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Side Gigs for Teachers: Author Interview

“Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money” – Interview with Co-Author Jackie Bolen

In the recently published Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money  Jackie Bolen and Jennifer Booker Smith seek to show educators how to earn extra money in their spare time. We reached out to co-author Jackie Bolen and asked her some questions about the book and side hustling in general. We hope you enjoy the interview and be sure to grab your copy of Side Gigs for Teachers today!

1) What inspired the two of you to write this book?

Jennifer and I are both “retired” teachers who met while teaching English in South Korea. Of course, we’re not really retired and are still super busy doing a million things! She’s traveling around the world, and I’ve since moved back home to Canada.

We got started with self-publishing books, developing websites, and putting materials on Teacher Pay Teachers while still teaching in Korea. But these days, we’re both making a full-time living off of our side-gigs.

We hope to inspire other teachers out there (ESL and otherwise) to get their own side hustle going on. It’s an excellent way to earn a bit of cash in your spare time, or even make it into a career like we have. If you’re not happy in the classroom, need a break, or just want to have a bit more cash in your bank account at the end of the month, there are options out there!

2) About how many side gigs for teachers does the book cover?

We divide the side-gigs up into two categories: Active, and Passive.

By “active,” we mean things like tutoring, pet sitting, or test evaluating. Basically, you have to work one hour for one hour of pay with these side-gigs. We discuss 14 of the best ones for teachers options in detail. Teachers have a lot of skills like public speaking, writing, and knowledge about certain areas so why not put that to good use to make some extra money?

The second category of side gigs are passive ones. By “passive,” we mean that you have to put a lot of work (or money with investing) in up-front, but that you can earn money for years down the road. Some of the examples are self-published books, affiliate websites, and investing in the stock market. We give you all the details for how to get started with seven of these ones.

3) Can you tell us about two or three of your favorite side gigs for teachers covered in the book?

There are a few that I’m currently using to make a full-time income. Jennifer and I have 20+ self-published books that you can find on Amazon. The first one took a lot of time, effort and frustration! But, we’ve learned so much along the way that the process has gotten much easier over time.

I also develop Amazon affiliate websites. Basically, I review products on Amazon and if people click a product link on my website, and purchase something on Amazon, I get a commission. This side-gig is good for people who have a very, very long-term vision. It can take a year or two of solid work before you ever earn you first dollar. But, there is huge potential to make this into a full-time job for yourself.

Jennifer is the guru of all things Teachers Pay Teachers. You can put your course materials on that website and people pay you to download them. If you already spend a lot of time creating some awesome stuff, why not make a bit of extra money off of it?

4) What kind of teachers do you think can be successful with side hustles?

I really think that just about anyone can start a side hustle. There are a million and one different ones so you’re sure to find a side-gig or two that will work for you. In our book, we talk about 21 of them, and I’d be very, very surprised if you read the book and couldn’t find one that would work!

However, the people that do the best with starting a side-hustle are usually motived, and are also long-term thinkers. It can a while before you start to get some traction in terms of earning serious money. The key is to believe in what you’re doing, work smart, and also be willing to put in some serious effort to get things off the ground. Of course, perseverance helps a lot. You will get some motivation though when you earn your first dollar from your side hustle.

5) For a busy teacher just getting started trying to make money on the side, what kind of general advice would you give them?

The best advice I could give you is to start with one side-gig. It can be tempting to try and get a million things up and running, but in reality, you’ll have more success if you master one thing. Give yourself at least six months before trying another one.

The other thing I would say is to just start NOW! Actually, yesterday was the best time, but it’s not too late today. You can spend months and years researching and thinking and planning, but it’s better to just make some forward progress in terms of action. You WILL make mistakes. Everybody does. Learn from them and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

6) Besides your books, do you have any recommended resources for teachers getting started with side gigs?

I am a huge fan of Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income. He interviews the top people in the online business world.

7) Anything else you would like to tell us or share with our readers?

You can find me online at www.jackiebolen.com. I’m happy to help you out by answering a question or two. I also offer consulting via Skype for more detailed advice about getting a side-gig up and running. Get in touch!


Author Bio: Jackie Bolen is a former ESL teacher in Korea who turned her side-gigs into a full-time job in Canada. She’s an author, website developer and lover of all things passive income, and online business. You can find her at www.jackiebolen.com.

Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money is available now on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions!

 


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Teacherpreneurs: How Do you Find Time for your Business?

Teacherpreneurs: How Do You Find Time For Your Business?

It is no secret that teaching is not the best-paid job in the world. Thankfully what it lacks in financial reward it more than makes up for in other ways. The trouble is those other ways don’t put food on the table. This is where The Moneywise Teacher helps. It gives you great ways to save and make money.

But how do you find time to become a teacherpreneur while also being the dedicated teacher you want to be?

Finding more time in the day

I’m about to give you the secret to finding more time in the day.

There isn’t any.

Sorry ladies and gents but there are only 1,444 minutes to work with and no way around it.

Now that we have dealt with that bombshell it is time to reflect. Where are your minutes going? I suggest you experiment and create a simple audit of where your time is going. This doesn’t need to be fancy, a scrap of paper will do. Make a note how long you spend doing everything from grading papers to scrolling Facebook to doing laundry.

