If you're an expert at something, chances are you can share that knowledge with others and make money in the process. People are always looking for classes they can take, either to improve a skill they already have or to learn a new one.
Things You'll Need
- Board and pen/eraser
- Extra pens
- Items related to the topic of your workshop
- Printer and designing software
Establish how wanted your skills are. Certain topics (such as finances, crafts and fitness) will attract lots of potential students, while others might be less in demand but can be better paid. For example, if you can teach wood carving and you find out there is no other teacher in your area, you can charge more for a class, since students who want to take will come to you anyway.
Look for teaching venues. Libraries, learning annexes and community colleges all hire freelance teachers for independent sessions throughout the year. If you don't have luck landing a teaching position in a traditional venue, get creative. Craft and hobby stores, small specialty bookstores or even a rented room can all become classrooms given the right circumstances.
Prepare a curriculum. Even if your class is all practical, with no theory and printed materials, you should still be clear on what you will teach and how. For expensive or more advanced workshops, students may even ask you for a curriculum, so it pays to be prepared. Curriculums don't need to be complicated: a simple step-by-step list of what you will cover will suffice.
Get all the necessary materials. While you may require students to buy their own items to bring to class, chances are some won't, so make sure you have enough extra ones that you can sell them or lend them during the first meeting. Besides the items directly related to the workshop, you should also have a board, where you can write directions and words, a notebook to mark attendance, and other basic office supplies.
Work out a promotion plan. Start with flyers around your neighborhood and then move on to neighboring areas. Consider placing an ad in the local newspaper, but only if you can afford one big enough that it will not get lost among the others. Talk to people during PTA meetings, plasticware parties and while changing at the gym. Let co-workers know too. The more you spread the word, the more chances you will land a new client.
Tips & Warnings
- To attract more potential students, offer extras. Give students that sign up early a free booklet, a kit to get them started or a special discount. Work this out into the price of your workshop, but then advertise it as a freebie to attract more customers.
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