The 22 Best Side Hustles for Teachers: Earn $1000 a Week or More

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Teaching is a noble and rewarding profession, but we all know it’s not the best-paying job in the world.

I’m grateful to have had some awesome teachers growing up, who challenged me, inspired me, and made me love learning for learning’s sake. Where would you be without the teachers in your life?

But the truth is as a teacher you usually start with very low wages and have the burden of student debt, and so it’s only natural to look to side hustles or ways to make extra money outside of your chosen profession.

While there are dozens of side hustle ideas out there, here are the ones I think are best-suited to teachers and educators to take advantage of your unique skills and expertise.

1. Tutoring

Since teaching comes natural to you, tutoring is also another good option if you’re looking for part-time income. In fact, one Side Hustle Nation reader reported earning $1000 a week with his part-time tutoring business that focused on ACT test prep.

Another option is to set up shop on a platform like Wyzant, an online community that helps match students with tutors. Tutors get to set their own rates and though they may vary depending on location and subject, the usual rates are often between $30 to $60 per hour.

Work hours are flexible and will likely align with when students aren’t in class.

2. Selling Printables

I like side hustles that scale, meaning you can get paid multiple times for work you do once. Printables definitely check that box.

In fact, Rachel Jones reported earning $10,000 a month from her portfolio of Etsy printables.

printables on etsy

What’s a printable? Think digital files like habit trackers, meal planners, budget templates, chore charts, intake forms, and more. You may already be creating similar files like these for your own class.

When you upload those printable files to Etsy, you can reach a worldwide audience of buyers — and delivery is all automated online.

3. Teaching Online

While one-to-one tutoring can be rewarding and even pretty lucrative, you’re still trading hours for dollars. One way around that is to package your knowledge into an online course and sell it on a platform like Udemy or Outschool.

These peer-to-peer education marketplaces have millions of students and courses on nearly every topic imaginable. One guest of mine reported earning $4000-5000 a month teaching courses on Udemy about baking the perfect sourdough bread!

Udemy is aimed at adult professionals, so you might have to change up the material from what you’d normally cover in class, but the site has actually been a nice source of passive income for me over the last few years. If this sounds interesting, my friend Phil (a top-rated Udemy instructor) has an in-depth and inexpensive class on how to get started.

In contrast, Outschool is aimed at kids (and their parents). On The Side Hustle Show, Jade Weatherington explained how she was earning $10,000 a month on the platform, primarily teaching middle school English writing classes.

4. Reselling your Curriculum

Curriculums, lesson plans, and other educational materials have become sellable products thanks to sites like TeachersPayTeachers. These online marketplaces allow you to share some of you best work and get paid for it.

Like Udemy, your income depends on the number of people who buy your products, but it can be a good source of extra income that’s not directly tied to your hours.

5. Mobile Notary Service

Mobile notaries like Kristin Barker Stauffer walk new homebuyers through their mortgage documents. Since most borrowers also have jobs, these loan signings usually take place in the evenings or on weekends.

The gig requires professionalism and attention to detail, but can be quite lucrative. Appointments usually pay $75-150, and Kristin reported earning up to $8000 a month as a part-time loan signing agent.

(And she’s not alone — several other members of Side Hustle Nation are earning thousands of dollars with this side hustle.)

Check out some of the resources from Loan Signing System to learn more.

6. Teaching English Online

VIPkid is a unique platform on which teachers get to help Chinese children learn English online via teleconferencing sessions. According to their website, you can earn up to $22 an hour doing so, and if you’re eligible to work in the US or Canada, the only prerequisites are a bachelor’s degree and a year of educational experience.

(And the educational experience is pretty flexible: teaching, mentoring, coaching, and tutoring all count.)

What’s great about VIPkid is you can set your own availability to fit your weekly schedule, and because of the time-zone differences it can work great with your off hours. (Teaching sessions are normally early in the morning Eastern time.)

Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig to earn extra money for the summer or just looking for additional income to pay the bills, VIPkid makes both possible.

You don’t even have to leave home to make it happen. Click here to apply now.

After You Apply: Tip for Success

Just remember to schedule your video interview immediately after completing your application. This is the single most important component of the application process.

You will be asked to confirm a time for a live video interview with a VIPKID teaching team member. These people are super friendly but keep in mind most speak English as a second language. Live interviews must be scheduled and typically will happen within a couple days (sometimes up to a week) from the time a candidate applied.

Click here to learn more about teaching English online and all the options available to you.

7. Driving for Dollars

You’ve probably heard of driving with Uber or Lyft as a side hustle, but if you don’t want other people in your car, you might consider driving for a delivery service like DoorDash, Instacart, or Postmates.

These delivery apps connect you with people ordering take out in your town. You pick up the food, go drop it off, and get paid a delivery fee plus tip.

These services advertise earning potential in the $15-25 an hour range. Here’s our review of each:

Related: 50+ Best Money Making Apps

8. Freelance Writing

There are companies and websites out there ready and willing to pay for your writing skills!

To save time hunting for gigs, you might consider a platform like Contena, which collates every writing job on the web into one massive job board. It makes finding that perfect writing gig much easier.

Writing jobs on Contena (and elsewhere) can pay anywhere from $50 to $1000 an article, and all of the work can be done remotely.

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Related: 7 Steps to Earning Your First $1000 as a Freelance Writer

9. Blogging

If you enjoy writing, blogging is also another worthy side gig you can earn money from. I started blogging as a creative outlet, but it’s turned into a money-making venture for me through advertising, affiliate partnerships, and even selling my own products and services.

It’s an awesome business because I can do it from anywhere and have complete control over the time I put into it.

Income from blogging depends on your topic and the amount of visitors to your site. Delilah Orpi, a former teacher in Florida, reported earning $8,000 a month from her blog about curly hair. She monetized her site with a combination of advertising, affiliate partnerships, and her own products.

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10. Online Surveys

You can get paid for your opinion on different topics by participating in online surveys. Though online surveys have gained a bad reputation for the numerous scams scattered all over the Internet, there are legit platforms that actually pay you (though not a ton) for completing surveys.

Here are a few of the most popular (and credible) online survey sites:

  • Swagbucks – Earn up to $35 a survey with this mega-popular app, and get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
  • InboxDollars – Get a $5 bonus just for signing up!
  • YouGov - Long-running survey panel, with data often cited in the media.
  • American Consumer Opinion – Join millions of free members and earn up to $50 per survey.
  • Survey Junkie – Earn gift cards or cash out via PayPal.
  • Springboard America – Earn up to $5.00 for 20 minute surveys from home.
  • Opinion Outpost – Cash out at just $5 via PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Each survey enters you into a $10,000 quarterly drawing.
  • Pinecone Research – Earn $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. They'll send you a $3 check after your first one.

The average pay for online surveys is $0.50 to $5.00 per survey, which may not be much but it can add up. It’s also convenient because you can do these anytime and anywhere.

11. Focus Groups and Paid Research Studies

This is another way of earning from your opinions but unlike online surveys, focus groups pay bigger money. You’re basically paid for giving your honest feedback about a certain product before it gets launched.

Traditionally, focus groups are held in a common location where participants are gathered to have a guided discussion. With the advancement in technology, there are now online focus groups that only require you to be in front of a computer and be in a video conference with fellow participants.

For opportunities, check out sites like User Interviews.

user interviews homepage

I’ve earned $60-100 an hour for online and in-person focus groups, which I thought was really good side income — especially if you can do a couple of them in a month.

12. Remote Bookkeeping

This one isn’t just for math teachers, but really anyone who likes to see numbers add up and is curious about the nuts and bolts of how businesses run.

