Why You Should Teach on Skillshare!
I’ve had several people ask me over the last few weeks since I launched my Skillshare class about why I choose to teach on that platform instead of doing another webinar or workshop here on my site. I’ve seriously had SO many questions I decided to make it a blog series! So today we’ll be going over the “whys” of it all, and in a few days another post will head your way with some of my favorite tips on HOW to teach on Skillshare, even if you have no idea where to start!
First of all, I just seriously LOVE teaching, in any way I can! Truly. I always say I am an entrepreneur to the bone (like I will be the crazy dog lady/mama that has an insta for her pets and monetizes it as soon as we adopt a puppy (soon!!)…no joke, it’s just fun for me) but I am also a teacher at heart because I’ve also literally been teaching classes, preschool, Sunday school, tutoring, etc since I was about 12 years old. That also just comes naturally to me – so why try to swim upstream when it comes to diversifying income streams?! Seriously y’all – that’s a post for another time (near the end of this month actually!) Since I love teaching so much, I want to find as many ways to teach the things I love & have learned (usually the hard way – ha!) over the years as I can!
6 Reasons why you should consider teaching on Skillshare:
#1 – Entrepreneurship can be isolating, but Skillshare is Community driven! I’ve already met so many awesome people through Skillshare it’’s wonderful. This can lead to biz friends, mastermind groups, collaborations and so much more that it’s definitely worth it just for the community alone!
#2 – Diversifying your income streams is one of the BEST things I’ve ever done for my business! (After losing a business that was 90% of my income and having it lead to a horrible season in life, I have learned you cannot skip this step, EVER!)
#3 – It leads to new people coming into your “tribe” because there are already so many students on the site! Since I published my Skillshare class I’ve seen traffic to my website pick up by 20-30% and an increase in people downloading freebies from the Library too. Win-win!
#4 – Skillshare does a LOT of marketing for you, so as with #3, more people get their eyeballs on your content, more people enroll in your courses, etc without you needing to do as much. Do you still need to use outreach techniques? Um YES! Of course, but, Skillshare also has a team marketing things for you, so you get the extra benefit as well. Win-win again!
#5 – It’s WAY less time consuming than you’d think, and certainly less time than webinars or workshops! All totaled my Skillshare class was about 10 minutes to write the outline, 1 hour of filming and about 90 minutes of editing videos, making a few graphics, setting up the class copy, etc. BUT – unlike with webinars or workshops I don’t have to keep running the launches for them or anything. My class is always ‘live” and ready to have a student sign up, so over the long haul time investment is less. They suggest your class is only 10-25 minutes long, so it really IS a small time investment!
#6 – New Teacher Bonuses!! Need I say more?! Ha! But truly, most months Skillshare runs a program for new teachers that allows you a bonus anywhere from $100 to $250 plus the chance to win awesome prizes! Again, win-win-win y’all! (Ps. Typically if you’re able to teach a craft like jewelry making, sewing or calligraphy, the bonus is higher! If you’re crafty – go sign up right now for FREE and start teaching!)
So far I have seriously enjoyed teaching through Skillshare, and yes, I think it’s something ANYONE can do and should try at least once! Even if you aren’t interested in teaching just yet, sign up for a premium membership for only 99 cents for your first 3 months (and refer friends to get more free months!) and just take a few classes (shameless plug – here’s my Simple Biz class!) That’s how I got started with Skillshare, I started taking classes a while ago and then couldn’t help but fall in love with the community and want to join in with my own classes!
Stay tuned for my ‘how to” tips post and for new classes I’ll be teaching! (It’s a little addictive y’all….)