Looking to start a business? 6 reasons why you should begin by teaching

Not just courses. Videos. Interviews. Raw data

Joshua Dance
May 19, 2018 · 5 min read

I just finished listening to a great podcast on Indiehackers with Web Bos. (Wes is one of the biggest names in teaching Javascript and React online.) The interview was great but I particularly remembered this section where they talk about teaching as a way to start a business. I have edited their conversation into the 6 points Courtland and Wes went over, along with some tactics on how to do it well.

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Start by Teaching

A good example of that is Nomad List, which started off as a Google spreadsheet full of information on cities that digital nomads like to travel to.

Regardless of the format, I think helping people learn something is one of the best ways to get your start as an entrepreneur. Here are 6 reasons why teaching is a great place to start a business:

1. You don’t have to worry about the competition

Teaching is almost never a winner-take-all market, just because there’s so many different solutions to the problem of people wanting to know something, and you can always add your own solution to that list.

2. Easy to come up with ideas

3. Launch Minimum Viable Product quickly

4. Ship it Quickly

Courtland: Yeah, totally agree. I think that’s the other end of the spectrum. It’s either spending way too much time on what you’re building, to the point where it actually isn’t good. You spend so much time without talking to anybody that you are investing in something that’s not good. The other extreme is spending way to little time and focusing too much on the tactics. That’s great advice.

5. If you can teach it, you are more passionate about it

6. Teaching is a great way to build an audience


Test the waters

Quality over Quantity


This section on teaching as a start to business starts at 15:30.

Joshua Dance

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