If you’re a teacher, you’ve probably thought from time to time…
“Wouldn’t it be nice to earn some extra income while I’m off in the summers?”
Sure, you love spending your days by the pool or lunching with friends, but a little extra cash in your pocket for that summer fun would be pretty nice, right?
At the same time though, you don’t want to make any huge time commitments. You don’t want to be a slave to a daily or weekly work schedule, and you don’t want to go into an office, store or restaurant for regular shifts. You still want that summer freedom that only teachers can enjoy!
So what’s the solution?
Well, my teaching friends, I think that’s obvious: It’s freelance writing.
The freelance writing opportunities for teachers abound. Thanks to their advanced education, their specialization in specific subject matter and their knowledge of proper grammar, punctuation and the English language, teachers are primed to be top-notch freelance writers. Throw in their lax summer schedule, and they’ve got the opportunity to make big bucks in those three months the kiddos are away.
Are you a teacher who’s currently off for the summer? Do you want to get paid to write?
Then take a few minutes to learn about the freelance writing opportunities for teachers and what they can do for you.
Why Freelance Writing?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to start freelance writing, let’s talk about the why.
Why should you spend some of your precious summer hours writing, instead of beachside with a good book?
Well first off, it’s a great way to make some extra cash. You can earn regular, solid income from just a few hours of work a week, and then you can stow that money away for later (or use it toward any summer vacays or getaways you have planned!)
In addition, freelance writing is also a great way to keep sharp in your off months.
If you’re an English teacher, spending some time each week on writing assignments can help keep your skills in top condition while you’re away from the classroom.
If you’re a history teacher, writing for a historical journal or magazine can do the same. It’s an easy, simple way to keep your mind active and engaged throughout the summer.
Best of all, freelance writing is flexible.
So not only can you enjoy these benefits, but you can also enjoy them at your own pace. Work as much or as little as you like, and take your work on the go with you.
Want to spend the day by the pool? Bring your laptop along and type away in the summer sun.
Want to go on a road trip? Take your work with you, and stop at local coffee shops along the way. It’s simple, easy and fun.
Freelance Writing Opportunities for Teachers
When it comes to freelancing, teachers have numerous writing opportunities. They can write for blogs, websites, magazines, newsletters, professional organizations/associations or even schools, colleges or tutoring companies.
When looking for freelancing writing opportunities, your best bet is to first examine your skillset:
- Do you have any specialties or focus subjects? If so, then start there.
If you teach art, you’re the perfect candidate to write blogs for your local art museum. If you specialize in literature, look to book review sites, Cliff’s Notes-style blogs and other educational resources you can lend your expertise to.
Evaluate your subject matter, research where people interested in that subject would go for information (magazines, newsletters, websites, local businesses), and reach out to see if your services could be of benefit.
- What are your strengths? Are you great at storytelling? Maybe consider submitting a short story or work of fiction to your library’s newsletter or to a magazine. Are you a pro at research? Look to the local historical association or museum, and see if they need help writing bios or descriptions for their new acquisitions.
Remember, even if you don’t have a particular strength or specialty, you’re still an educator at heart. That will make you great at explaining things, creating walkthroughs and how-tos, or just shedding light on new subject matter. These are all skills publications are looking for in their writers – and they’ll pay top dollar for it when they find them!
The best places to look for freelance writing opportunities are:
- Blogs – Look for ones specifically in your niche, if possible, and reach out to the blog owner to inquire about guest writing. Be prepared with a few topic/headline ideas if you want to impress them.
- Educational resources – Tutoring companies, community colleges and online education/training programs will also jump at the chance to have a teacher’s insight on their side. See if any in your area (or on the web) need assistance with creating handouts, quizzes, training resources or even curriculum modules.
- Magazines/journals – There are millions of magazines out there, and while they might not all be The New Yorker, a good majority of them pay writers for their work.
Look for specialty or trade magazines in your niche, or research ezines that accept contributions.
Though they typically don’t pay as much, you can also talk to newspapers in your area about freelancing work. You may be able to cover an event or lend your expertise to a story they’re already working on!
- Businesses – Most small businesses don’t have a content writer on staff, so they need help crafting website copy, marketing collateral and all kinds of written content for themselves and for their clients.
Make connections with business owners in your area and see if they could use a little content help in the summer months. Who knows, maybe you could make it an annual commitment.
Another great option is to create your own blog. This takes a little more footwork, but it also affords you more freedom. You can write whatever you want, whenever you want, and you can carry that work through the school year as time permits. Though it won’t pay per word or per post like outside assignments would, you can monetize your blog by selling ad space or signing up for the Google Adsense network, which will pay you to display certain advertising on your site. Build up a big enough audience, and that could turn into a nice paycheck.
Teachers: Start Writing!
Take advantage of that long summer break and boost your skill set, keep your mind sharp and put some extra cash in your pocket with some freelance writing. I promise you won’t regret it!