Okay, I know we all think it. Why does a pasta entree cost $35? Or why am I charging $50 a person for crochet/knit classes. If that is the first time you have heard it, I know part of you wondered if it is just plain highway robbery. So I am here to break it down in dollars and cents for ya!
One week before
I write a outline about what I need to cover in the class. It can take between a half hour to two hours depending on the skill level I am teaching. +1hr
I do the project. If it is a beginner class, a dishcloth takes me 30min of knitting and 15 minutes of note-taking. I could do a project 1.2 million times and I would still want to make sure the yarn, needles, and pattern work together. So beginner class is another 45 minutes.
Buy yarn, supplies, and food. YES FOOD!
Sister, if I am coming to your house for two hours I am going to bring food. If we meet up at Starbucks, your drink is on me. You come to my house, I am going to have wine, coffee, and snacks ready. So per person I spend around $7
Yarn and supplies are around $10 for a basic class. If we are diving into natural fibers, add $10 to that!
I spend money traveling to meet folks and I spend anywhere from 1 to 2 hours answering all of the questions and making terrible jokes.
I check in. I will also meet up with someone if they are having frustrations with their project.
So let’s do the math. $17 dollars for supplies + 4 hours of prep/teaching + a lifetime of a skill = priceless.
Guys, these classes aren’t just about learning a skill, its about having fun learning a new skill. I love youtube, but for me it isn’t as great as learning from a friend, over a glass of wine and laughing when you mess up. Most importantly, you have someone right there to fix your mess up.