My Biggest Surprise as a New Freelancer

teacherpreneurs Feb 14, 2016

It has been almost two months since I left classroom teaching and ventured out on my own as a teacherpreneur.  I love being my own boss and feel that I definitely made the right decision.  I was interested in the Forbes article that predicts that “more than 40% of the U.S. workforce will be made up of freelance workers by the year 2020”.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2016/02/08/ready-to-leave-your-corporate-job-and-start-freelancing-heres-what-you-need-to-know/3/#6296ce2472f0

The article provides some good questions to ask before launching oneself as a freelancer.  I do believe that I have the motivation to work on my own however I have made one crucial error.  Constantine Anastasakis, Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy for Fiverr (an online marketplace for freelancers) says that “one of the worst mistakes new freelancers can make is selling themselves short “. This means doing too much work for too...

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Six Reasons Why I Left the Best Job in the World

teacherpreneurs Dec 15, 2015

Last August, I wrote about “The Best Job in the World” – being an ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher. I still believe that it is the best job however after 20 years of ESL classroom teaching, I have decided to end my career. You may be wondering why I would leave a career that I suggest is the best job so here are my six reasons:


1. Curiosity
Although I have developed as a teaching professional during the past two decades, there are so many other things that I would like to learn (including Spanish – see Costa Rica), and books that I would like to read (and not about language teaching, or course textbooks).


2. Contracts
My last full time teaching position was in Hong Kong which ended in 2007. This has meant the need to juggle many different positions, and contracts in order to earn a decent income. The plight of precarious employment is a serious issue in higher education. I believe that this creates stress which I would like to eliminate by being my...

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