Teacher Resources – Free and Paid Resources

Welcome to our page of useful Teacher Resources for anyone teaching, or considering teaching, DIY classes of any kind. We think teaching is a smart & complimentary way to add an additional revenue stream to your existing maker business – or to simply finance your favorite hobbies. Tip: If you’d like to be notified whenever new teacher resources are added to this page, be sure to sign up for our brand new Special “Teachers Only” Email List at the bottom of this page. Some of the below teacher resources are paid, but many are free! Is there a topic that you’d like to see included on this page? Contact us & let us know!

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2-Hour Live Study Session on 5/29

Join Lori & a group of like-minded students on Monday, May 29, 12-2pm PT / 3-5pm ET while Lori walks through her entire updated Make Money Teaching Classes presentation, freshly polished for the HSCG 2017 Conference! Not only will she be giving out as much info & advice as possible from her 13 years of teaching at The Nova Studio, but she’ll be answering your questions during the presentation to cover ground she didn’t even get to speak about during the conference. Find more information on our Live Study Session page.

1-Hour Live Q+A on 6/7

What is a Live Q+A Session you might wonder? It’s a chance to ask your questions to the teacher in real time, and get answers – just like you would in a live class. Any question related to teaching is welcome! If you can’t attend live, you can also submit questions ahead of time via email to email(at)thenovastudio.com – Lori will answer them on the call Wednesday 6/7, 12-1 PT / 3-4 ET and send you a recording. Limited number of seats… sign-up today!

2-Hour Recorded Video eClass

Since 2001, I’ve taught hundreds of classes (probably over 1,000) & collaborated with other handmade entrepreneurs to teach hundreds more. When I look back on my years of teaching, I’m reminded of all the different DIY product-making classes I’ve taught: from countless half-day group classes & multi-day boot camps at The Nova Studio, to large classes of 35 people at community colleges, to personalized 1-on-1 private lessons, to private parties… everything from ladies nights, to kids birthday parties, & even one huge bat mitzvah! I’m so passionate about teaching, I created a 2-hour Make Money Teaching Classes Video eClass to help others be successful teachers too.  I’m super excited to share with you all that I know in this unique eClass. The cost is $49.

Recorded Q+A Session

On 2/28/17, we had a very thorough Q+A session with 20 amazing questions. Lori answered each question in detail, specific to teaching classes like soapmaking, lotion making, etc. We recorded it so others can benefit & learn as well. Consider this a supplement to the Video eClass mentioned above – specifically for people interested in teaching soapmaking or bath & body product making classes. The cost is $20. Get more details & see a list of all the questions Lori answered HERE. When you purchase this resource, you’ll get *instant access* so you can watch it at your convenience.

Free HSCG Podcast – Listen Here

Lori was a guest on the HSCG Podcast – and so honored to create these two wonderful teacher resources with the HSCG. Please enjoy the two episodes, in their entirety, focused on all the factors that gobble up your time (aka “How much time it really takes to teach classes”) and “What Makes a Great Teacher”. You can listen  to part or all of the Podcast below.

Free Teacher Resources on Our Blog

Printable Teacher Checklist – DIY Class Packing List – 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. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a location to teach, 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 have their own teaching space, traveling to teach is a necessity. I used to have nightmares that I forgot the one KEY ingredient needed to make the products in a class. Once I created checklists for each of my classes, I could sleep soundly. Don’t stress… get my printable checklist & other info about packing for a class here.


Calculating the Real Time Involved in Teaching – If you’re like me and love teaching… it can be easy to underestimate the time involved and you can get into a situation where you’re not making enough money. For those of you who have taught DIY classes before, y’all know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never taught classes before, you may need a reality check about the time & energy that goes into them. How much time does one 3-hour class actually take you? You may be surprised *all the things* to consider in order to get to your answer. The total number of hours is necessary to know when pricing classes because you want to make sure your decision to teach is a financially sound decision. Click here to read the full post that contains many of the elements of teaching that can gobble up your time if you’re not careful.


Recommendations for Pricing ClassesRecommendations for Pricing Classes  – If you decide you want to teach classes, one of the first things you’ll probably want to do is figure out how much you should charge. Teaching is NOT easy money… so once you make the decision that it’s a part of your business, don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth! But if you’ve never taught before, deciding what you’re worth may be a challenge. So to help, I sat down & thought about all the important factors to consider when pricing classes. Things like your: experience level, goals, overhead and teaching venue, target market, the competition, time involved, and the bottom line. Click here to read the full post and feel free to leave a comment if I’ve left something important out.


PIC of Loris Bio from 20025 Tips for Creating a New Teacher Bio – In one of my online classes Make Money Teaching Classes, a student asked: “Do you have any tips for creating a bio (one that instills confidence or actually might draw students to your class), especially when one is just starting out & may not have much teaching experience yet?” The resulting blog post includes tips like sharing your experience with the thing you’re teaching, and include WHY you are teaching your topic. Let potential students know about any teaching experience you’ve had. Don’t forget to add a bit about who you are, outside of teaching and your topic. Finally, don’t lie or exaggerate (unfortunately, common sense isn’t always common practice). Click here to read the full post and see all I have to say about this important, often overlooked topic.

Have other ideas for teacher resources that we should add to the blog? Contact us and let us know!

Teaching Insurance Resources

Need insurance for your small business? The answer is YES, of course! To cover yourself as a teacher, you’ll also want what’s known as Professional Liability Insurance. It’s an “add-on” to your existing Products Liability policy. Here are the places to shop for maker insurance – with links to their insurance pages. Be sure to contact the insurance company directly to be sure you’ll be covered for what you plan on doing.

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