Educators are the ones that ignite a love of learning inside each of us and help mold us for future success in life. Theyâre essential to student growth, invaluable in their communities, work countless hours preparing lessons, and care for their students. Despite all of their dedication and responsibility, itâs a well-known fact that educators are often underpaid, and many turn to side hustles to make ends meet.Â
If youâre a teacher looking for a way to supplement your income, there are many part-time opportunities that can fit your schedule and skillset. Whether youâre looking for work through the summer, or an extra gig for nights and weekends, weâve put together this complete guide of side hustles for teachers.Â
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$17.53 an hour, though it varies widely by experience and specialty.
- Get started: Register online to become a tutor through sites like TutorMe, Tutor.com, and VaristyTutor, or set your own price and let parents at your school know youâre available.
2. Standardized Test Administrator
While test administrator requirements will vary across states and school districts, itâs needed everywhere there are schools. Administrators ensure that all testing procedures are followed, that no test materials are taken from the site, and that all tests are collected and submitted securely for grading. As schooling moves online, there are also plenty of opportunities to proctor exams from home.Â
- Pay: Test administrators earn between $32,500 and $43,500 on average for full-time work, and can earn as little as $24,000 a year.
- Get started: Find your state testing serviceâs site to learn more and apply to become a test administrator. You can also apply to become a proctor with online proctoring companies like ProctorU.
3. Teach English AbroadÂ
Do you dream of traveling the world? Teaching abroad during the summer months is a great way to strengthen your skills as a teacher and experience other cultures. There are great options for short-term teaching jobs abroad, or you can teach foreign classrooms from home.Â Â
- Pay: This varies by region, but reaches as high as $5,000 a month. Keep in mind that some gigs cover room and board, while others require you to budget your own living costs.
- Get started: You can learn more about the process and regions through International Schools Service and find international teaching jobs with sites like Teachaway and Go Overseas.
4. Adjunct Community College ProfessorÂ
More people are opting for community college to save on tuition, and thereâs an increased demand for teachers in these programs. While some colleges may require a Masterâs degree for employment, others only require a Bachelorâs and relevant teaching experience. Becoming an adjunct professor or teacher at a community college is a great way to continue teaching and change lives in a meaningful way.Â
- Pay: Adjunct faculty make a median of $2,700 per three-credit-hour course, though this varies between institutions and experience.
- Get started: Check out the education requirements at your local colleges to see where your experience would be accepted. Then, decide what you want to teach, meet with a few other professors, and apply.Â
5. Babysitting or NannyingÂ
Parents are always looking for someone responsible to watch after their little ones, and who better to trust than a teacher? Babysitting and other forms of childcare on nights and weekends is a flexible option that allows you to continue spending time with children while earning some under-the-table cash.Â
- Pay: Pay varies significantly by experience and location, so use this babysitting rate calculator to determine a fair price for your services.
- Get started: Contact families you know for a smooth start to babysitting, or use sites like Care.com to match with families. Youâll likely need a background check to find nanny gigs online.Â
Gridwise provides pay averages for major cities as well as other costs you should consider.
- Get started: The first step is to download the app of your choice, then collect and submit the companyâs required information. For example, Lyft requires:
- At least one year of licensed driving experience
- Pass both a DMV and criminal background check
- Have your car inspected by a licensed mechanic
- Drive an approved vehicle model
7. Delivery Services
If youâre not comfortable driving strangers, then you may want to consider delivery or shopping services instead. You can choose to deliver packages for companies like Amazon Flex, or deliver food and groceries as people need them.Â
- Pay: The average worker makes around $200 a month, though itâs heavily dependent on tips, location, and company.
- Get started: Decide what you want to deliver, then choose the app that works best for you.
- Postmates and Favor deliver everything from groceries to office supplies
- DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub specialize in restaurant delivery
- Shop and deliver groceries with Instacart and Shipt
8. Rent Out Your Extra SpaceÂ
If you have a spare room or apartment, you can rent it out for long- or short-term stays through services like Airbnb. This process is extra simple as you just have to set the dates and keep a clean and desirable place to stay. Just make sure you have updated insurance to cover any potential damages.Â
Even if you donât have a room or home to rent, you can rent out parking spaces, lawns, swimming pools, and more.Â
- Pay: Airbnb hosts can make an average of $924 a month â the highest income of all gig economy services.
- Get started: Register your space for free after deciding your rates, rules, and available hours. You can also check out these other sharing gigs to consider:
- SniffSpot to share your yard with dogs
- Swimply to rent your pool
- JustPark and Spacer offer your parking spaces
- Spinlister lets you rent sporting equipment
- Getaround allows you to share your car when not in use
9. Virtual AssistantÂ
While a virtual assistant (VA) likely has some level of administrative work to do, they offer a number of different services including customer support, human resources, bookkeeping, and more. Most VAs are required to have experience in some type of administrative role.Â
- Pay: Virtual assistants make an average $15.77 an hour, but the pay can reach $27 an hour depending on experience and job needs.
