The Classroom Exit Strategies Podcast

The Classroom Exit Strategies Podcast

A podcast for teachers who are thinking about leaving the classroom to pursue a different career path or are simply curious about starting a teacher side hustle. Discover what you need to have in place BEFORE you resign from your teaching job including how to best replace your teaching salary outside of the classroom, the best jobs for teachers who don't want to teach, what you need to know about your teacher retirement, and how to find appropriate health insurance. We'll also dive into topics like how your mindset is holding you back, how to get more done in the small amount of time you have outside of the classroom, whether you need to create a teacher LLC, and how to cultivate a self-sustaining business that you love OUTSIDE of the classroom! Find amazing guest interviews with some of the biggest names in education who have left the classroom and have thriving businesses, teachers who are still in the classroom and have booming teacher side businesses, as well as experts in the fields of law, business, and accounting so that you are prepared to take the next step successfully.

Episodes

May 5, 2022 34 min

Finding a career that you love is the goal of every teacher thinking about transitioning out of the classroom, but how do you know which one is right?

In today's episode, Jenny Melrose shares her experience including what led her to leave the classroom and how she became a successful online entrepreneur...twice!  She also gives insight into why pivoting was so important for her business and how it allowed her husband to pursue h...

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As you are contemplating leaving the classroom, I know you’ve considered a multitude of alternative jobs for teachers.  Maybe you’ve thought about…

  • opening a TpT shop, but then you worry either it isn’t going to be a viable long-term option or the investment of time now is going to take way too long to pay off in the form of a full-time income.
  • starting an online teaching or tutoring business, but you worry about the fact that you do...
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    After leaving the classroom, one of the most common questions every teacher has to answer is why I quit teaching. And the truth is, there are an infinite number of reasons that teachers might leave.

    But as my friend Joey Udovich shares in today's episode, the final decision can be truly heart-wrenching. Her decision had nothing to do with hating teaching and absolutely everything to do with her mental and physical health.

    Discove...

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    For the past two episodes we have been digging into two of the most common fields of interest for teachers who are looking to leave the classroom, but want to stay in the field of education.  We started with educational consulting, and then we looked at instructional design.  

    Today we’re going to spend some time discussing the last option in this vein and that is curriculum design. Curriculum designer jobs are very similar to instr...

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    In the last episode, we spent some time learning about educational consulting and whether or not that career might be something of interest to you.  But in this episode we’re going to look at another ideal job for teachers who are considering leaving the classroom. 

    If you've ever wondered about instructional design and if that might be a good option for you, be sure to keep listening because we're going to talk about what i...

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    One of the questions I get asked all the time is what types of jobs are out there for former teachers?  Well, there are about a million different options because we all know teachers have a WIDE range of skills.  But there are a few that are ideally suited for teachers with classroom teaching experience including today’s focus which is educational consultant jobs. 

    So over the next few weeks, I’m going to be breaking down several of...

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    We all want to receive good evaluations...it just comes with the territory.  But what if you get a bad teacher evaluation from an administrator and you've already been considering quitting teaching?  Should you just consider this your sign that it's time to move on?  

    Well, maybe.

    Today, I'm talking with my friend, Katy Henry, who is an assistant principal in Indiana. She is sharing her insight as an administrator on how ...

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    Have you found yourself in an extremely negative mindset lately regarding your career as a teacher?  Maybe you’ve thought or even said these words out loud, “I hate teaching!”

    When you went into the field of education you had great aspirations for how you would change the lives of children and how you would make a positive impact on the world.  Yet here you are in this moment wondering how you became part of a system that isn’t what...

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    As a former teacher, you possess so many unique entrepreneurial skills and qualities. And while starting a business may be enticing to some people, it can also be a scary thought. A multitude of questions swirl around in your mind including...

  • Can I actually start a business of my own?
  • Will I be successful?
  • How will I know what to do?
  • Where will I get customers?
  • These are all valid questions, but ones that can ultimately, paralyze you t...

