Has anyone been an instructor at Michael's?
Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:47 AM
Has anyone taught at Michael's? What do they expect you to do/teach? Is it like a once-a-week in the evenings thing? Does it pay well? By the hour? Per student? Do I have to use all Michael's products? Do they provide them for me? Do I have to buy there to teach? What am I not asking?
I'm asking a lot of questions. But I'm a SAHM and I've never had a (paying) job before. (I'm a little nervous about it. Can you tell?)
Posted 24 September 2006 - 09:04 AM
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Posted 24 September 2006 - 11:04 AM
I was going to apply to do crochet instruction there but they wanted someone that did knit and crochet...
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 04:43 AM
Here's what I found out....you're going to have to give them a couple of crochetted items that you've made that they can display at the store, as well as write up a little bio of yourself. You're going to have to submit the pattern & a finished sample of the piece to the class co-ordinater before they will approve the class. You will have to tell them what you plan to teach, what age/skill level students you want to have in your class, and how many students you will allow (a max. headcount). Unless it is a company class (in which case they will tell you what you're teaching and they will set the price), you will also have to tell them how much you want the price to be (you'll keep 90%, they'll get 10% of the class price). You will tell them when you want to do the class....like you decided if each class will be 1 1/2 hrs or 2 hrs, plus how many classes there will be...two classes, three classes....and what day & time of day you want to do the class...they'll have to work with you to schedule it out, to make sure that their classroom is free during the time you'd want, and that you're free when they'd want you there...You'd also have to go to the store and work an open house (either one or two) in the 30 days before the class started, to promote the class, talk to customers, and basically try to fill the seats....what you get for all this...you get 90% of the class price and some sort of store discount (I wasn't told how much of a discount cause I didn't get everything in on time)...plus you get out of the house and away from the kids...as a SAHM myself, I think that's just as big a thing as the $$ and discount LOL!!!
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Posted 25 September 2006 - 11:24 PM
Back then anyways you got like a percentage of the class fee per student. It's a once or twice thing depending on what you are teaching. I suppose you could have a crochet class meet every tuesday for 4 weeks, or you could have them meet one day and thats it.
Call the store during the day and ask for the class coordinator. They can tell you the specifics.
Posted 25 September 2006 - 11:28 PM
I think back then the employee discount was 25%, but I was working there when I was teaching there so i'm not sure what sort of discount non-employee teachers get. Hopefully it's 25% b/c that rocks. If not it might be like 10%.
You both should teach something at Michael's and get the discounts and abuse it.
Posted 26 September 2006 - 06:18 AM
I was patient. She looked maybe 17? I asked if there was anyone there who would know more about it, she said no but their manager would be there (today) at 9 am. Unfortunately I can't go today b/c of other appointments, but I may call. Baaby steps...
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:22 PM
When I was hired as instructor, I filled out the application and was called in for an interview where I brought samples of my work and had to take an actual interview as to how I handled people, what my course plan was etc. Along with that I had to take a self assessment test which I understand is a Michaels' criteria and if you don't pass this.. you aren't hired in any capacity as an instructor. She did tell me they could hire me as a salesperson and I could teach that way but they still run a complete background check. Kind of silly for that type of job but it's part of going to work there.
For all this I get a 25% discount at the store, actually me and my immediate family.. so not limited just to me. They set the price of the class at $15 a person and I keep 90% of that, I supply them with a supply list and they hadn this out when people sign up for the class... they do ask you use things from the store to help promote their sales and I went through the yarn department and picked tools and yarns they carried, on my supply list were instructions about "where" in the yarn department they could find different things.
Our first project is a chenille scarf done in singles and chains.. very simple, should be very easy for them to follow on. I gave them the choice of chenille yarn or the Paton Bohemian yarn just because it's very soft and nice to work with.
They are doing a board in the classroom with my picture, a short bio and some samples of work and on top of the open house they are going to put some signs in the yarn department itself promoting the classes. I also promote them with my cards and whoever I talk to... am excited bout the classes My first one is on October 9 and the next is on October 23 and we'll figure out from there if we need to split them and have more, or divide them into a beginner and advanced class or just how to do it.
I'd say if you have questions about that particular store, call and ask to speak to the Event Coordinator who is generally there during the day. She can tell you more about the ins and outs and if there's anything that particular store does as far as classes that might be different.. this has just been my experience with our local Michaels. If you can do more than one craft that's great as well as they usually are looking for instructors for about everything lol
I'm really looking forward to this.. I think it's going to be alot of fun and hopefully turn out to be a very good thing... the discount isn't bad either LOL Email me if you'd like to talk further about it firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:24 PM
I taught at a Joann's store for six years and really enjoyed the teaching part and meeting so many nice people.
If you need more help, just write into the forum and ask. We'll keep checking back. Good luck! You can do this
Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:30 PM
When showing a new stitch to a right handed person I'll sit beside them so they can see exactly how to move... Lefthanded I'll sit in front of them and they can mirror the movement. Am hoping this works anyway otherwise I'll be learning to crochet left handed lol
Posted 13 October 2006 - 05:31 PM
If I stopped to count all my UFOs I would lose entirely too much crochet time...
Posted 12 March 2007 - 11:13 PM
and please don't think every cashier is like the annoying teenagers that are there on weekends, i'm a daytime cashier during the week at my michael's and i promise you, i'm always happy to answer questions and i try to learn as much as i can so i CAN answer questions.
http://lisalovesyarn.blogspot.com my crochet blog with free patterns =]
Posted 08 April 2007 - 09:36 PM