Lately, I’ve been thinking more about how I make money as a teacher. The path to becoming a teacher has been rocky. I’ve taught lessons where I wasn’t paid. There were times when the student’s parents didn’t pay me. I felt humiliated, disliked, and more. I used to take it personally, but now as a veteran teacher, I have become accustomed to this treatment. I don’t want to brag and say that I have a lot of students so I don’t have to worry about these problems anymore. I want to help new teachers take control of their money. I hope that new teachers don’t give up in this career because of bad clients. These clients are temporary and they do not define you as a teacher.
The best advice I received as a teacher was to price my lessons correctly. I used to price my lessons less than what I should have been paid. I didn’t have any confidence in myself, so I was held back for a long time. It took almost six years for me to finally price my lessons at the price that I was worth. As long as you believe that your lessons are worth it, you should deserve to be paid at that amount. Do not be afraid of asking for more money. Think of it this way: you have to make money for yourself. The more experience you have contributes greatly to how much you should be paid. I have more than six years of teaching experience. Therefore, I was long overdue for a price increase.
Another way of making income for me is through outsourcing my lessons. I am affiliated with many teaching companies where they find students for me to teach. In the future, I’m hoping to not work so hard. Therefore, I have different stakes in other companies that help me. If you’re interested, I’m going to do more reviews of these companies so you will be able to find the right company for yourself.
Another source of income that is completely new to me is recording my lessons and selling them. I haven’t began this process yet, but I have recorded myself playing the piano many times. It takes a lot more time, but I’m hoping that I won’t have to teach as much in the future if I can just sell my lessons instead.
I hope my advice helps and it is helpful for other teachers. There are tons of advice online on how teachers make money. I’ve offered probably only 2% of the advice that is available online. Stay updated with my blog for more advice. Happy teaching!