Do you like creating worksheets and other educational content?

Getting paid to create educational content is a pretty lucrative area of the writing sector that’s not really talked about that often.

I guess it’s not as glamorous as working for a marketing agency or getting a byline in Entrepreneur.

But, guess what? It still pays the bills.

And someone’s gotta create it. And update it. 

Because educational content needs a facelift every now and then just like business and marketing content (two of my favorite things to write about).

But if you’re interested in learning how you can make money writing or creating educational content, here are a few ways to do it.

1. Teachers Pay Teachers

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Teachers Pay Teachers is a marketplace where you can buy and sell educational content, such as lesson plans and other printable or downloadable content. 

They have content available for grades Pre-K to 12th grade.

Subjects include:

  • Arts & Music
  • English Language Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Holidays/Seasonal
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies — History
  • Specialty

Go browse the site and see if it’s something you might want to publish content on.

2. Etsy

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Etsy is a general marketplace where you can buy and sell things

It used to be known as a site for handmade crafts, but digital downloads have become another popular way to make money on the site.

If you can create educational content, such as worksheets, workbooks, or lesson plans, this could be a decent source of passive income.

You can sell really anything on Etsy, so don’t feel you have to limit yourself to educational content.

See what other people are selling and do your own versions with your own personal style or preferences.

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3. Write Informational eBooks and Add Affiliate Links

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Writing educational content could mean writing content for the education field or it could mean writing content that aims to educate or inform people about a certain topic.

For this entry, we’ll be talking about the latter. Writing short informational eBooks and adding affiliate links in them can mean passive income for years to come.

Figure out what kind of eBooks you want to write and start creating content based on what people are already searching for.

Try Answer the Public (sign up for a free account for unlimited searches) and Google Alerts to keep up with current trends.

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4. Teacher Sherpa

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Teacher Sherpa is similar to Teachers Pay Teachers in that it’s an education-based platform where people can buy and sell education content.

In addition to the worksheets they have for educators for grades Pre K-5, they also have:

  • Forms
  • Clipart
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Assessments
  • Anchor Charts
  • Centers
  • Games
  • Graphic Organizers
  • QR Codes

They also have holiday stuff, so the amount of stuff you can create is really limitless.

5. Create Your Own Online Course 

Creating your own online course is another route to go if you want to create education-related content. 

You might be well-versed in something that educators aren’t and you might be willing to teach that in an online course.

Create the video and written content for your course and make sure it looks as professional as possible. 

People want to know they’re getting their money’s worth when it comes to investing in things like this.

Once you’re done creating the content, upload it to a site like Udemy, Teachable, or Coursera. There’s also Thinkific if you don’t mind paying more for more features.

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6. Make Money Blogging About Education

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Blogging is a popular way to earn money (with affiliate marketing) and by promoting your own digital products.

Create a blog dedicated to education-related topics that might interest educators and anyone working in the field. 

Write high-quality content that makes you stand out from others doing the same thing.

Make sure to link to your other content on your website (as well as reputable websites, such as education or government websites). This’ll help you establish credibility, which important when it comes to your blog’s ranking.

Look up SEO best practices to ensure you’re doing everything you can to get traffic, especially organic traffic.

Content marketing is a popular way to draw in organic traffic that could potentially turn into paid visitors.

Use Google Keyword Planner to help you search for keywords to use.

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7. Write a Physical Book for Children (And Get it Into Libraries and Schools)

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Have you been toying with the idea of writing a book? Well, write it. 

And once you’re done, see if you can get it into not only bookstores and public libraries, but into schools as well.

Obviously, it’s a no-brainer to say make sure the content is appropriate for children of whatever age its geared toward.

You can write YA novels, picture books, workbooks, or even prompt journals. 

Get an illustrator on Fiverr or UpWork to illustrate the pages and upload the book to Amazon KDP. You could also look up print publishers that might be a lot cheaper to print through than Amazon.

Then, you can ship the books to Amazon once you get some printed and they’ll fulfill the orders.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to think about how to get your book into independent bookstores and libraries.

Think outside the box when creating your content if you really want to make waves and increase your chances of getting your book into a school library.

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What ways have you made money creating educational content? Let me know in the comments. And feel free to share this on social media if you found it useful.


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Founder at The Ultimate Freelance Guide and author of The Ultimate Guide to Using Blogging to Boost Engagement and Drive Sales and Copywriting vs. Content Marketing: A Guide to Understanding the Difference Between the Two and Using Both for Maximum Engagement. Her work has been featured at USA Today and Small Biz Daily and she's written for clients like Columbia, LifeLock, eSurance, Anthem Health, USAA, Rev.com, Princess Cruises, and Rodan + Fields, among others.

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