Teachers Who Need More

This group is a place where teachers in the public and private sector can share ideas on how to use our unique skills to build a business to benefit ourselves and our clients.

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Comment by Lynne Watts on June 26, 2015 at 4:20pm

Just joined the group and I'm not sure how I missed this one (I've been on 48days.net for years and lead a group:  Called Woman).  I "retired" 1 year ago from school counseling to run my own business of writing children's books and coaching/speaking.  I'm loving it--it is hard but doable.  Check out my latest blog: 

Do You Need Your Own Job Independence Day?

Comment by Amy Flatt on June 24, 2015 at 7:42pm

I just published my first blog on 48 days.  It's called "I can show you how to help your child become a confident, competent Mathematician."  I would love to hear your thoughts on it.  I am also using this as my first Ad copy.

Comment by Darrell Lewis on June 11, 2015 at 8:57pm

Hi Whitney and Sandy. Thanks for your response. I am pretty much in the same position as you all with school taking up a ton of time and making it difficult to get a start up going. I am a teacher, who luckily does not have to grade many papers because I teach PE. I am also a head coach of two sports which is where my huge time commitment is outside of school hours. 

Luckily, I am a night owl and I am able to use the time after my kids go to bed to work on my business which is extremely helpful. So far I am being pretty successful, but I am still not to the point in which I could leave teaching.

If there is anything I can do to help you two with your businesses please feel free to let me know. I sent you two a friend request so that we can talk more if you would like.

Comment by Whitney Sparks on June 11, 2015 at 8:57am

I am a teacher in Texas as well, Sandy.  I keep reading about teacher burn-out and it is serious y'all.  I hired a business coach this year but I'm like you where I don't want to live out a dream and get paid nothing.  I can't just quit cold turkey when we are living on my income.  We are putting most of my husband's check into retirement and household needs.

I find it hard as well to focus on anything but school and that's exactly what they want.  This year I thought I would try and apply for a different position but thought about it and realized that I am making it harder on myself.  It would be easier just to stay at my current job with a flexible principal and amazing team, but I do have a goal.

I have told myself (and my husband) that I am only staying 2 more years.  Period. I have taught for 10 years in our district and really didn't plan on staying that long. But I did and I actually love getting back into teaching.  

I am also reading a book called "Organizing You" and I am going to work on LEAVING WORK.  This is so hard when you're a teacher because you feel like you are never caught up.  NEVER.  But again, I believe staying in the same position does help and I hope to get as much done during the school day as possible.  

I plan on buying a daily planner and really mapping out my day to make sure I can do.  I want to grade, call parents, everything while at school.  My goal this year is to bring nothing home.  NOTHING.  

I also enjoy going to the gym after work.  So my husband told me the other day that I need to leave at 4:00.  He's right.  Unless there's a meeting, I'm planning on leaving.  

Maybe we call help to hold each other accountable in making sure that we are going to stick with our plan.  I am starting a blog as well, teach coupon classes, and love helping people with their money.  This will never come to fruition if I'm always at school.  

Sorry this was so long:(  ~ Whitney

Comment by Sandy Dobbs on June 10, 2015 at 7:50am

Hello Darrell

I just had to respond to your post. Until school was out on Friday, what was slowing me down was lack of time. The need to keep health insurance has been another big issue (my husband had open heart surgery and I have had A-fib). I can't just walk from a job that pays the bills and gives us insurance without having something dependable to replace it. That is the BIG frustration, especially being burned out and in a district with a LOT of turnover and problems (I am in Texas). For the last three years I have spent my entire summer job hunting, visiting with career counselors at my Alma Mater, building a blog and starting a part-time photography business.

I know I want to move into a really creative area (love photography and design) but during the school year finding time to really give it all I have is so hard. My education is not in those areas, but I have been taking classes on Udemy and Lynda.com as time allowed. I still need a lot more of that before I am able to do that full time for income.

Maybe you were asking more about teachers wanting to stay in their teaching job and still build a business?

To answer your question about what slows us down - you pretty much nailed it. Time, money and getting qualified.

Comment by Amy Flatt on June 9, 2015 at 5:13am

It being escape, success and freedom!

Comment by Amy Flatt on June 9, 2015 at 5:12am

Slowing you down?  We have less than 2 months before school starts and I do not want to go back into that.  I have written an ebook, set up most of my structure (websites, licenses, so many others.  The only thing I can figure is they are content with the life of comfortable misery or at least not discontent enough to do something different.

If they want it they are going to find it.  if they want it and they are female they need to get involved with the women's business center if one is available. 

Big take away, people have to provide their own motivation. You cannot do it for them.

Comment by Darrell Lewis on June 8, 2015 at 11:07pm

Hi All,

I am kind of like Kevin below in the fact that I have a business dedicated to helping teachers become entrepreneurs to either supplement their teaching income or become their full time career.

Currently, one of the things I am spending a lot of time on is teachers who are in the beginning stages of starting their business. I would really appreciate it if you all could answer this question.  

Question - What is it that you feel like is slowing your progress or holding you back from starting your journey toward becoming an entrepreneur? Is it something like lack of business ideas, not knowing where to start, finding the time to start, finding the money to start, not feeling qualified, etc.? 

Any help would be appreciated.



Comment by Amy Flatt on May 7, 2015 at 12:55pm

Glad to be here with other teachers.  How long does the label stick?

Comment by Christine Draper on April 8, 2015 at 10:49am

Hi, I am excited to be a part of this group.  I am a teacher at a wonderful school.  I have also published a small number of books and looking to put together a course or too as well.  Look forward to networking with the other people here.


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