How Can a Teacher Earn More Money?

China
January 14, 2008 8:52am CST
I am a teacher in a college. I am always intelligent and diligent in my academic learning and study. Because of this, I learn more and more knowledge in all kinds of schools and colleges. Now I become a teacher. I always work hard and try my best to do my teaching work well. But I can not earn too much money.A teacher's salary is always too low. I live a hard life and there is little hope to improve my life. I have many classmates. They never worked hard when they were students in school, and they never went to any colleges and universities. They know little about books, but almost all of them become businessmen or staff members in some trade companies and have earned lots of money. They have bought expensive garments, splendid cars and they often travel to some beautiful scenic spots to have a sightseeing. I do not know where I am wrong, and, I do not know how I can earn more money and improve my life. As a teacher, I know no matter how hard I work, I can not earn too much money. Can a teacher be as rich and wealthy as a businessman or an staff member on a company?
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13 responses
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
In our country, most teachers, sad to say, are not well off and only becomes rich when they retire or get married to somebody who is rich. A teacher's salary is way below compared to that of other professionals. I can attest to this because I used to teach college students (I'm a licensed/professional teacher). But to tell you the truth, I may be passionate about teaching but such job will never make me rich. Of the things that will make you rich is to have a business as your part-time job.
• China
16 Jan 08
Yeah, you are right. One can never be too rich by teaching. Maybe I can find a part-time job or do some business in my spare time.
• China
15 Jan 08
I think there are many ways to make you rich but at first you have to change your mind and work harder and harder for a long time to have a idea on making extra money and build a team serving for your plans. And later how to find more and more target consumer will make your life getting so hectic and every day finds your rushing about to get all the needful things done. One of my friends is a college teacher too and she owns 20 students in her family eduction team. The earning is not much more at primary, but now increased rapidly when she started her area plans. She rents fixed-time room in subdistrict and send her employee to collect the whole area's students for family education.
• China
16 Jan 08
Aha, your friend is really a successful teacher in making extra money. Thank you very much to tell you about your friend's story. How beatiful your profile is ! Are you a Chinese girl? I like to watch girls in ancient clothes. They look very beatiful and charming.
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
I became a preschool teacher for months. My co-teachers had sidelines and earned extra money aside from their salary by tutoring students who need help in their studies. That's the only thing that they do to earn more. Some of them even did tutoring only, and that helped them live life even without a full time job...
• China
16 Jan 08
Thank you for your reponse, my friend. It seems that tutoring is a good way for a teacher to earn more money.
• Australia
15 Jan 08
Private tutors can earn quite a lot of money. Have you considered that?
• China
15 Jan 08
Thank you for you kind advice. It seems that to be a tutor is the best and the only way.
• Australia
15 Jan 08
Tutoring is a good option, since being a teacher you should already be strong in certain areas and topics as well as be experienced with the teaching aspect as well. I know in Australia, there are a couple of tutoring centers which are large, popular and legal as well. And in them, they have heaps of teachers at different times from different schools teaching different subjects.
• China
15 Jan 08
Thank you! I am now consider working as a tutor.
• United States
14 Jan 08
If you really do enjoy teaching, you could offer to help tutor students for a small fee. Get a few regular students and you could make some extra cash, maybe not a lot, but more than you would earn solely from teaching. You could also try and get a small part time job teaching at a small community college or something teaching another subject which would probably mean one or two nights a week you'd be teaching in the evening for a few hours. Once again, not a lot but it would help.
• China
15 Jan 08
Thank you for your kind reply! I think your suggestion is very good. It is suitable for me.
• Malta
14 Jan 08
hi, my name is thomas from what i'm reading here you are leaving space for an opportunity to come to you. And that is great! you know what? as a teacher you have the power to influence people, you should have been trained in doing it. Teaching to a class of students is not a joke, i know because i was a pest at school ,and when i grew up i really understood what teachers had to pass through and noticed the ability they have to cope with situations. I might have some ideas for you to make money without having to quit that job. I know you'd miss teaching ;) Seriously speaking, if you are interested i can help you out, but better we speak head to head. (i live in Malta, i m very far away but email is fast nowadays) i will send you my email if you'd like to contact me
• China
15 Jan 08
Hi, thomas, I am very glad to know you! what you suggest is very good and I appreciate it very much. I think you are a kind-hearted man. My email number is "yonghumingmaohao@126.com", and I am glad to contact you by email.
