Popular online teachers around the globe have been dealing with this problem since the beginning of the Internet Age. You’ve got loads of interest from various parts of the world but you just can’t manage to meet them all when they are most convenient. If you live 100% off of your online courses there is a chance that you could fit them in at odd hours throughout the day and night, but that basically defeats the point of the mobile lifestyle that you’ve created for yourself, right? Here are some ideas to balance your global lesson schedule.
1) Cater to Your Favs: Yes, it’s true, teachers pick favorites. But that is OK because you should enjoy yourself while your doing your job! Pick students that you have been teaching for a longer time and the ones that you cherish. If you need to make cuts in your roster, then politely dismiss the ones you never really cared for in the first place. Perhaps you can jump to the third idea on how to deal with them properly.
2) Maximize Your Income: Some students pay more than others. Keep them in order to maximize your revenue over time. But if ALL of your lessons cost the same, keep the ones that allow for tight 2-3 hour blocks of teaching time. That way you can stay focused for the entire morning/evening, rather than scattering your schedule. And be hard-nosed about it if you can. Setup your public schedule to only show times in those cushy blocks of time.
3) Pass Them On: Students who you can’t handle at the moment, for whatever reason, can be politely introduced to other teachers you know. Part of EFET’s network of teachers is always looking to take on more hours of teaching. For me, I’d rather send on serious students to teachers who I know are experienced.
Let me know if you are one.
4) Asynchronize: For the somewhat tech-savvy out there, why not record your lessons and sell them online? There are loads of tools out there that you can use which can help you offer a 24-7 presence. Create something brilliant and it will spread like wildfire! See my blended learning course for an example.
~ Teaching around the globe doesn’t have to be a sleepy-eyed chore. You can enjoy your mobile lifestyle without getting burned out. If you have a great suggestion that’s missing from this list, please feel free to comment below!