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Whenever you need products, items, or services to help improve the classroom experience for you and your students, you deserve simplicity. Yet in a world where everything online is jam packed with advertisements, useless information, and products that don’t even match up to the description, it can be hard to find.  That is why Excel Assist is able to stand out.  We aren’t your average auction or freelance site, we are an educational exchange.  Our primary goal is to be the one stop resource that educators need whenever they have something specific they seek for the classroom.

Here at Excel Assist, we have worked hard to put together the resources that teachers and educators are looking for.  If you want to buy or sell classroom products or technology, there is a simple tool here that enables you to do it easily.  If you want to offer your expertise and services or find a talented freelancer who specializes in education writing and work, you can do that, too.  We offer a place where educators can connect, share ideas, collaborate on projects, and work together to make the quality of education better for their students.

There are plenty of websites that offer auction listings or that provide access to freelancers who would love to make money and take a stab at your project, but when you want to buy and sell with other educators or ensure that your professional actually has experience with classroom related work, you need to choose a website and company designed specifically for educators.  Excel Assist is here to help make it easier to fulfill your needs while providing you confidence in the freelancers and sellers that you work with.  When working with other qualified educators matters to you, let us help you connect.

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In any classroom in the country, organization is the name of the game. When you’re dealing with thirty little bodies in a classroom, you’re not going to make it through the day unless you’re 100 percent prepared. And if you can’t find your supplies, your job will be that much more difficult.

If you’re not naturally organized, there are organizational tools that you can use to better configure your supplies. Having a messy room doesn’t connote professionalism, so it’s important to get your act together. Because your classroom budget is probably minuscule, you’ll have to really stretch your dollar to buy the right organizational implements and tools.

One way to buy more for less is through an educational exchange site, which is simply a website for school professionals to buy and sell goods and services. For example, if you need to buy a small storage system for your math manipulatives, you may find a product that fits the bill at the online educational exchange. The online site offers a way for unwanted and used school supplies to be bought and sold from around the country, so you can buy products for less than retail.

On the other hand, if you have a magical organization system for records, you could sell your handy system to other school professionals by using the educational exchange. Whether you have a storage system that you’ve created, or you just can’t use your old organization kit, you can sell the item to a school or teacher who could really use it.

Maybe you’ve devised a scorekeeping system that’s second to none. While most schools have online scorekeeping methods, most teachers still manually record some scores. Teachers who aren’t so organized may want to use a part of their classroom budget to buy your scorekeeping system.

Whatever your great idea is, other schools may be looking for what you’ve got to offer. You can test the waters by putting your special item up for sale on the educational network site, since it’s free to post items there that you want to sell.

For every teacher that is meticulously organized, there is another teacher who could really use some help. Don’t hog your wonderful organizational system – recreate it into a product that you can sell to other educators. You’ll not only make money, you’ll also help someone regain control of his or her classroom environment.

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Are you in need of classroom or curriculum design?  Do you need someone to help you with grant writing?  Could your teaching benefit from new course strategies or new projects that your students can work on and participate in?  While you may have great ideas for your classroom, there are simply situations where a little bit of outside help can make a big difference for your students.  Hiring freelancers is a great option, but most websites are filled with people who have no experience in educational writing, or worse yet, no experience at all.  Excel Assist is different.
When you browse for freelancers at Excel Assist, you will have the benefit of working through an educational exchange.  All of our products, services, and freelancers are educators and people in the field of education looking to connect, trade, and interact with people in the same field.  This certainly offers benefit to you, and it also offers the ability to feel confident in the quality of work that will be done.  When you are paying for curriculum design or other educational work, you should be able to trust that the person providing the work has a background in education.
The Excel Assist freelance system is designed to help people and educators like you connect with people who have the specific skills and expertise that you need.  Whether you are looking for someone who can help you write grant requests that will get your school more funding or to design a curriculum that keeps your students on track and provides them with the information they need to not only pass but to gain the skills and knowledge they need to take in the real world, it starts with finding the right company.  Excel Assist is dedicated to being the right place to fulfill your needs.

 

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There comes a day when every teacher must retire. While most educators are happy and relieved to start the next chapter in their life, many find themselves missing their classroom role. They become wistful. They miss their responsibilities. While teaching offers many frustrations and headaches, it’s one of the few ways of impacting the next generation. Teachers play a pivotal role, and they don’t realize how important they were until after they’ve retired.

One way that teachers can stay active in the education industry is through freelancing. Through an educational exchange website, teachers can put their knowledge and background to good use. From consulting to writing grants, former educators can make a difference, albeit in a slightly different role.
The benefit to freelancing is that you can work around your schedule. You can play as much golf as you like, or knit as many sweaters as you can, yet still squeeze in some freelance hours.

You can fulfill the needs of clients while doing work that interests you. Maybe you don’t enjoy writing grants – that’s okay. There are a multitude of jobs out there. You can bid only on the projects that interest you and leverage your talents as you see fit.

