114 Profitable Niche Online Course Platform Business Ideas for Education Entrepreneurs

Niche Online Education Platforms

Having a specific subject matter expertise is not the only way to approach building your online course or LMS (learning management system) platform.

If you have more of a publisher’s mindset, you may want to start with a niche that has a solid market size and demand behind it.

Perhaps you’re not planning on teaching on your platform at all. Rather you’re building an online school or learning management system for others to teach inside of.

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The Hedgehog Concept for your Learning Management System Niche

Wether you are more of a subject matter expert or online education publisher style entrepreneur, Jim Collins’ classic hedgehog strategy is important to consider as you evaluate your niche.

Your niche needs to have an overlap of these 3 things:

Passion

What can you or your platform be the best in the world at

What drives your economic engine (Profit per x)

Success Leaves Clues

Smart entrepreneurs know how to leverage the depth of already existing knowledge.

If we’re looking at niches, we can leverage the existing category architecture at Amazon’s bestsellers for books: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/

  1. Arts & Photography
  2. Biographies and Memoirs
  3. Business & Money
  4. Calendars
  5. Children’s Books
  6. Christian Books & Bibles
  7. Comics and Graphic Novels
  8. Computers & Technology
  9. Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  10. Crafts, Hobbies, and Home
  11. Education & Teaching
  12. Engineering & Transportation
  13. Gay & Lesbian
  14. Health, Fitness & Dieting
  15. History
  16. Humor & Entertainment
  17. Law
  18. Literature & Fiction
  19. Medical Books
  20. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  21. Parenting & Relationships
  22. Politics & Social Science
  23. Reference
  24. Religion & Spirituality
  25. Science & Math
  26. Science Fiction & Fantasy
  27. Self Help
  28. Sports & Outdoors
  29. Teens
  30. Travel

This category structure at Amazon, reveals some organization around the demand for what the world’s population is looking for in terms of knowledge and/or entertainment. This is fertile ground for online courses.

Now the categories are way to general by themselves.

We need to go out the long tail a bit in these parent categories to find some true niches.

I’m going to provide some long tail niche online courses/ learning management system platform ideas inside each category.

Profitable Niche Ideas for Online Courses

Arts & Photography

  • Boudoir Photography
  • Selfie Photography
  • Grafitti Art

Biographies and Memoirs

  • Startup Biography Writing Career Development
  • How to Write Your Own Memoir
  • Condensed Biographies and Key Takeaway Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Business & Money

  • Black Swan Investing Strategy
  • Leadership and Management for Remote Teams
  • Crowdfunding for Education Entrepreneurs
  • Extreme Frugality

Calendars

  • Calendar Entrepreneurship for Mass Distribution
  • Calendars for Radical Social Change
  • Calendar Entrepreneurship for Healthy Body Transformations

Children’s Books

  • Children’s Book Entrepreneurship for Unschoolers
  • The Parent – Child Book CoCreation Method
  • Children’s Book Entrepreneurship to Fight Nature Deficit Disorder

Christian Books & Bibles

  • Modern Church Leadership
  • Spiritual but Not Religious
  • Learning from Saints

Comics and Graphic Novels

  • Manga Art
  • New Superhero Creation
  • Graphic Novels Story Development

Computers & Technology

  • Raspberry Pi projects for kids
  • WordPress Application Development
  • Digital Nomad Freelance Career Development
  • Integrated User Experience Design

Cookbooks, Food & Wine

  • Vegan Athlete Cooking and Nutrition
  • Detox, Juice Cleanse, Water Fasting
  • Organic Distillery
  • Local Food Based on Region

Crafts, Hobbies, and Home

  • Drones
  • Micro Farming
  • Homebuilding Basics for Young Adults
  • Tiny House Deign

Education & Teaching

  • Unschooling
  • World Schooling
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Track Design

Engineering & Transportation

  • Bicycle Only Lifestyle
  • 3-D Printing
  • Zero Carbon Home Design

Gay & Lesbian

  • Gay & Lesbian Parenting
  • Gay & Lesbian Travel Entrepreneurship
  • Gay & Lesbian Philosophy

Health, Fitness & Dieting

  • Raw Vegan Lifestyle
  • Ultra Endurance
  • Work from Home Healthy Lifestyle

History

  • Recent Startup History
  • Exponential Technology History
  • Obesity and Diabetes History
  • Social Media History

Humor & Entertainment

  • Magic Tricks
  • Low Budget Movie Making with iPhone Only
  • How to Become a Youtube Star
  • Party Games

Law

  • Micro Multinational Law
  • Law for Social Change
  • Work from Home Lawyer

Literature & Fiction

  • Science Fiction / Fantasy Writer Career
  • Screenwriting
  • Write a Novel in a Month

Medical Books

  • Ayurveda
  • Holistic Healing
  • Fasting
  • Soft Touch Chiropractic

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

  • Stunt Double Career
  • Action Hero Character Development
  • Mystery Writing Career

Parenting & Relationships

  • Continuum Concept
  • Attachment Theory
  • Intimacy in an Overstimulated World

Politics & Social Science

  • Presidential Leadership
  • Human Ecology
  • Minimalism
  • Revolution Studies

Reference

  • Amateur Massage Technique for Couples
  • Amateur Dog Massage Technique
  • Baby’s First Year
  • Dating Ideas

Religion & Spirituality

  • Zen Buddhism
  • Aethiesm
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga

Science & Math

  • Machine Learning
  • Quantum Mechanics for Kids
  • Animal Tracking
  • Social Algorithms

Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Combat Gaming
  • Virtual World Development
  • Dungeons & Dragon
  • World of Warcraft

Self Help

  • Modern Stoicism
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Information Overload Therapy
  • Social Media Addiction

Sports & Outdoors

  • Wingsuit Flying
  • Extreme SUP
  • Big Wave Surfing
  • Dog Mushing

Teens

  • Careers not College
  • Youtube Stardom How To
  • Off the Grid Teens
  • Young Entrepreneurship

Travel

  • Digital Nomad Lifestyle
  • World Travel with Infants
  • Expat Guidance for Specific Countries

Advanced LMS Platform Niche Selection Tips

I hope this list of niche online learning platforms that you could build inspires you to go out and start creating yourself or leading a movement of subject matter experts.

A couple of pro tips for you …

  1. Ignore dogmatic advice. If someone is encouraging you to enter a known competitive market and another is advising you to join a hyper obscure niche, neither option is right or wrong. It’s up to you the entrepreneur to find the sweet spot.
  2. If scale and profitability is your priority, focus on niches with high levels of pain or passion
  3. Your platform is exponentially more valuable all the teacher’s content. It’s OK to give teachers 50%, but realize that as your platform grows in demand, the platform is the most valuable element.
  4. You don’t have to build this all yourself if you’re not a technologist. Simply ask for help and guidance from the professionals at LifterLMS.

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