In today’s world, there are innumerable ways to earn money. People have shifted from the traditional 9-5 jobs to discover other interesting ways to make money.
One such method is by monetizing your hard skills from home by teaching them to others.
What are hard skills?
Hard skills are specific abilities or capabilities that an individual may possess. Possessing a hard skill connotes mastery and expertise to perform a particular task or series of tasks to complete a job. For example – cooking, baking, knitting, painting, and many more.
To monetize these skills, it needs to be accompanied by soft skills.
What are soft skills?
Soft skills are character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person's relationships with other people. In the workplace, soft skills are considered to be a complement to hard skills.
Soft skills have more to do with who people are rather than what they know. In a competitive labor market, employees who demonstrate a good combination of hard and soft skills often see a greater demand for their services.
Soft skills include leadership, time management, patience, respect, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
Why does one need both?
Hard skills can be learned and acquired, but it is challenging to monetize them without good soft skills. If you do not work well with people, they will not work with you or buy your products and services.
There are several alternatives available to customers in a competitive market, but your soft skills help build relationships and loyal customers.
How to monetize hard skills via teaching?|
The past 2 years of the Covid-19 pandemic have compelled people to stay at home and do the best they can with what they have from home. Several students and young adults have now got a lot of spare time in their hands due to work-from-home.
These people search for opportunities to learn something new online. If you have skills, then this is the audience you should aim at. You can teach your skills to them via online classes.
For example, if you are a baker, you can conduct an online workshop and teach interesting recipes. Your investment will be only of the ingredients of one batch, but if you teach it to 20 people, the money you will earn will be 20 times more!
In the same way, you can conduct various workshops and teach skills such as painting, resin art, geode art, cooking, candle making, soap making, yoga, dancing, singing, the list goes on and on.
How to conduct online classes?
You can conduct classes using any video conferencing app such as Google Meet, Zoom, Go Meeting, etc.
You can either use the free version or purchase the premium version. All you’ll need is a mobile or laptop with a camera and microphone and a good setup so that the students can see clearly what you are doing.
A professional conducting an online workshop
Many professionals have conducted online classes to earn money and sustain themselves during these difficult times.
How to plan and advertise your classes?
Pre-plan your workshops for the weekends as a majority of the people have a holiday on weekends. Do not conduct workshops on festivals as people might be busy.
Record your workshops so that you can sell the recording to people who have missed your class.
Once you have planned your online workshop, you need to advertise it to get people to register for it. This you can do via social media and a personal website.
A personal website helps you in spreading the word about your workshop.
For example, if someone is interested in learning dance, they will immediately search dance classes and tutorials. If you have a website, you have greater chances to show up on their search results.
A website acts as a platform where interested people can sign up for your online workshops. You can also link up with payment gateways so that people can pay the fees to you.
A website also helps you track and collect user information like the name, mobile number, email id of the interested people to send them messages to register and send reminders to join your session.
It makes communication between you and the clients easier.
The simplest way to build your website is to use a website builder like Budo.
Once you’ve made a website and published all the information about your workshop, you can create a social media account to market it even further.
You can advertise via Instagram and Facebook ads. In that, you can target your audience according to age, gender, interests, and location. This helps in spreading the word across the targeted audience effectively. It increases your reach and visibility. You can direct the audience to your website so that they can register for your workshop.
So those are some of our ideas. Over to you, do you have some other cool ideas? Let us know in the comment section.