Freelancing is like being a consultant. What are your best skills? What are your interests? What specialties do you have? From parents to principals, you must have received compliments on certain skills that you possessed during your tenure. Those are the skills that you should leverage. Those are the skills that clients will pay you to share.

Maybe you’ve got a very narrow niche, such as educational technology. If so, there are clients out there that need you – not everyone is tech savvy. You can combine your tech knowledge with your ability to teach and share in a patient way. You’ve no doubt acquired patience during your career, and know you can employ your persistence and serenity in a new role.

You no doubt have heard that it’s vital to challenge your mind in new ways, or your brain will get soft. Freelancing is one way to keep your mind active and keep your neurons firing. Whether you want to work a little each week or just take on new projects as they crop up, you’ll find the perfect match for your personality. Don’t let your talent go to waste – share it with those who need you.

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Are you an educator with an above average talent for writing grants, designing classroom projects, or even designing a more efficient and effective classroom layout?  Do you have special talents as an educator that you think would translate well into other classroom environments or benefit other students?  If so, you may wish to consider becoming a freelancer here at Excel Assist.  Doing so is incredibly easy, and you will find that it can be a great way to earn extra money while helping other educators and schools come up with the projects or help that they need.
If you are looking to share your expertise with others, the educational exchange here at Excel Assist is the perfect place for you.  While other freelance websites are generic and allow people with any or even no background to bid on your projects, we are a service that is specifically geared towards the education industry.  This means that our projects, products, and services are all within the field of education, allowing you to offer the benefit of your expertise to exactly the people who stand to benefit most from it and to the people who need your specific services.
As a freelancer with Excel Assist, you will find that you can easily list your areas of expertise and find work with people who need your services.  Our fees are incredibly low and constitute only a small portion of the final value fee of each project you complete.  Our freelancers can provide expertise and work for teachers in both the public and private sectors, and you will find that your experience can really work to benefit you as well as others.  Finding a great place to market your unique skills doesn’t have to be hard, and the Excel Assist educational exchange is simply perfect for you.

 

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Although they’re often overlooked, educational videos are a vital component in any classroom. When they’re well-made and produced, videos that tie into the curriculum are helpful starting points for lessons. Visual learners appreciate the content. But when videos are dated or not age-appropriate, teachers and students find little benefit to them.

If you have access to video production equipment, and you’re very familiar with the kind of educational content that is required, you may find schools that are willing to pay you for your work. Instructional videos need to be contemporary, rich in content, and grade-specific.

There are two subject areas that are currently neglected in the educational video arena, and they are social studies and science. Many schools simply cannot afford to buy the materials and supplies necessary for superior science and social studies lessons, but they may be able to spare some money for topnotch videos.

How can you capitalize on the market? One option is to connect with schools by offering your original work for sale on an educational exchange, which is a website that allows school professionals to bid on products and services. The site allows educators and schools to connect with others in the education industry. If you’ve got something to sell, you can post it for free. Freelance memberships are also free.

Most schools already have math and literacy programs, but teachers are left to their own devices to come up with interesting lessons for other subject areas. Schools need quality videos for the neglected subjects.

From bullying videos to sex ed videos, the material has to be perfectly targeted to a young audience. Many schools have rules about what can and cannot be covered in sensitive lessons. But with social studies and science videos, the content is a bit less delicate, so there is more room for creativity.

Although schools are on a tight budget, they are able to afford curriculum materials that reach a wide audience. Educational videos provide a lot of bang for their buck, because unlike hands-on materials that are not reusable, videos only have to be purchased once.

No matter what your creative specialty is, you can find a range of buyers for your skills when you go online. An educational network site is the perfect place to buy and sell goods and services in the teaching industry. Whether you’ve got audio books or videos to sell, you can list your items for no charge.

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When you visit Excel Assist, it is our hope that you get the sense that you have found the very best resource for educators.  We have worked hard to ensure that we have created a space where education professionals can connect to share ideas, exchange goods and services, and offer up their expertise to help other educators with their needs.  Another great benefit that comes from using our service, however, is the ability to make money while helping other educators connect to and use our network.  By choosing to become an affiliate, you can make money each time someone uses your link to provide services or sell an item.
Affiliate networking has long been a popular way for online and brick and mortar companies to help boost business.  With Excel Assist, our primary objective is to help bring together educators from around the world to exchange ideas, products, technologies, and services.  We know that the best way to do this is to simply appeal to other educators, and our affiliate program allows you to help others find our service while making money in the process.  Every time one of your referrals makes money selling through our website, you will make money as well.
Networking for an educational exchange is best done organically, and this means allowing the educators that find the products and services they need on our site to recommend us to others.  We have no doubts that our idea is unique and that we fill a strong need within the education market.  The notion of an educational exchange is one that has been long needed, and Excel Assist has everything that you need to ensure that you have what you want for your classroom.  If you are interested in helping to expand our network while making extra money, becoming an affiliate can offer great benefit to you.

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