Can You Really Earn an Income on Outschool?
Have you thought about teaching classes on Outschool, but not sure if it would be worth the effort?
Are you wondering if teaching on Outschool is a viable option for earning income?
I’ve officially taught on Outschool for a little over two years now. It’s still my favorite way to earn income as a homeschool mom because I love teaching. If you can honestly say you enjoy teaching and you have something to offer to the community, then you really should consider teaching your courses on Outschool.
When I started teaching my art classes on Outschool, I had no idea if this was a real way to earn money. I didn’t know anyone else who taught, and the platform didn’t provide much support as it related to getting started. I did a lot of figuring stuff out on my own. Learning on my own wasn’t a hindrance since I had previously owned a tutoring business, but I was still nervous about teaching online using their live format. I’m glad that I did choose to take the leap though because my Outschool income helps me to pay for our homeschool activities, resources, and outings.
Tips for Earning an Income on Outschool
Make sure to teach classes that you are passionate about teaching.
I teach math and art because I enjoy both of these subjects. By teaching what I enjoy, I am less likely to feel burn out or overwhelmed when it comes to preparing for my classes. Not only does teaching subjects I am passionate about keep me on track, but it also increases my earning potential. Most Outschool parents know me as a math and art teacher so when their kids are interested in either of those subjects I am the teacher that comes to mind. Being consistent and intentional on Outschool is one of the key ingredients for successful teachers like Benjamin Corey , Jade Weatherington, and Johanna England Chavez.
Consider what you are teaching and charge accordingly.
The Outschool marketplace is filled with a variety of classes from core subjects such as math to enrichment topics such as Dungeons and Dragons. When you are pricing your classes, consider how much time and knowledge will go into presenting the content. Knowledgable teachers are charging for their knowledge along with their time. If you are unsure about your content area or if you are sharing a basic understanding, you should reflect this in your pricing. It is unfair to charge parents a premium price for classes that are not premium. Teachers who charge premium prices on Outschool have taught online or off for a substantial amount of time and are well-versed in their topic. There’s room in the market for classes that are not premium priced. Most of my classes are not considered premium priced even though I am knowledgeable in my subject areas. I desire to keep my rates where most families can access the class if they have some income to contribute to additional learning resources for their children. If you are new to teaching, consider sticking to recommended cost per class on Outschool. You don’t have to price your classes high to earn a decent income from Outschool. Plus, you can always increase your rates, if needed, in the future once you’ve established yourself as a teacher.
Show up and do your best in all of your classes.
Outschool pays teachers for their classes between 7 and 14 days from the class’ start date. This means most teachers are paid before a longer session ends. Receiving payment for services before they are completed isn’t normally the case for most jobs which means Outschool and parents are placing a lot of trust in the teachers. In order for this trust to not be broken, teachers have to show up on time and follow through when it comes to teaching the classes. Outschool doesn’t tell teachers what, how, or when to teach so there shouldn’t be a reason for a teacher who has created a class not to be able to provide the content described or be in the classroom when class begins. If you want to earn a regular income on Outschool, you have to place your best foot forward to receive positive reviews and returning students. Most of my income comes from students who return to my weekly classes.
Most teachers who teach on Outschool earn an income. The amount varies from teacher to teacher. The reasons above play a role in how much each teacher earns along with how much time one has to dedicate to using the platform and the subject area since some classes can be niche. Outschool is a marketplace so there isn’t a guaranteed pay rate. This can be a good thing, but it can also equal frustration if you needed income in a hurry.
My first month on Outschool, I earned about $200, and I taught for four hours that month. I was thrilled to earn from my home while teaching something I enjoy. I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to teach other students while I continued to homeschool my daughters, but the door opened and I gladly walked through it. When I showed up for my first class, I did my best, and at the end I told the kids that they were my first class. Those students showed up for me for the rest of the school year and some continued classes with me for the entire following school year.
My number one tip for earning income on Outschool is remember that Outschool is about people. If you remember you are serving people first, you will likely earn an income.
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