Ben Collins Data Analyst to $75,000 Side Blog and Course Business Featured

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Ben Collins, the Google Sheets developer & data analytics instructor who’s turned his blog and online courses into a six-figure business over the past year.

Originally from the UK where he received a master’s degree in mathematics and served briefly in the Royal Navy, Ben’s lived much of his adult life in the U.S. where he’s held a few steady day jobs as a forensic accountant helping firms to audit their financial transactions and investigate everything from money laundering to abuse of corporate expense claims.

It wasn’t until just a few years ago, when Ben both signed up for a web development class and became a data analytics instructor at his local General Assembly, that he got the spark to begin working on building own blog. After teaching data analysis at GA for about a year, he took his learnings about what it takes to build a course curriculum and started applying that to a niche he saw a lot of growth potential in with his blog.

Google Sheets training courses. Now, Ben works full-time on his blog and courses, where he helps people build practical skills and learn techniques to be highly productive with Google Sheets.

In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

02:27 Where Ben is originally from.
06:40 What a day in the life of a forensic accountant looks like.
07:21 How he got into General Assembly.
10:50 What working at General Assembly was like.
12:56 When he decided to start an online course.
13:57 How he decides topics to turn into a course.
15:11 How he prices his courses.
19:30 Why he doesn’t sell on Udemy.
19:59 How he launches his courses.
29:51 The best investment he’s made in growing his business.


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Ben Collins Data Analyst to $75,000 Side Blog and Course Business


Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson

Full-time blogger, podcaster and side project aficionado. Join me here, on ryrob.com to learn how to start a blog, make money blogging and grow a profitable side business. I also write for publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. Let’s chat on Twitter about business and side projects.

    7 replies to "#126: How Data Analyst Ben Collins Built a $75,000 Side Blog and Course Business"

    • Rohit Pant

      This episode was very helpful for me, thanks for the amazing insights on how you’ve built your community Ben!

    • dima

      Love Ben’s journey. I learned a lot from how he launches his courses. Also I just took a look at Ben’s site, and I believe he’s got lots of potential to grow more.

      • Ryan Robinson

        Agreed! His traffic his definitely moving in the right direction, and looks like it should keep climbing as his organic rankings improve too.

    • John Sallie

      Very informative podcast Ryan. Was interested in hearing and learning about “Teachable” as opposed to “Udemy”, which was the one main ecourse platform I was aware of as well.

      • Ryan Robinson

        Thanks, John! Props must got to Ben for sharing his knowledge on this one 🙏

    • Anish Kumar

      Hello Ryan,
      I want to collect links of best you tube videos and articles, and make a website out of it. I mean putting those links under sub-category.
      How do you see it and if I make such a blog how can I monetize it?

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