Share Your Expertise By Becoming an Instructor

If you have technical expertise that you would like to share, you might want to become an instructor. Whether you are a carpenter or a computer programmer, this new business venture could turn out to be an opportunity of a lifetime — helping you continue your hobby or career, while you make extra income and meet other lifelong learners. You’ll have experience the satisfaction of teaching lessons in an informal setting to students who are eager to benefit from your real-life skills.

Deciding on a venue for your instructing practice should include finding a facility with traditional classrooms and labs for hands-on training.  At the very least, you can hold lessons out of your home or you can create partnerships with local schools, community centers and other businesses and hold lessons there.

A good place start is with a new company called Skillshare, a marketplace that is making it easy for individuals to share their knowledge in a classroom setting, and get paid for it. Skillshare, which offers classes in person and online, is powered by a community of teachers and students driven by a passion to share real-world skills through collaborative learning.

Skillshare began as a way for individuals to teach and take classes on everything from programming to entrepreneurship to cooking. The company was started in November 2010 by two entrepreneurs, Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, who wanted to change education by creating a community where everyone can contribute in learning and teaching.

Now they are focused on expanding their service  to help anyone organize online and offline classes to teach anything. Classes range in price, which is set by the teacher, but tend to cost around $25 per class (Skillshare charges a 15% fee on all tickets sold).  One of Skillshare’s most popular hybrid classes is Launch Your Startup Idea for Less than $1,000, which is taught by Karnjanaprakorn.

The most vibrant local communities include New York City, where Skillshare is headquartered, and San Francisco.


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