Escaping the Classroom

Hello and Welcome!

I’m Nancy

I Help Teachers Discover Genuine Ways to Start Their Own Businesses

Why Escape the Classroom?

The odds are great that you fit into one of these three main categories:

  1.  You need to get out of teaching ASAP
  2.  You plan to stay, but you’ve got to find something that will supplement your teacher’s salary
  3.  You are retired, or about to be, and like number two above, you need more money coming in.

What I’ve Discovered After 20 Years in a Classroom

Teachers live life in terribly precarious positions.  

  • Burdened with outrageous levels of responsibility, classroom teachers are deprived of any legitimate authority. 
  • Earning salaries far below that of professionals with comparable levels of education, teachers fill positions that are rife with illness-inducing stresses and worse.  
  • Depending on others to look out for our best interests has resulted in underfunded retirement plans in most states in the U.S.  

A better plan is to lay the foundation for your own future yourself. 

Create Your Plan B

You might be looking for a way to hedge your bets with your pension plan. 

It’s smart to have a steady stream of income that doesn’t depend on politicians or The Fed.

You might be looking for a completely new way to earn an income.

Whatever your reason for not wanting to rely completely on your pension income, you can read about Wealthy Affiliate and why it’s a great Plan B, and a perfect fit for teachers here.

After all, most of us don’t dream about spending our retirement years subbing.

 

This is the interview I did with Brad Gudim at the Synergy Cafe.  FYI: It’s 7:40 long.

 

How I Got Here

I went back to school and got my teaching credential as an older adult.  I worked hard for that degree. In the process, I worked as a tutor, and it propelled me into a teaching credential.

You already know that the teaching profession is about lots more than just teaching.   I found myself in that 50% group of new teachers you may have read about.  I was ready to bail before my first five years were over.

However, I had spent lots of time earning those pieces of paper, had lots of student loan debt, and a family to support.

Besides, I liked the teaching part, I just couldn’t stand the rest.

You know what I mean:

  • Large blocks of class time devoted to teaching to the test
  • A total lack of respect for the teaching profession
  • Incredible amounts of responsibility with no authority

The list goes on, but you experience it for yourself every day.

Instead of leaving, I got another degree.  Sound familiar?

I have to admit, I did check for other opportunities from time to time.

With the growth of the internet, and the sky-rocketing number of virtual business opportunities that exist today, it’s a whole new and exciting world for teachers!

Escaping the Classroom FaviconWhy Escaping The Classroom?

You’ve spent years molding your plans to fit the expectations, and  whims of others.

Is it time to call your own shots?

You’ll find information in two main sections here:

  • Alternatives to Teaching
  • Teaching Concerns

Alternatives to Teaching

I’m constantly searching and reviewing companies that offer excellent training.

I only review businesses that I would recommend to a family member or good friend.

Many of them are virtual jobs that you can operate from anywhere you choose.

As long as you have a laptop and access to the internet, you’re in business.

Where would you go if you could work wherever you wanted?

Teaching Concerns

My goal is to provide you with fresh, relevant thoughts and ideas.  Your student’s needs, and the expectations constantly being placed on you change quickly.

I do the reading you may not have time for, and provide useful information in a quick, easy to process format.

Wealthy Affiliate

I’ve chosen to be foot-loose, fancy-free, and gainfully employed through a company called Wealthy Affiliate.

They have an excellent track record of helping people turn their dreams into realities.

What having your own business can do for you
A business of your own can provide three things a teaching career alone cannot:
  • flexibility 
  • freedom 
  • control of your life

It doesn’t work for everyone, but I know it works for teachers, and here’s why: 

  • Teachers realize get-rich-quick is fiction.
  • Teachers know what real work is.  You’re doing it every day.
  • Teachers know how to:
    •  Plan
    •  Coordinate
    • Juggle a dozen tasks
    •  Manage
    • Explain and explain again
    •  Inspire
    • Pour their hearts and souls into projects and see them through to the end

If you just recognized yourself in this description, Wealthy Affiliate can help you live the life you deserve.

===>Start your Wealthy Affiliate journey here<=== 

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12 thoughts on “Escaping the Classroom”

  1. Thanks very much Nancy. I have been to your website before but I did not know the whole story behind your domain name. That is a great idea, to Escape The Classroom so that you can have your own business. I hope that when teachers are looking for other ways to generate income, they will find your website. I appreciated reading your story telling about how you went to school and became a teacher, and about where you are now in your career. I am sure that lots of other teachers will too.

    • I’m glad you found the page interesting, and hope others do too.  So many teachers work for such low salaries and are having to work second jobs.  I believe supplying a dependable list of legitimate job options is important.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  2. You hit the nail right on the head with this introduction concerning your website. I look forward to this website a lot since I am a tutor myself.  I know what it entails to engage in all those tedious work only to find out that the pay does not cover all the expenses, and one needs to get a side hustle. Seriously, I’m anticipating the various opportunities you will be presenting on this platform.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed EscapingTheClassroom.  I post new articles regularly, and hope you’ll check back often.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  3. Thanks for this really nice post. I’ve had problems with my teaching top and the most pressing is the minimal salary which can barely cover up for my personal upkeep, talk more of paying my rent and other bill. I’m really happy to have come across this post. I’ve heard a lot about wealthy affiliate but I’ve been waiting to get more information about it, which this post have done. I’ll look into going into wealthy affiliate. 

    • I’m glad you found the post helpful.  Wealthy Affiliate is a wonderful company, and I know you’ll be impressed with them.

      Thanks for taking the time to join the conversation; I appreciate it!

  4. Teaching has advantages but sometimes the disadvantages can outweigh the advantages. I know many teachers who want to retire yet still work and keep their brains at it. This is a great solution. It has the intellectual aspect to it as well as the freedom of not being tied down to a teaching job. Great post and explanation on Wealthy Affiliate, it’s the perfect next step for teachers.

    • You’re right in your observation.  There are numerous teachers who want to move on to something else, but don’t know what.  Like you, I believe Wealthy Affiliate is a “perfect next step for teachers.”

      Thanks so much for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  5. I think everyone needs the resilience a side hustle can provide. Passive income from multiple sources means financial resilience. Affiliate marketing means you can work in any niche that interests you. You control your time and can work around other obligations. When your income equals your pay, you have the option of retiring. Or, if you love your job, continue to work while enjoying the additional income.

    I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for 5+ years. Their first class is free. When I completed the class I had built my first WordPress website. I went Premium and benefited immensely from the WA formal training program. Support, both from members and the support staff, is outstanding.

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    • It’s great to have someone else familiar with Wealthy Affiliate share their experiences.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  6. Hi Nancy, Love your website. Nice minimalist layout and a great niche.
    I see you are blogging almost every day. Great accomplishment. Google should appreciate you effort. It is what Wealthy Affilaites tells us to do.

    • Hi Bill, Thanks for the kind words. Wealthy Affiliate training is the best in the industry. Not following the logical, sequential directions would be foolish and very shortsighted on my part.

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

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