So you’re ready to leave teaching. It’s a big decision but when you know — you know.
What’s the next step?
Come up with your plan.
1. Identify the skills you already have. You have so many skills from teaching. Not sure which skills are marketable or how? Check out my eBook The Teacher’s Toolkit to get a comprehensive list of skills you have and how you can use them in a work-at-home job.
2. Who do you like to help and how can you use your current skills to help them? What problems can you solve? Be as specific and clear as possible.
Then take action. Take crazy, consistent action.
This part is incredibly important and the biggest reason people get stuck and give up on the work-at-home world.
It’s easy to make the mistake of not taking action, or taking action once or twice without sticking with it or staying consistent, or take action a few times, screw things up, and then give up.
The only way you can really fail at this is if you give up, aren’t consistent, or never take action to begin with.
So take action.
Take action consistently.
Take action consistently and stick with it, even when you make mistakes.
And remember — you’re going to make mistakes. And that’s ok. Because you can learn from those mistakes and learn more quickly. But if you never start or take action, there’s 0% chance you’ll be successful. I am convinced with enough time, practice, and patience, you can learn to do anything really, really well.
So what steps do you need to take (if you want to start working from home)? Here’s the summary. sign up below for the Teacher’s Side Hustle Academy wait list for more details.
1. Once you know who you want to help and what problems you want to solve, identify where your audience spends their time. Where are they in person? Where are they online? Spend time there.
2. Pay attention to the problems they’re having. Which problems can you solve? Offer them value – free, helpful information. That might look like answering questions in a pertinent Facebook group. I’ve found clients through
3. Create a landing page to begin collecting email addresses of people who want you to help them. Some of the ways you can increase your email list is through guest posting on blogs, being a guest on podcasts (or creating your own!), or offering a free (or low cost) lead magnet. A lead magnet is essentially something you can offer your audience that provides them value in exchange for their name and email address.
4. Continue to offer value by sending helpful emails to your audience. Allow them to get to know you and share tips, resources, and information that will help them reach their goals and solve their problems.
5. Continue to pay attention to the problems they’re having that you can solve. What questions are you getting?
5b. While you’re working on this, pick a few folks you can help to spend extra time with. Work with them one-on-one like you would if you had a course or mentorship program. Help them find success — whether you’re showing them to play the violin, teaching them to write poetry or write non-fiction… as they find success using your method, ask them for a testimonial and ask them for feedback.
6. Once you’ve grown your email list to 1,000+, put together an eBook, course, or workshop to solve all their problems at once.
7. Help them through the material and listen to other questions they have so you know what new problems to solve.
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