Extra Income

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  1. amakaye

    amakaye Enthusiast

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    I've kind of been missing my side job as my church organist (I moved churches when I got married, and the new church has an organist, although I might start subbing and/or become part of the rotation). It was an extra $50/week for about 2 1/2 hours (1 1/2 actually at church, and an hour or so to practice), plus extra midweek services during Advent and Lent.

    The nice thing at my old church was that there was only one service, so it was time that I was going to be there anyway. :)

    I also teach piano lessons. I'm in a pretty rural area, so the $10/half hour lesson is the most I can ask. Right now, I only have one student, but that's a little bit of extra spending money for not much extra effort or time...
     
  2. Ms. I

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    You really had me laughing at that one! :lol:
     
  3. a2z

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    :lol:
     
  4. bandnerdtx

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    There is a HUGE demand for driver's ed teachers in my area... It's a great summer gig.
     
  5. ECE ABC

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    I have also working online doing surveys along with my research studies..i find it the easiest way for me right now..making money from home.

    And the tutoring is really taking off. Some of the parents are requesting 30 min sessions before school so I am charging $15.00 for each 30 min session.

    I think its going to work out well..rather tutor before school (at the school) then have my afternoons free and this way I can continue with the studies and the online surveys :)

    Thanks again..love all the ideas!
     
  6. Caesar753

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    Do you tutor your own students?
     
  7. P Chang

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    I was wondering the same thing. If so, I believe a line may have been crossed. :eek:
     
  8. ECE ABC

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    No...these are students in my school so no, I had never met them until their parents contacted me :)
     
  9. Linguist92021

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    I started thinking about using TPT to make money. Is anyone doing that here? How much are you making overall?

    It seems like it would be worth to try it, because I have over 2 years worth of things I've created, varying types, grade levels and levels of lesson plans, even several subjects, so might as well tweak them and use them.

    I'm confused about one aspect. How much do you end up getting paid? What is the 'royalty fee"? The explanation with the different seller accounts didn't make sense.
    Let's say if I'm selling a lesson for $3, how much of that do I get?
     
  10. giraffe326

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    Maybe PM iheartrecess to get some answers. I don't know how much she's made, but she is #9 on the all time top-sellers list. (Clutter Free Classroom) The #1 seller has sold millions of dollars. (More than $3,000,0000 last I knew.) I know pwhatley has dabbled some.

    I know there are two ways to sell. You can sell with no flat fee and they take 40% of your sales. Or you can pay $59.95 for a year and they take 15% of your sales.

    Personally, I would probably start out with the free/40% option until I could justify the $60 was worth it.
     
  11. PinkCupcake

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    I just opened my TPT store last month. I haven't made millions or even hundreds of dollars yet, but I still can't complain. I just upgraded to the premium membership a couple of days ago.
    With a basic seller account you get 60% of a product sold minus a $0.30 transaction free. So on a $5 item you would make $2.70. With a premium membership you'd make $4.25 on that same item.
    The premium membership is $59.95 a year.
     
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    I think is like to sell my baby quilts on Etsy. I'm making them anyway, so...

    I'd also like to sell my novel units on TPT, but I use a lot of Thinking Maps, and I'm not sure if that's ok to have in lessons or not.
     
  13. Ms. I

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    I work for ets...and have for years. They use to be great, but not so much the last two years. They will schedule and then cancel on you. They use to pay if they waited to cancel up to two days half salary...now none. They also use to be nice about emergency canceling, now not so much. But I have worked for them so long, I make over $20 an hour. Great pay to work in pajamas.
     
  15. Ms. I

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    mrachelle87, thanks a lot for the info.
     
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    I remember scoring with ETS for the MET Study that the Gates Foundation did...despite the early hours and how it didn't mesh amazingly well with my subbing schedule, I was getting $24/hr as a scoring lead. Not bad for PJ work! :)
     
  17. kcjo13

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    I might suggest...some community colleges will allow you to teach remedial/college prep courses with experience only, not a Masters. Mine will-we have college prep reading, writing, and 2 levels of college prep math.

    Also, most community colleges have some type of continuing education department-if it's like mine, we are always on the lookout for people who can teach a class. It could be something education related, or floral arrangements, or crocheting, or essential oils, or whatever. If you have a special talent, you might contact that department and offer up your services. If you can do something regularly, and can get a following, you can make some decent extra money. When I started my job, I immediately recruited my former colleagues to teach what I knew they were good at. One is teaching an Office class, one does essential oils, one does couponing, and another does a painting class.

    Hope that helps!
     
  18. Ms. I

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    mathmagic, yes $20+/hr for WAH work is definitely a good gig! Hopefully, I can stay w/ them for yrs. :thumb:
     
  19. stampin'teacher

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    I have started a photography business on the side this year. It' been a hobby of mine for a couple years and with my husband back at school full time, it's helping us collect some holiday money. It's also exciting to build a business that may expand into a nice chunk of change during the summer and holiday months!
     
  20. Jem

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    This is a fun thread to read!

    Right now I teach GATE classes for 4th and 5th grade after school. I make just under 1k, twice a year, before taxes. Not bad, and I get to keep the supplies I order in my room.

    I also have items up on TPT. I started a blog to promote them, but I'm terrible about keeping it up. I make about $50 a month doing that, $100 in the summer. There's huge potential if you have the time to devote to it. I have grand ideas, but other things keep popping up. I def. recommend the premium account-I'm kicking myself for not getting it from the beginning. It's amazing how much more you make once you've bought it.

    When I had Sprout, I could bring in $1,000 a month selling classroom supplies online. Sometimes several times that in the summer. I'd like to get that going again at some point, but again-I need to find the time. ;)

    My husband and I have business ideas coming out of our ears. I have a Silhouette Cameo and can make items with vinyl/heat transfer vinyl. I've thought about setting up an Etsy shop to sell the items, but then it would turn my fun hobby into a business under pressure.

    I have a hyper-local site built (where you list all the local events/write blog posts about local happenings) and we want to get that up and running this summer so we can start getting advertisers for it.

    We've also joked that we should start a business in town renting out metal detectors (we're on a beach) and give it a pirate theme-tourists could 'hunt for treasure'. It's actually not a bad idea and no one is doing it right now.

    Part of me thinks I should go down to part time and start putting some of these ideas into action-I'd probably make double what I'm making right now! Ha!
     

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