Top 10 Work-at-Home Jobs for Teachers
Telecommuting jobs are attractive to workers in all kinds of occupations, but for teachers, they might feel like the impossible dream. When you’re getting up at 5 am. to commute to work after staying up half the night doing classroom prep, a job that lets you work in your jammies sounds pretty darn good. It might also sound unlikely — obviously, you can’t teach from the comfort of your own home, right?
Put that expertise to good use, and build a second career as a curriculum developer. The major job boards always have listings for curriculum developers. Some, like Indeed, will let you filter for home-based opportunities.
6. Teaching Materials Provider
You already have your teaching materials, honed by years of trial and error in the classroom. Why not make your hard work pay off? Teachers Pay Teachers allows you to share your lesson plans, activities, classroom décor and more — and earn money from it. You probably won’t make a fortune from the site, but you could make a couple extra hundred a month, which comes in handy when you’re launching a post-classroom career. And some sellers seem to do quite well.
“I currently make much more selling teaching resources than I would have if I'd continued teaching,” writes Rachel Lynette at Edutopia.
“According to TpT, the top seller has made over $2 million, 164 teachers have earned over $50,000, and thousands more bring in a few hundred dollars a month, which can make a big difference when you're living on a teacher's salary.”
7. Educational Editor
Educational publishing is a natural fit for teachers who leave the classroom. PayScale reports that self-employed editors earn median annual salaries of $66,000 — better than most editors who work full-time for an employer. But, if the freelance life doesn’t appeal, don’t count out educational editing. Increasing numbers of employers in all industries are embracing flexible schedules, including full-time telecommuting roles. If you’re willing to do some careful job searching, you might find the perfect educational editorial job that will let you work from home.
8. Test Scorer
Educational Testing Service (ETS) is always looking for online and onsite test scorers for the TOEFL, GRE, and other tests. This is typically a part-time job and cyclical, as need varies over the course of the year. See current opportunities at their site.
As we said earlier, solid writing skills are rare. If you’re ready for something entirely new, you might put your abilities to use as a blogger or writer, focusing on educational topics or another beat near and dear to your heart. To get started in this field, prepare to start pitching before you flip the switch and leave the classroom for good. Full-time writing careers are built on connections, and you’ll need to build up your network before you commit.
10. Educational Consultant
It’s a dirty little secret of professional life that consultants often earn more than employees for offering similar expertise. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you can build a business coaching teachers and administrators.
Note that this job isn’t entirely home-based, as you’ll likely need to consult with clients directly. However, being your own boss comes with a great deal of flexibility (as well as responsibility). If this sounds like something that interests you, Angela Watson offers a good primer for aspiring educational consultants at her site.
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