How to Turn Your Fashion Book into an Online Course

books to courses planning Sep 21, 2018

Do you have a fashion book published or one in the making? Have you got a manuscript that you have finished but never got around to actually publishing it? Would you like to generate extra income from the content of your fashion book?

Well in this post I share with you some advice on how to take your fashion book and turn it into an online course and use this to generate extra income.

Creating a course is a way of “repurposing content”, to recycle something already written in a different format so that you can squeeze additional income out of the same piece of work. 

If done well it can be highly profitable for the fashion author.

There are numerous ways to repurpose your fashion book content and build upon your expertise and experience. For example:

  • Selling related services.
  • Selling software relevant to the topic including apps.
  • Consulting / Coaching on the topic of your book.
  • Speaking at events.
  • Facilitating workshops on your book's topic.
  • Creating and...
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Why Fashion Experts Are Creating Their Own Online Courses

planning Mar 21, 2018

Since launching The Fashion Student Hub and it's sister site We Teach Fashion a couple of years ago my team and I have had almost unilateral support from fashion professionals and students for both platforms and the purposes they serve. Without exception, we've been told these are just what the fashion industry needs.

There is one question though that crops up time and time again which is "Why do people choose to create their own online courses?" People are curious to understand the drivers that are propelling fashion subject experts, whether from education or industry, to want to create and sell their own online courses.

If that's a question you've ever asked or are thinking then this post will explain the common motivators. It answers that question "Why?"

The Importance of Your "WHY"

Creating an online course isn't exactly child's play, although it's not rocket science either. There will be times when any course creator whether just starting out or one who is seasoned with many...

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Do You Have The Drive and Passion to Make a Difference in Fashion Education?

Have you ever been attacked by a mosquito at night?

Don't you just hate the buzz they make? So annoying when you are trying to get to sleep and the little creatures tease you with their high pitch buzzing as if to say "no you don't"!

There are a few myths about the mosquitoes you hear buzzing near your ears. Some people say that mosquitoes which buzz, don't bite. That's true because as long as they're buzzing, they're flying, so they won't bite you. But as soon as they land, look out. The silence means they could be feeding off of you!

 

Driven to Make a Difference in Fashion Education

One of the drivers for creating We Teach Fashion and our sister site The Fashion Student Hub, is to change the shape of fashion education. We want to see a more relevant, accessible, egalitarian educational offer.

But you might be thinking, what difference can a small platform like ours make? Are we too small?

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. ...

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My Traumas of the Last Twelve Months

online courses planning Dec 31, 2017

I am starting 2018 with a reflection back on 2017 and to share with you some of my personal amazing highs, but also unbelievable lows! It has been the most difficult year of my life so far. 

2017 nearly left me broken and it's only through prayer and sheer determination that I've been able to get through it, and soldier on.

As some of you may know who have followed me for a while, in the latter part of 2016 I was caught up in the traumatic events in Southern Italy where over 300 people died in earthquakes that shook the central region between August 2016 and January 2017. I was living in that exact same area, and experienced the dramatic power of the first full-scale earthquake in August 2016 and again, more powerfully still in October first hand.

Our house, which was going to be my base for several months whilst working between the UK and Italy was destroyed, and whilst my family and I escaped unhurt, it was the most terrifying experience that you can imagine, that...

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Your Expertise and Experience in Fashion is Needed Here

business planning tutor Dec 16, 2017

Have you ever had one of those moments working on your laptop or computer when you’re struggling with something and a colleague or friend, perhaps even one of your children comes along and shows you how to overcome the challenge you're having?

They make it look so easy don't they?

Or perhaps you’ve been on an IT course being taught how to use some software and the trainer shows you a really neat trick. Then suddenly, in that moment, you realise you’ve been wasting time to do something the wrong way, the slow way, the inefficient way....for years?

We’ve all had those moments I’m sure.

