6 Ways for Teachers to Earn Additional Money

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6 Ways for Teachers to Earn Additional Money

On average, teachers work 54 hours per week. They spend 43 hours at school, but they usually have 11 more hours of work to do at home. This job brings administrative responsibilities that are being covered outside working hours.

But there’s a problem: these extra hours of work are not being paid. In April 2018, thousands of U.S. teachers protested, demanding higher wages for themselves and more resources for the students. They are not addressing that overtime work because it’s hard to get it measured, but it’s no wonder why they require fair payment. The average annual salary for teachers in the U.S. is $45,890. The median wage for all U.S. workers is $44,564, but we’re talking about a 40-hour workweek in that case.

The conclusion is clear: teachers are not making enough money.

But they absolutely love what they do. So instead of quitting their jobs, they could use some tips on how to earn additional money while they keep doing what they love. For example, some teachers start blogs to offer their best essay tips, and eventually start generating income that way. Others work as guest bloggers for an academic essay writing service.

So where will you start? We’ll list 6 ways for teachers to make extra income without investing too much time in those activities.

 

  • Sell Your Lesson Plans

Teachers are so busy that they would gladly get part of their work done by someone else. And if you already have great lesson plans, teachers will be willing to pay for them. How can you make this happen? Easy: register at TeachersPayTeachers.com and start selling your original educational resources.

 

Did you know you could monetize your skills as a college essay writer, too? Of course you don’t support your students when they want to hire professional essay writers and present the work as their own. But that’s not what really happens on these platforms. When you become part of the best writing service, you’ll connect with students who really struggle with academic writing.

You’ll act as their tutor, providing tips as you help them complete the paper. It’s exactly what you do for your students. But when you work for a paper writing service, you’ll be able to expand your reach and earn actual money.

In addition, you can work as an editor for Paper Writing Pro Proofreading Service.  

Don’t underestimate this industry; it has a lot to offer.

 

  • Sell Photos Online

This tip works only for teachers with great photography skills and decent equipment. If you belong to that category, you can start earning passive income if you start selling your photos online. Here are few of the platforms you can explore:

 

  • Start Your Own Blog

You have lots of knowledge and experience to share. Your personal blog doesn’t have to be about teaching or education. That’s a great niche, but it’s okay to focus on something else if you don’t want your entire life to be related to it. You can start a blog about parenting, beauty, fitness, cars, history, or whatever else you’re really interested in.

A successful blog can be another great source of passive income. It will require a lot of work for you to make it good and popular. But, when you choose a niche you’re passionate about, you won’t feel like working when blogging. It will be a relaxing activity for you.

 

  • Get a Summer Job

You get a couple of months off in summer, right? You don’t have any teaching obligations during that period, so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get a part-time job. You can work as an insurance agent, for example. You can also start freelancing. Platforms like Freelancer offer tons of opportunities for people with different skills.

Tutoring can also be a great summer job. If there are students in your area who could use extra classes during the summer, they can turn to you.

 

  • Pursue a Graduate Degree

If you want to start making more money as a teacher, you should encourage yourself to pursue your MA degree. Teaching is a career that offers opportunities for progress. You shouldn’t neglect them. If you gain a graduate degree, you’ll be able to teach at higher grades or move into administration.

Staff members, principals, and superintendents earn higher salaries than the average teacher. And if you earn a PhD and become a college professor, you can hit the $100K.

Don’t be overwhelmed by that goal. Believe in yourself! When you work hard to make progress in this career, it will happen.

It’s Okay to Have Bigger Goals!

Some people judge teachers for not being happy with the average salary. They say that you should teach because you love teaching; not because you want to earn money. They are very, very wrong! You love teaching, so that’s exactly why you want to make more money. You love this profession and in order to do it, you have to be able to make ends meet.

There’s nothing wrong with your aspirations. Fortunately, you have options.   

5 Jobs That Help Kids in School

The following is a guest post by Ron Stefanski. Ron is the founder of JobsForTeensHQ.com and has a passion for helping teenagers find jobs.  He created the website because he feels that teenagers need to focus on their professional passions much earlier in life and aims to teach them how they can do that.  When he’s not working on his website, Ron is a college professor and loves to travel the world.  

 

Five Jobs That Help Kids in School

This story will be familiar to high school teachers everywhere. A teenager picks up a part-time job to make a little spending money, but the hours end up being more than they can handle. They become stressed and overstretched. Something has to give. They drop behind on their studies. Pretty soon that straight A student is falling asleep in class and failing assessments.  Well, forget that story. The job market for teens is more flexible than ever, and some opportunities may even benefit them in school! Point students in the direction of these beneficial job opportunities, and you may even see an improvement in their performance.

  • Blogging

Writing is one of the most critical skills that children learn in their school years. Whether students are below, at, or above grade level, they can all benefit from continued work on writing. There are several digital resources to help students gain writing skills, but nothing compares to practice. A student who earns extra cash with a blog has to have excellent writing skills in a variety of forms, from persuasive to informative.

