Today's working environment requires that professional skills must be up to date, meaning the skills you acquired when you finished your University degree may be out dated. New skills and software keep popping up, traditional education can't keep up with or provide the knowledge that is needed for today or the next few years' requirements.
Online courses have become one of the best resources to provide knowledge and skills for those who'd like to stay in the game regarding their careers. Udemy and Skillshare are amongst the leading online course provider sites that deliver quality online course libraries. Let's take a look and see which one is right for you.
The first scenario, you're a photographer who has a solid basic knowledge. You are now looking for some training courses on food photography. Skillshare would fit your needs because they have various courses broken into different topics about photography.
The second scenario, If you're just getting started in the field of photography and would like to learn the very basics so you will become a good beginner photographer, Udemy would be a better fit for you.
From these scenarios, you can see why Udemy mostly offers longer hours courses while Skillshare has sort of bite-size courses. The obvious difference is that they have different visions on delivering online courses.
Skillshare students enjoyed bite-size courses that they can implement directly after finishing the class. While Udemy students dedicate their time and effort in learning. There may be some skills that they could implement right away, while other skills will require continual practice to reach a certain level of expertise.
With that being said, many courses on Skillshare do have long hours models as well. You may find that many courses on Udemy are also available on Skillshare. This is because there are instructors who have made their courses available on both platforms. So you could potentially be a student on both sites or just one. It would all depend on whether both sites or just one would fit your needs for a specific time frame.
If you look at the numbers, Udemy is definitely the leader between the two with over 15+ million students around the world who are continually learning new things every single day. Let's see if you should choose only Udemy or only Skillshare for your classes.
Although Udemy has a massive amount of students, it also has tons of courses on the same topics. So the competition is tough. Having a massive content course is not enough because you would need a really effective marketing plan to promote your course.
Skillshare has fewer instructors so you will get better exposure. You will get paid when premium students enroll in your course. More details on earning revenue, click here (SkillShare's Earning Royalties). It may be easier to begin and market your courses on Skillshare because short courses need less time to produce. After having a certain success, you could expand your courses and make it available on Udemy
On the other hand, you may get started with Udemy with a lengthy course. It might take a good amount of time and effort and (maybe) budget to effectively market your courses. It may take months or even a year to push it to the best selling list. However, if you have an effective marketing strategy you could make it within few weeks. If you can reach that level, you will get a great deal of exposure to lots of buying students (Click here to read more on the article 'How Does Udemy Pay Instructors'). After that, you can make your courses available on Skillshare where you can upload the whole course or break it into smaller chuncks. Keep in mind, Skillshare students prefer small courses over larger ones.