Have you ever thought about how you might make money teaching online on Skillshare? I started with one class and after getting that initial paycheck, I was hooked!
Because it was so… s i m p l e.
I just outlined my class, set up a PowerPoint presentation, recorded myself talking (I didn’t even show my face on camera), edited the videos, uploaded them to the platform and viola! I had a class on Skillshare and, more importantly, I was making passive income.
I think that first class took me about 8-10 hours to create from start to finish, but part of that was because of the learning curve. I was only slightly familiar with PowerPoint, and the editing software I used was completely brand new to me (though it’s fairly straight-forward and user-friendly.)
It’s been about two years since I posted that first class, and my experience has had its ups and downs, but I now have ten classes and the least I’ve made in one month was $112.64 (month 6) and the most I made in one month was $2288.21 (month 12).
Making that passive income is great! But like I said, there have been some bumpy moments on the platform, so I’m going to cover some of the pros and cons when you try to make money teaching online on Skillshare:
◍ It’s pretty easy to get started teaching.
There isn’t a huge learning curve, but you will probably need to learn a few new things. Luckily there are classes you can take on Skillshare about how to teach on Skillshare (meta, right?) Like Learn to Teach an Amazing Skillshare Class, and Teach a Skillshare Class: Screencasting.
◍ You don’t have to spend a lot to get started.
If you have PowerPoint you can record your class with that. If you want to add your face you can even use your smartphone camera or a webcam. You might need to invest in editing software, but I know people who just use iMovie instead.
◍ You can teach just about anything!
There are definitely rules about what you cannot teach on Skillshare (read more about that in their teacher handbook and class guidelines). But the variety of subjects you can teach about are virtually endless! Here is an image of some of the topics you can teach:
These general topics expand to include so many others!
Let’s take “fine art” for example. Under that category, you could teach everything from oil painting to sculpture to abstract watercolors and beyond. Photography could include how to use a certain digital camera to black and white photography or product photography for makers, etc. Crafts could include DIYs for kids, projects you can give as a gift, how to crochet, etc. Business topics could include how to promote your online business on Pinterest, how to start a creative passive income business, (two of my classes) or pricing your work as a freelancer.
◍ You can earn residual, passive income
Once your class is up and running, when students watch it, you get paid. Skillshare teachers usually earn between $0.05 and $0.10 per (premium) minute-watched. Some people offer free classes, but Skillshare doesn’t pay you for those, and so obviously that’s not what we’re talking about here. But as long as your class remains on the site and students are watching, you’ll get paid, month after month.
◍ There is a lot of support
I like that Skillshare has teacher challenges and has discussion areas just for their teachers. If you have a question or need help, they are generally pretty good about getting back to you quickly.
And now… The Cons:
◍ The Pay
I know I was just talking about how much money you can earn, and how it’s passive and residual, etc. But Skillshare doesn’t fully disclose how or why one teacher might be paid .03 per minute watched while another makes .10 per minute watched. You can read their fairly fuzzy explanation here. I do think that things like interacting with your students, encouraging students to make class projects, and getting good reviews on your classes all help you make more, rather than less. At least that’s what it seems like. That’s the con of it: you just don’t know.
◍ The Risks
Those are really the only cons I can think of. So as long as you do study the rules and guidelines, create truly helpful classes, engage with other students, and aren’t too self-promoting, you should be able to make money teaching online with Skillshare.