Taking Payment For Your Courses Outside of Teachery

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There are two questions we get asked often, so it’s about time we wrote the answers publicly for everyone to enjoy (and to save our fingers just a few keystrokes). These are the questions:

“Does Teachery integrate with my ________ payment processor?”

and similarly

“I want to offer a payment plan if someone buys my course, can I do that outside of Teachery?”

Fill that blank in with Paypal, Gumroad, Gravity, Freshbooks, Square, Celery, etc, etc. There are so many payment processors out there that if we tried to integrate with all of them, we’d be doing nothing but figuring that out.

But fear not! There are a few easy ways you can create your own small onboarding automation if you want to use a payment processor outside of Teachery.

This is the TL;DR version:

  • Create free payment page on Teachery
  • Change payment page URL to something hard to guess (ex: yourawesomecourse.com/payment-x933dd3n3)
  • Include that payment page URL in receipt email from your payment processor
  • Boom! You’re done!

If you need a bit more of a walk-through, here’s a longer version…

 

Step 1: Create a free payment page in Teachery

Login to your Teachery account >>

Click the course you are working on >>

Click “Add New Payment Page” (in the sidebar) >>

Name the page and make it $0 >>

Click the “Change URL” button and make it something hard to guess >>

Once created, customize the page to your liking. We’d recommend making it very clear in the copy on that page that your customer has already paid for your course and this is how they gain access (by entering their name and email address).

 

Step 2: Put the free payment page URL in your purchase receipt or thank you page

Whether you’re using Paypal, Gumroad*, etc, you should quickly and easily be able to add text to the receipt that gets sent to a person who buys your course. Make it very clear that they need to click the Teachery free payment page URL to get access to the course.

If you can create a thank you page that people get after they make a purchase with your payment processor, you could also include the free payment page URL and instructions on that page.

*For Gumroad: Create a very simple PDF with a link to your free payment page (you can create a PDF using Google Spreadsheets or Word) that someone can download immediately after purchase.

 

Step 3: Sit back and watch the magic happen!

It really is that easy. As long as you make your free payment page URL something very hard to guess, no one will ever be able to find it.

Additional way to onboard customers: Promo Codes

Very similar to the steps outlined above, you can create and share a payment page and promo code. Instead of including a free payment page in the email receipt, you’d share a full-price payment page, and create a 100% OFF promo code. Then share the full-price payment page URL with instructions about entering a promo code on that page.

This is merely another option. It’s not better or worse than sending a free payment page. Pick whichever way makes the most sense for you.

 

That’s it!

If you have an issues with the steps outlined above, don’t hesitate to send us an email. We’ve used these exact processes for our own courses and they work seamlessly!

 

Jason

Co-Founder of Teachery. Previous adventures include IWearYourShirt, BuyMyLastName, and SponsorMyBook. Fearlessly curious entrepreneur.