Virtual bookkeepers like Kate Johnson can earn $60 an hour or more. On top of that, (in US at least) there are no formal certifications required to call yourself a bookkeeper.

Still, Kate emphasized the importance of education for your own comfort level and familiarity with your bookkeeping software of choice. Here’s a free preview of the course she “credits” (pun intended!) with helping her get started.

13. Flea Market Flipping

The age-old business model of “buy low, sell high” is one of the fastest ways to make extra money.

Stacy Gallego is a master of this, earning several thousand dollars a month from her part-time product flipping business. She specializes in sourcing undervalued inventory locally, and then tapping into eBay’s customer-base of 180+ million potential buyers.

Among her favorite places to find items to flip for a profit are:

  • Yard sales
  • Thrift stores
  • Facebook marketplace
  • Local buy/sell apps (like

Some of her profitable flips include a motorcycle side car, a collectible skateboard, and several Sleep Number Beds!

To learn more about this business, Stacy recommended checking out Rob and Melissa from Flea Market Flipper. Here’s a free training they put together on how to get started.

14. Babysitting, Child Care, and Caregiving

Another good way of earning extra income — especially during school breaks or over the summer — is through babysitting, child care, or even elder care.

You can create a free profile on sites like and, big platforms that help connect families with caregivers like you. The work hours are flexible and with the nationwide average rates are in the range of $12-15 an hour.

child care side hustle

If you love kids and you and have time to spare, babysitting would be a pretty easy side gig to consider.

A teacher friend of mine actually ended up connecting with a celebrity client in New York through Sittercity. You never know!

15. Airbnb

If you have an extra room to spare, you can earn money from it by becoming an Airbnb host. I especially like this side hustle during summer breaks as a way to meet interesting people from all over the world and make extra money at the same time.

You get to set the pricing, availability, and house rules, giving you control over process according to your preferences. The company also carries a $1 million liability insurance policy for every rental.

16. Self-Publishing

If you love writing stories in your spare time, you can earn from them too by self-publishing your own book. With platforms like Amazon, you can put your book out directly into the market without getting a publishing company to distribute for you.

This is one of my favorite side hustles! I’ve written several titles (all non-fiction) and my latest book earned nearly $18,000 in its first 12 months.

17. Become an Adjunct Professor

If you want to supplement your teaching salary, you might consider becoming an adjunct professor at a college locally or online.

Though commonly requiring a master’s degree, some colleges and technical schools only require a bachelor’s degree and industry experience. The cool thing is many adjunct professor gigs will allow you to pre-record your lectures, and use them semester after semester.

The average pay for adjunct professors is $2200 to $3500 per course and you get to have a flexible schedule as well.

18. After School Programs

May Najafabadi’s series of after school enrichment classes teaching crafts and jewelry making were a hit with both kids and parents.

And she earned $12,000 in 8 weeks — working just 1 hour a day!

May explained there was a bit of a process to get on the school’s list of approved vendors, but as a teacher you may have an inside track. This could be a great business to explore your creativity and continue working with kids on campus.

19. Voiceover Work

As a teacher, you’re probably used to talking all day, and voice over acting offers you a way to get paid to talk. If you have a unique voice and especially if you have some acting experience under your belt, doing voiceover work would be a good side gig to consider.

The average pay for a voice actor range from $100 for a 15-second recording to a high of $3000 for an audiobook. Look at platforms like or to see what kind of gigs are out there.

You also have the option of doing the actual work on a studio or in the comfort of your own home if you have the right equipment, and of course you’re free to set your own schedule.

20. Become a Coach

If you were into sports back in the day or maybe you used to be a good dancer, you can still earn from these skills by becoming a coach.

Local communities, gyms, and dance studios are always on the lookout for good instructors. There might even be paid coaching opportunities at your own school.

If you still have the passion, why not offer your services by giving back to the younger generation?

Youth soccer coaches earn $18 to $25 per hour while dance teachers earn $20 per hour. It’s a good way to earn extra bucks while doing something you love.

