How do I find a venue?

So you’re interested in teaching a class. Maybe you’ve already submitted your class through Dabble. But what if you don’t have a space in which to teach it? Luckily, there are a lot of reasons why local businesses would want to host your class. It’s an opportunity for them to bring in some extra people and gain exposure, perhaps ring the register a bit more when your class is held.

When you’re considering where to host your class, think about places you frequent often; existing relationships with business owners and employees can go a long way. Also use the factors below to help you decide which venue is best for your class.

Here are a few ideas for where to start your venue hunt:

• Coffee Shops & Cafes
• Book Stores
• Restaurants, Breweries & Bars
• Outdoor Space (i.e., parks)
• Office / Shared Work Spaces
• Art Studios
• Commercial Kitchens
• Community Centers
• Hotels
• Schools & Universities

Figure out which factors are most important when you’re making a decision; know what you’re willing to negotiate and which are deal-breakers. And make sure to discuss and come to an agreement with these details with your venue.

Noise Level Is background noise ok, or will it disturb you and your class presentation too much?

Capacity What is the ideal size of your class? Can it not happen without 20+ people? If so, you know not to seek out tiny venues.

Amenities & Equipment Does your class require Wifi? Do you need a projector? A stove and lots of countertop space? Some classes will automatically not work in a majority of venue spaces because of amenity needs.

Set-up Do you need everyone to have workspace, or will a bunch of chairs informally set up work? Think about the space and what it’s conducive for.

Atmosphere What sort of mood is ideal for your class? Is a bar too informal? Is a corporate atmosphere too stiff? Consider your content and people taking your class, and what atmosphere will best evoke the mood you’re trying to create.

Location Is the space difficult for city dwellers to access? Is it near public transportation? You’ll attract more people if your venue is in a relatively central location.