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Two decades ago, would you have thought it’s possible to learn entirely via the internet?

Now, the internet has become an integral part of education, thanks to the efforts of platforms such as Udemy. You don’t have to send your entire team to a physical school to acquire the necessary knowledge to take your company to the next level.

With Udemy focusing on providing quality and timely learning material, they’ve enabled small businesses like yours incredible flexibility and utility in training staff. For one, it means you can access services at a fraction of the cost of traditional education, while providing intuitive features and convenience.

To this end, Udemy developed the Udemy for Business and Personal plans. The question is, do you know enough to choose the plan to help your team level up?

The bottom line is, it’s not just enough to know about those two plans; you need to understand how they operate in order to decide which one is best for you.

1: Features Vary by Plan

Every learning program could do with educational aids. That’s why Udemy has ensured to bundle as many necessary features into the subscriptions that enhance the learning experience and outcomes. 

The use of virtual utilities such as analytics help determine milestones such as learning progress and pace, and also point out where learners are encountering problems.

Features enrich the learning environment and its management. To find out which plan works best for your stated aims. Let’s take a look at both.

Udemy For Business

Udemy for Business has three sub plans within it, which are as follows.

The Enterprise plan targets companies looking to enrol 21 or more people onto the platform. It is the best option for an organization looking to create learning paths for its staff, enabling them to level up from beginners to expert level.

The Team plan targets companies with between 5 and 20 users. It has reduced features in comparison to the Enterprise plan, making it easier for a small team to manage.

The Leadership Development Programs is a hyperfocused plan in terms of content, but has no limit as to the number of participants. It is aimed at providing leadership development courses with an emphasis on tangible outcomes.

Here’s a quick look at the features of the three plans within the Udemy for Business offering.

 EnterpriseTeamLeadership Development Programs
Target UsersA large team with specific educational needs, assessments and learning outcomesA small to medium organization looking for specific coursesCustom team as per customers’ requirements
Best Plan FeaturesAbility to craft custom courses, learning pipeline Analytics and uptake reportsAccess to expert faculty for coaching participants
Learning MethodsRecorded lessons and practical learning environmentRecorded lessons onlyBoth recorded and live lessons, which learners can partake different subject simultaneously or in sync

There are features that users across all three sub plans will get to enjoy, though. These include:

  • Mobile app access
  • Custom logos and URLs
  • Insights and analytics reports

If you’re looking to upgrade your tech team’s skills, then the Enterprise plan offers the Udemy Business Pro add-on. It will provide virtual labs and sandbox environments for software teams to practice and accelerate their learning.

You should note, however, that the quality of analytics available depends on the sub plan you choose. For instance, while the Enterprise plan may offer advanced insights, the Enterprise Development Programs offer AI powered insights and analytics.

Udemy Personal Plan

The Udemy Personal plan squarely aims at individuals looking to improve themselves, whether in terms of their job skills, hobbies, interests or personal development.

The only benefit for Personal Plan users is access to thousands of courses for a reasonable monthly fee. The features available are greatly skewed towards the Udemy for Business subscription plans. 

If you are looking to grow your organization’s leaders or provide training to a group of five or more, then the Udemy Business option makes the most sense. If, however, you are an individual or small team looking to grow your skills or develop yourselves, then Udemy Personal it is.

2: Costs Depend on What You’re Looking To Accomplish

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Udemy’s pricing is structured in a manner as to serve the needs of different types of learners, and the features they may need. There is a wrench in the works to think of though.

To start with, the Personal Plan costs $30 per month, of which the platform also allows you a free trial of 7 days, after which billing kicks in. For the thousands of courses you’ll have access to, this is a good starting point for an individual.

The wrench comes in with the Udemy for Business plan. How much you will pay depends on the sub plan you find meets your requirements. 

The Udemy for Business’ Team plan costs $360 per person annually, though you can enjoy a 14-day free trial. When you break down the cost into monthly terms, you’ll realize it costs the same as the Personal Plan, with intuitive features added into the deal.

If you’re looking to onboard a team of 10, the cost translates to $3600. When you factor in the features available to the plan users, it starts to seem like a very good deal.

We believe, that is, you and I, that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment

President Lyndon B Johnson

The Enterprise and Leadership Development Programs offer you greater flexibility in terms of pricing. The prices are negotiable and are dependent on the number of people you’re looking to onboard, the course material you’re looking to cover and the extra features necessary for the training.

Also, the fact that the two sub plans allow you to create custom topics for the learning group means you have an incredible level of convenience. This capability makes the two plans more cost-effective for large teams with specialized training needs.

The catch, though, is Udemy requires upfront payments for all its subscription options, though you can enjoy a demo for the Enterprise and Leadership Development programs. 

3: Course Specialization Varies by Plan

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Udemy has designed its plans to offer specialized courses, depending on what you may be looking for your team to learn and accomplish. This is the reason why the Udemy for Business plan has three different offerings within it.

The course specialization comes about by Udemy curating the more than 213,000 courses available on the platform to find the ones with the most value. This doesn’t mean if you subscribe to a plan with a certain specialization that you can’t access courses you fancy.

The Personal Plan has access to 6,000 courses, which tend to span a mix of personal and professional development topics. They include:

  • IT and software development
  • Business and negotiation skills
  • Soft Skills and productivity

Udemy for Business, on the other hand, has access to more than 19,000 courses. Among these include expert coaching sessions, while enabling participants to hold live events on the platform such as lectures. 

The content is curated by thought leaders in specific leadership domains and universities. Courses selected for the Udemy for Business plan tend to span topics such as:

  • Cloud computing and AI development
  • Office productivity
  • Project management and operations
  • Workplace and human resources
  • Finance and accounting

While the users of the Leadership Development Program do have access to the curated business courses, they have access to more than 68 courses tailor-made for it.

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Choosing the Best Plan For You

The choice between Udemy for Business offerings or Personal Plan greatly depends on your needs and constitution. Your team’s size, scope of knowledge or skills you’d like to gain, and the overall goal of the training are a few of the criteria that will help direct your choice. 

For large teams looking to share educational materials and resources, then Udemy for Business makes absolute sense. The Leadership Development Programs and Enterprise sub plan can be cost-effective for large teams, and for the long haul.

In contrast, the Personal Plan makes the most sense for individuals and a team of less than five. The large and wide cross-section of courses available to subscribers means you’ll hardly run out of learning material.

In a nutshell, it’s important to note that these plans are an investment. Making the right choice means striking a balance between what you need to accomplish and how much you’re willing to spend.

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Katrina McKinnon

I'm Katrina McKinnon, the author behind Small Revolution. With two decades of hands-on experience in online work, running eCommerce stores, web agency and job boards, I'm now on a mission to empower you to work from home and achieve work-life balance. My passion lies in crafting insightful, education content. I have taught thousands of students and employees how to write, do SEO, manage eCommerce stores and work as Virtual Assistants. Join our most popular course: SEO Article Masterclass