I’m so thrilled to introduce you to my friend Marie.
She has just written a book to help you use teaching as a way to build and expand your crochet business!
About The Book
Make Money Teaching Crochet is a practical, hands-on guide that will get you ready to start teaching crochet for the first time, or inspire you to expand your existing crochet business so you can make more money!
Start by setting your teaching goals using guiding questions. Then, learn how to put the right structures in place for your business so you can reach those goals. The book covers business basics like determining what types of payments to accept, setting up cancellation policies, and more. Inside, you’ll find proven marketing strategies and tactics to help you reach the right students and price your classes correctly.
Finally, you’ll get organized by developing course descriptions, lesson plans, and packing lists for your classes. The resources section shares free and low-cost resources to help you expand your business, stay on top of the latest trends in crochet, network with other teachers, promote your classes, and more.
If you love crochet and are ready to use your passion to earn side income or to supplement your full time crochet business, Make Money Teaching Crochet is the book for you!
I can personally testify that teaching is a great way to grow your crochet business, but I’m going to let her give you a few tips.
Before we do that, I want to let you know a few ways you can buy “Make Money Teaching Crochet”
Buy The Book
Make Money Teaching Crochet is available in three editions to meet your needs.
- The Ultimate Printable Edition is a PDF ebook including 15 worksheets and 5 customizable forms in Microsoft Word that you can use in your teaching business. Buy it now for 25% off through July 4, 2016.
- The Workbook Edition is a print book including 15 worksheets and forms for your teaching business.
- Make Money Teaching Crochet is also available as a streamlined ebook for your favorite ereader. Buy it now on Kindle or Kobo.
I have a question for you … have you ever considered adding teaching to your crochet business? I only ask because I’ve been teaching crochet part time for the past 8 years and it has allowed my crochet (and knitting) business to expand incredibly.
Whether your answer is yes or no, I want to share 5 ways teaching can build your crochet business. Once you go through the list, you can decide if teaching is for you or not. . . let’s go!
5 Ways Teaching Can Build Your Crochet Business
Builds your credibility
Teachers not only need to be skilled crafts(wo)men, they also need to convince their audience they know what they’re talking about. When you begin teaching it will push you to increase your own knowledge and skills so you can develop better ways to share the information with your students. Your skills – and your ability to share those skills with others – will enhance your credibility as a designer and maker.
Share your patterns with new audiences
As a teacher, you can introduce your patterns to an audience that otherwise you may have never reached – your students!
Printing your free patterns, including a link to your website, and giving them to your students will gain you new blog readers! Including coupon codes for your premium patterns in your handouts is also another great way to gain loyal customers.
Promote your handmade creations, wear your crocheted projects to class while you’re teaching. (You can also bring samples of non-wearables.) Some students won’t have time, and others won’t have the skills, to make similar projects, but because you’re their teacher they’ll be interested in exploring everything you do.
You can share links to your Etsy shop or remind your students that they can find you at local craft fairs or farmers markets. Students also love to refer their favorite teachers to their friends and family. If you dye or spin yarn, you can sell project kits to your students. As a teacher there are so many ways you can share what you do with a wider audience.
Network through festivals & events
Once you’re confident enough with your teaching skills, and you’re able to get references from students and class coordinators, submit proposals to teach at local or regional fiber festivals and events. At these events, you can network with other yarn-related business owners, take classes yourself, and meet students who love the fiber arts.
Earn supplemental income
Use the money you earn from teaching to supplement your crochet business during the slow periods of the year when pattern and product sales are down. Or, reinvest those earnings to help you buy new tools and equipment, or to pay for services like web hosting to help your business grow.
These are just a few ways teaching can build your crochet business. Maybe you’ve experienced other ways that teaching has helped grow your business, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Thank you, Sedie, for inviting me to visit Yarn Obsession!
Marie Segares is a crochet and knitting teacher, designer, blogger, and podcaster. She hosts the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show, the podcast where you can find great ideas for launching, managing, and evolving your yarn-related business, and shares her patterns, tips, and projects on the Underground Crafter blog.
Since Marie began teaching crochet part time in 2008, she has taught hundreds of beginners to crochet and helped even more to improve their skills. In addition to private lessons, she has taught crochet or knitting classes through Barnard College Student Life, Adult School of Montclair, Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, DC37 Saturday Activities, Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Michaels, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival, Pittsburgh Festival, and Queens Public Library.
Marie is a professional member of, and volunteer blogger for, the Crochet Guild of America; a designer/teacher member of The Knitting Guild Association; and an affiliate member of The National NeedleArts Association. She is a graduate of Barnard College and earned master’s degrees from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and New York University Stern School of Business. She lives in New York City.