Today's question is “How long should my sewing classes be?”
So an average, sewing class is around 45 minutes. This would be for children and it's very similar to them taking an art class or any of their classes in school. They're really used to a 45-minute session, so it seems to work really well.
You can make money at that price too. And you or your students don't get bored or too frustrated. You just have them come in, do the class, then they leave and you can do another class.
You can do as many as three of these classes all back to back on a weeknight with 15 minute in between. So that's really my favorite length of class.
You can also do a 60 minute kids class. The problem with that is, you no longer have that little 10 to 15 minute buffer zone. So you have students leaving as you have students coming in. Unless you decide to just do one class that night.
If you teach three nights a week and it's just a one hour class each night, then that can work. Also 75 minutes works. You can do that for a tween class if they're learning something more involved. I will go even longer on a teen class.
But around 75 minutes to 90 minutes for tweens because they have a longer attention span. They're usually better behaved. So you can have a longer class and not like be pulling your hair out like with the little kids.
And if it's a 75 minute class, then you still have that 15 minute buffer zone in between. You could actually do two classes that night in three hours and have a little 15 minute break in between to clean up or whatever.
Or you could also do a 90 minute class. That would be for teens or adults up to two hours. So both of those can work. If you're doing a 90-minute class then maybe you do two of those in a night and with 30 minutes in between.
That way if a student misses a class, then you can like have them makeup time. But four hours to teach is a lot. You would probably want to start classes earlier and have night class and an afternoon class.
But that gets a little bit tricky because of school. So usually you have to start your classes after people are out of school and can get their kids to you. Usually that’s around five o'clock. So, f you're teaching a class that's two hours long and you're going from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and then 7:00PM to 9:00 PM that is getting a little late.
So that's why like that 90-minute classes a little bit better. There's a little more wiggle room in in a three hour timeframe. So 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM and then 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
And then the last one would be like a three hour class. So this is a really long class and it's generally not common. But I have done classes in all of these time frames.
I did an adult workshop one time and it wasn't just a workshop, it was 12 weeks. For 12 weeks my students got together and we created. It was called Denim Delights. And we recreated denim and my adult class was three hours long.
We did that on a Friday night from like SIX to NINE o'clock. And it was just a lot of fun.
Then during the week we did the tweens and the teens and they were just the two hour class. I just did that one night.
And then I did a girls class that was 90 minutes on a different night. So three nights a week I was teaching. And all the students were working on projects all different age levels but preparing for that fashion show.
So that is basically in for times. Anywhere from that 45-minutes all the way up to 3-hours. But like I said, the best I have found for profitability is a 45-minute class or 75-minute class for like a tween/teens.
Alright, I hope that that answers your question and I will see you again in another Q & A video. All right, see you later. Bye-Bye.
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Hi, I'm Katrina Marie
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