• Philippines
14 Jan 08
I was a teacher once and had quit it because the pay is too low. If you don't like being paid at lower than a minimum salary rate then I'll suggest that you quit. Being a teacher is not a profession but an advocacy. You must like what you are doing to continue teaching. You can never be rich if you will stay as a teacher forever!
• China
15 Jan 08
Thank you for your kind advice. Yes, you are right. One can never become rich working as a teacher. Maybe quitting is a good policy. By the way, could you tell me what you do now after you quit your teaching job? Maybe it is a good reference to me.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
14 Jan 08
Well you don't give your area of expertise so we can not give specific information but can you open your own consulting firm and do that part time. You could tutor, out where I live, kids are so desperate to do well in course that the tutors charge outrageous amounts of money.
• China
15 Jan 08
Thank you for your kind response. My major is English, and now I am an English teacher. In my spare time I tutor some private students in English, but I am too tired and I have to work overtime. Besides, the extra tuition fee is too low. Maybe in the US it is a good job to be a tutor. but in other countries it is not.
• India
14 Jan 08
As teachers, we are supposed to take pleasure in the financial development of our ex students. :) Kidding! I was a teacher for six years. Quit the job coz it sucked high time. To put it in other words, I was sick of it. I love writing; so I decided to quit. If you want to earn extra by remaining in the profession, I can give you a few tips. This was what my colleagues did. 1. Give tuitions after work hours Advantages: You earn tons. Disadvantages: You feel too tired to work more after work hours. Plus, in my country this is illegal. 2. Write for papers/magazines and earn as a freelancer. Plenty of writing gigs online. Grab one. Advantages: You earn pocket money; not tons. Disadvantages: Teaching really is too draining and you don't feel like doing much after a working day. 3. Highly illegal: pocket some money during fund raising programs for college day/college fests/fetes and others. hee hee one of my colleagues used to do it. But, I feel you are too nice to try this. Frankly, my friend, teaching is not supposed to be a very lucrative position. You are supposed to derive your joy not out of financial benefits; but spiritual ones. Forgive me if this sounds like crap! At least in my country, this is what it is supposed to be. Thats one of the reasons I quit.
• China
14 Jan 08
Thank you, my friend, for your kind advice. Yes, I agree with you. It is not easy for a teacher to earn too much money, no matter how excellent he is. The only thing he can do is to enjoy his advanced spiritual life. I think it is the society that should be responsible for it: A teacher should be paid a high salary after he has done his work well. If teachers all live a miserable life, how can they enjoy his work? In what way can he tell his students to study their lessons hard?
• United States
5 Jun 09
i know this is the exception, but check out the salary these teachers are going to make! http://www.top-colleges.com/blog/2009/06/05/top-teachers-earning-125000/ these teachers are at the top of their game. it's nice to see that exceptional teachers have the potential to earn up to 6 figures! all the while experiencing more holidays than the rest of us ;)
• China
1 Feb 08
Every experience we have in life can be used for a different means. It's just about thinking different and seeing yourself as a marketable product. I imagine you probably enjoy writing since you've joined this website. Why not look into publishing an ebook or writing articles on websites like Helium.com. There's always someone who wants to learn how to do something new out there. Maybe you even know how to create something that your classmates will want to buy- find a market, find a need or create one, and then fulfill that need. Study new subjects, teach yourself, and yeah, you can make some changes.
@feddef (43)
• United States
21 Jan 08
First, decide what makes you happier---teaching or making money. If you are most interested in making money, perhaps you need to pursue one of the career paths of your friends who are doing well. If you are dedicated to teaching and developing young minds, then pursue that with full dedication, and recognize that the rewards are often other than financial. As a truly dedicated expert in education, you may have much to share with other educators, and could supplement your income through writing. Choose your audence well. Your syntax suggests that perhaps English is not your first language. Make a studied decision as to whether your best voice and your largest audience is in your native tongue. Seek the advice of editors.