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How To Get Paid On Teachable

How To Get Paid On Teachable [Payment Gateways Explained]

Teachable is an online platform, known as a learning management system, that allows people to create and sell their own online courses.

It allows people who have specific or expert knowledge in any area to transform knowledge into a form of income.  Teachable is one of the most popular learning management systems in the industry. But, how do you get paid on Teachable?

This is largely thanks to the intuitive and easy-to-use interface the platform is known for. Teachable is an excellent option for beginners in creating online courses and coaching programs. 

One of the most important things that you need to know about the platform before you start creating your own course is how to get paid through Teachable. 

In this article, we will look at how you can get paid through the platform and what the payment gateways system is. 

What Are Teachable Payment Gateways?

One of the most important things that you need to learn when you are researching whether Teachable is the right platform for your course or coaching program, is the payment gateways. Check out ‘Teachable Free Plan – What Does It Offer?‘)

If you have looked on any of the Teachable web pages, you will have likely come across the term payment gateway. 

This phrase is used to describe the methods through which course creators can receive money earned through Teachable.  

Although the phrasing might seem needlessly complicated or confusing, the concept is incredibly simple. 

The payment gateways offer a gateway for the money you earn to leave your Teachable account and enter your bank account. 

Teachable Payment Gateway Options

Through the Teachable platform, there are a total of three different payment gateway options.  Two of the gateway options available are considered to be Teachable’s native payment gateways.

These are gateways that are maintained in-house.  There is also an external payment gateway option that can be used. 


The first payment gateway is known as Teachable:Pay.  This is a payment method that is available to members who reside in certain countries. 

There are many countries that are eligible for this particular payment gateway. 

The countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Gambia, Australia, Argentina, Italy, France, Singapore, South Africa, and the Netherlands among others.  

An exhaustive list of the countries that are eligible for Teachable:Pay is available on the Teachable website. 

If you do not reside in one of the countries that are listed as being eligible for Teachable:Pay, this gateway will be inaccessible to you. You will need to choose from one of the other payment gateways that Teachable offers. 

When you use the Teachable:Pay gateway, there are three payment options that your students can choose from in order to pay for your courses. 

Credit and debit cards can be used to pay through the Teachable:Pay gateway.  This method can also accept Paypal payments from students. 

Finally, Google and Apple Pay can both be used to pay for access to Teachable courses with this gateway.  

Monthly Payment Gateway

If you reside outside of the United States, United Kingdom, or Canada, and your country isn’t on the list of countries that are eligible for Teachable:Pay, this is the gateway that can work for you. 

The monthly payment gateway from Teachable is facilitated by Stripe and it is available for credit and debit card payments.  

This is a common choice for many people who use Teachable as it is a payment gateway that many business owners are already familiar with. 

However, it is important to note that Teachable states a new account needs to be created, even if you already have a Stripe account.  

When you are using the monthly payment gateway, there are three ways in which you can receive payments from your students, the same as with the Teachable:Pay gateway. 

Credit and debit cards can be accepted this way.  It is also possible to receive payments from Paypal if the transaction is in USD and through Apple or Google Pay. This gives your students plenty of options for payments. 

Custom Payment Gateway

The final payment gateway option offered by Teachable is the custom payment gateway.  This is a gateway that is essentially set up independently of Teachable. 

You can set up payments directly from platforms such as Paypal or Stripe.  This can be a preferential method if you are someone who prefers to be entirely in control of your finances and the associated paperwork.  

With this payment gateway, there are a couple of ways in which you can receive payments from potential students.  Whether you use Paypal or Stripe, you can receive payments via credit and debit cards. 

If you choose to use Paypal as your payment gateway, you can use Paypal to receive payments too. 

The regularity of these payments will vary depending on how you have set up your custom payment gateway. 

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Setting Up Teachable:Pay

If Teachable:Pay sounds like the right payment gateway for you, it is really simple to set it up on your Teachable account. 

The Teachable:Pay uses Stripe Express in order to facilitate the payments on Teachable and transfer of funds with credit and debit cards. See also ‘11 Teachable Alternatives You Should Know About.‘)

As we mentioned above, if you have already got a Stripe account that you use for your other business payments, this cannot be used to set up Teachable:Pay. 

If you wish to use this as a payment gateway, you will need to create another Stripe account which you can link to your Teachable account.  Once you have created your new account, you can begin to set up your Teachable:Pay.

The first thing that you need to do is log into your Teachable school or account. 

Once you have done this, go to the school admin tab and select settings then payments from the menu that you see.  This will cause a drop-down menu.

From the drop-down menu, you will need to select the country you currently reside and hold a bank account in. 

