How Can Teachers do Side Jobs to Earn Extra Money?
Teaching sadly doesn’t pay as much as we’d like and unfortunately, huge numbers of teachers are forced to supplement their income with side jobs. It is a sad fact that this is so common but there are so many teacher side jobs that need skills we already have.
Whether we need extra cash to pay bills, put food on the table or even just have a bit of spare cash for family activities, the question remains the same; How can teachers earn extra money.
How can we do it?
Over the last few years, I have done many different things to keep afloat. I figured I wouldn’t be alone in this so I thought I’d gather together the 17 best ways how teachers can earn extra money.
I’ve tried to make sure these suggestions can be utilised in as many countries but as I am from England and a lot of my readers are from the United States some of them will be country-specific.
They should, however, give you a spark of the idea though. Some are more a quick fix and others may be more a slow burn that could last you many years.
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The most common way that teachers subsidise their income is with private tutoring.
I’m sure most of you do it already but I want to touch on it briefly because it’s easy and profitable.
Lots of parents want the best for their little angels and they are happy to part with cash to help them to gain better grades.
I advertise on social media and tutoring specific websites. In England the best one I have found is tutorhunt. You make a simple profile stating your areas of expertise and how much you charge and wait till the enquiries roll in. In the USA I have found wyzant and superprof.
I charge between £35-£40 per hour ($48-$55) so it can really help pay the bills.
2. Dog Walking.
Want to keep fit and earn extra? Maybe you could walk dogs for a boost? This seems to be especially popular in cities with lots of those poor folk who don’t get the summer off (ouch).
Charging £10-£15 per pet can mount up when you can walk more than one dog at a time.
care.com offers to register you as a dog walker but you can also ask about on your social media and classified sites like craigslist.
3. Sell Your Teaching Resources.
If you make great lesson resources you could also sell those.
Mine aren’t great so I don’t do this one but I have teacher friends who do this as a sideline and it’s pretty easy since you’ve already done the hard work and road-tested your stuff!
This method has the benefit of not really requiring much of a time investment.
Tip: If your resources are a bit like mine (average), team up with a colleague who does produce top stuff and do it together and share the profits.
4. Write a Book.
Have you always wanted to write a book?
Maybe its time to do it!
These days you don’t always have to be lucky enough to find a publisher, (although this is a great way to do it) you could write an eBook. Kindle Direct Publishing is a great place to start as it will then be available on Amazon.
I don’t have much experience of this one but a friend of mine (and contributing author on teacherofsci.com) Matt Davis of mine has done just this.
His book “The Vampire Hunter’s Field Manual: A Survivors Guide to Narcissistic Abuse” is a great read (and hugely relevant to teachers who have horrible bosses (trust me!)).
The Vampire Hunter’s Field Manual: A Survivors Guide to Narcissistic Abuse.
5. Uber Driver.
Something that more and more teachers are trying both in the summer and throughout the year is becoming an Uber driver (or regular cab driver).
It is a great way to fit earning extra money around everyday life.
There are different requirements in different countries, so a little research would be a good idea but it doesn’t seem to be that difficult to get started.
6. Pet Sitting.
If you love animals I don’t think there is a better way to earn some cash than to look after someone’s beloved pet AND get paid for it.
You could advertise on social media, a lot of areas in cities have their own Facebook groups, or you can advertise on classified websites such as Craigslist (available in lots of countries.
Sometimes the owners require you to sit at their house sometimes you get to take them home!
If you get a gig looking after a pet at your client’s house maybe you could combine it with renting out your own place on Airbnb (Check tip 7 on this list).
Do you have a spare room or are you travelling or visiting friends/family during the summer?
If so, you could rent out your home on Airbnb. Airbnb is a very successful and highly trusted company who operate worldwide.
Their insurance covers you if anything were to go wrong. They have 24/7 support and an online community of experienced hosts to help you get set up.
If you have the opportunity, this is a great way to earn a good chunk of cash in a short time. Follow this link for more info: Airbnb
8. Create and Sell (online and in-person).
Can you create beautiful jewellery, clothing or art etc?
If so, why not use Etsy to sell it to the world? You can buy amazing things on Etsy that you can’t find on the high street (my wife and I bought our wedding rings from an Etsy seller and they are great.