Successful blogs need consistent content, giving teens the motivation to create a daily writing habit. To make this job opportunity even more beneficial, blogs should focus on a topic that requires research, citations, and planning. Students not only benefit from writing practice, they will gain valuable research skills that can transfer to other areas of study.

  • App Development

Many schools offer computer science classes, and the benefits to other STEM courses are apparent. Students who learn to code are better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and develop a growth mindset. Why not encourage teens to profit from this beneficial study? If they are working to develop a helpful app in a computer science class, they can sell that app for passive income. Games and apps could even take on an educational aspect themselves, helping develop study habits or memorize formulas. Technological literacy will soon be a skill that students will need to thrive in our world. Teens who are interested in computers and code should be given every opportunity to practice those skills and explore career options.

  • Video Game Testing

Balancing fun, school, and work can be a real challenge for teens, who often make decisions based on instant gratification rather than long term planning. Your average high school student would rather skip homework than their daily Xbox session. Why should teens divide their time when they could be getting paid to play? Job opportunities in the video game industry are popping up for teens as young as 15. If work is the same as play, teenagers won’t be as tempted to skip studying.

How exactly is that helping them in school? Video game testers are doing more than playing a few levels of a new game. They are building creativity. They have to test every move and strategy a player might take in every level. Watching for glitches and analyzing game play requires critical thinking skills and problem solving, skills kids need to thrive in the classroom. Finally, testers write detailed reports of their findings so that coders can fix bugs and glitches. Technical writing practice is great for students.

  • House Sitting

House sitting might be the most educationally beneficial job a teenager can take on. Don’t believe me? Try studying in a house where your family is asking you to finish chores, your friends drop by unannounced, and your siblings keep screaming at each other across the house. Life in a family home can be distracting, if not chaotic. Not only is it impossible to get rid of distractions, there are so many familiar habits to fall into. How many times have you sat down for “one episode” of your favorite show and ended up binge watching a whole season?

For a teenager who needs a quiet place to focus, away from distractions, housesitting can be a life saver. When you housesit, you are getting paid to stay in someone else’s home. While they may have some of the same distractions you’re used to, like television, the unfamiliar setting makes it easier to ignore them. Plus, it is generally seasonal work that pays very well, freeing up most of the year to focus on academics.

  • Tutoring

As a teacher, you know the value of peer to peer teaching. You have your students do it in the classroom all the time. Tutoring is a great job opportunity for teens that helps them synthesize content and develop their own study skills. New digital platforms make tutoring more accessible to students at different levels. Even if a teen isn’t top of their class, they have probably mastered most of the skills that got them through middle school. Teenagers can work with elementary and middle school aged students to help them develop better study skills and master familiar content.

Tutoring is a flexible gig, allowing teens to make their own schedules but often paying significantly more than minimum wage. Plus, they can capitalize on their time by completing their own homework while working. Some schools will even offer opportunities for students to tutor during the school day.

Schools can’t teach everything, and parents want their teens to learn the valuable life lessons that come with work experience. When teens decide to work, it is important that they know there are options that will help, not hinder, their studies.

 

 

Rural Teachers Should Consider Social Work as a Supplemental/Alternate Career Path

A guest post by Frankie Wallace

 

You may have fine-tuned your teaching style over the years, spent countless hours creating your lesson plans, and researched everything there is to know not just about the subjects you teach but how the students themselves learn. And yet, if you’re a teacher — and one working in a rural school in particular — chances are it doesn’t matter how good your track record is, you’re still probably being underpaid. At a certain point, the truth sinks in, it’s hard to make a decent living as a rural teacher. It’s a realization that is all too familiar to rural teachers throughout the United States.

But as you stand there, scratching your head and fighting between the fact that you entered this profession to help children learn and find their potential … but you still need to pay your bills on time, don’t give up. Your case isn’t hopeless. While opportunities for advancement and career success can tend to stall within the rural teaching profession, there is another option that has become more and more appealing in recent years. We’re talking about social work.

Here are some of the reasons struggling rural teachers should consider supplementing their income as a social worker.

The Teacher’s End of the Deal

Let’s first take a look at the personal side of the equation, breaking down some of the pros and cons that affect you, the teacher, when considering the social worker option within your existing career.

 

The Benefits of a Social Work Side Hustle

The first and most obvious answer here is cold, hard cash. While you may pour your heart into your teaching, as we already touched on, at some point you’ve got to pay that mortgage so you don’t become that crazy teacher living out of their car. But there are other reasons besides financial factors at work here.

One easily overlooked benefit is the fact that the two career choices — teaching and social work — tend to work within very similar fields. While one is focused on teaching students, both highlight that innate human desire to come alongside those who are in need and help them through adversity. The complementary nature of both careers makes it much easier to “double up” by becoming certified for both.

Yet another great modern advantage to broadening your career into the realm of social work is that you can get many certifications and even full-fledged degrees online with little difficulty and often at your own pace these days. This doesn’t only make the education and credentials of becoming a social worker more easily accessible, though. It also allows you, if desired, to go the whole nine yards and create an entire alternative career path as a possibility for the future.

