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Creating Additional Income While Teaching

dollarsI know that some school districts pay their teachers for 10 months and then don’t pay them throughout the summer. As far as I know, every district in Texas pays throughout the year. The district where I presently teach pays me twice a month, so I get 24 paychecks a year. To my knowledge, most other districts pay monthly. There are advantages and disadvantages to all of the various pay structures.

The largest disadvantage I see to being paid on a 12-month contract is that it becomes WAY too easy for me to sit around and do nothing in the summer. On the other hand, I have free time to be able to plan, reorganize, and set up the classroom for next year that I wouldn’t have if I were working a summer job or something.

I’m curious of some of the various ways that teachers out there supplement their income. My dad went into teaching in January after retiring. So he receives retirement checks to supplement his income. I know others who sell real estate, run restaurants, tutor students, provide computer repair service, and even receive child support.

Personally, I have started doing web development and graphic design. I am also looking into writing a book, but I may make it freely available. I personally don’t like the idea of getting a job to earn money, but am more of the entrepreneurial mindset where the best way to earn money is to create your own income. So what are some ways, if any, that you supplement your income either in the summer or during the school year? Leave a comment and let us know.

Joel Wagner
Joel Wagner (<strong><a href="">@sywtt</a></strong>) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. <strong><a href="">So You Want To Teach?</a></strong> is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

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  1. We are paid every 2 weeks. We have the choice of having the contract amount divided into just school year 22 pays or all year. I have mine paid in 26 pays and then on the last day of school, I get a huge check to cover the remaining amount. I pay all my summer bills FIRST. Then live off the rest. I prefer this so I don’t have to panic every summer, work every summer, or save the amount hoping an emergency doesn’t come up and use it up.

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