Betterfly is a fast-growing site designed to help connect people who want to learn skills (Betterees) with people who can can teach skills (Betterists). According to the site, “A Betterist is a person who helps others learn, look or feel better.” And of course that would include us music teachers!
After being contacted by the Betterfly site staff, I set up my own profile. The process was very intuitive, with step-by-step instructions to guide the user from the moment I clicked the “Sign up” button. This is another great way to get and keep your name and studio visible to prospective students. There are lots of features on the site, making it a great free option for teachers who are still looking to set up a website for their studio. It also serves as a nice complement to websites already in place, as you can just include links directing visitors to your primary website.
There are some inconsistencies that are more annoying than they are problematic when navigating from page to page. I suspect that this will be streamlined as development on the site continues. I would also love to see an option to import blog posts from an external blog, similar to what GoodReads, Amazon, and Facebook allow. That would provide for lots of additional content on the Betterfly site without those of us who already maintain other blogs having yet another thing to try to keep up with. The most frustrating limitation I’ve run into thus far is that the only pricing option is a specified number of hours or minutes for a particular price. Many people, myself included, charge by the month or semester, not by the hour. There was no way around this that I could see, and you are required to enter pricing information. I really hope this gets changed pronto!
And don’t forget, if you’re looking to learn something new yourself, you can easily search according to name or area of interest. Now…how shall I better myself? 🙂 If you’re a Betterist in something, let me know and maybe we can connect!