It's been a few years since I last taught, and I am considering beginning a series of classes again. I teach only what I consider "the basics"- kinda a revised and upgraded version of the Wilton classes. I also do a Tiered Cakes 101 class and a very basic intro to gp and fondant.
For my continuing education classes at the local high school I received $20/hr. My classes at home I charged maybe $50, but I was selling retail merchandise to the students as well.
I've taken some professional classes myself (and paid big bucks for it!), but I have a hard time justifying those kind of prices for MY level of expertise!
So what do you charge? Any suggestions for me?
Some charge by the hour, some charge per person. Maybe you'd feel more comfortable charging per person? I charge by the hour for up to 6 students, then after that I add on according to how many more will be attending. I also require students to bring their own supplies to class.
Students in a class like yours will get far more personal attention right? Don't hesitate to charge what you're time is worth--the demand has never been greater.
I would make a set course say once a week for a month and then tell them what they will learn for how much. I think $100 for a 4 class course, not including materials is very fair...but you have got to have atleast 6-8 people to make it worthwhile. Good luck!