Public-school teachers are experiencing some of the worst wage stagnation of any profession. According to data from the Department of Education, teachers earn less on average than they did in 1990.
Some teachers are turning to Pinterest to earn extra side cash. We call them "teacherpreneurs" and in some cases, they've become so profitable (six-figure incomes!) that they've quit their day jobs.
In fact, searches on lesson plans are trending up (59%1) across the board on Pinterest, for Spanish, English, art, library, toddler curriculums, or daycare.
Teachers have been part of the Pinterest community since the very beginning, and in addition to lesson plans, they often look for classroom activities and decoration ideas. Pinterest is a central place for teachers to find creative ideas quickly and easily. It also connects them to inspire and support each other, often with collaborative group boards where they save Pins and find ideas others from the group have saved.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the teachers who have found success on Pinterest:
“I thought this would be a side thing to pay off my student loans, but I blinked, and all of a sudden I had this business growing like crazy. I can’t believe it. This is my third year not going back to work. I feel like I am making more of a difference making this than teaching to 35 children a year. I now reach 40,000 to 50,000 teachers every month. I want to make learning more interesting for kids.”
“I don’t think that I would have any eyes on my blog if it was not for Pinterest. I am a teacher and I know nothing about business, but I know that as a teacher, I use Pinterest like it’s Google. Rather than typing into Google, teachers turn to Pinterest. It’s their search engine and where they find what they need.”
“As a teacher in Florida, you don’t make much money. Having to pay for full time daycare, most of my income would go to that. I never thought I would become an entrepreneur. I remember the first time I made a sale, I was at lunch with my husband and yelled. I could pay for my sandwich with that sale! It seemed surreal. It was such a small start.”
“The average salary for public school teachers in 2016–17 was $58,950 according to the National Center for Education Statistics ”