How I Discovered a Way to Help My Fellow Educators Make More Money in One of the Lowest Paid States for Professional Teachers
I wanted to be an elementary school teacher since I was a little girl, and I’ve been teaching children for more than 17 years. It is a joyful profession. It is also a profession in which I have seen some of the strongest and wisest educators leave, because they simply couldn’t survive and provide for their families on the salaries teachers make in the state of North Carolina.
I have watched our public school system take cut after cut…dismantled at the hands of politicians who are only concerned with budgets and not the futures of the young people that come through my classroom.
Year after year, the salaries of teachers are on the financial chopping block. Teachers are seeking other careers and taking second and third jobs in order to make ends meet.
States with vision are wooing some of our best educators away with better compensation packages and appreciation for the gifts that only a seasoned, selfless teacher can bring to the table.
When the economy bottomed out, and my husband lost his job, it was like a bomb went off in our lives. We felt the impact everywhere…within our finances, our assets and our marriage. It was the worst time for being a teacher because my salary was not enough to support our family of four.
I got a second job waiting tables DURING the school year…in the evenings and on weekends…to supplement my income. It was difficult, since I was on my feet the majority of the day. I began to experience bouts of depression with achy joints.
My husband looked for any kind of work he could get and managed to secure odd jobs here and there, but nothing paid him close to the salary he earned before the economy took a nose dive.
We were struggling and our children could feel the effects. We tried to be as creative as we could with movie nights at home or taking our daughters to the mountains where most of the things we enjoyed doing were inexpensive or free. We avoided eating out at restaurants or going on our annual beach vacation.
We curbed our spending and eliminated anything that wasn’t necessary. It was an adjustment to go without little luxuries or taking the girls on shopping excursions and to get manicures and pedicures.
We adjusted to living a life that felt half-empty. I mean, we were incredibly grateful for the blessing of keeping our home and maintaining more than many could during that time, but it was a “less”on…a lesson living with less. It’s one thing to make the choice to simplify. It is quite another to be forced to do more with less and less than one finds fulfilling or comfortable.
I began going through our belongings and selling everything we no longer needed…random things in the garage, clothing that no longer fit the girls, furniture I’d planned to reupholster and never got around to completing, etc. I sold anything that wasn’t bolted down, basically.
One afternoon, I was on a popular Facebook page to list those items for sale when the post of a childhood friend caught my attention. I had seen her posts in the past and found them intriguing, but they hadn’t quite grabbed me by the eyeballs because I never needed to seek another source of income before the “fit hit the shan.”
Luckily, however, I was paying attention this time, and I reached out to her in a private message to see if she would join me for coffee.
That was a turning point for me AND FOR MY HUSBAND!
It’s been several years now, and our lives look very different from what we thought was a comfortable way to live before the dip in the economy schooled us on what uncomfortable really is! Had it not been for that series of events we would never have been awakened to an entirely new and BLESSED way to live, work and play.
As a teacher, I am always open to learning from anyone and everyone…it comes with the job. I teach and learn from my students and colleagues each day, and because I was open to a new stream of income, I wound up providing an entirely new lifestyle for my family and more than a dozen teachers within my community, as well as several that are now spread throughout the country, (social media makes it so easy to help no matter the distance in-between.)
Network Marketing has enhanced my life. It has altered the course of my husband’s life and career path. It has given me a second career and something to fall back on no matter what the politicians do to cut corners in education. I have a residual source of income that pays me while I’m teaching my students in class and while I’m on summer break at the beach with my toes in the sand.
If you are a teacher struggling to make ends meet, or if you are coming out of pocket to pay for classroom supplies…digging into your wallet to help less fortunate students cover costs for field trips and the like, I URGE YOU to reach out to the person who shared this article with you. I KNOW YOU ARE paying for supplies, because MOST OF US spend our own money for the classroom…so you need this. It’s the one thing you really need that you don’t even know you need, teacher-sister!
This is an invitation to make a few hundred to thousands extra, each month, on top of bonuses and incentive trips to luxury resorts…all expenses paid!
We teachers LOVE a good system that is easy to follow. I’m here to tell you, there just isn’t a simpler way to supplement your income, and help others while having fun, than to be involved in this industry.
You’ll be getting a lesson in how to be paid what you are worth!!!
~ Mrs. Patrick