September 21, 2019
Do you want to learn how to be a better photographer? How about a more effective writer? Or how to design your own graphics for your business? Skillshare Premium is a new, online portal to 22,000+ courses and workshops. Before you take the plunge and sign up, there are many factors you need to consider.
To introduce myself, I love teaching and learning. I’ve been teaching high school for for 14 years. It’s hard to believe time has flown by that quickly! For formal education, I have a BA in English and Art Education, Post Degree Education Internship Program and Master of Arts in Community Studies and Adult Education. Many people are surprised I didn’t get my Bachelor of Education, but to become a BC teacher you don’t need it if you already have a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
I realize that all this probably makes me a bit of an education snob.
Especially since I’ve been away from university, I deeply appreciate the value of life experience and becoming an expert in your niche–formal education or not. Besides, unless I’m going to go for my PhD, I don’t need any more university cost or credits!
Now that I have my career set up and the pay raise that came with the MA, I want to continue learning for myself.
I’m a firm believer that lifelong learning keeps our brains challenged. It helps us to stay sharp, continue to grow our knowledge and to be dynamic as the world continues to change. My 88 year old grandma is a testament to this.
I have a teaching coworker who’s currently taking his PhD in Education. I told him all about Skillshare and his mind was blown by its endless opportunities for lifelong learning (not to mention the chance to make money teaching).
Just like Uber has rocked the taxi industry, and Skip the Dishes has transformed the restaurant industry, I predict platforms like Skillshare will impact what adult education looks like in the coming years.
Skillshare is an online learning community for creatives with more than 22,000 online classes and over 5 million students. They’re similar to Netflix or Spotify, but for learning new creative skills like illustration, design, and photography.
With so many courses, it’s hard to choose which ones to take first. Thankfully, there’s a brief quiz and interest inventory so I could get a personalized list of recommendations.
I’ve signed up for Learn to Teach an Amazing Skillshare Class (more about that later) and have taken Going Viral: Write, Film & Make Content People Share, Webcam Videography, Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography.
If you decide to teach on Skillshare and your course becomes popular, it could be a tremendous opportunity for passive income coming in. It would also act as a valuable lead magnate to your website and other work.
Although I’m VERY interested in the teaching opportunities on Skillshare to launch my first online course, there is a caveat. It would likely be much more profitable in the long run to host a course on a platform with a large up-front cost (like Kajabi), launch + market it myself and keep all profits.
For me, creating a small course on Skillshare is especially attractive for someone with a full-time career. It’s FREE to set up, offers a lot of support as I get easily overwhelmed at the technology and would be a great way to drive traffic to my website and social media platforms.
Skillshare teachers earn revenue based on a royalty system. Each month, between 30% and 50% of Skillshare’s Premium Membership revenue goes to a royalty pool for teachers. The remaining revenue goes towards marketing and promoting your classes, supporting and investing in the website and platform, and running the day-to-day operations of our business.
Through our royalty model, teachers are paid out based on their share of the minutes watched by Premium students across the platform each month. For example, if 5% of all minutes watched on Skillshare by Premium students happened in a teacher’s class(es), then that teacher would receive 5% of the revenue allocated to the teacher royalty pool that month.
Because they are a subscription service, the size of the royalty pool and the amount of minutes watched on Skillshare fluctuates from month-to-month based on the subscriber activity, as well as costs of operating the website (such as video hosting), and their marketing and promotion of your classes.
To sum things up, the more minutes watched you receive in your class(es), the higher share of the monthly royalty pool you’ll earn.
On average, first-time teachers earn $200 in their first month on Skillshare, with top teachers earning upwards of $3,000!
Have you thought about teaching online but aren’t sure where to start? Join the monthly Teach Challenge to create your first Skillshare class with the support of the Skillshare team and a community of inspiring teachers!
Throughout the month, they’ll break down the process of creating your class into four important milestones that will help you plan, produce and publish your class. Along the way, they’ll share tips and tricks to help you nail the class planning process and give you personalized feedback on your progress.
What’s more? Publish your Skillshare class by the end of the monthly deadline, and you’ll receive a free year of Skillshare Premium Membership!
No commitments, cancel anytime.
I want to hear from you! Have you tried learning or teaching on Skillshare before? What did you think?
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