Many workers are leveraging OpenAI’s ChatGPT to streamline their work processes. One individual, in particular, has found great success in teaching others how to use the technology, earning more than $40,000 in just three months using ChatGPT.
In December, Lance Junck (23) launched an online course related to ChatGPT on Udemy. In only three months, Junck managed to enroll over 18,000 students from all over the globe, resulting in more than $40,000 in profits thus far.
After experiencing the remarkable generative abilities of ChatGPT in November, Junck, a full-time brand strategist based in Austin, Texas, was astounded. He was determined to make the bot accessible to everyone and recognized an opportunity to teach individuals how to utilize the tool through an online course.
According to Junck, using ChatGPT requires a steep learning curve. He believes many people may find it difficult, so he made it more approachable and engaging.
Despite lacking formal instruction, Junck has become proficient in ChatGPT through extensive practice. He spends hours each day experimenting with the bot, requesting that it write introductions for novels or descriptions for various food products to gain insight into how to prompt the bot effectively.
In addition to his experimentation, Junck scours the internet for any available ChatGPT resources, including articles and posts on platforms such as LinkedIn, GitHub, and Reddit.
The ChatGPT Masterclass: A Complete ChatGPT Guide for Beginners course by Junck, designed for beginners, comprises 50 lectures and runs for over seven hours. It took Junck three weeks to record and is currently priced at $20.
The course content progresses from basic prompts to various ChatGPT applications for businesses, students, and programmers. Additionally, it provides instruction on utilizing the AI image generator DALL-E 2 to create artwork, recommendations on the most useful ChatGPT plug-ins, and an introduction to GPT-4, OpenAI’s latest language model.
Within one week of its launch, 90 students had already enrolled in the course. Subsequently, the course has welcomed 200 to 250 new students daily, getting a total of 18,279 students at the time of this writing.
The student demographic, according to Junck, is diverse, ranging from college students to working professionals between the ages of 20 and 50. While most students originate from the US, Junck’s course has also attracted learners from countries such as Japan, Canada, and India. Additionally, individuals from regions where ChatGPT is unavailable, including Venezuela, Russia, and various parts of the Middle East, have pursued the course.
Junck attributes the high demand for his services to his marketing and SEO proficiency, which has propelled his course to appear among the top results when searching for ChatGPT on Udemy out of 1,266 total listings. He also promoted the course on LinkedIn.
Although the response to the course has been generally positive, with a 4.5-star rating on Udemy, some students claim that his course only provides surface-level information and is not superior to free ChatGPT instructional videos available on YouTube, according to reviews on the platform.
Nevertheless, demand for his services has continued to grow, prompting Junck to expand his ChatGPT instruction beyond Udemy to include corporate clients.
He has taught startups like ClearDesk how to integrate ChatGPT into their marketing, human resources, and operations teams. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at events and teach companies such as CEO advisory firm Sage Executive Group and tech news site HPCwire how to utilize ChatGPT, as evidenced by emails reviewed by reporters.
Jerry Rollins, the chairman of Sage, praised Junck’s services as “very informative and insightful,” according to an interview. Tom Tabor, a spokesperson for HPCwire, also commended Junck’s knowledge of the GPT space and the technology’s potential. “We required his understanding of the technology to integrate it into our business processes,” Tabor explained.
Junck believes that the demand for AI courses will continue to grow as generative AI tools rapidly rise. As of April, Udemy has reported that over 429 ChatGPT courses are available on the site, with 417,212 students enrolled, representing a 47% increase from the previous month, according to Callie Kaminski, a Udemy spokesperson.
Junck, who juggles his full-time job at an e-commerce company alongside his business, plans to expand his course offerings by adding lectures on Microsoft’s Bing and Google’s Bard, among other generative AI tools, once they become widely available. He also intends to explore opportunities to forge larger company partnerships.