- Who can be an Amazing?
- Why is it only in London?
- What will I earn from being an Amazing?
- Will I have a contract?
- When will I get paid?
- How do I work out how much tax I will pay?
- What do you do with my details?
- Am I covered from an insurance point of view at events?
- Do I need to worry about Health and Safety?
- How do I find a venue?
- What do I do about equipment?
- How long should I run my activity for?
- How do I work out what to charge for my activity?
- How often do I need to run my activity?
- What happens if I can’t make my activity?
- What happens if someone doesn’t turn up?
Who can be an Amazing?
Anyone who is over 50 years of age, passionate or skilled and keen to pass those passions and skills onto other people. You don’t have to be really out-going to be an Amazing, just be able to talk to people and explain how you do what you do.
Why is it only in London?
We’re still a young company and at the moment we’re only able to support, advertise and run events in London. That doesn’t mean we won’t be coming to other parts of the UK soon. If you’re really keen to be an Amazing in a different location, please sign up to the website to show your interest. The more demand we have for an area, the quicker we’ll get there!
What will I earn from being an Amazing?
It depends on how much you charge for tickets, how many you sell and how often you run activities! But, for every ticket sold you receive 70% of the ticket price as payment for running the activity and being Amazing. For a course, consisting of more than 1 class, you will receive 80% of the ticket price. We take the remainder as commission to cover the cost of running and maintaining the website, handling ticket sales and customer service as well as advertising, promotion and administration.
Will I have a contract?
No. We do not ask you to sign any contract when you become an Amazing. This means you are not obliged to run activities or fulfill any quotas. It does mean however that you are responsible for looking after any tax or benefits which are affected by the extra income from “The Amazings”. Think of us as the middle man between you running the event and people coming along.
When will I get paid?
You will receive your income from tickets sold in the final week of the month that your activity took place in. In the case of courses, you will receive the whole amount, minus our commission, in the final week of the month that the first class took place in. If that's not clear, please talk to one of the team directly at email@example.com
How do I work out how much tax I will pay?
If you are on State Benefits you can earn up to £95 per week without effecting your eligibility for benefits. The amount of money you can earn from “The Amazings” without paying taxes is dependent on your current taxable income. The information below is taken from HM Revenue and Customs website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/it.htm
Nearly everyone in the UK is entitled to an Income Tax Personal Allowance. This is the amount of income you can receive each year without having to pay tax on it. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be able to claim certain other allowances.
Levels of Personal Allowance
The amount of Personal Allowance you have depends on: your age and your total income during the tax year. Total income means everything you receive from all taxable sources. That means you need to include things such as pensions and interest on your savings in a building society before the tax has been deducted. If you become 65 or 75 during the year to 5 April 2013, you are entitled to the full allowance for that age group.
We will not pay taxes on your behalf so please see HM Revenue and Customs website for more information.
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How will I get paid?
We will process your payment and pay you via bank transfer, cheque or Paypal after each session you complete.
What do you do with my details?
We take data protection very seriously at The Amazings and will never sell or distribute any of your details to any partners or third parties. Your personal details, including bank details, will solely be held in order for us to contact you and pay you. We take the utmost care to ensure all details are held securely.
Do I need to worry about health and safety?
It’s important to be aware of health and safety at your activity. The venue should only be approved by us or yourselves if it is deemed to be safe to run an activity there. It’s advantageous to know basic first aid and be prepared for any eventuality.
We don’t tolerate any attendees being abusive or disrespectful to The Amazings or any other participant. If you feel one of your attendees is behaving in a way you don’t like, you have every right to ask them to leave. Please notify the office of any such instances including their name if you have it. If you ever feel vunerable or unsafe in a situation, please call the police immediately and let us know what is happening when it is safe to do so.
How do I find a venue?
Venues can be found anywhere and everywhere! We don’t expect you to do your activity in your own home but perhaps you know a local community centre, outside space, spare office room local cafe or shop that could be used. We have a directory of venues in London which we can make available to you to look through and get in touch with. There are also lots of venues to choose from on the following websites:
Bear in mind that some venues charge by the hour for use and this cost should be factored in as you will be required to pay it out of the 70% commission you take from the event ticket sales.
What do I do about equipment?
It depends on your activity. If your activity is reliant on equipment, materials, tools etc we would recommend trying to find a venue which has these ready to use or to factor the cost of buying materials into the ticket price. People are generally willing to pay a little more to have everything supplied.
How long should I run my activity for?
If your activity is about making something, you need to work out how long it takes to make it and factor in time to take into consideration the teaching element. You should also factor in the amount of equipment per person as sharing between attendees can slow things down a little.
If it’s not about making something then you need to think about how long it would take to run the activity to offer an enjoyable experience and to make it worthwhile for you.
Also think about the venue and how long you would be able to use it for at any given time.
If you’re still unsure, please have a look at other activities live on the website to see how long our Amazings events take.
If you’re still not sure, drop the team a line.
How do I work out what to charge for my activity?
It’s important that running an activity through The Amazings is worthwhile from a financial point of view. Therefore, we recommend thinking about the cost of venue, equipment and your time and how much you will receive at 70% of the total ticket sales for a class or 80% for a course.
We aim to keep our activities affordable for buyers, as it encourages them to participate and part with their hard earned cash, but we certainly wouldn’t want any Amazing working at a loss.
How often do I need to run my activity?
As often as you like! Some of our Amazings are running classes once a week, once a month or just when they can fit it in with their lives. Theirs no obligation to run a specific amount of classes so the freedom is yours to choose when to do it.
What happens if I can’t make my activity?
We understand that sometimes things happen which you can’t control, and which may lead to you being unable to run your activity.
Please give the team in the office as much notice as possible if you discover that you can’t run the activity. Depending on the amount of notice, we may be able to help you postpone the event and reschedule, and transfer tickets to the new event. If this is not possible, we will cancel the event and refund the ticket holders and you won’t receive payment for the activity.
What happens if someone doesn’t turn up?
Sometimes people may not be able to make your event for a variety of reasons. We have a booking policy in place to deal with these situations and you will still be paid for ticket sales if someone doesn't give you or us sufficient notice.
If a buyer gives us 7 days notice for a class or 14 days for a course, we refund their ticket price or move them to another event. In this instance, their ticket will go back on sale and we will promote it with the aim of selling before the activity takes place.