Published on:

2nd Nov 2023

ENCORE: Real Advice To Therapists Launching An Online Course

Today’s episode is a valuable one if you are thinking about launching an online course sometime soon or in the future. My encouragement to you is to do it! Get started! Join me for this solo episode in which we discuss the basics.

You’ll Learn

  • The most common reasons to launch an online course: to put your message out there to impact more people in different locations, to feel more fulfilled in your purpose, to diversify income streams, and to spark more creativity
  • The highlights of my online course creation story that began in 2015---complete with all the doubts and fears
  • How my first online course has surpassed my wildest dreams in passing the $200K mark in revenue
  • What it means to me to build a successful online course:
  • I can build a life around my loved ones and self-care instead of fitting my loved ones and self-care around my career.
  • We as a family can contribute time and resources to organizations that make the world a better place.
  • I can create my ideal retirement schedule years before I actually retire.
  • Why I want you to write down the completion to this statement: “A successful online course for me would mean . . .”

Five pieces of advice to help you avoid the mistakes I made:

  1. Online course creation is a long road---don’t rush it!
  2. Don’t pick an online course platform because it’s cheap or free.
  3. The first version of your online course will not be the final version.
  4. See your online course as part of a larger value ladder rather than a one-off offering.
  5. Build your course in community with others.


Want to launch your online course?

Please check out our free 7-Day Course Creator Starter Kit For Therapists

Looking to launch a successful podcast?

Please check out our free "Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business" workshop for therapists

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About the Podcast

Selling the Couch
Impact + Income Beyond The Therapy Room
With over 1.5 million downloads, Selling the Couch is a top podcast for mental health private practitioners who think differently.

Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists, top entrepreneurs, business/marketing, productivity, and social media experts.

You'll learn how therapists get referrals, make money, work through fears, and how they've stopped "trading time for income."

Melvin also shares the lessons as he grows his impact + income beyond the therapy room (podcasting, video, online courses, masterminds, investing, etc) and the tips, tools, and tech he uses to grow STC from a single-person business to the CEO of a 5-person 100% remote team.

You get bite-sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey.

About your host

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Melvin Varghese, PhD

Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist, girl dad, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2014, I began to think about how to use our therapist skillset in different realms besides clinical work (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, writing, etc).

This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work.

I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really mean..it just rhymed =P).