The need for social workers isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, it’s projected that the number of workers required may rise a hefty 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. That provides a nice career safety net, freeing up any struggling rural teacher who might otherwise have few other options.

 

How Extra Work Can Push You Too Far

Of course, as any educating veteran will tell you, teaching is anything but a relaxing career choice, with most teachers constantly struggling to keep their heads above the water. After all, the average modern teacher is dealing with a variety of challenges including an increasingly recognized diversity in learning styles within their own classrooms.

That said, you need to make sure to avoid burnout in the quest for supplemental income. After all, it’s estimated that teachers make approximately 1,500 decisions a day. Therefore, it’s important to keep perspective when trying to weigh your options. It’s also helpful to remember that there are ways to avoid that mental and physical burnout such as exercise, yoga, and that age-old favorite, an afternoon cup o’ joe.

The Student’s End of the Deal

While the pros and cons to a teacher of going the social worker route are fairly straightforward, they aren’t the only things to consider. There are far-reaching external impacts that any social worker can make as well, many of which are as profound as any teacher might find themselves producing within the classroom.

 

Why Are Social Workers Needed in Rural Areas in Particular?

It’s a tragic fact that students in rural areas tend to struggle profoundly with both direct issues like substance abuse as well as more indirect (yet still nefarious) elements like low socioeconomic status. While the former can be detrimental to one’s health and even lethal in certain cases, the latter can be just as debilitating in the long term, as the lack of career opportunities that most rural students face can be crippling.

Thus, becoming a social worker in a rural area can allow a teacher to also aid in the battle against things like the ever-worsening opioid crisis as well as get hands-on experience in the struggle for their students to succeed after school hours and outside of the classroom. After all, when it comes to social work, students are just the tip of the iceberg, with rural social workers diving into the heart of one of the U.S.’s most actively struggling demographics. Their service is required not just for schools but for hospitals, nonprofits, and even prisons.

Don’t Give Up!

If you’re a rural teacher, don’t give up hope. The struggle to make ends meet may be very real, but it isn’t one with zero alternatives. Considering social work as a viable supplemental income or even an alternative career path is an excellent option that has become both accessible and needed in the modern era more than ever before.

 

If you liked this article, you may want to consider giving this one on creating inclusive classrooms for students with disabilities a gander, as well.

How to Pursue Your WHY

Last week, I wrote an article called, Teachers Don’t Need to Find Their WHY. Its main point was that the vast majority of teachers don’t struggle to find meaning in their work; they know why they became a teacher. What’s frustrating and at times demoralizing is their feeling that they cannot pursue their WHY. The article generated a lot of interest and some discussion, but it was not optimistic and failed to provide any solutions to the problem. Fortunately, some readers offered advice.

One of those readers was Bill Cecil, who taught for more than thirty years. Bill was the 2003-2004 Michigan Teacher of the Year, and he spent much of his career inspiring teachers to be effective leaders through high-energy presentations and his book, Best Year Ever. His website includes 100 short videos that can help any teacher improve his/her practice. Bill is endlessly positive, which is why I’m sharing his response to my article below. If you’re looking for a way to reengage with your WHY, then follow Bill’s advice.

Bill:

“I hope you are right about most teachers already knowing their WHY. If so, with all the many distractions and challenges going on in education right now pulling teachers in many different directions, maybe there are some teachers who can use your article to reconnect with their purpose. I will say, I do disagree with you that teachers aren’t being allowed to pursue their purpose. Maybe this is their perception, but it does not have to be their reality! Please let me explain.

Throughout my 30+ years teaching, I used my teaching and time in my classroom each day to pursue my purpose by trying to uplift, elevate, and empower my students to believe in themselves, adopt and/or maintain a growth mindset, always give their best effort, and try to approach each day looking for things to get excited and happy about.

I NEVER once asked anyone or waited for anyone to give me permission to do that–or waited for the conditions to be just right for me to be able to pursue my purpose! Instead,  I just learned to filter all the WHATS (what I was being told to teach), WHENS (when to teach my lessons), and HOWS (being told how to teach my lessons) and anything else I was being mandated to do through my WHY(my purpose) each day.

I would always try to keep my focus on my bigger mission while going about all the other business, which seemed to cut down on my students’ and my stress, help create a more positive, productive learning environment, and to be able to drive home each day still feeling tired as all hell but satisfied and fulfilled knowing that I was making a difference in my classroom!

Over my long career, I saw many, many WHATS, WHENS, HOWS, and other challenges come and go…But my WHY never changed! I used it like my North Star to keep me on the path I entered this profession to pursue. I would encourage those of you still teaching to do the same thing!!

There are many things teachers don’t have a lot of control over, but I STILL BELIEVE no one can ever take away your ability to teach with purpose (and to positively impact your students) each and every day!! I wish all of you still teaching the very best and the courage to always pursue your purpose for teaching with passion!”


So, what do you think?

Are you able to pursue your WHY in your school? 

What makes doing so harder than it should be?

Knowing what you now know, what is something you would tell your younger self?

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