How to teach, tutor, or sub in Cincinnati, Ohio
September 1, 2014 8:23 AM Subscribe
I'm a part-time freelance copywriter trying to figure out how I can quit my full-time retail job and piece together work that is more related to writing.
posted by bookishandbelle to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First, I should clarify what might be obvious already: the fact that I'm not quite sure what I want to do. What I do know is that I'd like to do something at least vaguely creative and probably related to writing and literature, and that I'd like to make more than $11.25/hour, which is what I make at my current retail job.
My background: I graduated with a BA in creative writing in 2010, and I've been working as a copywriter for a very small LLC since then. The ebb and flow of this work can be all over the place and rarely constitutes anything full time, so I've supplemented my copywriting with retail work.
For the past year, I've been working 40 hours/week in retail, making just under $400/week after taxes, which is enough to get by (though it's obviously not ideal), but not enough to make me want to stay in a job that's not creatively fulfilling at all. I've been doing the freelance copywriting on top of this for extra income and because I'd like my resumé to show constant work in the field, rather than a big break where I just worked in retail. I've been looking for a full-time copywriting position off and on for a while, but nothing has panned out so far.
I'd like to quit my retail job so that I can devote all my time to writing and other writing-related pursuits, hopefully ones that will can make enough money to pay my bills. I've considered the possibility of trying to become a full-time high school English teacher, but I'm also open to the idea of teaching only part-time as a sub or tutor while still freelancing (the copywriting I already do and other opportunities I have yet to find).
Basically, I've broken it down into four types of teaching that I may be able to pursue. Please let me know any information you have about how to start with any of them.
1. Teaching full time - I'm most interested in teaching high school English, but I'm open to other grade levels. I have a BA in English, but never studied education specifically. I'm in Ohio, and I basically know nothing about what I need to qualify for a position or how to get licensed to teach here.
2. Subbing - I assume I'm qualified for this with just a BA in English. Is there some kind of licensing process as well? Do I start by reaching out to different districts individually? Who specifically should I call or email at each district? What about magnet schools and private schools?
3. Tutoring - I read on another metafilter thread that there's money to be made in SAT tutoring and tutoring kids who aren't making AYP. Specifically, they said $25-30/hour, though I'm not sure what part of the country they're talking about. How do I break into something like that? For the SAT, would I need to know the math section or just the writing and critical reading sections? What about tutoring at a college level? Do I go through the college for something like that or do I just hang up flyers or both? How well would college tutoring pay?
4. Teaching as an adjunct professor - Is this something I'm qualified for with no advanced degree? What about for a community college? If I am qualified, who specifically should I call or email at each college to inquire?
Thank you so much in advance for your wisdom, ideas, and support. This poor, misguided English major graduated in the middle of the recession and has been pretty lost since then. But I'm ready to do what it takes to get back on track!
I honestly don't need to make much money right now. My half of our mortgage is $300 because the midwest is a wonderful, wonderful place. My car payment is $200. I've been surviving on about $1,000/month for a while now. I just don't want to stay in retail any longer. It's killing me softly.