A recent article on MSN’s Business on Main blog spoke with Michael Karnjanaprakorn, the founder of Skillshare, about the project. If you don’t know about Skillshare it is a marketplace for just about anyone to learn or teach anything. If you’re teaching something you actually schedule a physical class in your local area and sell seats to it, or hold it for free if you choose. This opens up numerous doors for small business owners who many times are grasping for different ways to pull in cash in the early days.
In true entrepreneurial fashion Skillshare was founded on whim a after Michael was asked to teach a few people poker. Michael had been a professional poker player and competed in the 2010 World Series of Poker. Afterwards his friends kept asking him to teach them so he posted a class to Eventbrite which is when the light bulb went off for the idea of Skillshare.
A quick look through classes in NYC turns up a few titles that many small business owners would be able to teach.
- Social Media Branding for Startups, Freelancers, Small Biz Owners – $15
- How To Launch your Startup Idea for Less than $5,000 – $40
- How to Get Shit Done While Bootstrapping – $15
- Website Bootcamp for Creative Professionals – $75
- Your goals matter. The secrets to setting goals that stick. – $10
Now remember it’s just business classes. You can literally teach anything!
- Food Cart Tour – $40
- Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl – $60
- Pick Up Skills: Seducing Women – $25
So as you can see there are many ways to make a little extra cash with whatever skills you possess. This could really come in handy for many business owners just starting out who are cash strapped. Will you make a living? Probably not. But a couple hundred bucks each month doesn’t hurt.
Learn more about how Michael started Skillshare and what his plans are. Read the full article here.
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