Hi, thanks for clicking! I'm Eric. Scott is busy coding, so I'll take this opportunity to give you a brief tour around our site and explain why LessonVendor is way better than all the ways you used to search for lessons.
What's all this?
LessonVendor is a marketplace for private lessons, like tutoring, cooking, fitness… anything where a real person is showing you how to do something. It's usually in-person, in your neighborhood, but sometimes teachers also offer virtual or phone based teaching.
What the heck is a marketplace?
It's when a bunch of people marketing things, come together in the same place. In this case, it's a lesson marketplace. All of the lessons you see posted on the site were posted independently by the person teaching them.
How do I find the perfect lesson?
The previews down the right side are based on the pins showing on your map. Zooming and dragging the map will change the previews accordingly. You can also use the category filters at the top to show only certain types of lessons within the map view. Right now we are sorting based on how many facebook likes the lesson receives on their description page. As we continue to grow, we will be sorting based on reviews. You can also use the search tool for specific keywords. Note, keep your search terms as short as possible to increase your results. For example, at the moment "Paint" yields 7 results in Toronto. "How to Paint" yields 0. We can only hope to be as smart as Google one day… Once you find your dream lesson, you can message the teacher and register for the lesson right from the lesson's description page!
What happens to my money?
We hold onto the money until the day after the lesson is complete. When the lesson is over, the teacher clicks a button to let us know it's done, you get an email to let you know they marked it complete, and we send them the money 24 hours later (in case it was an accident). After the lesson you are able to post a review of the experience, so future students can make informed decisions.
What if I change my mind?
If you register for a lesson and the dates don’t work out or you change your mind for whatever reason, there's a button on the student side that allows you to cancel it with one click.. well two. The second one is just to confirm the first one.. 24 hours later, we'll send you a full refund (minus the service fee).
Service fee, you say?
The price you see for each lesson is the price that the teacher posted and will receive (minus about 3% used mainly to pay for the points program on your credit card). Lesson Vendor charges you a service fee of about 10%. I say about, because we round the numbers to make them look trendy. That money goes to pay off debt. I assure you, we won't turn a profit on this for a long time… Our main goal is to build something really cool that can create a lot of value for people like you.
So, You're kind of like Robin Hood?
Those wouldn't be my words, but yeah, basically. My wife is a tutor and her agency was taking almost half of her earnings. The gym I go to takes more than half from their personal trainers. Our platform helps the independent lesson providers earn more, while the students pay less. On top of that, it feeds my obsession with social curation. I signed up for a writing course last year at a local university because it was the only place I could find offering writing lessons. I paid $600 up front and didn't even know who the teacher was! Why should I have to buy ten lessons upfront and take a massive risk on the quality teacher? Well… Now you don't.
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Please, tell me more!
Well, you can get as much firstname.lastname@example.org as you like. I may just reply with a link to the Frequently Asked Questions or About Us sections, but if you have a unique question or idea, I'll definitely hit you back. -Eric