I’m getting ready for my next Live eClass on How to Make Money Teaching Classes, and every week I’m coming up with new ideas & resources for anyone who wants to teach (or maybe you already teach, but want to perfect your “game”). Most of these free resources can be found right here on our blog, under the category of New Teacher Tips. I’m really excited to share my latest brainstorm – it’s a Printable PDF Teacher Checklist to use when packing up all the items you might need to teach a DIY class in another location.
This is a new & improved version of the teacher checklist I created & used for my own classes when I taught classes in locations other than The Nova Studio. Why would I teach classes outside of my studio, you might wonder? Well, even though it is super sweet to have all your stuff stored at your teaching location or studio, going outside of your immediate area can be a great way to spread the word beyond your current customer base. And for those who don’t yet have their own teaching space, traveling to teach is a necessity.
It took a while, but eventually I became a pro at packing and traveling to teach classes. For several years, I taught bath & body product-making classes at Foothill De Anza Community College in Cupertino, CA. It was about 2 hours away with traffic, and my BIGGEST FEAR (or nightmare) was that I would forget some crucial piece of equipment or key ingredient that would grind the entire class to a halt, or result in products that weren’t usable. I couldn’t imagine a sold-out class of 35 students being upset with me and having unmet expectations. So that doesn’t happen to you, you’ll need a surefire system so you can simply check the boxes, pack up and enjoy the ride – knowing that you have everything you need… and then some.
To help make this easy for you, here’s my updated Teacher Checklist (aka DIY Class Packaging List). I can’t tell you exactly what you will need since I don’t know what type of class you’re teaching (but if you want help with that, I’d be happy to discuss it during a Phone Consult). In addition to my handy checklist, everyone will need another main checklist with ALL of your equipment, ingredients & packaging supplies.
Lori’s Teacher Checklist
Here are the things currently on my teacher checklist. Feel free to print it out and use it as is, or use mine as a guide for ideas and create your own. Finally, on the printable version, I’ve added some blanks at the bottom for you to customize it.
- All Equipment, Ingredients, & Packaging (attach other checklists behind this doc)
- Class Handouts (___ qty = max # of students +2 extras + teacher copy + # of TAs)
- Printed Calendars (advertisements for future classes or promotions for your biz)
- Business Cards (___ qty = max # of students + extras)
- Labels for Finished Products (___ qty = max # of students + extras)
- Class Signs – if Needed (1 at Front Door & 1 Inside)
- 2 Clipboards (1 for class registration, and 1 to pass around for email list sign-ups)
- Envelope for Materials Fees (w/ $50 Bank for Change: $25 in $1 bills & $25 in $5’s)
- Samples of Finished Products related to the class (& maybe others as well)
- Recommended Reference Book(s): _______________________________
- Pens for Students (___ qty = max # of students + 5)
- Chalk for Chalkboard or Whiteboard Markers
- Misc. Office Supplies (blank notepads, scissors, tape, sharpies, brother labeler, etc.)
- Bags for Students to Take Home Products (___ qty = max # of students + 5)
- Gift Tags, Ribbon, Raffia, Packaging Embellishments
- Rubbing Alcohol & Napkins (to clean bottles/jars before packaging/labeling)
- Tablecloths (if needed, paper, cloth, or plastic)
- Trays (___ qty – for easily moving supplies/ingredients around the room)
- Extension Cords (___ qty – as needed)
- Cleanup Supplies: Paper Towels, Cloth Towels, Table Cleaner, Dust Pan & Broom
- Snacks & Water (especially if the class is all day – for teacher, TAs & students)
- Camera or Phone to take pics (A great job for a trusted/trained TA)
I am so happy to share the knowledge I’ve gained from my 15 years of experience teaching DIY classes. I’m here to help you make your teaching experience the best (and most profitable) it can possibly be. Give yourself peace of mind, and don’t forget to use my Printable 1-page PDF Teacher Checklist. Is there something obvious that I forgot? I’ve spent many hours on this, but it’s still possible. To my fellow teachers, is there something you bring to each and every class that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
This article is part of a series designed to help people who are considering teaching classes. If you want to get paid to share your passion with others, check out Lori’s Make Money Teaching DIY Classes. Also be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a post. What topic would you like me to tackle next? I’d love to hear your thoughts.