Teaching Soap Making Classes
Soap making as a hobby has become incredibly popular, and is becoming more popular by the minute. Everyday, more and more beginner soap makers try out their luck in this creative craft, and many of them fall in love with it entirely! Most soap makers follow one of two paths. Either they make soap for the pleasure of it, and it stays a hobby for the rest of their lives, or they try to start a business out of their hobby.
However, not all soap makers who want to make money from their hobby want to make that money by making soap and selling it! Perhaps it is because they find selling soap to be too competitive, or maybe they don't have the space to make large batches of soap. If you find yourself on this boat, there is another way you can make money. You can teach soap making classes!
With soap making's increasing popularity, soap making classes are becoming increasingly popular as well. In fact, there are soap making schools, which specialize in giving specific soap making classes or courses to people who sign up. Some of these courses include, how to mix fragrances, how to troubleshoot soap making problems, and how to make lye for soap making.
Now, you don't have to put up your own school to make money. You can teach your own soap making classes right from your own home! What's great about this is that your classroom is rent free, and you'll be comfortable in the environment, which is very important when teaching soap making classes.
The first thing you need to do is to come up with a simple curriculum that is geared toward teaching someone who knows nothing about soap making. Start with the basic methods. Make sure to include a class on safety, and on basic terms your students need to know. Then, design your lessons in such a way that learning is progressive. For example, make bar soaps before liquid soaps, and bath bombs before soap gels.
Next, setup a schedule for your class. Maybe you can set up a Saturday class, a summer school, or an evening class. Figure out what time is best for both you, and for your potential clients. For example, if you are targeting parent-child soap makers, then Saturday classes or summer schools are probably best. If you are targeting singles, then evening classes during the week is probably a good choice as well.
You can actually set up several soap making classes or sections during the week. For example, you have Tuesday and Thursday students who don't come on Monday and Wednesdays, or something similar to that. Just be sure that you are flexible with your students. If they can't make it on their assigned day, be ready to let them make up for it on a different day.
After you've set up your curriculum and schedule, compute for the fees you will charge for your soap making classes. Be sure to include all the equipment your students will be using (you can choose to provide safety equipment or to ask them to bring their own.) Once you have included all the equipment, ingredients, etc., add the cost of electricity and water and add a small damage fee (what you use if any of the equipment breaks.) Then, add your teaching fee to the total amount. If you're unsure about how much to charge for your classes, check out how other soap making teachers charge their students. Try to give a competitive price so that you are sure to get students signed up to your class!
Finally, get the word out! Hand out fliers, post it on the web, announce it in local publications, and spread it by word of mouth. Let people know that you are a soap making teacher who is ready to teach students! Be sure you hand your fliers out at least a month before you actually plan to begin teaching, though, so that your students have time to sign up for class! It won't be any good if you hand your fliers out one day, and classes start two days after!