.
Udemy is a really great place to start with. You can create a free account and upload your courses for free. They provide a really great platform for online course management and publishing and they take their share from every sale you make. Udemy takes care of all your marketing, payment processing and any other things that might give you headaches. All you have to do is create great content and answer your students’ questions.
Then, if your course is successful, other e-learning platforms will approach you and ask you to publish your courses on their website. That’s how you create a digital asset once and then earn money from multiple sources on a monthly basis. Of course, there’s a huge discussion that we can start on this topic, but the market is pretty hungry for high quality content.
3. What are your top 3 customer acquisition channel for your courses?
Udemy’s Marketing will definitely help new online instructors, so that’s the first channel you will use after launching your course. Then, you can leverage the power of YouTube, social media, Facebook ads and so on to grow you audience, but this is more advanced. So, I would say that Udemy, LinkedIn and YouTube are working pretty good for me. But for other people, maybe Twitter and Instagram would be a better choice. It really depends on the course topic, as well.
4. Does the course promotion on Social Media bring you financial satisfaction?
Some, yes. But no one should rely on social media only, or email marketing only, or Udemy only. Instructors should use all these tools to market their content. In my opinion, social media is a good place to spread some videos from your course for free and grow your following or email list this way – this is called a lead magnet. A great tool for social media automation is Hootsuite, with which you can easily automate and schedule the posts related to your courses, on various platforms: Google+, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, WordPress.
5. What are the key factors in optimizing the Udemy and Youtube Channel for generating more profit?
Having an SEO-oriented approach when naming your course, creating your course description, naming your sections and lectures and creating your website or sales page is a good practice to stay relevant both on Udemy and on YouTube and Google. There are a lot of things to say here and I’m not a SEO expert myself, but there are some principles that anyone can follow when creating and publishing a course. A lot of useful videos and tutorials on this have been published by Udemy and Teachable on their websites and YouTube channels, so these would be great places to start learning more about this.
6. Any suggestions you would like to pass to the newbies in this field?
Yes. Create high quality content on any topic you like and publish it on Udemy. Then, spread some videos for free across all your social media. Get noticed as fast as you can. Focus on a social media platform only, and keep the rest as secondary ones. My main platform for creating an audience and keeping them engaged and interested is LinkedIn. Other may find Pinterest or Twitter more suitable for their courses and audience. And finally, don’t waste time being a perfectionist. Perfectionism is the way to procrastination.
7. Any Interesting Experience from your Online Business Journey you would like to share with the audience?
I don’t have anything “spicy” to share in particular, but the most exciting experience I had with my online courses is that a big name in the IT industry purchased 2500 licenses to my courses to train their engineers. And this company was the one I purchased a lot of courses and certifications from, when I was starting my own IT career, about 10 years ago. Interesting turn of events, very rewarding, much more rewarding than the earnings themselves.