Well, I was paid by the Adult Education systems that hired me, and they paid me anywhere from $15/hr to $24.50/hr to teach 6-13 students a two-hour class for eight weeks. You were paid to teach the class; the number of students had to have a minimum cutoff, and the System made the profit based on what THEY charged the students to take the class.
Quote:Kiama (13 Feb, 2002 08:52):
I have been considering teaching a Tarot course during the Summer, and have everything planned out except the cost. How much would you charge? How much do you think people would be willing to pay?
Depends on how many students, max, you want in the class. If you're willing to take up to, say 40-60 students, then ten bucks a session would be fair. This because you won't be able to give much personal time to the students, and it will be more lecture oriented.
But if you're going for a small seminar, like 10 students, then you'd want to up the cost to about $25 a session. Or you could create a round figure for the entire session no matter how many students. Like $100 for a 10 week course.
Most extention courses run from $100-$250 for 10 sessions. Each session is about 3 hours. In some cases, students can choose to take single classes paying a little higher amount for the single class, getting a discount for the entire number.
So, for example, if you listed what each class would be about in a catalogue, you could say that it was, say $150 for all 10 classes, or $25 for single classes. So students could skip early classes on the meaning of the cards, for example, and take later ones on, say, advanced spreads, paying only for those.
In short, lots of ways to do it. It all depends on how you want to structure the class, how many students and where taught. Again, do you have to pay for your classroom? Is it a good room? How about materials (handouts? A booklet?)?
Well, lets do some maths... The hall I have will not need to be paid for, and has full facilities (Kitchen, loos, TV, white board, tables, comfy chairs, heating, etc) and can accomodate perhaps 25 people at once.
If I were to charge each person ?70 ($100) for the whole course, that could be up to ?1750 in total. I would be buying each of the people who attend the course Amber Jayanti's 'Living The Tarot', at ?2.99 per book, so times that by 25, and we minus ?75-ish. So that leaves me with ?1675. WOW! That's alot. However, it is an un-certified course, so I'm wondering if that would be too much to charge? I don't want to put people off by a high price, but I want to make my time spent worthwhile. (And I need the money for when I move up to University in October!)
Wow. Time to get advertising. If anyone else has any comments as to how much you would be willing to pay, please don't hesitate to post! I'm moving along this idea very tentatively at the moment, cuz I have absolutely no idea about how to price these things!
Suggestion: Extend it to 8-10 weeks and offer the class only one night a week. People work, people have lives. They can take time out or re-arrange their schedules for a class one night a week for 10 weeks, but two nights a week? No. That schedule will jepordize the number of people you'll likely get, especially during the summer.
The amount you want to ask for is not too much--but make the class 3 hours (with two 15 minute breaks--so it really runs 2-2 & 1/2 hours). You can always end class short if you need to.
This way you can give excersizes to the people (you know, have them go through the deck and pick out cards that bother them, whatever), go around, give them personal attention, have class discussions, etc. They'll feel they're getting their money's worth if the class runs at least 2 hours and if they each get a chance to talk with you one-on-one and really hammer out their problems and concerns.
Also, as you have a kitchen and all, shell out a little money to make sure that at each class there's a coffee bar. Paper cups, coffee, tea, milk, cocoa, maybe even come cookies (biscuits, right?).
Another thing to remember--before you count your chickens, you might not get 25 students. You might get 5. So decide if there's a minimum number of students needed for you to run the class. Don't assume even at that price, that you'll end up with ?1675.
Unfortunately, I don't have 10 weeks during the Summer. I usually would, but this time I'll be moving to either Scotland or Wales when the Summer holidays are done, so I have to finish the course before I move, and I don't know when that'll be! I thought that 6 weeks was a safe bet, but I still wanted to give people their money's worth. I mean, 12 sessions for ?70 isn't too bad, is it?
I didn't mean to count my chickens either: I was working out the maximum number of people I could have, and the max amount of money I would get, so I can work out whether or not I could afford to lower the price for the course at all.