This post goes with our Financial Freedom: Making Money at Home Series. Granted, today's topic is not something you could do from home but because you can make your own schedule and it's not a full time job, so I thought it would still fit well here. Teaching workshops and classes is something I have a great deal of experience in and in fact, I got my start by teaching Community Education workshops.
What does that mean? Community Education are workshops and/or classes are for adults after hours. Typically, they are through local parks, community colleges and school systems. Here's the best part, you do not need to be a trained instructor in order to teach these. Obviously, you do need to be able to teach a class but what you really need is good content.
If you are great at jewelry making, crafting, cooking or in my case, couponing, then Community Education workshops might be a great fit for you. I started doing this nearly 4 years ago. My best friend taught jewelry workshops and told me she thought some of the ladies would enjoy a coupon class. I had never thought about doing that before until she told me about it. I have a degree in Biblical Studies and have primarily only worked in Children's Ministry so teaching couponing was pretty far out in left field for me.
However, I did know how to save money and I did think a few people might like it. Who knew? After my first class, I called every community college and education system I could and made sure to be booked in every single location. I became addicted and still am. Even though I teach workshops with sometimes 250-700 people, I still have held onto my small community education classes. I can't give them up.
Normal class sizes can be very small, you decide how many you would like in your workshops. In my case, my smallest will run 30 people and that is only because that is as big as some of the rooms will hold. If we have access to larger rooms then I will use those and extend the enrollment. But, for most people, they can run 4-20 people in a class.
You also set the rate (keep in mind the college or school will keep a percentage of it) of the class. This is great though because you decide how much or how little you are willing to teach for and the fees for the school are far less than it would be to book your own location.
If you have a natural ability to teach and a skill to share then be sure to contact your local community education center. Start with just one class then if it takes off, you can build on that. Also remember, they plan 1 semester a head of time. So if you are reading this right now (August 2011), they're already planning on the Spring 2012 semester.
Teaching classes can be a great way to bring in extra money without taking you away from your family.