The average teacher is faced with hours of paperwork daily long after school has ended for the day and students have gone home. This is the market where you can earn some extra cash by creating new and fresh lesson plans for these already overworked teachers. If you have a history of teaching or of some form of leadership with a goal of educating a number of people about a new product or service, you could make some money writing and selling lesson plans.
The great thing about this income earning opportunity is that it is a good fit for retired educators or programmers – anyone who had to utilize a teaching skill in their working years. If you have had a string of creative lesson plans you created while working as an educator, you could potentially generate some extra income right away. There are many websites devoted specifically to providing teachers with resources such as lesson plans. The teachers downloading them are paying for them and that is how you make some extra cash.
For example, say you have a great lesson plan on a subject that is hot all of a sudden and you are charging just a dollar per download for it. Teachers all over the world would have access to your plan but could only use it once they downloaded it. You could see several hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars generated from a single lesson plan. For the teacher downloading it, it costs them only a dollar and they get to use it in the classroom setting without having to come up with something themselves.
One such online source, teacherspayteachers.com, has been saving teachers a ton of work and paying others for their contributions since 2006. In fact, the lesson plan exchange program has allowed for not just revenue generation, it has given teachers the opportunity to connect with colleagues who understand and can relate to the needs of a new, fresh ideas to keep students active mentally while teaching the components required in the normal course curriculum outline.
Teachers Pay Teachers has paid $175-million in download fees to the teachers who have authored and uploaded their work for other teachers to access and use. The website development team claims that their system has made millionaires of a dozen teachers with an additional 300 teachers earning more than $300,000 yearly.
When you look at the choices available at the website it becomes clear. The online inventory totals over 1.7-million lesson plans, work sheets, classroom activities and quizzes with each priced at less than $5 per download.
In keeping up with the changes in technology, Teacherspayteachers.com added a phone app for even quicker and handier access. It does make one think that when a teacher sits at a desk quietly during the first few minutes of a class they could be searching on their smartphone for a lesson plan for that specific grade. Oops, I may have either given away a trade secret or given some teachers who ran out of time last night to prepare for today’s classes the one idea that will save the day!
Be sure to check out their website as potential locations to upload your lesson plans to generate addition income. Also search online for other potential sources using search terms such as “downloadable lesson plans” or “online teacher resources” for more ideas of what kinds of lesson plans are being requested and you could find yourself helping a number of educators and indirectly teaching a whole new generation of students!