Side Jobs For Teachers
When I worked in a brick and mortar school it was more common than not for teachers to have a part-time job. Side jobs for teachers are important because they allow educators to pay the bills, save for retirement, or have extra money for personal spending. I want to emphasize that the best side job is something that leads to getting off the hamster wheel of working extra hours. If you’re interested in creating a teacher business or any type of small business take a look at my teacher mindset post.
Some common side jobs for teachers include:
- Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) Online to students from China
- Selling lesson plans on places like Teachers Pay Teachers
- Sell your clothes on places like PoshMark or sell household items on Facebook Marketplace
- Delivery service like DoorDash, UberEats
- Virtual Assistant
- Make an Etsy shop
- Write for educational websites like We Are Teachers or eNotes
- Blog or make a YouTube channel
- Do focus groups or user testing
- Babysit or nanny
In the past I have worked in retail, translated/interpreted, taken on secondary positions at school, and tutored. When I quit working in the public school system I started Teaching ESL online part-time, but it turned into a full-time job that has led me to surpass my income as a brick and mortar teacher.
side jobs for teachers during the school year
Depending on how many extra hours you want to work, the best side jobs for teachers during the school year are the ones that are the least demanding in terms of your energy.
Teaching ESL online is a great option because you can make your own schedule and earn anywhere from $14-$25 an hour. If you recruit others you could make around $100 per recruit.
Blogging or YouTube won’t make you much money in the beginning, but over time you could make your own business! If you’re in it for the long haul, go for this!
I think waitressing, retail and delivery service would be the most draining due to driving or being on your feet.
Selling lesson plans could be a great option because you’re already doing that anyway! Why not make a profit off of them?
Make Money as a teacher online
If you want to make money as a teacher online, I’m your gal! I’ve been doing this since 2016 and have surpassed my income as a brick and mortar teacher.
Most of us were not expecting to work from home, whether it’s part-time or full-time. When you teach online you will need a professional background. I’ve found the easiest backdrop is a map. I specifically recommend the one from the Nancy Taylor Shop because it’s cute and convenient.
Jobs for ex teachers
The best jobs for ex teachers are the ones where you can use your skills as an educator. We teachers have a lot more skills than people give us credit for. Educators know how to communicate with all personality types, we have leadership skills, planning skills, and the ability to respond effectively while thinking on our feet. We also have great sales skills. You have to convince a room full of kids to listen, participate, and learn!
Whatever position you’re applying to, be sure to make the necessary skills stand out. For example, when I applied for sales position for an education company, I incorporated percentages of conversions (the amount of people I converted for sales) from tutoring and my time in retail. I also focused in on my leadership roles in the school system ranging from club sponsorship to curriculum planning and coaching other teachers. Be creative on your resume.
Part Time teaching jobs
Since there are not a lot of part-time teaching jobs in brick and mortar schools I highly recommend teaching ESL (English as a second language) online to kids in China. You set your own hours and it’s a very rewarding job because you’re teaching people a life-long skill on the other side of the world. You get to learn about another culture while making a positive impact globally.
Best Side jobs for teachers
The best side jobs for teachers are the ones that resonate most with you! If it’s something that will take time to grow such as an Etsy shop or blog, don’t let fear hold you back. Hard work and dedication do pay off.
My favorite side jobs are the ones that are rewarding, pay well, an easy commute, and incorporate some type of teaching whether it’s training employees or tutoring. When I tutored I found people two ways, through WyzAnt and word-of-mouth.
Side hustles for teachers
I love the idea of side hustles for teachers because when I quit teaching in the brick and mortar school system I didn’t realize I have an entrepreneurial spirit. Creating something that benefits people’s lives is extremely rewarding, especially when you put in a lot of effort.
The most popular side hustles for teachers are:
- Making a TpT store
- Website design
- Virtual assistant
- YouTube creator
If you’re curious how to start a teacher side hustle while working full-time there are two ways you can go about it; slow and steady wins the race or hustle, hustle hustle. I have taken the slow and steady wins the race method. I’ve gotten high enough pay in the online ESL teaching industry, started recruiting and have leadership positions that allow me to cut hours so I can focus on my side hustle at least one hour a day or I take off Fridays to only focus on my teacher business. It’s an extremely flexible job that is amazing for people starting an online business.
Which side job or side hustle interests you? Leave a comment below!