You know your subject inside and out. You have this teaching gig down pat. You sponsor clubs, and serve on committees. But, for lots of reasons, you may be wondering, “What kinds of Alternative Jobs For Teachers are out there? ”
Fear not! This question should’t make you feel as if you’re standing at the edge of the known world! Let me show you what I mean.
A Little Background
Once upon a time there was a woman who had raised her kids, and wanted to go back to school to complete her degree.
She lived in a place that, at that time, had a great community college system. She hadn’t been in school for quite a while, so she started slowly; just a couple of classes a semester.
She discovered that she was an excellent student, much better than she had been back in high school. She also realized that not only could she keep up with the 18 and 19 year olds she was in class with, but she could also be friends with them and help them with their studies.
Somewhere along the way, she determined she needed to share all the wonderful information she had acquired from her classses with others. She decided to become a teacher.
This probably was due, in part, to the fact that at that time, her state was experiencing a severe teacher shortage.
They were advertising like crazy, encouraging folks to get their credentials and become a highly sought-after, desperately needed teacher.
Well, she took the bait and had been accepted into a teacher’s credentialing program before she and her family had sat through her commencement ceremonies for her bachelor’s degree.
That’s a tiny piece of my story. What’s yours? You have your very own story of how and when you decided to become a teacher.
You may have been someone who knew exactly what you wanted to do with your life, and went right from high school into college.
Maybe, you came to the decision a bit more slowly. However, you accomplished the feat, and here you are.
I don’t know if you’ve made it past the critical five year mark and plan to stay in the teaching profession, or you’ve decided you just have to get out of the classroom, perhaps out of education all together.
There are lots of things to consider, but unless you’re a person of independent means, replacing your teacher’s salary is likely uppermost in you mind.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve made it to retirement, but were busy making a mortgage payment, car payment, and raising two or three children, and funds for an extra retirement account were nowhere to be found.
So, what do you do to fund the next chapter of your life. There truly are a number of things you can do.
If you’re feeling frustrated about your situation, you may not see them right now. But, with the variety of courses you’ve taken to get and maintain your credential, you have tons of skills.
If you aren’t looking to remain in traditional K-12 education, but still want to teach, you may want to look at being in business for yourself.
Because it’s so inexpensive compared to a brick-and-mortar business, you may want to take a look at online options.
The low cost and high value for your invested dollars makes affiliate marketing with Wealthy Affiliate an idea worth taking a good long look at.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
You probably have contact with affiliate marketers all the time. If you read a review of a product, and decide it’s just what you’re looking for, you probably clicked on the link to purchase that product.
Chances are excellent that an affiliate marketer had pulled together the information that helped make your buying decision so well-informed. That individual received a commission on your purchase.
It’s the same idea as purchasing a fragrance or pair of shoes from a department store. The salesperson who rings up your sale earns a commission.
It doesn’t affect the prices, it’s just part of doing business for the store. The manufacturer or retailer has decided that working with affiliates helps him get his product noticed by potential customers.
Amazon, Walmart, and Sears are three companies that have large numbers of affiliate marketers helping folks find just the right product. It makes good sense for businesses to work with affiliates.
It’s also opened an excellent, low-cost path for people who want to own their own business. And, while it’s true that you can do it all by yourself, why reinvent the wheel?
You invested in your education when you got your bachelor degree. You invested in your education when you got your teaching credential. Why not invest in your education in affiliate marketing?
Scammers – There are more than a few scammers out there. Folks that are in it for the quick buck. Folks that only have their own best interests at heart. Real fly-by-night operations.
At Wealthy Affiliate, you can regularly read about member’s experiences with one scam or another. These stories are illuminating, because the people who write them are in a position to recognize the real thing when they see it.
Wealthy Affiliate – Wealthy Affiliate recently celebrated their 14th anniversary. The same two guys, Kyle and Carson, founded the company over 14 years ago, and remain the heart and soul of Wealthy Affiliate today. The only changes have been the constant improvements and upgrades made available to members on a regular basis.
Money Pits – Some companies that offer affiliate training are a veritable Money Pit. They get you started, but withhold vital information until you pay over and above your monthly fee.
Wealthy Affiliate – Wealthy Affiliate will give you your first seven days to try things out. There is no charge. If you like what you see and want to continue, your first month as a member is $19.00.
If you choose, you can remain at the free level forever.
Of course, the number of sites and available training are limited, but there are members operating with the Starter option.
Many more use this free try-before-you-buy option and once they are satisfied that Wealthy Affiliate is a genuine gem in the affiliate marketing universe, upgrade to premium membership.
Premium entitles you to everything on the table. See the chart below.
- Basic training,
- Weekly live training on advanced topics,
- Web hosting.
All for one low monthly fee of $49.00. You also have the option of paying on an annual basis that will save you $20.00 a month.
Just one low fee to own your own business, be your own boss.
Take a look at the chart below for the complete picture.
As a free member, you’ll have access to the first 10 of the 50 lessons in the Online Entrepreneur Certification, or the first 10 of the 70 lessons in the Affiliate Bootcamp certification.
This is asynchronous, online training. It’s what you’re accustomed to using if you’ve taken online courses for your degrees or credentials.
Free members have access to two of the specialized classrooms. Premium members have access to live chat mentoring 24/7 and all 12 classrooms that specialize in specific areas of the training. It’s similar to having access to a master teacher, only better.
What’s the one thing you find so enchanting that you would do for free?
What topic can you start talking about and all concept of time disappears? Many people today refer to it as your passion. What’s yours?
Whatever it may be, you can be sure other people are waiting for you to share you knowledge and expertise with them.
You can turn that expertise into a business. Part time or full time, you decide. Your efforts and burning desire determine how big you grow your business.
Never Done This Before?
Don’t know anything about building a website? No problem. There are lots of members who were in your shoes when they started. Today, they are running million dollar businesses.
At Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll start with the basics and be guided through at your own pace. From my experience, this is a great opportunity for teachers because of the breaks we typically enjoy.
We have Spring break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, and the mother lode of free time for most teachers, Summer break.
I don’t know about you, but I like to have large chunks of time to work on projects. It’s possible to begin the training and get a business up and running during one of these down times.
Here are a few of the features available to you as a Wealthy Affiliate member:
- Focused, in-depth training
- Weekly live training on advanced topics
- Strong, secure WordPress websites
- Fast-loading, secure hosting
- Domains purchased through WA enjoy security and privacy
- Access to friendly, experienced mentors 24/7
- A World-class tech department that doesn’t stop until your problem is solved
With Wealthy Affiliate, you work within a community of like-minded individuals. People who take joy in your accomplishments, and pride in helping you become a success.
What Wealthy Affiliate Is Not
Many individuals and companies would have you believe you can build a site and be earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in a few week’s time.
You can’t. The old adage “If something seems too good to be true, it is,” applies to affiliate marketing.
This is not a get rich quick scheme.
You didn’t become the teacher you are today after an introduction to teaching course and a few weeks of student teaching.
Like anything else worth doing, if you put in the necessary time and care, you will build an amazing business.
A business built on your own terms. A business you can maintain anywhere in the world with your laptop and an internet connection.
I’m waiting to hear from you. If you have any questions, and I do mean any, please ask. I bet you’ve said that hundreds of times to students!
I’ve been with Wealthy Affiliate for almost a year now. It’s a wonderful, safe place to learn the business of affiliate marketing, and become established.
If I don’t have an answer to your question, I’ll get it for you. If you have any comments to share, that would be great too.
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