They’re when the 'penny drops' and it’s as if a veil has been lifted and suddenly you can see clearly how to do something. The origins of this phrase are thought to have come from the days when people would put coins into a slot machine to retrieve an item or get the machine to work in some way.

From time to time the coin would get stuck and...

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Getting Started Creating Your First Online Fashion Course

online courses planning Nov 19, 2017

In this post, I am going to share with you the four course types or models that online course creators in the new knowledge economy are creating for every discipline under the sun. You name it there will be someone somewhere who has developed an online course.

There’s still plenty of room for your expertise in the field of fashion so there’s every opportunity for you to dominate your niche and be known for your expertise and as the go-to person for help in your field.

That’s why I’m so excited to have enrolled so many people in our new free course for fashion subject experts. I’ll tell you more about that later in this post.

For now though here are the four types you are going to learn about:

1.       Entry Level Courses

2.       Signature Courses

3.       Coaching and Mentoring Models

4.       Membership Models

 

So here goes....

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Fashion Studies Online Tutor Feels Like an Impostor

planning tutor Nov 06, 2017

In this post I am going to help you realise that just because you have never taught subjects you'd find in fashion studies online before, it does not make you an impostor.  We all have a right to do things for the first time. This post has been created because of a conversation I had with a potential course creator recently.

She said that she didn't feel qualified to teach online because she had no formal teaching qualifications. "Why would someone pay to be taught by anyone that had never taught before?", she asked.

I told her she was suffering from a degree of impostor syndrome.

Do You Have Impostor Syndrome?

According to Wikipedia 

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud".

The term was first used in 1978 by clinical...

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How to Find Time to Create Your Online Course

planning Nov 04, 2017

In this post, you are going to learn a few tips on how to find time to create your online course. I hear so often people saying that they'd love to create their own course but they just don't have the time. They'll start just as son as...and then out come all the different reasons why they think they can't start.

This post is going to help remove that reason or excuse that's holding you back and challenge your thinking around time and what's possible.

 To download this post and read it offline click here.

The image below is not suggesting for one minute that you reduce the time you spend with your children. It's just to remind those of you with children that you have a harder job than most because as you'll no doubt know, babies and children take up an enormous amount of your attention and time. So the tips on how to find time for you will be particularly important.

You Can Find the Time

Believe it or not, you do have the time. We all have exactly the same amount...

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Students Waiting and Fashion Experts Needed

planning students tutors Nov 03, 2017

If you’ve been following my posts for some time you’ll see this isn’t written in my usual style. It’s closer to a diary entry, but I wanted to share it with you because…well…I’ve got a message.

At the end, I’ll have something that will help you get started in the challenge this post refers to. But only if you read all the way. It’s two minutes of your time, so two minutes well spent I believe.

There is a Chinese(?) proverb that goes

 “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Well, the world’s students are ready and waiting. They’re pacing up and down their homes, workplaces, hallways, bedrooms and studies. They’re joining social media platforms in the millions, groups aplenty hashtagging their needs in tweets and posts asking for help one way or the other.

But as teachers, you’re not very good at making yourselves seen let alone heard.

You're Late

They can’t find you...

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The First Step to Creating Your Own Online Fashion Course

course design planning Oct 03, 2017

In this post, we're going to go over one of the most important topics you should be asking yourself. It starts with the question WHY. Before you even put pen to paper or your first finger reaches your keyboard, you need to recognize your personal motivations for creating a course. Having the answer to this question will help you to remain focused and driven to create and launch your course.

And as you read this post you will learn how to use a technique that you can apply in lots of situations in life not just for course creation.

The Importance of the WHY

Getting to understand your why at its deepest level leads to you uncovering the power driver behind you that is propelling you to do something. In this case uncovering your WHY for developing an online fashion course brings your individual emotional drivers to the surface. Then in times of struggle when you are grappling with technology or trying to edit a video and the computer freezes, or you start filming and the battery pack...

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