How to Charge for Sewing Lessons

If you are good at sewing, giving lessons can be a great way to pick up some pocket money or start your own full-time, home-based business. Sewing is a skill that many people are interested in learning, either out of necessity or a desire to be creative. When planning to charge for teaching sewing lessons, you must be careful to take all of your expenses into consideration so that you can earn enough to make teaching worth your time.

Consider whether you plan to teach a group of students, or give individual lessons. You can charge more per student for private lessons because you are giving all of your individual attention to the student; however a small group will bring in more money than a single student.

Think about where you can give sewing lessons. You might be able to hold lessons in your own home, or offer to go to your students' homes for private lessons. This will keep your overhead low. If you teach in a community centre or learning facility, you'll need to include any facility charge in your list of expenses.

Make a list of all costs associated with giving sewing lessons. This may include materials, thread and supplies for demonstrations, paper, printer ink, photo copy expenses for handouts, books and other reference materials.

Calculate how much time you will need to teach a class. Also think about how much time it will take you outside of classes to prepare your lessons, demonstrations, as well as travel time if applicable. A one-hour class may require several hours of planning time.

Decide if you want to provide materials and supplies to your students, or if they will be responsible for getting their own supplies. If you are purchasing any supplies, take the cost into consideration, or charge a "materials fee" separately from your teaching rate.

Do the math. Consider how much money you wish to make per hour with your lessons, then add the costs of your overhead, supplies and travel time. Divide this by the number of students you have. For example, if your goal is to earn £13 an hour and you spend two hours planning and one hour teaching a class, that would be a desired profit of £39. If it costs you £6 to rent a community centre room for an hour, and another £6 for supplies, that's £13 that you need to add to the £39 you wish to make, for a total of £52. Divide that amount among the number of students that have signed up for the class, and you will know how much you need to charge per class to earn the desired profit.

Look for competitors. Search the phone book, community centres, Internet and craft stores for sewing lesson advertisements. Make some phone calls and find out how much others in the area are charging so that you can adjust your price to be competitive.

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