Are you a knitting ninja, grammar guru, or woodworking whiz? Do friends always beg you to teach them your skill? Does teaching your passion to make money sound fun, but you aren't sure how to get started? Look no further than Dabble!
Dabble is a marketplace for unique classes in 56 cities (and growing). With a mission to make learning accessible and enjoyable for both students and teachers, Dabble keeps registration costs low and accepts class submissions on a wide variety of topics. Some classes are career-focused, offering tutorials on LinkedIn, resume building, and interviewing. Other just-for-fun classes include cupcake decorating and wine tasting. More categories include fitness and wellness, arts and entertainment, and technology. The point is, the sky is really the limit with Dabble. Plus, you don't need any formal teaching certificates or credentials to teach a class. Dabble handles the transactions for every class so that you can focus on teaching and don't have to worry about payments.
If you're eager to get out there and make a little money sharing your passion with your community, here are a few tips to get you started. Once Dabble reviews and accepts your class idea submission, there's still work to do to make your first class a hit so that you can keep it going and teach more classes (and make more money)!
Prepare Your Game Plan
As you plan your class, identify what your objective or main takeaway is for your students. Then, keep that focus as you create an outline for how you'll teach the class. What you teach will affect how you structure your class (for example, a hands-on cupcake decorating class will be taught differently than a class on investing). If you're totally clueless as to how to turn your idea into a class, check out the Dabble Teacher Resources. The resources outline different class formats such as lecture style, full class participation, and coaching or demonstration and give tips on how to build a class around each format.
Determine How Much to Charge
Dabble classes start at $20, but you can charge a little extra to cover materials or resources you provide. There may be some startup costs for your first class, so try to be reasonable in the additional fees you charge your students. Since Dabble tries to keep costs low so as to appeal to a wider group of people, they do not recommend charging more than $40 per person. Be thoughtful of people's budgets; the more people who register for your class, the more you'll get paid! You'll receive 75 percent of the total ticket cost per student, including any materials costs you chose to add. You'll be paid via Paypal 2-3 days after your class is completed.
Locate a Venue
Dabble classes are held at public venues such as coffee shops, office spaces, or community centers. Lots of local venues might be interested in hosting your class because you could bring them more exposure and business. So if you'd like more people to know about your favorite bookstore, art studio, or office space, consider reaching out to them to see if you can teach your class there. There are a few factors to consider when choosing a venue, such as noise level, capacity, atmosphere and convenience. If you don't have a venue, Dabble can help connect you with one that's hosted teachers before.
Teach a Test Run with Friends
You're already an expert on your subject matter, but you may be nervous teaching it in front of strangers. Once you've prepared an outline, invite friends and family over for an informal class so you can practice. You don't need to go over every single aspect of your Dabble class, but it can be helpful to review what and how you intend to cover different topics. It can be tricky to explain the passion you know so well to newbies. Your friends and family can help you fine-tune your outline so you're confident once you teach it in front of strangers.
Promote, Promote, Promote!
Your class will be posted on your city's Dabble homepage in order of upcoming classes, so it's important to make yours stand out. For starters, find an eye-catching photo and give your class an interesting title. For example, "Sensational Super-Food Smoothies" will probably attract more students than "How to Make a Smoothie." Then, let everyone know that your class is open for registration, and ask people to share. Send an email to friends or local organizations who might be interested in the topic you're teaching. Create an event on Facebook so people know the date and time. If you're teaching your class at a local venue, ask if you can spread the word by posting flyers. The more people who know about your class, the better!
For all the work that goes into organizing and preparing a Dabble class, remember that the most important thing is to have fun! You don't need to turn your students into experts. They're just taking your class to "dabble" in it. Think of all the uninteresting lectures and presentations you've attended with long, boring PowerPoints and monotonous, unengaging speakers. Then, do the opposite! With Dabble, you're invited to be more creative and teach outside the box. It's your passion, so you should have fun teaching it!