What: Lessonface is an online marketplace that connects students with music and acting teachers, who can teach online or in person.

Expected pay: You set your own rates

Husl$core: $$$$$

Commissions and fees: 7.5% platform fee, plus a 7.5% “finder’s fee” if the student was recruited by LessonFace, rather than you

Requirements: A bank account to receive payment, a computer and a webcam (if you want to teach students online); a good internet connection; at least 2 years of teaching experience and/or 5 years of professional experience. Pass a background check.

Where: Nationwide

Review:

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make some money with music or acting, you may be able to teach these skills through Lessonface. The site is an online interface where students can find people teaching everything from how to sing to how to play the violin.

Registration is free, but teachers must have teaching experience or extraordinary skill to pass the site’s rigorous vetting system. Specifically, the site requires a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience, 5 years of professional experience or that the teacher be an “extraordinary exception.” We’re thinking that means Mozart, Beethoven or, say, LeeAnn Rimes. Lessonface interviews those who meet the criteria to see if they would be a good fit for the platform.

Teachers set their own rates, paying a modest 7.5% to the platform, unless LessonFace finds the student for you. In that case, the site charges an additional 7.5% “finders fee.” This fee structure is competitive with other tutoring platforms, such as Wyzant. And it’s far better than the fee structure at LessonFace’s direct competitor, TakeLessons.

Teachers are generally paid within 3 days of telling the platform that a lesson is complete, which should be done promptly. (If you fail to acknowledge completed lessons within four weeks, you give-up your payment. Don’t do that.) Lessonface also requires teachers to respond to requests for lessons within 48 hours to prevent an account lockout. 

What their teachers say (from an email interview with SideHusl correspondent Nisha Venkat)

I’ve been teaching with Lessonface since 2015, and I continue to teach there.  My specialties are flamenco and classical guitar, and I teach beginning and intermediate students in almost all genres (fingerstyle, acoustic guitar, etc). 

Lessonface has been especially useful in building a studio of flamenco guitar students.  Flamenco guitar is a very specialized genre that evolved in Andalucia, Spain.  Flamenco scenes and instructors just don’t exist in many parts of the USA (and the rest of the world).  I’m based in Seville, Spain, so Lessonface helps me reach interested students in all corners of the world.

I have found lots of students through Lessonface.  However, the idea is not to set up a profile and sit back and wait for students to sign up. There are lots of teachers for many instruments. Teachers need to be proactive about recruiting their own students. And, if they want their profile to be well-placed, they need to get good reviews from their students, invite students to Lessons, and otherwise participate in the site. — Leah Kruszewski @ www.leahguitar.com

 

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