Make More Money, Not Just Teach More
I was a teacher for 10 years. I taught English in Europe and China to ESL kids between the ages of 5 and 18. Though my teaching experience was unique to my niche, there is plenty of common ground between career teachers and TESL/TEFL overseas. One of the common threads is low pay.
Make More Money As A Teacher By Teaching More? No Thanks.
One of the long standing stereotypes of teachers is that teachers love to teach. In fact, many teachers return after retirement because they love the job so much. So as a teacher that wants to make some money on the side, why not do more teaching? That's what most of the “listicles” online tell you.
Tip #3: Take on extra tutoring gigs over the weekends and holidays!
Sorry, not for me. Not all of us are ENFJ personality types. After ten years in the classroom, found some enjoyment in teaching. I didn't love it. At the end of the day when the kids left and I was leaving school, I did not have a desire to enter another classroom and start it all over again.
Numerous sites claiming to have ideas for ways that teachers can make more money in their free time go to the default answer of more teaching.
- Private Tutoring
- Online Classes
- Testing & Grading
Though this is a simple answer, it's not the best answer for everyone. Some of us do not want to dedicated every second of our days to teaching. Even worse, some sites suggest that the best way to earn extra money is by saving more ::Mad Face Emoji::
Bleh. No thanks. Saving money on software purchases is not really what I was looking for. I wanted to find something that could actually grow my monthly income and improve my quality of life.
Starting A Website To Make Money (How I Did It)
About 8 years into my last English teaching job in China I decided that I did not want to be a career teacher. I started looking for ways that I could supplement my income on the internet, and cut back on my hours in the classroom.
I eventually found something called “niche marketing” online. In a nutshell, you create small websites for a target niche audience. You write informational content for the audience on a blog, and promote products and services via ads or promotional posts.
It's simple, it's honest, and it works.
There are two main challenges you will face when doing this.
One, is taking the first step to build your website. Notice how I didn't say that building the website is the challenge. Building a site on WordPress is extremely simple these days, and can be done with the push of a button. But believing that this is possible, even though you have no previous experience is a huge leap of faith.
The second challenge, which is an actual challenge, is going to be writing content that people want to read and find useful.
Engaging and useful content is what will drive traffic to your blog. Most people will be able forgive amateur mistakes if the content they find is accurate, informational, and helps them solve a problem. ==> Learn more about niche marketing, internet marketing, and online business
Why Teachers? (You're Perfect For This Side-Hustle)
There are a few reasons why teachers are a perfect fit for this type of money-making venture.
- You are educated
- You already know how to help people
- You know the value of hard work, and the results of slacking
- You have summers off and afternoons free (depends on teaching position)
- Because you teach, you know how to learn
- Research for your website content topics will be fun and interesting
Another thing worth mentioning is that you definitely know the value of investing in an education. And that's how you need to look at learning how to start a profitable website. Invest your time and energy into a year of relevant education. Instead of learning science, art, math, or English, you are learning the basics of how to make money!
How I Quit Teaching
When my interest in traditional pedagogy started to wane, I thought I could just work summer gigs, save up enough, then quit after a decade. It just wasn't practical.
I'm no longer a teacher. I discovered that I didn't really like teaching all that much. This may or may not be the case with you. Either way, my own story serves as an example of how online niche marketing can provide you with options you never thought were possible.
I dedicated a few hours in the evening each day to my new websites. It took me about 3 months to make my first product sale. I was promoting some computer software that I was using in China. After about 6 months I was starting to make regular sales with a couple hundred visitors to my site each day.
After 1.5 years and a few failed sites, I finally was generating enough income to quit my job in China, return to the US, and work full time on my sites.
Lots of people ask me how much I make. How much I make is not important. You can certainly make as much as your current teacher salary. You can double or triple it with enough experience and a business plan for outsourcing and expansion. You don't really need to think THAT big at this point, but I just wanted to let you know that it's possible. By starting a website, you're essentially starting the cheapest business possible. While it costs $100,000 for a restaurant loan, you can spend just $15 for a domain name.
Where to Get Training So You Can Get Started
The key at this point is to get proper training. There are plenty of ‘get rich quick' schemes online, and there are just as many training programs that will teach you ‘loopholes' to boost your profits faster.
Obviously, these are not long term business plans. Most of the time they don't even work.
You can join the same training center where I learned how to build websites, find profitable niches, and create content that not only helped people, but also allowed me to make money from my sites.
No previous experience is necessary! You only need a willingness to learn. I started with no knowledge of marketing, web design, or coding of any kind, and I was able to create a full time job for myself.
You are welcome to read other reviews by searching in Google, Yahoo, or Bing. I think it's always good to get a few opinions before committing time and money to something like this.
If you would like to give me credit for the referral, please use my link on this page or my review pages. The links to this community contain an affiliate cookie which means I get credit for the referral, and make a commission for each referral I make.
I am an active member in WA, and keep track of the questions or discussions created by members I have referred. Plus, you can contact me private via Private Message within the community, so my 1-on-1 support is a real incentive to join though my link. There are many other reasons to enroll in this community, namely that it's free to join and start your first two websites. There is, of course, a paid tier of the membership where the bulk of the learning happens, but at least you can join and see what it's like inside before committing any money.
If you dedicate 1-3 hours each day to following the training and working on your websites, a legitimate expectation is to start making sales after 3-6 months of work. This will depend on your niche, your content, and your dedication to your site.
You do not have to be stuck in your current salary. Building niche websites is a simple way to make more money as a teacher. It's an honest way to earn some income in your free time. It's a real way to open new possibilities for your future.