The world over, teachers remain among the least rewarded workforce yet they are the ones tasked with the responsibilities of molding the future generations.
They work way beyond the stipulated school hours, creating lesson plans, marking classwork, homework, preparing exams, etc.
Their salaries remain low but teachers workloads keep piling up.
That’s why I decided that today I will share some of the ways teachers whether actively working or retired, can supplement their income.
1. Sell Educational Materials Online
Those classroom teaching aids you spent years of trial and error developing and perfecting are your own property and you can sell them to other teachers to help them perfect their classroom act. Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) is a website where you can showcase your teaching materials and get paid.
All you need to do is register to be a TPT member and display your materials, be they Elementary, Middle or High School resources.
The pricing is quite low but you can make some good money depending on the demand for your particular type of teaching resources.
2. Become An Online Tutor
This does not have to be highly technical or complicated. Skype and other video conferencing technologies are available to get you started.
With high-speed internet connections, you can give your student a high-quality classroom-like experience from the comfort of your home.
Your students will most likely enjoy this experience too if they don’t fancy the real classroom. I know I didn’t always like to be in the same setting every day during my school-days.
There’s flexibility on how you want to conduct this business. You can have 1 on 1 sessions with your students or work with a group of students.
I believe working with a group is more efficient because if your lessons take 2 hours, and you have 10 students, you would spend 20 hours for 1 on 1 teaching. This would take you maybe 2-3 days. But if you had them in a group, that’s just 2 hours!
3. Online Test Scorer
There are lots of opportunities to become a test scorer for testing programs like the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), Praxis, GRE(Graduate Record Exams).
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is always looking for scorers. You will be working on a part-time basis during the scoring season, thus having the flexibility to pursue other opportunities elsewhere.
4. Educational Writer / Editor
This is another lucrative opportunity. You can work with educational publishing companies as a freelance writer in your area of expertise.
You can find lots of opportunities from McMillan Education. They usually have commission based jobs for freelancers to create, print, digital, audio and video materials.
5. Start A Blog And Monetize It
Yes, this is possible!
You can start your own education oriented blog and make money from it. This one will involve a substantial amount of work to set it up but it will pay off in a huge way.
There are so many topics you can choose to be the focus of your blog.
Here are some examples of education blogs that you can get ideas from:
1. A Difference – an education-oriented blog by Darren Kuropatwa. He is a teacher who loves to share ideas on teaching and learning
2. Learning Is Messy – by Brian Crosby- an upper elementary school teacher with 30 years of experience. He believes in highly engaging, hands-on and minds-on type of learning to allow the students to “Go Deep”.
3. Graham Wegner – Open Educator – a blog by Graham Wegner – a primary school educator from Australia. He shares his views.
These are just a few examples of blogs created and build by teachers. If you have no experience on blogging you may probably think this is difficult.
I will tell you, it is not difficult at all. As long as you are able to type and have experience with the internet, your are good to go.
There thousands of teachers and former teachers who had no experience with blogging whatsoever. They joined this Internet Marketing Training Platform.
The received step by step training on how to start a blog and make money from it.
What Is This Training Platform And What Is It All About?
A training platform dedicated to helping anyone make money online through easy step by step training. You learn by doing, from website/blog creation (no coding of any of the complicated stuff) to marketing and making money.
This platform teaches you how to build a successful and sustainable online business. It is not a get-rich-quick scheme but a legitimate platform that requires a commitment to working hard and building your online business, just as you would with a traditional brick and mortar business.
You put in a lot of initial hard work and reap the benefits later, simple as that. There is nothing complicated. All that is required is your willingness to work on your business and make it a success.
You are at liberty to choose any area of interest that you want to be the focus of your business. That is called a Niche. As a teacher, you may want to focus on education because you have a lot of experience in this area. There are tonnes of ideas you can write about on your blog.
However, it is not a must that you focus on education. You may have other passions apart from education, like gardening, skiing, traveling, beauty, food, wine, parenting, babies, fitness, weight loss, dating, etc.
These are just a few ideas. You can focus on any of those and build your blog.
To make money from your blog, you will learn affiliate marketing within the training platform. This is basically promoting other peoples products and earning commissions.
Here Is How It Works
Your role with your blog is that of a problem solver. You provide useful information to the people. People search answers on google all the time and if your blog provides answers they need, they will love your blog and trust you.
The success of Affiliate marketing is all about being a trusted problem solver.
As part of your problem-solving mission, you also recommend relevant products that you have signed up to promote. When someone clicks on your affiliate link and makes a purchase, you earn a commission.
You will learn how to choose the right products and how to promote them. There are millions of products you will choose from. The most important thing is to choose the ones that complement your blog.
Supposing you blog about healthy eating and you decide to write a helpful article on “How To Make Easy Natural weight loss Drinks”.
You can tie that together with great Amazon Juicer Machines.
Another effective way to promote products on your website is to write informative reviews and have your affiliate links so that when people decide to buy from your website you earn commissions.
How Can I Join The Training?
You can begin as a Free/Starter Member just to see how it works and then later pay for the Premium Membership ($49/$39/$29 per month – depending on the payment plan you choose).
The free membership is meant to give you a taste of how the training works while the premium membership gives you all the tools you need to build a successful business.
There you have them, various ways retired teachers can earn income on a part-time basis:
- Selling educational materials online
- Online tutoring
- Test scoring
- Blogging + Affiliate Marketing
I hope you enjoyed reading and got the information you needed. I wish you all the best in your quest to earn extra income.
Please do me a small favor and share this post within your network. You might just help someone!
Lastly, I would love to hear from you. Kindly share your thoughts in the comments, you may help me improve.
You are awesome!