Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #3: Teach Through Your Rec Department

by Lain Ehmann on May 13, 2010

Are you ready to make money teaching these fine folks how to scrapbook?

Community centers.

Rec departments.

After-school programs.

Senior centers.

Community colleges.

Libraries.

These places are all looking for talented instructors to teach classes on enrichment topics… just like scrapbooking!(P.S. You get paid!)

You may think you don’t know enough to teach OTHER people how to scrapbook, but face it — if you’ve ever leafed through a copy of CK you know more about scrapbooking than the average person! And as a good friend of mine likes to say, “To a third grader, every fourth grader is a god.” That means all you have to know is a little bit more than the other person to teach them.

Basically, what you do is contact your local community center or other recreation department (most towns/counties have them) and ask how to submit an application for a class. Then you pull a course outline together, suggest a price, and voila! You’re ready to go! You can teach a one-evening class, or a multi-class series. (Obviously, you’ll get more money, the longer your class is).

Some topic ideas:

Organizing your photos

Creating a birthday album

Creating a new mom’s or new grandma’s brag book

Creating a holiday album

Think in terms of THEMES, because that’s where newer scrapbookers usually enter the hobby — when a life event like a new baby or wedding or grandchild appears, and suddenly there are all these photos and What In The Heck Do I Do With Them?

Great for: People who have a natural teaching ability, and don’t mind standing in front of a class.

Drawbacks: You will need to create class kits and have supplies and equipment on hand, as you have to assume that these are all absolute beginners. You also may have to do some serious hand-holding.

Earning potential: Typically, you set your own price and the organization you’re offering the class through takes a cut. You could make anywhere from $10 per person for a one-day class, to $50 per person for a class lasting several weeks. While that may not sound like a lot, if you’ve got 10 people in your class, you can make $100 for a two-hour class. You can also charge a supply fee to cover materials costs.

Suggestions: Pick up a current catalog and see what classes are already being offered. You’ll want to come up with something significantly different for your own class. Also, organizations work months in advance, so if you want to offer a holiday-themed class, plan ahead!

The series is complete! View it all here:

Did you miss the other entries in this series?

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #1: It’s Party Time!

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #2: Submit!

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #3: Teach Through Your Rec Department

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #4: Affiliate Programs

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #5: Teach at Your Local Store

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #6: Scrapbook for Wedding Vendors

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #7: Sell Your Own Kits

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #8: Work for a Manufacturer’s Demonstrator

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #9: Design for Your Local Store

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #10: Sell Greeting Cards

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #11: Sell Your Designs Online

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #12: Work at Tradeshows

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #13: Create Digital Products

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #14: Scrapbook for Businesses

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #15: Get Paid per Page

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #16: Design for Manufacturers

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #17: Become a Direct Seller Rep

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #18: Design for a Kit Club

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #19: Sell at Craft Faires

Make Money Scrapbooking Idea #20: Write About It!

P.S. If you liked this series, you may want to check out the class I taught at True Scrap II in October on making money from your scrapbooking. It’s available here.

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