Etsy is becoming bigger and bigger and there’s always a niche to fill. Find out more here: Etsy
9. Start a Blog.
Not necessarily an obvious or immediate source of extra income but with time it can work for you.
The benefit of this is that your blog, once established can work for you 24 hours a day. It is also a great way to get your thoughts, opinions and reviews out there for all.
10. Child Minding/Sitting.
You are an expert at looking after children, If you can stomach it you could look after them during your holiday time…..Don’t run away screaming….hear me out!
As a teacher in the UK, you are DBS checked already so you have proof you are a safe person for people to leave their little angels with.
There are various agencies in most countries that can help you find clients but you can also follow the same methods as finding a pet to sit (in tip 6).
OK, so looking after kids may not be as enticing as a getting to cuddle someone else’s dog but hey, it’s worth looking at! care.com can help here.
11. Bar or Restaurant Work.
A tried and tested method of making extra cash.
I know you’d much rather be sat eating in the restaurant or drinking in the bar but needs must.
I’ve done lots of bar work in the past to supplement my income and it’s great fun. Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of difference between a class of noisy children and a bar full of noisy adults, most of the conversations you have are repeated over and over!
There are also tips too, these can be very good, especially if you know how to work a crowd…as teachers that’s our bread and butter!
12. Mystery Shopping.
Do you love to shop?
Would you like to get paid to shop?
Of course, you would! Maybe you could register with one of the many mystery shopper agencies. You generally have to give feedback on your shopping experience.
13. Drug/Medical Trials.
It sounds scary (it’s not) but if you have a couple of weeks spare and fit the profile required for studies you can earn quite a lot of money (sometimes thousands) from it.
In the US you can find more info here.
In the UK flucamp is one that I’ve registered with.
14. Flipping Furniture.
A relatively new venture people are undertaking is “flipping furniture”.
Finding furniture online or in secondhand shops that, with a bit of care and love can be sold for more.
You can find out more about it here. I’ve spoken to several people who earn a nice lump of cash from it.
15. Delivery Driver.
If you can drive you could earn money being a delivery driver, either for take out food or delivering parcels.
There are lots of companies and agencies requiring drivers all the time. You may have to slightly upgrade your car/bike insurance but it could be worth a look.
16. Cleaner/Gardener/Handy Person.
If you can do any of the above jobs, you could search or advertise on classified sites or your social media to find potential clients looking for people to help them.
17. Temp Agency.
If none of the above appeal or are relevant to you, you could always wander into a local temp agency who will always have lots of seasonal appointments that have immediate starts.
In conclusion, we as teachers have a huge variety of skills. We can succeed at anything we try because we know how to work hard, we know how to organise and we know how to plan.
February 2020 Update.
I was contacted by one of this website’s readers recently because she wanted to tell me about a side job she has been doing to supplement her income. I thought it was great and have added it in below. I hope you find it useful too.
Laura Wardell has been selling Usborne books for just over a year and is making a decent profit from it. I’ll let her tell you all about it.
I’ve been with Usborne books for just over a year and I honestly love it! I was promoted to Team Leader in August so it’s very exciting!
You can sell to whoever, wherever, which is great, you run it your way!
We get paid 24% commission on each book we sell and we also get free books on each £120 order that we put in (normally 10% of your order but it’s 20% in your first 6 weeks which is great to help you to build up your stock or for your own little ones!)
The starter kit is £48 but for that, you receive £150 worth of books and stationery to start you off.
There are incentives to build to where you can get £50 extra in books and stationery (sell £360 worth of books in 3 weeks) and one where you can get your kit money back too (sell £720 worth of books in 6 weeks) so you could get your business for free – I did!
We can also work with schools, helping them to run sponsored reads/listens called Ready Steady Read/Listen.
We do all the paperwork and take the stress out of it for the teacher.
The school keep all the sponsor money raised and use it to buy Usborne books of their choice from our range of over 3000.
What’s more, if they raise over £120, Usborne will give them an extra 10% in free books, raise over £250 and they get an extra 30%, raise over £600 and they get an extra 60%!
So raising £600 can get the school just under £1000 worth of books!
In short, we can do ANYTHING!
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