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High-School French Teacher Earns $8,000 Writing & Selling Curriculum

A busy high-school teacher uploads more than 600 digital products to a peer-to-peer sharing site, where she’s paid a royalty for each sale.
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What It's About

A teacher funds her honeymoon by selling curriculum for other teachers online.

Business Model
Product
Skills Required
Curriculum & Teaching
Complexity
Low
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

Erin recently got married and used the money from the side hustle to pay for the majority of her honeymoon to New Zealand and Tahiti. This is a great example of how your income on the side can go toward something fun or different from just paying your regular bills.

Fun Fact

Erin’s Teachers Pay Teachers store name is LeYogiFrancophone—the French-speaking Yogi. In a previous side hustle, she took adult yoga students abroad on yoga-themed vacations in France.

Notes from Chris

Episode 142
There are a lot of teachers who listen to Side Hustle School. And that’s no surprise! Teachers are resourceful and hardworking. The saying is true: if you want to get something done, ask a busy teacher to do it.

Today’s episode features a platform that teachers use to connect with customers—even if they don’t have an email list or a website of their own.

Erin began with a free account, posted her first free item (everyone who sells off the site has to), and then started uploading curriculum she created. Once she was seeing consistent sales each month, she decided to upgrade to a premium seller account to get a higher percentage of sales.

After she’d been doing it for a while, Erin started earning at least $500/month. Because her market is fellow teachers, the income varies according to the school calendar. She makes more in September, April, and May, and less in June and July.

In the first few months of 2017, she’s made almost $2,700, so she’s definitely on track to earn more than last year.

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Le Yogi Francophone: Learn more about Erin and all of her products on her profile on Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Teachers Pay Teachers: The peer-to-peer sharing platform that Erin uses to sell her curriculum
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"Figure out what your niche is. There are a ton of people out there offering a multitude of things....so what makes you special? Start with those original ideas that you think other people would want and build from there."
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