The world of an adjunct educator can be filled with endless hours of lining up future gigs, commuting, juggling gigs, and living in a constant state of financial flux.
Your day may start off with you teaching a 7 am class in a college located a few miles from your suburban neighborhood. Afterwards, you catch a bus to head downtown to teach a 9 am and 10 am class. Then, you catch another bus to the outskirts of your city to teach a 1 pm 2 pm, and 3 pm class. By the time you arrive back to your suburban neighborhood, you are exhausted and barely able to keep your eyes open. Just another typical day for an adjunct educator. It is hard to believe that you do this 4 sometimes even 5 days a week.
Fortunately, there are more efficient way in which to structure your career without sacrificing your ability to generate your income.
Below are 7 simple hacks for generating revenue as an adjunct educator:
1. Create a workable budget
Record all of your monthly expenses including: Shelter, food, utilities, transportation, debts, clothing, and entertainment. You need ton know how much money needs to come in on a regular basis. This will assist you when choosing your teaching gigs.
2. Keep your resume, cover letter, Linked In profile, and/or portfolio up to date
Maintain good records of each teaching gig and include them both in your employment history and Linked In profile. In addition, your portfolio should contain recent (3 to 6 months) samples of your work product.
3. Carefully structure your class schedule
More than likely, you do not want to be traversing all over the city teaching a class here and a class there. In the beginning days of teaching, you may have to accept any job that you can get just to obtain experience. However, be mindful of when and where you are scheduling your classes. It may be possible for you to stack your teaching schedule onto a few days a week and actually save money on transportation costs.
4. Become certified as a substitute teacher
School districts can always use substitute teachers especially during the flu and allergy seasons. Find out the process for how to become registered as a substitute in your locality.
5. Create online courses
These days online courses are as simple as creating a webinar, video, and a chat room. There are several places online which offer teachers the opportunity to create their web courses and charge for them.
6. Register as a tutor
The tutoring industry has come a long way since the notices on bulletin boards on the back hallway of the student union. There are online tutoring websites which are always looking for new tutors.
7. Map out your career
Mapping out your career can help bring you steadier employment prospects. Write up a 6 month, 1 year, and 3 year career map. List out your preferences as it pertains to job duties, salary, weekly schedule, and/or geographic location. This information will enable you to more informed decisions about your career.