Earning Revenue

Earning Royalties

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 we 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 our marketing and promotion of your classes. The more minutes watched you receive in your class(es), the higher share of the monthly royalty pool you will earn. On average, first-time teachers earn $200 in their first month on Skillshare, with top teachers earning upwards of $3,000!

You must get a minimum total of 30 Premium minutes watched across all of your classes within a month in order to receive a payment for that month. Please note, minutes watched by students through a free class or through a free access link do not count towards royalty payments.  

How can I see the the number of minutes watched in my classes?

You can view minutes watched data within the stats section of each one of your classes. View your total earnings and minutes watched in your Teacher Stats dashboard, located in the Teach dropdown menu in the upper right hand corner of your account.

Will minutes watched offline through the app count?

Yes, offline watch time is recorded and incorporated just like online watch time the next time a member logs in online.

What if a student watches my class in 2X speed?

The actual amount of time a student spends watching your videos is what will count towards your total minutes watched. For example, if a student watches your 10 minute video in 2X speed, this would count as 5 minutes watched towards your payment. If a student watches your 10 minute video in 0.5X speed, this would count as 20 minutes watched.

Does this mean that longer classes are better?

No, the most important factor is that your classes are engaging and people spend time watching them.  While a long class indeed has the potential for more minutes watched, if it’s not engaging, it is unlikely that students will continue watching it for long. In contrast, if a shorter class is high-quality, it will be watched all the way through and receive positive reviews, attracting even more students to watch it. To hit the student engagement sweet spot, keep your class between 20-60 minutes.