Finding a Space
The first step is to decide where you’re going to teach. There are a lot of variables to consider once you’ve made the decision to hang your teaching shingle. Here are four common options along with some of their attendant advantages and disavantages:
Teach from your home
The most obvious advantage to teaching out of your home is the commute…or lack thereof. It can be quite convenient to have your students come to you. The amount of money you’ll save on fuel, car maintanence, etc. can be quite significant. You will also-presumably- feel quite comfortable in your own space. Comfort is an importatnt consideration, especially if you’re teaching for long periods at a time.
One disadvantage of teaching out of your home is liability. You’ll want to make sure your insurance coverage protects you against any possible injury to visitors in your home and on your property. You’ll also want to make sure that operating a teaching business out of your home is legal in your city/state. If you rent, you’ll probably want to clear the idea with your landlord, as well.
If all of this sounds like too many hoops to jump through, you may want to consider one of the other suggestions in this article. If you are determined to teach at home and want to make sure you’re properly insured and licensed, talk to a lawyer!
In St. Louis there is a free legal consultation service for artists called Volunteer Lawyers and Acountants for the Arts. There are many such organizations around the United States. Make sure to check around on the internet and elsewhere to see if there is a similiar service in your area. Continue reading