This post was most recently updated on November 12th, 2018
Skillshare Premium: Current Offer (November 2018)
Skillshare website: ONE month of unlimited access (which means a 1-month trial of Skillshare Premium).
Teachers offer: TWO months’ of free Skillshare access (which means a 2-month trial of Skillshare Premium).
Getting two months of Skillshare Premium for free is about the best offer Skillshare make. Only rarely have I seen a three-month offer, usually in January. The offers in January 2017 and 2018 were both actually “3 months for $0.99”, so they weren’t technically free offers.
I’m not even sure they’ll make a 3-month offer again because it absolutely hammered the earnings of teachers. The value per premium minute fell by over a third from December 2017 to January 2018 because so many free trial members started watching premium classes, but hadn’t contributed to the royalty pool from which Skillshare pays teachers.
In other words, a teacher who got 10,000 premium minutes in December would’ve earned $590, but in January those same 10,000 premium minutes would’ve earned $380. Naturally, teachers weren’t very impressed, which makes me wonder if Skillshare will offer a 3-month premium deal in January 2019.
The premium trial gives you full access to over 23,000 premium classes on Skillshare for two months. You can cancel the trial at any time and not be billed. If you choose to continue as a premium member, the cost is credit card billing of just $15 per month or $99 per year. Note, the yearly offer is a huge discount and almost halves the cost of membership, to an equivalent of just $8.25 per month!
Skillshare premium is one of the best-value offers on the Internet, especially when you consider that buying just one course on the website of a large competitor costs a minimum of $10, and it’s often significantly more if you don’t buy during a sale. If you take more than one class on Skillshare per month, you’re getting better value!
Skillshare do not offer refunds. If you don’t want to be re-billed, be sure to make a note of when you need to cancel by.
Skillshare only accept credit cards. I’m not sure why that is. They actually pay their teachers using PayPal, but don’t accept it for membership payments, which is a bit odd. You’ll need a credit card to start a free trial, and to continue a membership afterwards.
Some people claim to be able to offer 3-months of free Skillshare premium. The offers I’ve seen are dated, so I suggest not wasting your time trying to find a working one. Unless Skillshare are offering a unique deal somewhere, the offer on the website and the offer teachers can make are the current genuine ones.
You don’t need to be a premium member to teach on Skillshare, in case you were wondering! 🙂
If you don’t want a free trial of premium there are a few ways to get a premium account for free. Click here for our blog post about the different ways. 🙂
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