It’s always difficult to decide whether we should be making our passion into profit. Work takes up a lot of our time, but more often than not it’s the things we do in the spare hours, before, after, and at weekends that really make us happy. You might be an accountant with a penchant for painting, a barista who hula hoops on the side, or maybe you work in sales and have colleagues queuing up for your cupcakes. Or it could be something totally different. The city is full of people who love doing all kinds of things on the side. But what if you don’t want to do it on the side any more?
The option that a lot of people choose when they decide to start turning their passion into profit is to teach. Teaching your hobby can be really rewarding. It’s a great way to meet new people who might be into the same kind of thing that you are, or to pass on what you know to total beginners who end up loving the thing you love too. It can be a daunting prospect, but we’ve put together a few tips to help you get started.
Think about how it could fit in
We’re not suggesting that you jack in your high-flying career in neurosurgery straight away. In fact, as a high-flying neurosurgeon, you’re probably smart enough to realise that. We’re sorry. But our point is, we’re not saying you should give it all up tomorrow if you don’t want to. It might be that you don’t want to teach full time. You might just want a little Saturday gig to make a bit of pocket money. Or you might have a total career overhaul and world domination in your sights. Anything goes.
Do your research
Maybe you have a friend or acquaintance who’s already teaching something. Awesome. Take them for a coffee and have a chat. It’s amazing how good meeting an actual person who’s done the actual thing you actually want to do can make you feel. You might just realise that it’s a totally do-able thing for a person to manage. If you don’t have a useful friend, reach out to people who are running classes in your local area. It’s amazing how many people are willing to meet up if there’s a free coffee in it for them. If you can’t meet up with someone in person, we have this super-cool thing called ‘the internet’ now, and you’re bound to find people who are willing to share tips if you look hard enough.
Try holding a test workshop
Gather a group of your nicest, least sarcastic friends, and try out your ideas on them. If you want to teach a specific craft, for example, you can make sure you’re able to explain the stages as easily as possible. You can also use your willing volunteers to try out yoga routines, dance steps, or anything else. You’ll get feedback on what you could do better, as well as a chance to practice being in front of real people who view you as an authority figure.
Don’t be freaked out by practical considerations
Yes. You will need a venue. You might need insurance. Depending on what you want to teach you may need certifications of some kind. So did the people you spoke to as research or who run classes you’ve been to. The likelihood is that they’re no cleverer than you, and they all managed, so you know it’s do-able. Make a list of everything you’ve found out in your research that you need to organise, and then work through it point by point. Try not to skip ahead or let yourself get overwhelmed. Point by point. That’s all you need to remember.
Take the plunge
Sometimes this is the hardest part. At this point you’ve done all the legwork and you’re totally ready. You’ve got everything you need. You’re awesome, basically. You’re an organisational wizard. It would be so easy to stop at this point. If you stop now you’ll have a 100% success rate and never have to face failure. But at some point you have to take a deep breath and dive in to actually teaching a roomful of strangers how to do the thing that you love to do. After all, you’ve come this far. Every class you teach might not be perfect. You might have no-shows, or injuries, or unhappy customers. Those things happen, and they happen to everyone. We guarantee the good will outweigh the bad, though. You’ll feel the joy that only comes from sharing something you love with other people, and watching them fall in love with it too. You’ll meet new people. And most of all, you’ll be able to go to sleep at night knowing that, for once in your life, you put yourself out there and made it work.
So. Real talk. Do you fancy sharing your hobbies and passions whilst making money? You could join hundreds of our activity providers today and starting earning from the thing you love doing. All you need to do is bring your passion. Team Wonderush can bring the rest, whether that’s help with finding a venue or selling tickets. Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be turning your passion into profits sooner than you think.