So you’ve stayed for years in one place because you like it, and money isn’t everything. Now your working environment is changing, and they’re not paying you as much as you would like to accomodate the downside? Now you’re wondering if you should go somewhere else? Doesn’t sound too dumb to me.
There are jobs teaching adults that offer flexibility, support, a pleasant atmosphere, AND good money. The trouble is that they don’t usually give you the hours you want initially. You have to get your foot in the door, and then they will give you more classes as they come available.
I started a job a while back teaching just one class a week, and after a few weeks they started loading up my schedule. I actually had to turn down work from them at 900/hr - teaching adults - because it clashed with other commitments. (That was more than they usually pay me.) And they’re really nice people - I’ve been there nearly 4 months now and never had so much as a difference of opinion.
It took a while to find that job, and I had to waste an awful lot of time meeting with wankers I would never work for - including the NT$1300/hr job teaching IELTS prep! If money is the only thing then it’s out there, but I would rather be happy in my work, as Admiral Yamamoto put it.
Saying that, there seemed to be an awful lot of people offering 530-600 per hour for 1-2 hours at a time. It was hard to stick to my guns and keep saying no until the offers improved, but I’m glad I did.
The other job I have is teaching high school. Block hours and students you can talk to - sometimes! You’ve probably missed the boat for that kind of work as the school year has just started, but there’s still work out there. A pal of mine just got a coupla hours a night at 800/hr. Some other people I know are making 70,000/month for 22hrs over 4 days a week. Western boss, no BS that I’m aware of.
Start looking, dude. It’s out there, and it does you good to do something different once in a while.