How are estimated earnings calculated?

Estimated Royalty Earnings:


Your estimated royalty earnings are based on two main factors: 1) your share of the total minutes watched on the platform month-to-date, and 2) an estimated royalty pool amount based on estimated Skillshare membership revenue. 


It’s important to note that there is a level of variability in these calculations driven by three main factors.


  • Your share of the total minutes on the platform is subject to change based on the performance of your classes alongside the performance of other teachers’ classes. For example, if you publish a new class that gains quick popularity on the platform, you could start accruing minutes watched at a faster rate than other teachers, increasing your share of the total minutes. Similarly, if other teachers accrue minutes watched in their classes at a faster rate than your own, that could decrease your share.
  • Skillshare’s monthly membership revenue — and thereby, the amount of revenue in the royalty pool — is subject to change beyond our projections based on shifts in cancellation rates and refund rates. These shifts can be unexpected, particularly in this uncertain time.
  • Our Trust & Safety team is regularly conducting fraud investigations that may occasionally result in changes to your minutes watched, and thereby, your share of total minutes (learn more about these fraud investigations here). 


As a result of this variability, you may find that your actual royalty earnings may sometimes fall outside of the estimated range, but we do our very best to ensure these numbers are as accurate as possible. 


Estimated Referral Earnings:


Estimated referrals are based on a simple formula: you receive $10 for every referral student who signs up for Skillshare Membership through one of your referral links. Skillshare occasionally runs promotions that may increase your referral earnings. Those additions will not be reflected in your estimated referral earnings on your stats dashboard.