The one subject I do not see discussed a lot is how to determine pricing for workshops or private lessons. I have done a few workshops so I'm now comfortable pricing this out depending on the venue. Recently I have had a few request from friends and others who have seen my work to offer a workshop to a friend as a gift or to have a lesson with 1 or 2 people. I'm reluctant to do this as I'm not sure I can price it write. Any suggestions from others who have conducted private or semi private lessons in their home?
I would definitely consider your time here. How much would you reasonably get for a workshop with more than a few students? Your time for private lessons should be a similar price. The one on one interaction should be more expensive for the student than in a larger group lesson.
I agree with Ruth. One on one would be more expensive. But first you need to put a value on your time if your goal is to make money. If not, you can price it to make it available to anyone. It’s a crap shoot none the less. You’ll learn what the market will bear thru trial and error. Is there anyone else doing what you’re doing? That’s the first step. See what they are charging Ithen see what’s the difference in the offering. Good luck.
I agree with Ruth and Marilyn. You also have to keep in mind that a lot of people are very demanding nowadays, even if it is a low-budget class, they expect a perfect result and with felt, you cannot always force the wool, results are not always predictable and you also cannot force the student to do what you ask them to do. So you better ask a good price and tell them what they can expect from you and the felted project. I have given lots of lessons and at first it was fun to do, for friends and friends from friends. But then you get people not so nice, and when it is for a good price you can just do the job. But for a low budget price you are not compensated for the stress unpleasant people give you. Yeah, I do sound negative but maybe I am not the right person for teaching anymore after 35 years of dedicated teaching for a living. So you go for it Josie but ask a price that feels good to you, in good and in bad times, because teaching is so rewarding in itself.
My class minimum is 4 so for a private lesson I charge the same as 4 students. I was charging $55 per person. I will be putting that up $5 to match what my guild charge for my classes this year. That is for a one day 10-4 with an hour for lunch. There is also a materials fee to cover the supplies they use. That has to cover the replacement cost of the supplies and my time to gather them and or dye them. I hope that helps.