21. Local Rentals

High school teacher Steve Nadramia supplements his salary with a creative side hustle: portable hot tub rentals.

These foam tubs fit in the back of his truck and rent for $250 per week, or $500 for the month. When we spoke, he had a “fleet” of around 25 hot tubs and was booked up months in advance.

Considering the cost to acquire a used hot tub is in the $2000-3000 range, you can see how this side hustle can generate a great ROI.

22. YouTube Channel Host

There’s no denying the popularity of YouTube. The Google-owned video site is the world’s 2nd biggest search engine, which spells big opportunity teachers.

Many popular channels have a major teaching focus, including channels Mario’s Math Tutoring. Mario helps kids and parents navigate math problems and tests in a helpful, accessible, and on-demand way.

Since you already know your material, YouTube represents an opportunity to reach an audience far beyond the walls of your classroom.

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32 thoughts on “The 22 Best Side Hustles for Teachers: Earn $1000 a Week or More”

  1. I was telling someone the other day that starting a side hustle Math blog is a great way to supplement their existing income as an adjunct. It allows the side hustle blogger to benefit from their extensive knowledge of Mathematics or any topic discussed in a blog post to earn revenue from related advertisements on their blog. A blog is just as powerful as a United States politician; something most people don’t realize. Truth is, blogging as a side hustle proves itself to be a more stable form of job security in today’s era. Having an MBA or Ph.D. is always good. But it doesn’t mean anyone is guaranteed job security. Side hustle entrepreneurship is the transformation business solution.

    Back in the roaring 1950’s through the early 1980’s, one would graduate from high school “as long as you had good grades,” get a good paying job working for a government agency local or federal, work for 20 to 35 years, and retire with job security and a nice pension. And all of this was achieved off of the strength of just a simple high school diploma. Those days are long gone. A bachelor’s degree today is the equivalent of a H.S. diploma. This is proof you have to take this side hustle blogging seriously as a way to earn a full-time living. And you have to do it of free will, because no one is going to stand over your shoulder and encourage you to keep going. Something has to be inside of you to keep going the extra mile as a side hustle marketer or side hustle blogger. This line of work can potentially make anyone a millionaire. But mind you, there’s no retirement, no pension, no healthcare benefits, no 401 (k), no medical or dental benefits, nada. Long story short…the side hustle is what you make of it.

    • If you coach to make money there are more effective ways. Coaching at the highschool level usually means making less than minimum wage. I love it, but the money is pennies compared to what you have to put in.

  2. My husband is a teacher, and he’s done Teacher Pay Teachers. It’s pretty good, but you don’t earn a huge amount. Still fun though and he enjoys building lesson plans to sell. His real “side job” though is flipping homes for money – something he can do in the summer and on breaks, and he adds a pretty decent amount to his teacher-pay (once the house sells).

    Coaching and summer school teaching are what our teacher-friends do throughout the year and during the summer to earn extra money.

    When I was in education, I side hustled by working at Old Navy. It wasn’t great, but it got me discounts on clothes for work! :)

    Finally, I had a science teacher in middle school who did roofing in the summer. In the middle of the Phoenix, AZ summer. He was a tough man, and a wonderful teacher!

    Great suggestions overall here! I’m going to check out VIPKid :)

  3. Metal recycling, buying abandoned storage lockers at auction and selling what I find on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, Facebook Sale groups, and Yard Sales, refereeing youth sports (just finished football season and 85 flag football games!), coached a JV Football team through two scrimmages, three freshman games, and 10 JV games. Coach Dom Costa also has 3 books, a YouTube channel (1002 videos), and some Amazon Merch! No teacher should ever complain around me that they can’t do something LOL! I am blessed and grateful to be able to hustle and grind to do good things for my family and my finances and thank you for letting me share my side hustles! Nick Loper is the SIDEHUSTLE god!!!!

