As some of you know, I am a substitute teacher.
Well, my suggestions are more worldly than practical.
I understand your frustration because I lived that way for many years...I was also a teacher and never earned enough money. But I loved teaching and all the benefits such as long summer vacations, professional development, etc.
When I moved to Canada, I discovered that it was nearly impossible for me to become a teacher here. Things close to teaching were opening my own family daycare (which I did, but was a giant business failure), or as you are considering, teaching online. I checked into tutoring at home and at private institutions and teaching in different levels. Writing children's books was another think I checked, but as English is not my first language, it wasn't very realistic, unless I did it in my own language.
I finally became a career counsellor. I had to study again, but I also used the experience and foundations I had as a teacher, and it is working really good. As a counsellor, I have to create materials and facilitate workshops, so it is very rewarding. Not sure if that would work for you.
You seem very young, so my suggestion is try to get an appointment with a career counsellor in your area. In Canada, this is a free service. What we do is review your life, your dreams/goals and then your current situation: taking into account factors such as the household financial situation, family support and other existent networks around you, options in your area, in terms of job market, study programs and also community resources you can use. We use some specific tools to evaluate your values, attitudes, skills, etc and this can help you to decide what path to take. However, the path has to be matched with the reality of your life...so the best person is somebody who lives where you live and can have a few sessions, helping to take the right decision.
In the six years of subbing, have you taken any professional development courses?
I have taken a couple of graduate level courses and some courses offered through the school districts as well.
Thanks for the help!
I'm afraid with the school systems there and you living in
I don't know what tutoring places are around you but I know a lot of substitute teachers around here work for Sylvan or Kumon, and they pay pretty decently I think. A lot of parents also use these services in the summer to get their kids caught up so it may be a more steady income stream. Good luck!