Day 1

It’s hard starting all over from scratch, honestly. I’ve come to this point because I have realized that I can’t maintain the lifestyle I want to maintain on my current income. It’s a tough realization and hurts.

So this is my journey. I’m trying to figure out how to make the Teacher’s Salary work. I want to make THIS clear. My school is amazing and they pay me more than fair. It’s just the nature of education. Teachers don’t make a lot of money.

So, I need a side hustle that brings me income. I’ve thought about simply teaching English online in the mornings, but that only pays $10-$15 per hour. That just seems like a waste of time to me. I know that I can make more money teaching guitar lessons in the afternoon. If I pick up a few guitar students, I can make that money pretty easily.

So it’s more than that.

The end goal is to make residual income (something that makes me money while I sleep). Because you better believe that teachers need more sleep.

Here’s the plan so far:

Step 1: Start creating content on YouTube (English and Spanish classes) and get subscribers. I recently met a couple who make Spanish videos and they now teach private classes online. They are pretty good at what they do, and I’ll have a ways to go. I bought a special tripod that will help me do videos of my desk as I explain concepts. I don’t have a good computer for video editing, but I do have a nice iPhone. That will have to work in the meantime.

Step 2: Blog about my journey. I am going to blog here, but I am also going to be blogging on Medium with more polished articles about the Teacher’s Salary. Another form of income could be gaining email subscribers and eventually give them paid content.

I think that’s enough on my plate for now:

  1. Blog here

  2. Blog on Medium

  3. YouTube videos

What I did today:

Today, I have reorganized my old website to display my new content. I’m also working on setting up my MailChimp email list to capture my audiences email as I blog. Luckily YouTube has their own way for people to subscribe, so when I do those videos, I won’t have to set anything up for that.

I bought the overhead tripod, but am waiting on it to come in before I set up my desk for YouTube content. Hopefully it will arrive today or tomorrow.

Also, this morning I started the habit of waking up at 4 am to work on all of this.