How Teachers Are Making $10,000 A Month Switching To Outschool

More and more teachers are switching to the online educational site, Outschool, and making more money than in a traditional class.

By Erika Hanson | Published

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American life is changing and evolving in a plethora of ways, especially when it comes to work. For decades, eight-hour work days, five days a week were viewed as the norm. But in a growing fashion, more and more people are looking for alternatives to accommodate busy life schedules. Even much of the teacher shortage is said to be affected because of this, as more educators turn to online alternatives that don’t require them to sit inside a classroom all day long. The benefits can be hefty, and even is netting some teachers $10,000 a month, as they switch to alternatives like Outschool.

CNBC sat down with one of the countless educators switching to online education sites to put her teaching skills to work for a more flexible work schedule. Jade Weatherington decided to give the growing company, Outschool, a try, as she created two courses on the site that people could sign up to take. Today, she has grown her array of classes available on the platform to nine, which allows her to work just about 10-12 hours a week, and bring home $10,000 a month. 

Before discovering Outschool, the teacher and mother had already joined the freelance work movement so that she could work from home while homeschooling her young daughter. However, when she discovered Outschool, the online company quickly became the perfect fit to keep Weatherington at home with her daughter, all while earning more money than she could have imagined. She is not alone, as Outschool has grown into one of the most popular platforms for families to turn to for educational courses. 

Outschool has only been in existence for seven years. Its simple-to-use structure is exactly why countless homeschooling families love the wide array of options available. With an a la carte system, families get to pick and choose which classes they want their homeschoolers to take, so parents don’t have to pay for extra bells and whistles they may not want or need. Likewise, Outschool isn’t just a great option for homeschoolers, but it’s proving its worth to teachers as well.

With over 140,000 online classes available on Outschool, it may be hard to imagine that one teacher could make over $10,000 a month teaching with such a large pool of options. But Weatherington has some tips to help attract families, and then retain them on the platform. Building relations with both the students and their families have been one of her keys to success. During the online zoom lessons, the teacher makes sure to address each and every student. Afterward, she keeps in touch with parents via email. Using this to foster her relationships, she credits a lot of her success to word of mouth, as pleased families refer other clientele to her classes. 

Not everyone looking to roll in the dough from Outschool is guaranteed success. Even when Weatherington first started, she was making little money and noted that it took time to get to where she is today. But for educators burned out and ready to leave the classroom behind, Outschool can be a great starting point to look to. As of today, the company has served over 1 million learners, and it is quickly growing as more and more families, and teachers, catch on to the endless opportunities.