If you're a teacher and you're looking for ways to increase your income, there are multiple avenues you may want to explore. Take a look at these ideas.
1. Supplement Income With Tutoring
One way to earn more money is to simply work more. As a teacher, you may want to look into private tutoring. Many parents and even college students will pay a private tutor handsome wages to teach their kids about various disciplines, and there are also jobs preparing students for tests.
2. Teach English
During school breaks, you may even want to consider teaching English in local centres for ESL (English as a second language) speakers or at school throughout the world. Even if you just have a few weeks off, you can often grab a job teaching English. This can be especially useful if you plan to travel over the holidays and you are looking for a way to offset travel costs.
Note that you may have to pass a special certification for teaching English to foreign language speakers, but having experience as a classroom teacher can help put you at the front of the pack.
3. Sign Up for Professional Development Courses
Even if the school you are working for won't give you a raise for professional development courses, they may be worth taking. The extra training can improve your techniques in the classroom. Greater effectiveness as measured by test scores or student evaluations can be great for your reputation, and that may make it easier to find a higher paying job in the future. In addition, it can help to have those courses listed on your resume.
4. Work With an Agency
To access the best wages for teaching, it helps to comparison shop. You can do this on your own, but you may want to make it easier by working with a place that knows where teaching jobs are needed. They can help direct you toward the best paying teacher jobs based on your experience, interest and training.
5. Don't Spend Money on the Class
As a teacher, you probably want to buy books or supplies for your classroom. Keep in mind that even small expenses can add up over time. To keep your expenses from digging into your income too much, avoid buying things for the classroom whenever possible. Instead, approach the school when you need things or work with the students and parents to engineer fundraisers to buy special items.