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4 Reasons You SHOULD BE an Enterprising Teacher

Teaching Enterprise

Many teachers want to teach entrepreneurship to their students, but, some just don’t know where to start.

Most have an idea of what entrepreneurship is, they see its value to the economy, and know its good for society as a whole, but when it comes to teaching it, many struggle.

And that’s okay, it’s why we created ‘Trep Prep’, a simple and easy to implement set of lesson plans on entrepreneurship.  We created this product to help teachers easily educate their students on something they were never taught to teach.

But you know what?

Entrepreneurship Education is Limited

Our lesson plans can only teach so much.  In fact, there is so much more to entrepreneurship that kids should be learning in school.

But, chances are high students will miss out because their school’s budgets are limited.  Most schools have small budgets that can’t afford to invest in the most thorough and effective entrepreneurship education.  The type of entrepreneurship education that will help our kids stay competitive in the global markets of the 21st century.

However, there is another way.  It’s the way of the enterprising teacher.

An alternative way to provide students valuable lessons on entrepreneurship, is for the educator to actually try their hand at it first.

Yes, teachers can be entrepreneurs too.

Truly, experience is the best teacher.  And in this day and age, anyone from teenagers, to retired folks, and yes even teachers can easily give entrepreneurship a shot, especially online entrepreneurship.

So, that’s what we are encouraging today. For teachers to give their ideas a shot in the market place.

4 Reasons To Be an Enterprising Teacher

Why?  Well, there are so many great reasons, but for brevity’s sake, here are four of them:

  • Because it doesn’t cost hardly anything to get started.
  • Because you can learn tons of new insights that you can then teach to your students.
  • Because you can eventually make an extra $1,000 bucks a month (or more) just for experimenting with your business ideas.
  • Because it can turn into something BIG and become a project, brand, or company you’re proud of.

The great thing about entrepreneurship today, is you can start slow, you can take baby steps.  You don’t have to go find funding from some big shot venture capitalist to test out your product or business ideas.

As a teacher, you can create a simple set of lesson plans and launch it on Teachers Pay Teachers, and do a bit of social marketing and see if it takes off.  If it doesn’t, well, you can just try again.  That’s what entrepreneurship is all about anyway, it’s all experiential.

Or, you can take that next baby-step, and set up a simple website (which is ridiculously easy these days), especially with all the YouTube tutorials and the drag and drop frameworks that are available out there.

Once you have your site up, you can simply link to your own products or eproducts with product delivery platforms like Gumroad, Sam Cart, etc.  The world will become your oyster.

3 Simple Ways to Begin Enterprising Today

Here’s three easy paths you can take:

  1. Get Started on Teachers Pay Teachers
  2. Learn Tricks of the Online Trade
  3. Dive in and Launch Something

The bottom line is this, you can get involved in entrepreneurship part-time (after school, weekends, SUMMERS), you can learn the concepts as you go, and then turn around teach your kids everything you know.

Technology is so user-friendly these days, that anyone with a laptop can get started.

So, hopefully you’ll be that next intrepid teacher who gives entrepreneurship a shot.  Heck, you may even figure out how to create a profitable income on the side, so why not?

But most importantly, you should become an enterprising teacher because your students will learn a lot.

by Jessica Lee

Jessica is a former Teach for America corps member, has over 7 years of direct teaching experience, 10+ years of leadership experience, and has most recently performed as a Director of Operations for one of the largest global language learning software companies.

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