When I left Chicago Public Schools, I took a $10,000 pay cut.
My cost of living didn't change. My commute got longer. I got older and had more experience.
But my salary decreased by $10,000.
The most money I ever made was when I worked in CPS. And that was also the unhealthiest period of my life.
So, yes, it was a win to decide to leave that job.
And then when we moved to the south, well, there's not a lot of money in teaching down here.
And the 9-5 job I was offered paid the same salary I made 10 years ago when I first graduated college with no room for negotiating. No summer off. No commission. No bonuses. No room for growth in the company. No adjustment due to inflation or due to my 10 years of experience being a freaking adult on this planet... Straight up what I made 10 years ago.
I left jobs in the past because I wanted to move forward, but I kept coming across jobs that kept me in the same place, or worse, pushed me even further down.
So when I found this teaching online gig, it was the FIRST TIME I have ever been in control of how much money I could make. Like I sit down each week, decide what hours I want to teach/how much money I want to make, and then I teach from my kitchen counter in my pajama pants, and I make that money. That's it.
I have to tell you:
This isn't my forever job.
This is a gig.
This is something I am doing to make money to pay the bills while working on my passion career: coaching and teaching women.
If you've been following my social media, you know I've been all over the place since leaving my steady paychecks.
I worked at 3 tech startups, I taught in a charter school, I tutored kids, and I nannied.
None of these are my passion jobs!
They paid the bills, but they also took a lot out of me.
I wasn't passionate about any of the tech startups, and it was a chore/anxiety fest working there.
I was unhappy and mistreated at the charter school.
And tutoring and nannying weren't awful, but the commute and gas money were!
I like teaching online because I can work with kids but I don't have to do all the things I hated about being a teacher.
I don't lesson plan on weekends.
I don't stay after school to grade work.
I don't bring projects home to cut out.
I don't work for free anymore.
The hours I work are the hours I am paid for.
The kids are hilarious.
They say thank you at the end of a lesson.
And no games, no tricks up my sleeve.
Last month I made $1,046 sitting at my kitchen counter in pajama pants.
And 15 days into December, I've made $628.
Overall, I’ve made $3,737 working from home…
Which is what some teachers make in a single month of teaching because they go balls to the wall and teach overnight.
Some of these teachers make $4,000 in one month working from home.
It’s pretty cool being in control of how much money we want to make in a year.
To teach, you do not need a teaching certificate but you do need a Bachelor’s degree in anything and experience working with kids.
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