I’m in the process of setting up a website where yoga teachers can upload audios of their yoga classes for free. Each time someone clicks on one of your audios you will make money.
It’s a great way of creating “passive income streams” simply by connecting a ┬ú45 lavilier microphone to a smartphone and clicking the record button.
It can quickly morph into a pretty nifty “online training program” for your students. For example, if one of your students is struggling with sleeping and you’ve recorded a class called: “15 minute nighttime yoga routine to help you sleep like a baby”, you could simply let the student know how to access it online.
Here’s another example…
If one of your students approaches you with an issue (e.g. lower back pain), when you get home you could whip out your phone, insert the lavilier microphone, record yourself doing a 15 minute “yoga for lower back routine”, upload it to the website and then send an email to your student letting them know its available online. This way you not only created a raving fan (who will start sending you lots of lovely referrals), you’ve also created a passive income stream (people all over the world will be able to download or stream the audio).
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I have done it and I think a key to it is to constantly connect and communicate with your clients. Use phone, email and also software to stay connected. Software was actually one of the things that helped me most with my clients because you can both look at the progress and workouts and better manage it all on one site. Like others have said in-person is much better but online training is better than no training. One Idea is to supplement the online training with a few in person sessions per month. Not always possible but it really would be helpful.
Edit: Since some have asked about the tools I used, http://www.fitsw.com/ was the specific software I used the most. There are many other options as well but this one was free and worked well. This type of software really helped improved my success and client retention. My client’s loved being able to track their weights and exercises online with me. The tool provided a suite of online tools like workout tracking & organizing, goal/body measurement progress tracking (in very nice easy to read graphs), diet plan creation, allowed me to provide demo videos for my clients and included a scheduling system.