Good evening folks yay happy dance for a visit from the sales fairy Valerie, Sarah and Sue.
Sue @SueTrevor, I run regular jewellery workshops at our local adult learning centre. I charge £7.50 for a 2 hour class and include basic materials. The aim is that at the end of two hours each student gets to take home a completed item, I need to have a class of at least 6 to break even which covers rent, materials as well as my expenses and time. Most of my classes are between 8 and 14 so I usually make a reasonable profit for 2 hours a week over the whole year and I enjoy doing it. I run 3 courses a year of 4 weeks. My tips are people use (and abuse) your tools, I invested in a few cheaper sets for students to use. I always try to source quality materials like glass beads rather than plastic so people feel like they are getting good value and be prepared to have patients in a class of 8 at least 1 will need more support, I have several regulars that have been attending for the last 2 years so they tend to just get on, I have to keep a good balance though between advanced and basic techniques to keep the regulars interested whilst the new ones learn the basics. As Sharon said some people can be a bit ‘grabby’ and go for all the biggest sparkliest prettiest beads but I try to explain that do they really want to wear a necklace that is so heavy it will given them a neck ache!, better to ‘feature’ a few nice beads against plainer ones, it doesn’t always work though lol!