How hard is it to make $1k a month on Skillshare as a creative?

Here’s why Skillshare will (or won’t) make you $1k a month sharing what you love doing.

Douglas James Butner
6 min readOct 21, 2019


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The Goal: $1k a month

1k a month is a milestone. It’s roughly the federal minimum wage in the US (7.25 x 160h = 1160), And if you’re traveling the world, it’s more than enough to live comfortably in places like South America and Southeast Asia.

Getting to $1000 dollars a month in royalties on Skillshare isn’t as hard as you may think.

The 1k Math

Skillshare pays by the minute. For every minute a premium student spends watching your class, you’ll get roughly $.06. So to make $1k you will need roughly 16,700 minutes of your courses watched by premium students.

Now that we have the goal clear, I will use the rest of this article to help you understand why (or why not) it will be easy for you.

Creative Creators: Skillshare is for you!!

If you are a creative, Skillshare is a great place to monetize your knowledge. Skillshare students are hungry to improve their craft. By contributing your skilled knowledge, you will be included in a vibrant community and have the opportunity to make consistent passive income at the same time.

Learn more about teaching on Skillshare via their official resources:

Already Teaching Elsewhere?

Skillshare is non-exclusive, so you can sell courses here you already sell other places.

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Are you a fit for Skillshare’s audience?

If you want to have success on Skillshare, you have to understand the audience. If you made the type of courses that the audiences on Skillshare will enjoy, you will do quite well.

So who is a Skillshare student?



Douglas James Butner

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