When I first started teaching, I sort of slid into it.

I was on the road to becoming a writer, so I started helping kids with their homework to keep myself from fulfilling the “starving artist” stereotype.

It was supposed to be only a part-time job until I won the Pulitzer. Well, okay I didn’t really aim for it, but as a teen fresh out of school I was living under an amorphous cloud of Great Expectations. At first it was weird. I was only a few months older than some of the kids I was supposed to teach. What could I possibly teach them?

I planned to stay for only a while. But then things turned out to be very very different.

The kids liked the way I shared with them my experimental knowledge of present progressive, German declensions and Passé Composé.

And I became rather fond of them, too. The cool thing was that it didn’t interfere with my writing. On the contrary, when I wasn’t writing I was still constantly engaged with language, preparing lessons, correcting homework or discussing nuances in textual expression.

I stayed in this job for about 8 years!

And I would have continued if the time-waste of commuting hadn’t gone on my nerves, after a while. And even while I was getting ready to jump ship, I was already teaching somewhere else: Namely, The Internet. Yep, after 8 years of brick & mortar teaching I switched to teaching languages online.

And guess what: I’m still writing. And teaching still isn’t interfering with it, on the contrary: it shapes and develops my craft.

Why Being A Teacher Doesn’t Mean Being Poor

Some people think teaching is a bad career choice. I always point them to the Shanghai Tutors. But even if teaching doesn’t turn you into a millionaire, it’s still one of the most rewarding career-choices I’ve ever made. Whenever I think of all the kids that went through my classroom years ago, it still puts a smile onto my face.

Another misunderstanding is that teaching = teaching. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

If you think being a teacher essentially means standing in front of a blackboard and 30 screaming pupils, think again.

Teaching isn’t a fixed occupation. It’s a lifestyle choice.

And there are many ways to do it.

Thus, to encourage and enable more people to teach (does the world really need another stock broker?) we’ve set up a job-board here on the site. You can find there a variety of different teaching and teaching-related jobs both online and offline. Also, if you’re looking for teachers, you can post your jobs directly onto our site. How cool is that?

Click here to visit the job board now.

UPDATE: this service is discontinued, but you can join our free online teachers directory!

Happy Learning!

P.S: If you don’t like the idea of working for someone else and would rather be your own boss, check out this book.