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Teachers: Earn Extra Money Online

Updated on August 8, 2012

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Are you a teacher looking to make extra money?

**Caution, do not read this if you do not want to make extra money as a teacher doing what you already do!****

Despite what the media may tell you about teachers being over paid and making big bucks for the time that they actually work, those of us who are teachers or know one, know that there are countless hours put in beyond the school day. We spend our time lesson planning, grading papers, creating activities, games and more. All in the name of educating our young citizens and working hard to make it enjoyable in the meantime. Oh, and did I mention that we do this for a lot less money than what most people think?

So how can you as a teacher earn a little extra cash without putting too much time into work beyond your school requirements? I have the solution for you, www.teacherspayteachers.com. I discovered this site several years ago and started to post some lessons and activities. Then life happened and I had two little ones which led me to completely forget about it. Everyone so often I get an email stating that I have sold an item on this site. Since I only have a couple of items, it is not much money, but I know that I am greatly underusing it and plan to add many more activities to my store. The best thing about it is that I’m not working extra; they are things that I have already created for my own classroom and students.

How can your great lesson plans earn you money?

  1. Join the site and create a profile. There are two options to join. One is a basic, free membership. It allows you to upload and sell as many products as you wish and you earn 60% of the royalties. There is also a $0.30 fee per transaction. The premium membership has a $59.95 annual fee but you earn 85% of the royalties and no transaction fees.
  2. Once you have joined the site and set up your profile, it’s time to start earning some money! Simply upload your original work to the site. You set the price and categorize it based on what area of learning it fits. For example, is it a test, a game, worksheets, holiday fun activities? You decide and check the categories that it best fits.

How do I get paid?

  1. Set up a paypal account if you do not already have one.
  2. Sell your items. You can even share it on Facebook or pin it on Pinterest to promote your work.
  3. Payouts for sales are sent to your paypal account at the end of each quarter. The great news is that there is no minimum amount of sales that you need to reach in order to be paid!

What learning ideas can you sell?

The possibilities of what you can add are almost endless. You can upload tests, quizzes, games, worksheets, learning center activities, power point slides, white board lessons and more. The more creative you are in creating lessons and activities for your students, the more you can upload and the more money you can make.

There is even a new feature that allows you to sell hard copies of an item. TPT will take care of the entire transaction and email the buyer's address to you. It is then your responsibility to send the item out to the buyer.

Get Started Now!

Ready to get started? Just want to explore the site? Just go to teacherspayteachers.com to start earning money! Even if you don't want to sell your great teaching ideas, you can check out the site to get some great ideas for your own classroom.

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    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great idea for teachers. Thanks for turning this into a hub. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Cardelean - Great Hub.

      Sounds very interesting and I had never heard about it before. Can you tell me if this site is designed for K-12 courses and teachers, or does it accommodate college level courses and teachers? Thanks.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks alcosin, I always appreciate your comments and votes up.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks phdast7. It definitely has a "higher education" category. I hope that you get a chance to check it out and find it useful!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      What a fantastic site! As I know many of my followers are also teachers, I will definitely be SHARING this one!

      Voted up, useful and awesome ;-) ... nice find.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      cardelean - I have come across this site several times over the years. I have always been tempted to organize lessons for the various novels we read in the classroom. Thank you for sharing this useful information. It is nice to know we have additional options for income and resources.

      Thank you :)

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      careercounselor 5 years ago

      This is really great, I like that there is a place that gives awards to teachers because they are the backbone of our country. Great find. Thanks!

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the information. I've always meant to put together my lessons for some sort of publishing company--didn't know there was an online way to do this.

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      teachertalking1 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! If I ever get a handle on this HP site, I'll try this out - LOL! It's always nice to hear of possible ways to supplement our teacher's salaries!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      This is really neat! I'm not sure I have the energy with my time on HP and teaching, too, but I'll have a look-see and check it out. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I heard of this just last week. It does look like it's worth checking into. Thanks.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much for the share Brett and for the votes up. I appreciate it.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome missolive. I have a lot of things that I have created over the years that I really forget about. My next "break" from school will be spent uploading some of these. Thanks for the comments.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I wish everyone thought that teachers were the backbone of our country! It is nice because it really is teachers creating and selling the products and not big companies.

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      Lilly May Rose 5 years ago from Australia

      This looks fantastic! Will be checking it out soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the great tip! Even though I'm not teaching now, I've saved tons of lesson plans and other materials over the years that I could submit.

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I was just reading about this site! Great hub!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks to phdast7 for asking the question I was going to. I'll check it out to see if I can post anything there. Thanks for the info

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome VirginiaLynne. It is actually a great way for us to earn a little extra without much effort beyond what we already do. Good luck!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I think that if you check it out teachertalking1 you will find that it is really easy and it is passive income for you once you upload and share the lessons or activities. Thanks for your comments.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I know what you mean cclitgirl about having the energy, I feel the same way. However I plan to carve out some time during my next "break" from school to add some things. It is actually pretty simple to do.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Funny how that happens Esmeowl12! It is definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the read and comments.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great Little Light! I hope it is profitable for you. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I bet you could find some great things to post there randomcreative. It is a great additional source of income. Every little bit adds up!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Krystal. Hope you get a chance to post some things and make a little extra money.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome. I'm sure that you can find some things. Thanks for reading.

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      pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

      Great idea!! Voted up, marked useful and interesting. It's sad our teachers aren't paid what they deserve. American's give lip service regarding the need for quality education, but pay more to see someone toss / bounce a ball, our priorities are skewered.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks pmccray. Don't even get me started about the lack of value for teachers with all that they do. Yes, it is about priorities. Teachers are not priority because we do not directly make big companies (or sports teams) the big bucks. It is really a shame. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a great idea. I always felt like there was a wealth of information that teachers have and no way to share it. If teachers can make a bit more money from their knowledge, all the better!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I agree Robin. There is some really great stuff on there too. I love the sharing of ideas that I see on Pinterest too but with teacherspayteachers there are direct sales which means money in the pockets of teachers!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, Cara...I forgot about this conversation. Thanks for sharing the info-looks like it's a hit with many teachers.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mom. Hope everyone can gain a little from it.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Great hub! Teachers could use their free time to earn extra money. How wonderful! I will check out the website and get some activity ideas for my kids. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks kittyjj. It's always nice to use the work that you already create for your classroom to earn you a little extra money. Glad you stopped by to read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the subtitle and I love the hub. As a former teacher I just might try out these suggestions. I also just took the time to read your profile...very impressive young lady. Way to go!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks billybuc. I hope that you check it out and can utilize the site. It really is user friendly. And thanks for the compliments. I love writing on HP and hope that soon I will break out into the book industry! :)

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      sadie423 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I have often thought about submitting lessons, but haven't ever really gone and looked at the site. Thanks for sharing!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      You are very welcome sadie423! I hope that you have some great success in selling your lessons. Thanks for stopping by.

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