Make money by teaching - what can you teach?

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I used to think of teaching as something that I could never do – I’m not a qualified teacher by any means.

However a few years ago, I realised that lots of people have some kind of expertise that other people may not necessarily have. What’s more, it’s possible to earn some good money by teaching those who are really keen to learn a new skill!

I make extra money on the side by teaching women how to apply make-up (usually for weddings) - I charge £30 for a make-up lesson lasting one hour. I got into this as a little earner on the side through doing wedding make up for friends and family. After a few comments about the fact that they didn’t know how to apply make up in the same way as I did, it dawned on me that I had a skill set that was sought after.

I didn’t have to get a qualification, I just put together a portfolio of my work and after some local advertising and word of mouth recommendations, I managed to get some bookings.

I’ve been wondering what other skills could be taught without the need for being a qualified teacher. There are all sorts of skills that I’d like to learn myself such as how to knit properly and sew for example. Actually I’d like to learn how to bake really good cakes too. I imagine that this could be a nice earner for someone who could teach crafts or baking!

Are you an expert in something? Have you thought about teaching your area of expertise for money? What could you teach?

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Hi Hayley,

Congratulations and it's good to see someone using their initiative and providing a service that someone wants. Initially, we nearly always have to advertise our business and service, but if you do a good job and people like what you provide then, you usually get more business through word of mouth and that is normally better than any online review.
 

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Wow, Hayley that's definitely given me food for thought.

We all have skills and its just like to say...well done you for getting out there. I should imagine what you so is quiet unique. Where are you based?

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Thanks both! I'm based in Yorkshire, Lynn. :)

I've been thinking that there are probably other skills I could offer training/teaching on too, such as building WordPress websites. Some people tend to spend money with companies like 1 and 1 internet or Jimdo to build websites from a really basic static template (I did this myself a few years ago!) but creating a WordPress website is so much cheaper especially if you can maintain it yourself. I have no idea what I'd charge though for this kind of service.

I might have to put together a little list of what skills other people could learn from me. Feel free to join me!

Hayley
 

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I made money by training retired folk how to get the most from their computer.

It could be quite challenging at times but was quite rewarding when you saw the lightbulb moment happen even at the simplest of concepts.

Good money to be made in group training if you can get enough of an audience.
 

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That sounds like a great idea Jon. I can imagine lots of retired people wanting to take a class like this. Did you have to book a venue for that or did you do this in your home / theirs? Group workshops seem like a more efficient way of making money as you say.

Another thing I do outside of my day job is make jewellery for children usually at Christmas time because I tend to sell more then. I've also thought about holding kid's jewellery making workshops. There's a cafe near me which often hosts activities for kids. I guess I'd just have an initial outlay of materials and a possible venue charge. Will have to look into it!

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Hayley said:
Thanks both! I'm based in Yorkshire, Lynn. :)

I've been thinking that there are probably other skills I could offer training/teaching on too, such as building WordPress websites. Some people tend to spend money with companies like 1 and 1 internet or Jimdo to build websites from a really basic static template (I did this myself a few years ago!) but creating a WordPress website is so much cheaper especially if you can maintain it yourself. I have no idea what I'd charge though for this kind of service.

I might have to put together a little list of what skills other people could learn from me. Feel free to join me!

Hayley
Yes, It's a nonsense to think people people £199 and £299 to companies like 1 and 1 when they could easily do it themselves and I hear their marketing package is quite basic. I learned to build basic HTML sites a few years ago from Google searches and You Tube vides and now use either Microsoft Frontpage or Wordpress for my websites.

Once you learn you have complete control over the look, content, functionality, optimisation and online marketing. The only costs you have is the hosting and domain renewal, although there can be an added cost if you want an optional autoresponder to build an email list.

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Hayley said:
Thanks both! I'm based in Yorkshire, Lynn. :)

I've been thinking that there are probably other skills I could offer training/teaching on too, such as building WordPress websites. Some people tend to spend money with companies like 1 and 1 internet or Jimdo to build websites from a really basic static template (I did this myself a few years ago!) but creating a WordPress website is so much cheaper especially if you can maintain it yourself. I have no idea what I'd charge though for this kind of service.

I might have to put together a little list of what skills other people could learn from me. Feel free to join me!

Hayley
Yes, It's a nonsense to think people people £199 and £299 to companies like 1 and 1 when they could easily do it themselves and I hear their marketing package is quite basic. I learned to build basic HTML sites a few years ago from Google searches and You Tube vides and now use either Microsoft Frontpage or Wordpress for my websites.

Once you learn you have complete control over the look, content, functionality, optimisation and online marketing. The only costs you have is the hosting and domain renewal, although there can be an added cost if you want an optional autoresponder to build an email list.

All the Best
Wow! - Is that still going? The software was the MS Word of web design when I remember it being around.
Equally everyone was going nuts for Dreamweaver as well.
 

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Wow! - Is that still going? The software was the MS Word of web design when I remember it being around.
Equally everyone was going nuts for Dreamweaver as well.
Yes, it's very basic and simplistic. I downloaded a free copy of MS Frontpage 2003 five years ago and have built 8 websites from scratch using it and still use it to this day. I've also started to use Wordpress themes which my hosting company have on their platform, but I prefer Frontpage, as you have more control over the optimisation with regards to title tags and meta descriptions.
 

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I have earnt a small amount of money teaching my friends and family various software packages, but I have never really thought of opening it up to a wide audience.

It is something I may think about soon though. I actually quite enjoy teaching people new things
 

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