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9 Ways Teachers Can Make Money Working from Home

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Telecommuting jobs are an attractive get for women in any industry because they allow for flexibility and, for women who are caregivers or parents, more time to support loved ones. Depending on how you shape your career, they’re also excellent skill builders and side-hustles.

Teaching is just one of the many ways to make money online. Available gigs draw from a wide range of qualifications and positions. Some jobs require teaching certifications or advanced degrees while others provide an outlet for connecting online tutors with students. 

There are multiple ways to leverage whatever teaching experience you do have at home. For example, you can make money working as a tutor with platforms like Mathnasium and teach students to learn math from the comfort of their homes. 

Here are a few ways you can make money teaching online. 

Teaching online

If you love the idea of teaching, but you want to take it outside the traditional classroom, being an online teacher is a great option. You already have the credentials to teach, so all you’ll need is to learn the online platform the company uses. Some virtual teachers focus on homeschool students while others may focus on adult learners or even corporate training programs. Others focus on teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Online adjunct professor/instructor

According to U.S. Department of Education data, adjunct professors account for nearly half of American college and university teaching positions. Educators work on a part-time basis, usually under a per-semester or school year contract. Similar to a full-time professor, they give lectures, plan lessons, give tests, and support their students. Adjunct employment offers flexibility if you are looking for a supplemental income, or you need a job to work while pursuing other interests, or even while homeschooling. 

Become an online tutor

Online tutoring can be a great way to make money from home. Figure out what your specialty is, whether it’s SAT or GRE prep, ESL, or even specific subjects. 

Technologies like Zoom or other video conferencing software have made it easier to still have a face-to-face tutoring session. Sites like Pearson lists tutoring jobs for nursing, writing, computer science, and more. A Glassdoor survey reported a national average of $20,171 in compensation per year but noted that the range can be as low as $18,984 and as high as $37,443 per year.

Sell teaching materials 

If you already have your teaching materials, honed by years of trial and error in the classroom, then you can share that knowledge and rake in some cash at the same time. Teachers Pay Teachers allows you to share your lesson plans, activities, classroom décor, and more—and earn money from it, or you can set up your own Etsy shop, or sell it on Amazon Ignite

According to The Butterfly Teacher, selling online teaching materials does have its ups and downs. “All the money you make comes after the product is completed and posted for sale. Think of a writer creating a book–the writer gets paid once the book is complete.”

Grading standardized testing

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is always looking for online test scorers for TOEIC, TOEFL, GRE, and other tests. This is a part-time job and cyclical throughout the year, depending on the number of test takers and test administrations. 

Consult or coach other educators 

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you can build a business coaching teachers and administrators. The first step is figuring out your passion and how you can help other teachers. Of course, you can use online video conferencing to meet with clients to coach them. 

Develop or write curriculums for the classroom

You can put your experience with using your own materials in the classroom to good use because you know what works and what doesn’t. A curriculum developer works with classroom teachers to order books and materials for instructional use, interpret state guidelines to make changes to school curricula, and make recommendations on changes that could increase student performance. Curriculum writers evaluate student test scores, alter outdated curricula, standardized teaching strategies, and implement new educational materials according to the Study website. 

Writing and editing educational materials

An increasing number of employers in all industries are embracing flexible schedules, including full-time telecommuting roles and contract assignments. Companies like Universal Class provide online continuing education courses to schools, libraries, companies, educators, and individuals. They hire instructional writers to author courses on a variety of subjects. The pay ranges $.04–$.07 per word for writing of course material. 

Advise or consult on the admissions process

According to Zip Recruiter, a home admissions counselor’s job is to provide virtual support to students as they move through the college enrollment process, that can include helping them complete applications, providing remote guidance, and actively recruiting students to the school.  AdmissionConsultants hires candidates with admissions committee experience and good interpersonal skills as consultants for its work-at-home jobs.

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By Shameika Rhymes

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Shameika Rhymes is a Charlotte, North Carolina–based freelance writer who loves writing about culture, lifestyle, entertainment, and feminism. Her bylines include InHerSight, ET Online, Style BluePrint, Charlotte magazine, USA Today magazines, Shondaland, and Parade magazine. She also hosts an entertainment show Check the Rhymes TV on YouTube. She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from East Tennessee State University and a master's in sports commerce from the University of Memphis.

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