The Build-It-Backwards Approach: Transforming Online Course Creation

In the world of online course creation, there’s a common misconception that you need to have everything perfectly in place before you can start selling. 

But what if I told you that there’s a more effective, albeit slightly unconventional, way to approach this? It’s a method I stumbled upon, not through some stroke of business genius, but out of necessity. And it has completely changed the game for me and many others. 

This approach is about validating and selling your course before it’s fully built – a strategy I like to call the ‘Build-It-Backwards’ approach.

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The Traditional Approach and Its Pitfalls

Traditionally, many course creators spend months, sometimes even years, meticulously planning, filming, and editing their content. They pour endless hours into creating their modules, often without any real feedback or validation from their target audience. 

The result? They launch their course only to find that they don’t have the energy, resources, or even the passion left to market it effectively. It’s a painful and all-too-common scenario that leads to great courses gathering digital dust on the virtual shelves.

Flipping the Script with Build-It-Backwards

The Build-It-Backwards approach turns this traditional method on its head. Instead of spending countless hours creating content in a vacuum, you start by selling your course idea first. 

This approach involves mapping out a basic outline of your course and then going out to sell it. It’s about staying just one step ahead of your clients, creating content as you go, based on real-time feedback and engagement.

Why This Approach Works

So, you might be wondering, why does this Build-It-Backwards approach really work? Well, it boils down to four big reasons: Validation, Flexibility, Motivation, and Cash Flow. 

Let me break these down for you.

  • Validation: By selling your course before it’s fully built, you validate your idea in the market. You ensure there’s a demand for what you’re offering before investing more time and resources.
  • Flexibility: This approach allows you to adapt and tweak your content based on real feedback from actual cleints, ensuring your course meets their needs and expectations.
  • Motivation: Knowing that you have paying clients waiting for your content is a powerful motivator. It pushes you to create and deliver, keeping procrastination and perfectionism at bay.
  • Cash Flow: You start generating income right away, which can be reinvested back into your course or used to scale your marketing efforts.

Implementing the Build-It-Backwards Method

Alright, let’s get into how you can actually put this Build-It-Backwards method into action. It’s not as tricky as it sounds, and it can be broken down into four main steps: 

  • Outline Your Course: Start with a clear outline of what your course will cover. This doesn’t have to be detailed; a basic framework will do.
  • Pre-Sell Your Idea: Use your network, social media, or any other marketing channels at your disposal to sell the concept of your course.
  • Create As You Go: Once you have your first batch of clients, begin creating your content module by module. Aim to stay a week or two ahead of your teaching schedule.
  • Gather Feedback: Regularly solicit feedback from your clients Use this information to improve and refine subsequent modules.

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Today's Challenge: Embracing the Build-It-Backwards Approach

Your challenge is to embrace this unconventional approach. Start by drafting a basic outline of your course. Then, think about how you can pre-sell this idea to your audience. 

Remember, it’s about getting comfortable with the idea of selling first and creating later. This shift in mindset can be the key to unlocking a more successful and sustainable way of creating and selling online courses.

Final Thoughts

The Build-It-Backwards approach is a game-changer in the world of online course creation. It’s about being agile, responsive, and, most importantly, practical in your course development process. 

By selling your course before it’s fully built, you not only validate your idea but also ensure that you’re creating something that your audience truly wants and needs. It’s a strategy that prioritizes efficiency, engagement, and profitability.

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This approach might seem daunting at first, but it’s a proven pathway to creating courses that not only sell but also deliver tremendous value to your clients.

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