Make Money Teaching Your Hobby Or Interest
The shear waste of teaching potential represented by the populace at large, who collectively hold more possibilities to educate the world than the internet will ever achieve, was made clear in the previous article in this series. Here we see how to take the first steps to becoming a teacher of your own specialist knowledge - which, believe me, anyone can do!
First step: Identify your speciality.
Identify, in detail, exactly what it is that you know about. Remember, you don't have to be an expert in the field to be a teacher of what you know. For example, you may have the secret to the finest apple tart on the planet, but when it comes to omelettes, yours are a crime against humanity! Does this make you a bad cook? No - well not for apple tarts at least! It means that you should focus on teaching people how to make apple tarts and not omelettes!
Second step: Convince yourself of a target audience.
Understand that the world out there is big. Over 6 billion people big. You may think 'Ah, what's the point? Who wants to know how to make apple tarts anyway?'. As an exercise in persuading you that there are plenty of people out there that would be more than interested in your speciality, try typing in what your good at on any major search engine, and see the world expose its latent interest before your very eyes.
Third step: Build a list of 'lesson titles'.
For the example of our budding chef school teacher, maybe their omelettes are like Michelin tyres, but to compensate, its not just their apple tarts that bring the house down. There's the custard creams that send the relations crazy for more as an Easter special, not to mention those short lived gingerbread men at children's parties. Oh, and your famous from here to the next county after that last delicious strawberry cake that won top prize at the village fair. In fact, you're a bit of a whiz-kid at these particular things, and you've just created your first lesson list.
- apple tarts
- custard creams
- strawberry cake
Fourth step: Make a lesson plan for each title.
This is done by including the following sections:
- Introduction (or 'warmer' or 'icebreaker').
- Presentation (showing students what it is they are going to be able to do by the end of the lesson).
- A step by step closely controlled practise stage, where the learner follows the teachers instructions.
- A chance for the learner to go through the whole process by themselves.
- In some cases, depending on what's being taught, the learner is set free on the objective with no constraints - allowing for imaginative development, and using the teacher's support if required.
How to go about making these 5 points materialise will be the subject of part III in this series.
Adrian Allen is one of the co-founders of This is a bilingual search tool for private teachers to advertise themselves to students. It can be used either for free, or by paying a small subscription fee for better ranking in the database.