If you're a pro at creating an assortment of crafts, sharing your skills with the public by teaching of arts and crafts may be a lucrative option. Depending on the degree to which you want to control your own money making, there are a number of ways in which you can create a craft teaching business. As you begin to establish yourself in this field, the option that will work best for you will become evident.
Create craft samples. To get people excited about the crafts you can create, you must show them what you've got. Prepare samples of all the crafts you feel qualified to teach to use as marketing tools as well as examples for your future classes.
Market your services to local educational organizations. In many communities, chambers of commerce or other community organizations arrange classes for their members. Speak to the individual in charge of these classes and show them your samples, requesting that your class be on the next list of courses offered. By forming relationships with local groups, you can make it easier to establish yourself as an arts and crafts teacher and eliminate the need to advertise.
Arrange private lessons. If you can't or don't want to form a relationship with community organizations, go it on your own. Create flyers to place in public places, such as libraries or craft stores, offering your services as a private craft teacher. While you may struggle to obtain students if you adopt this method, you will get to keep all the profits of your teaching, potentially making it more lucrative than offering classes through an organization.
Encourage referrals. Grow your customer base by having the happy crafters you've previously taught refer friends. Offer individuals discounts on future crafts if they refer a friend. In doing so, you can exponentially expand the number of individuals you serve and likely make more money.
Apply for a job at an established business. If the thought of managing your own business or working as an independent contractor just doesn't appeal to you, getting a job with an established business may be a better option. Apply to a crafting studio or local museum. By working on their payroll, you can dramatically simplify the entire process, eliminating all the hassles of business ownership.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.