If the country that you select is one of the many that are eligible for Teachable:Pay, you can move on to the next step.  (If your country is not eligible, you will be prompted to continue setting up a different gateway). 

You will be prompted to enter your phone number and then select set up Teachable:Pay.  This will begin your payments onboarding process. 

You will be presented with a form that is required to be completed.  On this form, you will have to provide information about your business, annual income, tax filing status, and so on.  

Once you have completed the tax information form, you will be redirected to the Stripe interface where you will be able to finish the setup of your Stripe Express account registration. 

Once you have completed all of the steps required by Stripe, you will automatically be redirected back to the Teachable platform. 

Now you will need to select how often you want to receive payouts from your Teachable account.  You can choose from daily, weekly, or monthly payouts. 

It can also be useful at this point to enroll in BackOffice.  We will look into what this is and how it can be beneficial below. 

The final step in setting up Teachable:Pay is to select Paypal as a means of payment option for your potential students.  

Payouts On Teachable:Pay

When you set up your Teachable:Pay account, you will be prompted to select a frequency of payout from three options.  You can choose daily payouts, weekly payouts, or monthly payouts.  

From the point of your first sale on the Teachable platform, it will take between 7 and 14 days to receive your first payout.  Any subsequent payouts will happen in accordance with the schedule that you have selected.

The payouts will be made directly into your chosen bank account. 

This is often preferable to the monthly payment gateway payout system as it cuts out an extra middle man and there is no extra time spent waiting for funds to be transferred from a third-party site to your bank account.  

Setting Up Monthly Payment Gateway

If you began the process of setting up Teachable:Pay and found that your country wasn’t eligible for the scheme when you reached that stage, you will have been prompted to set up a monthly payment gateway instead. 

To begin setting up your monthly payment gateway, you will need to follow the first few steps that were outlined above up to the point of selecting your country of residence. 

Setting up a monthly payment gateway with Teachable is much more straightforward than setting up Teachable:Pay as there is no need to be directed to other sites and platforms during the process.  

The first step is to provide the email address that is linked to your Paypal account.  If you don’t already have a Paypal account, you will need to set one up to continue with this payment gateway setup.  

Once you have provided your Paypal email address, you will be asked to provide information on your tax filing status. 

It is important to provide all the information that you can to help speed the process along.  It is also important to make sure that the information that you are providing is up-to-date and accurate.  

At this point, you will be asked to enable or disable BackOffice.  We will cover BackOffice and its role in Teachable further down in this article.  

Once you have sorted out BackOffice, you will need to share your course information with the Teachable platform.  Now you are ready to go with the monthly payment gateway.  

Payouts On Monthly Payment Gateway

Payouts On Monthly Payment Gateway

As the name suggests, you will receive payouts on a monthly schedule with this particular payment gateway. 

The payments will be released to your Paypal account in USD on the first of every month.  Funds will be released the next business day if the first happens to fall on a weekend or US holiday.  

Teachable runs with a 30-day refund policy for all courses offered through the platform. 

This means that, for example, if you make a sale in January, you will receive the funds from that sale on the 1st of March, sales from February will be sent on the 1st of April, and so on.  

This can create a more stable and comfortable payout system for many people.  However, the first couple of months can be difficult if you are using your Teachable courses as a main source of income.  

With the monthly payment gateway, payouts will be made straight into your Paypal account.  You will then have to wait for the allotted time that Paypal takes to transfer those funds to your bank account.  

Custom Payment Gateway

There is also the option of setting up a custom payment gateway with the Teachable platform.  This means that you can set up a payment gateway directly with a provider such as Paypal or Stripe. 

This gets rid of the middleman that is Teachable and can make your payments come through sooner or on a different schedule.  

Setting up a custom payment gateway on Teachable is slightly different from the other payment gateways.  There is no internal system for setting up this payment method. 

You will need to begin setting it up directly with the provider you prefer, either Paypal or Stripe. 

If you have any issues with payment schedules or payout amounts, you will need to take this up directly with the third-party provider rather than Teachable themselves. 

On the plus side, with a custom payment gateway, you are in complete control of your payment schedule and the payout method that you use. 

Your Teachable payments will be made into either your Paypal or Stripe account depending on which you have chosen. 

You will then need to transfer the money from this account into your bank account if that is where you want it to end up.  This can add an additional waiting time to your payouts. 

Payment Options For Students

When you set up your Teachable account, you can upload a variety of courses, coaching products, and bundles on your school site. 

As the owner of these products, you are free to set any price for your courses that you wish through the pricing tab.

You can also set multiple payment options for a single product.  This gives your students the option to select the payment option that works best for them.  

When a student navigates to the checkout page on your Teachable school, they will be shown the various payment options available. 

The various options that are displayed will depend on the settings that you have made for your sc