Teachers are well-respected members of the community. They spend their days shaping young minds, educating children on important life skills like math and reading, and helping with extracurricular activities like sports or theater productions. But what teachers don’t always do is make a lot of money to support their families.
According to 2021 reports, the average Public School Teacher earns $59,200 in the United States. These salaries vary by state and district and whether the teacher is a full-time or part-time employee.
What’s more, the cost of living in major cities like New York City and Los Angeles often means that even some well-paid professionals are barely making ends meet.
Teachers are often hard-pressed to make their salaries work for them, especially as the cost of living continues to rise in many cities and states across the US. Luckily, there are a few side hustles that teachers can use to earn extra cash on top of their regular salary while still performing well at their day job.
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1. Become an Online ESL Teacher
There are a lot of people who want to learn English as a second language. As the world becomes more globalized, it’s important for students to be able to communicate and understand their counterparts in English. Traditional classroom-based education is often not enough to teach that kind of fluency, which is why many students turn online to find tutors and teachers.
The demand for English language classes is on the rise, and now more than ever, there are a lot of opportunities to teach online. In fact, teaching English as a second language (or ESL) can be a lucrative side hustle for teachers looking to boost their income in the near future.
Teachers can typically earn $15-$25 per hour teaching online for an ESL company. Many well-known ESL companies, such as VIPKid, are located in China and require no lesson planning. You just show up and teach.
Teaching ESL from home also means that you can essentially set your own schedule. You’ll be able to select your own hours and work part-time.
Take a look at some online ESL job opportunities.
2. Sell Your Teaching Resources To Other Teachers
Teachers often spend a great deal of time developing resources to use in the classroom. Whether it’s flashcards, homework sheets, class activity templates, or old tests that you can reuse, chances are you’ve got some teaching materials lying around your room or at home taking up space.
How It Works:
Start by getting clear on what you have to sell. Go through your lesson plans, files, and hanging folders full of educational materials. Make a list of everything you can part with. Gather up the items together in one place so they’re easy to sort through later.
Then, get down to business! Create a dedicated Etsy shop for all of your teaching goods. If you don’t have an Etsy shop yet, go to the site and set one up for free. (If you’d rather not sell online, see if a store in your community will let you put a “for sale” sign next to your goods).
Next, start pricing out your inventory by looking at similar items on Etsy and other online shops. Make sure to take into account shipping costs if you decide to sell online, which can add a significant amount to an already small price tag.
Once you have your prices set, start marketing your goods! Share links to your sales page or shop with friends and family via email, Facebook, and whatever other social media platforms you use.
3. Sell Your Online Courses
Nowadays, anyone can teach a class on just about anything. Sites like Skillshare and Udemy allow experts in any field to share their personal knowledge with students across the globe. These platforms are especially popular among tech-savvy adults who are looking to gain new skills or build on existing ones for career advancement. The courses they offer can range from social skills to how to use a specific piece of technology.
How It Works:
Write out your course outline and establish a deadline for creating it.
Sign up to a website where potential students can find your course. Make sure to include all of the details about your course so they know what to expect and how much it will cost them. You can generate a passive income by placing your course in educational marketplaces.
4. Sell Your Experiences
If you’re willing to take on some risk, you can earn money by sharing your experiences with other people. Sites like Airbnb and CouchSurfing let users offer up their homes or couches for travelers to use while they are in town. If you’re a teacher with an empty vacation home that sits most of the year, you can open it up to other travelers looking for cheap or free accommodations.
How It Works:
Check out the sites above and see which one is easiest for you to use. Set your home’s availability dates and rates, then wait for prospective guests to contact you. Make sure to keep your place neat so that they have a positive experience. If everything goes well, you can extend your stay or make it a regular thing.
5. Take On A Side Hustle Project
If you’re willing to dedicate some time and hard work to a project, this side income generator might be for you. Sites like Fiverr and Upwork allow freelancers to get paid to do just about anything.
How It Works:
Create a profile on these sites and then let them know what you’re willing to do for money. Set your price, put together a portfolio of work samples such as photos or videos, then wait until someone hires you for something. You can make money doing anything from article-writing to proofreading.
There are many options for teachers to earn some extra income. If you have any other income ideas, let me know in the comments section below. I would be glad to hear it!