How to Make $500 per Month on Skillshare

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Skillshare is an online learning community where anyone can post their content and start making money.

You don’t need to be a professional to start teaching on Skillshare and you don’t need any special and expensive equipment either.

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All you need is an idea and iPhone (actually any kind of smartphone with a decent camera).

Unlike Udemy, Skillshare doesn’t check the quality of your content before it is published, but they can later pull it down if it’s really bad.

Skillshare teachers make money in two ways:

  • Royalties
  • Premium Referrals


You get paid approximately $0.05 per premium minute watched.

This means that if you have a premium class and one student watches it for one minute, you’ll get paid $0.05.

You can make any number of premium classes, there is no limit.

My most successful class Total Web Development Course has almost 700 students enrolled with 44,133 minutes watched. This translates into almost $2,500.

Skillshare stats for Total Web Development Course

Now, you don’t actually know how much you will earn each month until you receive the payment.

Skillshare gives you an estimated revenue based on historical numbers, but this may actually change quite a lot.

Skillshare Teacher Payout

Premium Referrals

Once you publish the class, you will have a special referral link available to share.

When people click on your link and sign up, they will receiver 1 month free and you will get $10. Each time.

Promote your class

Just get your link to social media posts, your blog articles or relevant forums.

Over time, I was able to get 33 referrals which get me $330.

Referral History

Class Requirements

Ready to start making some easy money with Skillshare?

Here are some requirements you need to meet:

  • ideally, a class should be between 20 and 60 minutes long
  • each class should be divided into short video lessons (each 2 to 5 minutes long)
  • the combined length of all lessons must be at least 10 minutes
  • you can upload only one class per week

Other Ways to Make Money Online

I like how Skillshare allows me to make money online without even publishing new classes recently.

There’s still a huge demand for the classes I originally published there few years ago and they still bring new students and royalties.

If Skillshare is not for you, check this article with other sources of passive income I can recommend.

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