The 15 Best Side Hustles for Teachers

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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. Teaching English Online

SayABC 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 $21 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 SayABC 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.

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, SayABC makes both possible.

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

2. 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.

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

3. 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 Sittercity.com and Care.com, 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.

If you love kids and you and have time to spare, babysitting would be a good 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!

4. Driving for Dollars

You’ve probably heard of driving for Uber or Lyft as a side hustle, but one cool “hack” not many people know about is that both platforms have a feature called “Destination Mode.”

What this allows you to do is essentially get paid for your regular commute since the app will only connect you with riders who are on the way to the destination you choose.

Like the other options, you’re free to set your own hours and Lyft drivers report earning $14-17 an hour. Set up your account and turn on the app whenever you have some free time and want to earn some extra cash.

And if you find you really enjoy driving, you can earn a $250 bonus after your first Lyft 100 rides and keep all the tips you receive.

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If you don’t want other people in your car, you might consider driving for a delivery service like UberEATS.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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

The site 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.

7. Reselling your Curriculum

Curriculums, lesson plans, and other educational materials have become sellable products thanks to sites like TeachersPayTeachers and Educents. 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.

8. 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. I think my favorite blogger success story comes from my friend Rosemarie, a former state trooper and home daycare operator, who was earning $5k a month after her first year of blogging.

Next Step: If you’re ready to get started, my free 6-part video course will walk you through how to set up your site for less than you might think.

9. Online Surveys

You can also 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:

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.

10. Focus Groups

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 Respondent.io or the ones on this list.

I recently earned $100 an hour for an in-person focus group in San Francisco, which I thought was really good side income — especially if you can do a couple of them in a month.

11. 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.

Check out the cool tool on their homepage to see how much you could earn:

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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 Voices.com or ACX.com 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.

15. 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.

Your Turn

What do you think are the best side hustles for teachers? Let me know in the comments below!

20 thoughts on “The 15 Best Side Hustles for Teachers

  1. I’ve never tried it, and it sounds absolutely terrifying, but driver’s ed training is a pretty common side hustle. They charge students lots of money for behind the wheel training.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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!!!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ;)

  7. 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.

  8. 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 textbroker.com, 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

    -doug

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