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"Hi, everyone! I'm Lily, an ESL teacher. I was looking for some way out of the slow lane and found out that I am actually on the sidewalk.

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Hi, everyone! I'm Lily, an ESL teacher living and working in Thailand. I was looking for some way out of the slow lane and found out that I am actually on the sidewalk. That sucks to realize. I finished the book just yesterday and can't stop feeling the bitter aftertaste of it. I see how much younger girls, experts in different fields, earn my salary in one working day, and I'm happy for them but unhappy for myself. I don't enjoy teaching and don't see myself doing all that teaching-related stuff (like courses, videos, etc.) in the future. But the problem is I can't do anything besides that, as all my life I have worked mostly in Asia as an ESL teacher. According to the book, I have to look for some problems/struggles/complaints that people have; however, I can't find anything worthy. I hope I will find some seeds of wisdom here. That's my introduction. Have a good day!
 
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Hi, everyone! I'm Lily, an ESL teacher living and working in Thailand. I was looking for some way out of the slow lane and found out that I am actually on the sidewalk. That sucks to realize. I finished the book just yesterday and can't stop feeling the bitter aftertaste of it. I see how much younger girls, experts in different fields, earn my salary in one working day, and I'm happy for them but unhappy for myself. I don't enjoy teaching and don't see myself doing all that teaching-related stuff (like courses, videos, etc.) in the future. But the problem is I can't do anything besides that, as all my life I have worked mostly in Asia as an ESL teacher. According to the book, I have to look for some problems/struggles/complaints that people have; however, I can't find anything worthy. I hope I will find some seeds of wisdom here. That's my introduction. Have a good day!
Hello Lily and welcome. I'm a qualified teacher too and have done ESL/TEFL over the years, as well as regular school. Don't sell yourself short! Being a good teacher normally means you are skilled at: writing, time management, getting to the point of things quickly, working with other people, and giving feedback. Those are all very transferable skills. :)
 

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I have to look for some problems/struggles/complaints that people have; however, I can't find anything worthy.

I find that hard to believe. You can't find any problems in your day-to-day life as a teacher? I can think of a few and I'm not even in the profession.
 

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I find that hard to believe. You can't find any problems in your day-to-day life as a teacher? I can think of a few and I'm not even in the profession.
Like what (out of interest)?
 
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Most of the advice you will receive will be along the lines of "what are you passionate about" and then build a business around that. This will work only if you can easily monetize your passion by identifying what people are struggling with in that area of interest and then providing solutions in the form of content or coaching.

Instead, see what is working now in 2024 by using Google, find something that matches your skills and learn how to make it work for you. If you take on a broad topic, such as self-improvement, there will be too much competition.

If you narrow your focus to a sub-niche within a larger niche, you can start by creating useful content and publishing it on a website, then supplement it with social media. With so much traffic available on social media platforms, you may not even need to create a website.

People earn money by posting content on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest. Concentrate on one thing, start creating content, and build your business around it.

If you are an ESL teacher, your most valuable skill is the ability to teach, and online courses are in high demand right now. Learn how to create courses and sell them online. Browse sites like Udemy, Skillshare and others to get an idea of what is selling now.
 

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Most of the advice you will receive will be along the lines of "what are you passionate about" and then build a business around that. This will work only if you can easily monetize your passion by identifying what people are struggling with in that area of interest and then providing solutions in the form of content or coaching.

Instead, see what is working now in 2024 by using Google, find something that matches your skills and learn how to make it work for you. If you take on a broad topic, such as self-improvement, there will be too much competition.

If you narrow your focus to a sub-niche within a larger niche, you can start by creating useful content and publishing it on a website, then supplement it with social media. With so much traffic available on social media platforms, you may not even need to create a website.

People earn money by posting content on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest. Concentrate on one thing, start creating content, and build your business around it.

If you are an ESL teacher, your most valuable skill is the ability to teach, and online courses are in high demand right now. Learn how to create courses and sell them online. Browse sites like Udemy, Skillshare and others to get an idea of what is selling now.
I like this answer, as I am seeking to do something similar. I am not a certified teacher, but I have many skills to share from raising a family as a stay home mom, running a small business, maintaining a small farm, and many self taught skills. I just need to find the way to connect the two now, as I am not at all familiar with creating content, or utilizing any of the online platforms.
 
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Hi, everyone! I'm Lily, an ESL teacher living and working in Thailand. I was looking for some way out of the slow lane and found out that I am actually on the sidewalk. That sucks to realize. I finished the book just yesterday and can't stop feeling the bitter aftertaste of it. I see how much younger girls, experts in different fields, earn my salary in one working day, and I'm happy for them but unhappy for myself. I don't enjoy teaching and don't see myself doing all that teaching-related stuff (like courses, videos, etc.) in the future. But the problem is I can't do anything besides that, as all my life I have worked mostly in Asia as an ESL teacher. According to the book, I have to look for some problems/struggles/complaints that people have; however, I can't find anything worthy. I hope I will find some seeds of wisdom here. That's my introduction. Have a good day!
First of all never say "I can't" That will always block your efforts. Instead always ask how you CAN!

I am also in a frustrating situation learning new things, so I understand your feelings. I just never stop seeking, and I know I will find a way to become wealthy, and it will be something I enjoy, and enjoy helping others.
I am glad to have this forum, because whenever I DO get down and feeling like I have no direction, I jump on here to seek more answers and ideas from others. That alone is helping to move me forward.
Wish you the best!!
 

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Hi, everyone! I'm Lily, an ESL teacher living and working in Thailand. I was looking for some way out of the slow lane and found out that I am actually on the sidewalk. That sucks to realize. I finished the book just yesterday and can't stop feeling the bitter aftertaste of it. I see how much younger girls, experts in different fields, earn my salary in one working day, and I'm happy for them but unhappy for myself. I don't enjoy teaching and don't see myself doing all that teaching-related stuff (like courses, videos, etc.) in the future. But the problem is I can't do anything besides that, as all my life I have worked mostly in Asia as an ESL teacher. According to the book, I have to look for some problems/struggles/complaints that people have; however, I can't find anything worthy. I hope I will find some seeds of wisdom here. That's my introduction. Have a good day!

You already solve problems, people need to learn English for whatever reason, and you teach them. The only thing is you do it for a company who pay you a salary, right? So start by trying to get some private clients, maybe some well-to-do parents who want their children to learn English, or some diplomats.

Also, you live in a country with a very low cost of living, so don't compare your salary to western ones. Lastly, you are only on the sidewalk if you are spending more than you earn. Being in the fastlane isn't just about how you make your money, it's about how you spend it.
 

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Hi, everyone! I'm Lily, an ESL teacher living and working in Thailand. I was looking for some way out of the slow lane and found out that I am actually on the sidewalk. That sucks to realize. I finished the book just yesterday and can't stop feeling the bitter aftertaste of it. I see how much younger girls, experts in different fields, earn my salary in one working day, and I'm happy for them but unhappy for myself. I don't enjoy teaching and don't see myself doing all that teaching-related stuff (like courses, videos, etc.) in the future. But the problem is I can't do anything besides that, as all my life I have worked mostly in Asia as an ESL teacher. According to the book, I have to look for some problems/struggles/complaints that people have; however, I can't find anything worthy. I hope I will find some seeds of wisdom here. That's my introduction. Have a good day!
You don’t have to solve problems just for your students, you can solve problems for other teachers.
 
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