Have you thought about teaching but aren’t sure what topic to focus on? We’ve found that more and more students are interested in focused classes that center on a specific skill or project.
Can you brew a mean batch of Kombucha? Do your friends turn to you for advice on writing cover letters? Are you a pro at creating a gallery wall? Do what you love, all while establishing a passive income stream!
Some of our most successful classes have just 20-60 minutes of video content. Not sure how you can share your skill or passion through a focused class? Check out 5 tips based on classes across the platform that show just how easy it is to teach an amazing class across any topic!
Tip: Utilize Your 9-5 Skills
- In her class, The Creative Art of Pitching Stories, Alana utilizes a skill she has developed throughout her career to provide practical advice on how to craft an articulate and well-written pitch.
- Come up with a list of skills you’ve learned while on your 9-5 grind. Perhaps you’ve mastered Quickbooks or come up with a great system for organizing your inbox. Start a class outline today and begin sharing your knowledge with the Skillshare community!
Tip: You Know More Than You Think!
- Think your doodles will never emerge from the margins of your notebook? That doesn’t have to be the case! Yasmina has grown a dedicated following by sharing her ability to make adorable “cutie people”. Check out her recent class, You Can Draw Cutie People the Easy Way.
- At Skillshare, we truly believe anyone can teach. You may have a crafty way with yarn, the ability to make beautiful pressed flowers, or an eye for organizing a closet like no one’s business. These skills can all be the jumping point for creating a class on Skillshare!
Tip: Create a Project-Based Class
- In her class, The Freelancing Guide: How to Organise Your Work and Life, Faye shares valuable advice about creating a schedule as a freelancer. Based on her 7 years of experience, she covers tips such as: the importance of networking, finding balance, and working around other commitments.
- If you work for yourself, chances are, you have established systems and flows to make your life easier. Create a simple class project that enables students to implement one of these processes in their own business.
Tip: Narrow in on a Specific Topic
- Rather than teach a broad class on “How-To Use Photoshop”, Jon zooms in on a very specific feature of photoshop.
- In his class, Insta-Vintage in Photoshop, he keeps the class focused by breaking the technique into steps that are easy to follow and provides his students clear instructions for completing their project.
Tip: Keep it Concise
- Theresa’s class, How to Get Sponsors for Your Blog, is under 30 minutes and focuses on one aspect of blogging: monetizing through sponsorship.
- Her class overview is clear and concise; students immediately understand exactly what they will learn by completing the class.