What would you do if hundreds of new students came to your door? Could you handle it? Would you need a new location? Maybe hire staff?
If you’re not sure how you would handle it or are thinking “that could never happen but I would love to reach more students”, online teaching just might be right for you.
There are many things to consider when teaching online so let's dive into them to see if your skills are teachable online and if you are ready to start now.
Location, Location, Location
Can you provide your service online or do you need a physical location?
Many of us need daily human interaction and our jobs require hands on work. Massage therapists, nail technicians and hair stylists simply can't provide their service online but they can certainly have a web presence that showcases all of their services, offer appointment booking, directions and hours of operation.
If you are a wellness coach, yoga teacher or personal trainer, being online might be more for you. You can set up your own website with membership and automate classes or host your classes on pre-designed platforms that do all of the work for you.
Who’s the Boss?
Just like running a physical location, an online business needs to be managed and operated professionally. Will you be the boss of it all or will you hire a management team to take care of emails, programming, advertising, social media platforms and payment processing? Try not to get overwhelmed here, as mentioned before there are great pre-designed platforms out there for you to begin the journey easily. For now, simply get clear about your role and what you want to take on.
Though your classes can run 24/7 online, your customer service usually can't. Sometimes when you have an online business it can feel like you’re handling clients 24/7. Similar to a physical location, it’s important online teachers have “business hours”. During business hours you can work on administrative activities and handle customer service inquiries or hire staff to do so.
Something that is usually not talked about much with teaching online is setting boundaries. Often online teachers work from out of their home creating a much different atmosphere compared to heading off and working at a studio.
Balancing the boundaries of your life online and off effects everything and everyone around you. Make sure you check in to be certain your boundaries are being kept and keep communication open with those around you when you’re working and not.
There are many things to consider when teaching online and it certainly can be rewarding.
How did you answer some of the questions above? If you’re ready today to start, we have a great platform to begin your journey as an online teacher. I told you it was easy!
Share below what you’re starting or what you teach online. We would love to support your work!
Because You’re Worth It.
The Alternative Balance Team