While teaching can be a very emotionally rewarding profession to find yourself in, it is, unfortunately, not a very financially rewarding field. In fact, in most countries, the salary cap for teachers is often a lot lower than for most other professions.
This may not sound very fair to you, especially if you are a teacher of some sort. Indeed, we are all aware that education is one of the fundamental building blocks of our children's future, and indeed, the future of our entire planet.
But while we may not be able to change the world's opinion on the appropriate remuneration for teachers, there are ways for teachers to start earning more money from their chosen profession. In fact, by bringing your teaching and coaching skills to the Internet, you stand to gain from a huge number of advantages exclusive only to online teaching. Here are 4 wonderful benefits of going online:
1. Teach People From All Over The World
While teaching is often taught physically, i.e. standing in front of a class or one-to-one coaching, many people are now looking to the Internet to learn. While there may be setbacks to this mode of education (such as the lack of 'physical' presence and the 'personal touch'), you can overcome by turning to visuals such as learning videos or a lecture recorded onto video. You can also record your voice down into lessons that your students can listen to on their computer, or even in their car while driving, if they so wish.
Thus, by transferring the same teaching skills that you use in your career to the Internet, you can exponentially widen your market reach and educate people from all over the world. All you really need is a blog or website where you can communicate your expertise to your Prospects, as well as a format of communication with your online students. This can be something as simple as a weekly e-mail with the weeks lesson and exercises attached or to something as comprehensive as a complete learning e-book which allows your customers to learn at their own pace and leisure.
You can even organize video conferences with your students if you wish using a simple communications program such as Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo Messenger. As you can see, even if your new students were halfway around the world, they can still get the same quality education as those in your class room!
2. Organize Lessons In Advance And In Bulk
One of the unfortunate aspects of being a full-time teacher in a school, college or a university is that your presence will be required at the centre on most days of the week. This gives you very little flexibility and can consume a lot of your energy and time.
With Internet teaching, however, the rules are changed. If you tutor your online students via e-mail, you can write an entire series of e-mails in advance and insert them into an Autoresponder, which will automatically send the e-mails out at the pre-determined intervals (which will be set by you).
And the same e-mails can be sent to all students taking that particular course. Essentially, all you need to do is prepare one course, one time, and you'll never have to look at it very much again - but you can keep on selling it to your Prospects. It's certainly a much more efficient way to work!
3. Build Up A Reputation In The Online Community
Another wonderful benefit of working online is that you slowly build a niche market of loyal customers and blog readers. People start recognizing you as an authority in your field of education and you may start getting referrals from satisfied customers all over the world.
As if the satisfaction of having people laud you for you work wasn't enough, this can spill over into real life financial benefits, too, as you may be asked to give seminars and lectures organized by people who have heard of you and your website.
4. Discover Other Ways Of Making Money
While teaching on the Internet, on its own, can be quite financially rewarding, you may over time start to discover other ways that your website can make you additional income. For example, you may write a book and use your website to market it for you. You blog readers are, after all, best bets for the first customers of your book!
You may also provide referrals to other teachers and professors if a customer or Prospect requires education in a field other than which you are qualified, and in return for the referral, you may get a referral fee or commission, adding to your multitude of income streams using your website.
So, if you are a teacher and wish to find a good and familiar way of generating extra income, look no further. Start your teaching blog as soon as you can, and you may just be able to kiss your regular teaching "job" goodbye!