Have a skill, talent or area of expertise you want to share? Now you can turn that into extra money through an innovative, new company called Teachstreet, a startup focused on helping people find classes taught by local teachers through an online marketplace.
This free site connects local instructors and experts with interested individuals. The platform allows teachers, instructors, schools, coaches and anyone else with at least an interest to show off what they can offer.The company hopes to create communities of learners and teachers. So far, they have been more active in Seattle and Portland, but are hoping to spread across the country and even internationally. Interested individuals in other cities can still sign up and their profile will show up if people search in that area. Plus, the site helps you to be discovered by major search engines.
For signing up, one gets a profile, unlimited classes, your own URL that can be used as your website if you don’t have one already or promote your existing site. The company helps you show up higher in search engines, great Craigslist ads, and along with emailing capability to current and potential students.Learners can use TeachStreet to locate and contact instructors, create a list of favorite classes, areas to explore, are skilled in, and to write reviews for teachers and classes.
Areas that you could possibly teach in could originate from some of your interests and hobbies such as crafts, cooking, parenting, sports, tutoring in a subject area you did well in, languages, photography, or scrap-booking. Take a look at the site to prompt some ideas.
To get started as a new member, you may want to enhance your profile with a description, photo and include areas you’d like to know more about. Your profile can be personal or as professional as you want depending on how you want to use the site, whether to build a side business, a new career, or just meet others that share your interests. Recommend a teacher or write a review about one you appreciate, comment on the site’s blog or add to their section on what is being learned, along with finding a class to take.
Sources: TeachStreet, TeachStreet Blog