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    On this podcast, we talk about so many different facets of leaving teaching including mindset, productivity, career options, entrepreneur actions steps, interview tips, and so much more. 

    But today we’re going to discuss an often overlooked but super-important list of tasks you need to complete BEFORE leaving the classroom for the last time.  Even if you’re still on the fence about whether or not to leave teaching for another career...

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    Once you’ve decided that you want to leave the classroom, the next big question on your mind is, “What career am I going to pursue?”  Well, there are two different ways you can go…the employee route or the entrepreneur route.  

    The entrepreneur route means that you go into business for yourself.  Maybe you start a website, a boutique, a virtual assistant business, an online tutoring business, a photography business, or a TpT shop.  ...

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    Leaving the classroom seems like it should be easy!  You just hand in your teacher resignation letter and that’s that…but unfortunately, it isn’t quite that simple.  

    The truth is, finding the right words to say in your letter of resignation and figuring out how you want to actually tell your administrator that you’re quitting your teaching job is complex at best.

    So in today’s podcast episode, I’m going to help you prepare the perfe...

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    The teaching profession has lost more amazing teachers over the past 2 years than ever in the history of the profession.  But it’s no wonder when you look at what we deal with on a daily basis from the constant upheaval of accelerated learning, virtual classes, in-person classes, and hybrid classes to sub shortages, lack of support from administration, and backlash from parents.

    So many teachers are ready to walk away from the class...

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    So many teachers desire to do something outside the classroom. Some want to pursue a side hustle, while others are looking for a more permanent. Yet, few teachers ever take the leap. 

    Fear is a strong emotion that guides MANY of our decisions. But that anxiety can be shifted into productivity to help you become a teacher business owner who flourishes if you know what to do. 

    In today's episode my friend, Lindsay Flood, joins me t...

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    Fear manifests itself in many different ways, but ultimately, the reason MOST teachers will never leave the classroom even if they say, "I want to quit teaching" is because they would rather stay stuck doing something familiar (even though it makes them unhappy and causes them unending stress) than step out of their comfort zone.

    Obviously, we all like to be comfortable.  To quote the infamous Sheldon Cooper, “It’s called th...

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    As a teacher, one of the hardest things about growing an online business is making investments in your teacher business.  You want to be a good steward (not frivolous) with the money you have, but you also want to make sound business decisions.  

    While making your money stretch as far as possible is a good choice, there are going to be some non-negotiable expenditures.  These investments will be well worth your time and money becaus...

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    Working from home or pursuing a career outside of the classroom is a dream for many current teachers, but the fear of not making enough money keeps them stuck in their current position.

    They want the flexibility and freedom a different job would present, but they’re worried they can’t afford to quit teaching because doing something else might mean a tremendous pay cut.

    Is this you?  Do you desperately want to leave the classroom, but...

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    Understanding how having a teacher side hustle is an important part of your overall classroom exit strategy is something we spend a lot of time discussing.  However, have you ever wondered about the dark side of side hustles?

    Ok, so maybe it isn't quite as suspenseful as all of that, but knowing that there are some pitfalls you will encounter while growing your teacher side hustle is important.  In today's episode we’re talk...

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    Have you considered leaving the classroom in order to grow your teacher business, but you are afraid to take the leap? Well, you are in good company!

    The idea of leaving the classroom to pursue your own business as an entrepreneur is becoming more and more common. There are so many options for you to pursue. But what if you are a single parent who provides the sole income for your household?

    My special guest on the podcast today is T...

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    Have you ever considered becoming a virtual assistant for teachers, TpT sellers, or former teachers turned entrepreneurs? As a current (or former) classroom teacher, you possess so many skills that would make you perfect for this!

    My friend Melanie Ramos, from Melanie Ramos Creative, is chatting with me today about how she successfully transitioned from burned out classroom teacher to thriving teacher entrepreneur thanks to her care...

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