  4. Hi Nick, I run a FB page for homeschoolers as well as a new page for side hustlers. Many homeschoolers need to supplement the family income and have a “can do” attitude so side hustling is a perfect fit. Thanks so much for this great list of ideas and resources–I will share it on both of those pages.

  5. I could definitely see blogging as being a huge boon for teachers, at least ones that teach elementary kids. I mean you’re already doing all that fun arts and crafts stuff every day, so all you have to do is take some pictures and write about it. Pinterest will love you! Your students will too, since you’ll be more inclined to come up with fun ideas that both your students and your readers will enjoy ;)

  6. VIPKID is a great company to work for. This is a great job for SAHM’s b/c the hours are before your kiddos are up ready to start the day and after they’re in bed at night. The classes are fun to teach. The pay is roughly $20/hour.

  7. I’d say photography is a great side hustle as well. It’s my baby and some months I stash an extra 500-700 or more to the side depending on how busy that month is :) The Holidays are the best, Christmas Photo sessions tend to do really well!
    Occasionally, I use my writing skills and write articles on, that is not as lucrative unless you have plenty of free time, it is normally between $3 to $5 an article requiring only 200-400 words, you choose how many words you would like to write.

  8. I’m a teacher who is currently working the TPT side-hustle. I have other products on my website/blog and I have services that I offer as well. Any little bit helps the monthly budget! My extreme goal is to double or triple my teaching salary and then I can make my side-hustle my only hustle.

    Airbnb is on my list as well. My oldest leaves for college this summer, and when I think about the cost of rent, I wonder if we wouldn’t be better off buying her some little house that we could rent out later when she is finished with school. I think once I pay off some credit cards, that will be my next endeavor!

  9. Is there anyone here who’s making money with the focus group? I’d like to hear from you and your recommendations. Any experience with respondent? Will be signing up today but just want to hear some feedback from your readers Nick. Thanks

  10. Thanks to all the people that chimed in, you truly inspire me. I’m thinking of trying VIPKID. Does anyone have a referral code? I don’t know if you get anything out of it but I thought to try.


  11. Is there anyone who has tried the voice over work? I am curious as to how it actually works, and if you have found it to be beneficial. Thanks!

  12. Hi Sandi, I am a former private teacher. I have been teaching ESL from the comfort of my home (and pajamas) for almost two years. Can you email me please Sandi, I would like to ask a question. (

  13. I’ve had success teaching art workshops in public libraries. This year we are teaching 50 workshops. Libraries hire us primarily in the summer and during vacation weeks which is perfect for teachers! The best part is – the kids who attend want to be there, so they are a joy to teach. We blog about it at

  14. Fireworks Tent operator is an excellent side gig for teachers. Typically, the sale only last 10-12 days and you profit several thousand dollars. The fireworks company will typically provide the location, tent, fireworks, and permits. You supply the staff. Here is one of the biggest companies

  15. Great list! I suppose I’m a bit unique in that I have driven for dollars AND started another side hustle that’s turned into a full time business, haha.

    Driving for dollars was interesting, but it took a ton of time. That, and we did mailers as well, which cost a ton. It’s certainly a competitive market depending on which area you’re in.

    My recommendation for people would be an Amazon FBA business. Not necessarily private label (as that requires large imports, and especially for newbies, they’re likely to get stuck with them), but low-volume wholesale.

    Wholesale on Amazon is essentially setting up a tiny little retail shop online. You buy from other brands who are already successful. Your only job is getting the inventory to the fulfillment center, and keeping your pricing competitive.

    You can look up the vendor’s UPCs they provide you with, using a free tool like this one:

    It’s not really like other side hustles where you’ve got to put a lot of time or money in. You can start with a few hundred bucks and keep flipping. Worst case, if you start out with a bad buy, you lose a couple hundred bucks at the start as a learning experience, and you just keep getting better.

    That’s just me though – I love eCommerce. There’s so many different options out there nowadays!


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