- Get started: A virtual assistant is their own boss, so youâll want to follow some of the basic steps to building a business. Checkout Dollarspoutâs guide to get started.Â
10. Online Surveys
Online surveys may not be the most lucrative side hustle, but the money can add up. Theyâre convenient, quick, easy, and there are plenty of platforms to use online and on your phone. Itâs a good option if youâre just looking for a little extra spending money.Â
- Pay: Each survey pays anywhere from $.10â$3, and thereâs usually a minimum earned amount to reach before you can cash out.Â
- Get started: Choose a site like Swagbucks or InboxDollars to start receiving surveys and earning money. You can also earn Google credits you can use immediately with Google Opinion Rewards.
$15, but your location will affect prices. If you walk dogs for another company then youâll have to pay them a cut, too.
- Get started: Reach out to friends and neighbors to work independently, or join a service like Wag or Rover.
12. Tour Guide
If you live in a historic city or neighborhood, there may be an opportunity for you to offer walking tours of your area to summertime visitors. Itâs a great opportunity to look at your city through a new lens and teach others about the area you love. Plus, being a guide will allow you to practice your public speaking skills, and you can use your knowledge of the area for future lesson plans!Â
- Pay: Tour guides make anywhere from $10â$20 an hour with an average of $24,343 a year base pay.
- Get started: Jump right in as a peer-to-peer guide with Tours by Locals and Shiroube, or reach out to local organizations and attractions to see whoâs hiring.
13. Summer Camp CounselorÂ
Relive your childhood memories of playgrounds, arts and crafts, and water balloon fights, not to mention spend all day in the gorgeous summer sun. Youâll be accustomed to the responsibility that comes with watching children all day, and you can let loose and have fun as a camp counselor.
- Pay: Day camp counselors earn an average $10 an hour, and managers can make up to $20. Overnight camps pay a couple dollars more at an average of $13.
- Get started: Local church, YMCA, and Parks and Recreation organizations often host summer and school break camps. You can also search other cities and overnight camps for a more unique camp experience.
Thereâs nothing better than spending the summer in the sun, and lifeguarding is a great way to do that while protecting others. The American Red Cross offers lifeguard and water safety courses year-round, which will help you earn the necessary certifications and skills for the job.
- Pay: Lifeguards earn an average of $12 an hour, though job experience may earn you a boost.
- Get started: Once you complete your lifeguard training, you can apply to be a lifeguard at local pools, beaches, or even your school.
15. Coaching Local Youth Sports
If you were a competitive athlete or just love fitness, you may be able to make money as a youth sports coach. Youâll make the most as a private coach or by starting your own business. This way you can set your price and schedule, but it will be a lot of work in the beginning.Â
- Pay: You can set your own price, but most coaches earn around $14 an hour.
- Get started: Start with coach training, then reach out to local organizations and meet other coaches in your area for opportunities and recommendations.
16. Lawn and Garden Care
Have a green thumb? You could earn some extra money in the summer months by going old-school and offering to mow lawns and tend to gardens.Â
- Pay: Landscapers earn around $14 on average with the opportunity to earn up to $20 an hour.
- Get started: If you have your own equipment, advertise to your neighbors through Nextdoor and Facebook groups. Or you can work part-time for an established company.
Redbubble, or sell independently at markets and on social media.Â
19. Farm for Cash
If you have the space and a green thumb, then consider selling food for cash. Garden vegetables and herbs can sell well on their own, or you can use them to make homemade sauces and salsas. Other products like eggs, honey, and flowers are also popular farmers market staples you can produce at home. Plus, your side hustle can double as a biology lesson.
- Pay: Your product affects your price, but startup costs for selling at the market and purchasing basic booth needs are under $500.
- Get started: Once you choose a product, plant it and get your business plan and certifications nailed down while they grow!
20. Begin Blogging
Blogging is a form of infopreneurship where you share your knowledge, build a professional reputation, and earn money. As a teacher, you can sell your lessons and resources, or write an e-book on effective classroom management. If you want a break from the classroom, share your experiences with gardening, business, or family instead. Once you build an audience, you can earn money through advertising or by selling your expertise as a speaker or writer.Â
- Pay: Bloggers earn an average $33,428 a year, but many make closer to $20,000.
- Get started: Plan your blog topics and study up on how to market your blog, then get started writing. WordPress is a go-to for websites, but you can start out on simpler systems like Wix.Â
21. Sell Stock Photos
If you dabble in photography, consider posting your photos on stock photo sites. You can make quite a bit from high-quality and desirable photos, but itâs becoming highly competitive. If youâre new to photography, then you may not make a lot, but if youâre already shooting then you might as well try to earn some money as you learn the basics.Â
- Pay: Stock photography can range from $.10â$80 a photo, and some sites charge you to post on them.
- Get started: Start taking pictures that arenât just pretty, but offer a story and context to them. Read up on royalties, then post your photos on sites like Alamy and Shutterstock.Â
Many teachers and educators see side hustles or part-time work as a necessity to supplement their income. On the bright side, there are so many options these days that teachers can choose what works best for their schedule or lifestyle. Once you have a side hustle plan, set some savings goals and learn to budget your extra cash appropriately to get you there.Â
Sources: Fortunly | Earnest | NEA | StatistaÂ
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