Hi all, Maybe you guys remember me? I left teaching last December after the way they were treating teachers in NC got to be way too ridiculous. I managed to find a different job in January with a small startup where I get to work entirely from home. However, I've been thinking about how busy teachers are and I've been trying to come up with niche ideas where I could help, as an extra pair of hands, with my own small business. I was a special ed teacher, so I thought about a service for IEP consulting or even just taking care of small things like scheduling the meetings/printing invitations and mailing them. But then on the other side of that, there are confidentiality restrictions and principals probably would not let their teachers pay for a service that does this because obviously I'd need the parent and student names and their contact info as well as information like the annual review due date to be sure the meeting is scheduled before that. I keep thinking about all the hours that would save people. In the years I did special ed, there was never an assistant available who had time to take care things like that but I would willingly pay a flat fee to have that taken care of for the entire school year just to get it off my plate. IEP consulting won't work for me--if we were going to stay in NC it might, since I'm familiar with their statewide system for IEP's, but we are moving to Florida, so if I was going to get into that I'd need to work in Florida for a few years to build up some contacts and familiarity with how they do their process. I would then offer my services to parents - where I'd attend IEP meetings with the parent as an advocate on their side and be generally available for questions. Confidentiality would be less of an issue if it's the parents hiring me, rather than the teacher or the school district. I also thought about creating a field trip planning service: teachers send me the dates and locations of their field trips. I call the location and make the group reservation and even call back to confirm everything the day before the trip. I create an itinerary that goes to the teacher for the day, and create the pre- and post- lesson plans aligned with Common Core (or whatever state standards are in place). This one seems more doable as no confidential information has to change hands. I know how tedious field trip planning can be! Plan options could be an annual single subscription (1 teacher), school wide (2-50 teachers or 50-100 teachers depending on school size), or district wide (250+ teachers). I haven't considered a lesson plan writing service - I feel like those are already ubiquitous and especially because there are so many free resources already. But ideally, whatever I come up with I'd like to try from a home office at first, and grow from there...can you guys tell me anything else you would pay a former teacher to do that would make your classroom run more smoothly and probably wouldn't be flagged by a principal?