As educators we have an important job: teaching the world’s youth. While the teaching profession consistently ranks as one of the top five “noble” job fields, it is also hard for many teachers to make a living without working a part-time job on the side. What can you do as a teacher though to make some extra money? That’s the question I spent hours researching. None of these ways to make money online are “get rich” opportunities, instead they are real world business opportunities for those in education.
1. Sell Your Content on TeachersPayTeachers.com
Teachers Pay Teachers has been around for almost seven years, and boy has it grown! Paul Edelman the founder says, “Teachers work hard and deserve extra compensation for all those hours spent lesson planning.Newer teachers and those looking for ideas can save time and leap ahead in competency by learning from veterans.We strongly believe that the ensuing exchange lifts all boats and leads to the better sharing of best practices.In the end everyone wins, especially our students.”
The site is simple and straightforward. When you sign-up you have the option to download free and paid resources, as well as upload free and paid resources. You set the price.
You can browse resources by Grade Level, Subject, Type (Lesson Plans, Printables, Exams etc), and Price. Techcrunch recently wrote an article about Teachers Pay Teachers when the first teacher from the site reached $1 Million in sales! Many of the top teachers on the site have hit five figures or more in sales. TPT takes a 40% cut of profit on basic memberships, but only 15% on Premium memberships (which start at $60 a year). If you are going to sell a good amount of material, it might make sense to join as a premium member.
Finally, be sure to read the site’s TOS and Copyright Policy.
2. Create A Course on Udemy.com