How Freelancing is Changing the Teaching Profession

The workload teachers face each week is already insurmountable, and it’s increasing from year to year. It’s estimated that educators now work 53 hours during a seven-day span, while their office-bound colleagues work a standard 40-hour week.

With that in mind, today on, guest contributor Charles Silberman looks at how technology and the freelancing economy are altering the educational landscape.

Charles writes about the myriad of ways freelancing is altering the teaching profession in positive ways, including how it helps with:

  • Teaching Materials
  • Organization
  • Lesson Planning
  • And More!

Charles sums up his article like this: The Gig Economy is powerful. It can be used to outsource both mundane and repetitive tasks, as well as more involved and meaningful projects. In doing so, teachers act as any business would by using freelancers to replace or build parts of their organization to save time and money. By democratizing their classroom responsibilities, teachers could arguably get back the extra time they spend working. Cost should be no barrier, as services like these can often be written off during tax season and freelancers on platforms like Fiverr start as low as $5, which is no more than a school lunch. The valuable time the teacher would get back to focus on teaching and the exemplary product they would get in return for the investment are currencies that would benefit the students. A one-time cost can turn into a lifetime of savings, and it can impact the way teachers teach.”