When you have the results, look at where you could make time savings and where you could use those savings to invest in being a teacherpreneur.

Ignoring what others are doing

Have you noticed how many super mums there are on the internet? The ones that home-school a dozen children while running their own business and travelling the world with a bikini ready body. Does that sound like you? Nah, me neither.

Comparison is not the key to success. You need to focus on yourself, your aims and your goals. If you want to make time to work on your business of an evening you can. If you think you don’t have time, and would rather work at the weekend that is fine too. Find your rhythm and what works best for you.

Being kind to yourself

As a teacher, you are unlikely to think of yourself as a priority. We are a selfless breed and so we struggle to make time for ourselves. Please listen to this next bit closely:

It is not selfish to prioritize your own wellbeing. You are no good to anyone in a heap on the floor.

Please, please, please make realistic goals and working habits. Maybe you can’t have it all at once. Would that be the end of the world? Would a balanced (relatively) stress-free lifestyle not be better for you, your students, and those your care about?

Being adaptable

Teaching may be your overarching superpower but with it comes the power to adapt. Don’t be afraid to try things out with your business and your working patterns. Review, reflect and refine as you do. It isn’t failing to change things around.

You can be a successful teacher and teacherpreneur. Be brave. Give it a go.

Are you trying to do too much? Audit your time and share in the comments what you’ve learned and want to change.

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Teacher Side Hustle

Every Teacher Should Know About This Side Hustle

So you’re a teacher and you spend tons of time pouring over lesson plans, activities, and resources for the young minds you’re teaching.

Whether you’re the super creative who does this daily or an occasional designer of a worksheet here or there, you have the potential to make some side money.

How you may be wondering? On one website, teacher-authors have made over 175 MILLION DOLLARS since their founding.

Around three million members browse their site for new materials for their own classroom. Teachers from any school can upload their materials to create their own small business.

How to Side Hustle

The best thing about this side hustle is that most of the work has already been done. All that’s left is a quick upload after registering with Teachers Pay Teachers. Membership is free for the basic seller but for even higher royalties, sellers can pay around $60 a year for the premium membership. You can put as much effort into your store, descriptions, and teacher instructions as you want depending on what kind of return you hope to see.

By uploading documents, lesson plans, and even teaching planners, teachers have the opportunity to make some sort of income out of this side hustle. It’s also important to keep a record of income and expenses incurred for tax purposes.

The simplicity of this website is what makes side hustling even more appealing. Each teacher gets a store (think Etsy) and can promote their store on their social media pages. Also, any of the current members can happen upon the store as well.

For the driven hustler, sellers can place ads that will appear on prominent places of the website to drive even more traffic and promote their materials.

It’s for The Whole School

Not only can individual teachers buy different resources, but the website offers services to the whole school.

This is attractive to different schools because they can set a budget and buy different materials fit for each grade and intelligence level to help students achieve where they need to be.

Teachers Pay Teachers does a great job of offering services that focus on the student and the teachers themselves as well. It’s an added bonus to work with a company that advocates for your line of work.

Through multiple licenses, great material has the chance to be bought for a whole grade or as a resource for all of the teachers in one school district. This creates a serious stream of income for the chosen seller.

What to Sell?

Almost every teacher is going to have something to contribute.

The website offers a wide range of products including physical goods. If you sell any of the following, it may be time to open up a store.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Task Cards
  • Worksheets
  • Classroom Décor
  • Activities
  • Teacher Planning Calendars
  • Hard Educational Goods
  • Printables

How to Build Up Your Store

If you want to take your side hustle up a level, you may want to start marketing your store. One neat way to bring more people to your store is by providing free resources and printables. Many side hustlers do this in whatever career course they are on to bring attention to what they offer.

If people like what they download, they may come back to buy more. Plus, who doesn’t like helping out a fellow teacher.
Another creative way would be by creating a business Facebook page for your store and updating it with new materials. A great way to generate likes or follows is by creating a contest.

By using gift cards that Teachers Pay Teachers offer, sellers can reward a lucky follower after hitting a goal for likes on their business page.

Not only does this have more people seeing your new material on Facebook but also gets the winner onto the Teacher Pay Teachers site. The hustle part of side hustling is promoting your products and getting your name out there.

It’s always good, as mentioned earlier, to promote your store on any of your social media channels. There are different Facebook groups as well to join where you can share links to any of your stores or product pages. Try searching for anything “teacher resources” related and be sure to check the guidelines for posting etiquette.

Some of the top sellers for TPT treat their stores as more of a business than a side hustle and have amazing marketing plans in place. If your store starts to really take off and people love what you’re creating, you may have the potential to create your own business. Top sellers tend to utilize Pinterest marketing and run their own blogs as well.

Why Side Hustle?

The best part of side hustling is that you’re self-employed. You decide how driven you want to be and the hours you want to put in. Whether you want to upload occasionally and let people find your store to adding content daily and promoting like crazy is up to you.

Even an extra $100 a month can sound appealing to several people. There are numerous teachers who are extremely successful selling their content as well who can make thousands a year.

It’s truly up to the side hustler on what they want to achieve. Usually what you put in, you get out of it.

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