Hey everyone! So as you might know, I have a bit of a soft spot for teachers. Being a former teacher myself, I know that it's a profession filled with people that knowingly sacrifice monetary gain to make an impact on kids' lives. That's pretty special and honestly not something that a lot of people would willingly do. It takes a special breed haha.
But the reality is...a lot of teachers want to figure out ways to make more money during the school year! Since I've been running M$M, I've seen so many teachers hustling in their mornings and evenings trying to make more money so that they can actually enjoy the breaks they get during the summer and holidays.
Today I have a great guest post for you by Val Breit of Common Cents Club. As a former school counselor, she knows exactly what teachers are looking for when it comes to a flexible side job that they can do in their spare time. A lot of these side hustle ideas are ones that I've either done (like running FB ads for small businesses) or work that I commonly hire people for on this site. Enjoy! ~M$M
Side hustles can help you in so many ways. They keep you learning new things and improving your skills, two things educators know the importance of. Plus, the extra cash flow can help you supplement your teacher income or fill in the gap until you get a better paying job.
Who knows? You may even use your side hustle to replace a full-time income someday.
It’s still hard to believe, but I’m well on my way to replacing my old salary as a school counselor with my side hustles, and there are plenty of people with similar stories.
So why not you?
To start, you need to figure out which hustle you will tackle.
These are the best online side hustles for teachers and anyone who:
- can help people solve real-world problems
- is comfortable working with computers
- uses effective communication skills
- fosters a growth mindset
- is a self-starter
Here are the best side hustles for teachers right now
1. Facebook Ads for Small Businesses
Have you noticed your Facebook news feed now includes more ads? That’s because they work! Businesses, big and small, online and brick-and-mortar, they’re all getting tons of new leads from Facebook ads. So instead of getting lured into spending more money by ads that you see on your own Facebook news feed, why not learn how to use this movement to build a lucrative side hustle?
You get paid to create Facebook ads for small businesses. They get more customers. It’s a win-win situation.
2. Tutor Virtually with VIP Kid
As a teacher, of course, you’ve thought of tutoring before. But perhaps you’re looking for something you can do late at night or before the crack of dawn. That schedule typically doesn’t work for students in your town, but it could work for students in China. There have been many success stories of teachers, or anyone with a bachelor’s degree and a little experience with kids, earning money by teaching basic English to kids who want to learn.
This gig is flexible, makes a decent income, and impacts lives across the world. For a full review of VIP Kid and a real-life M$M example, read this.
3. Sell Lessons and Printables on Teachers Pay Teachers
You’re already making them. Why not sell them?! Whether teachers are looking for new ideas or they’re about to teach something they’re unfamiliar with, teachers and even parents will pay for your resources. Here’s the ultimate guide to getting started on TpT and the secrets to selling successfully. Be sure to follow these tips to make the most of your time.
There’s nothing wrong with sharing your hard work and earning a few bucks at the same time.
4. Assist Virtually
There’s one thing every successful blog has in common besides a hard-working leader and that’s a hard-working team. Even when a blog appears to be run by one person, behind the scenes there is usually a team of Virtual Assistants (VA). Since virtual assistance usually requires attention to detail, organization, friendliness, some tech skills, and good communication, many teachers already have these skills in the bag.
5. Create a Course
You can use your skills for breaking down big concepts into bite-size pieces by creating and selling courses on websites like Udemy. You can create and sell a course about anything. Bonus tip? Make it unique by adding “in the classroom.”
Productivity hacks…in the classroom. Mindfulness…in the classroom. English grammar…in the classroom. Google Sheets…in the classroom.
Create a course then sell it for years to come.
6. Write for Blogs
Another secret to blogging success is freelance writers. If you don’t want to build your own site, you could get paid to write articles for other people. Yup, there are hundreds of sites that pay for blog posts.
Freelance writing was one of the first hustles I added when I was pregnant and needed money fast with my second child. Anyone with decent writing skills can get paid to write!
7. Write and Sell eBooks
You no longer need to land a “Big 5” publishing contract to become a published author. You can invest the time around your schedule to write that book you’ve always wanted or even teach a skill in a how-to book, then publish and sell it on Amazon. How? This step-by-step guide shows you how to self-publish a book. When I published my first book last year, I used blog articles, videos, and a few of the best writing podcasts to guide me through the writing and publishing steps.
8. Freelance Proofread
If you’re known as the “Grammar Police,” you can use your eagle eyes to get paid to proofread. Almost every business uses the written word, but a lot of people struggle with grammar and spelling. In fact, editing was the way I earned my very first dollar online. Proofreaders can get paid to proof blog posts, web pages, brochures, course transcripts, and more.
9. Freelance Bookkeeper
Another service individuals and small businesses hire people for is bookkeeping. Every small business owner needs bookkeeping. So if you are good with numbers and can reconcile a bank account, consider starting your small own bookkeeping business. This interview confirms you don’t have to be an accountant or CPA, yet you can command $60 per hour with this side hustle. Not bad for a part-time job, huh?
10. Sell Handmade Goods on Etsy
Have something unique you enjoy creating? Use Etsy’s platform to market and sell your cool handmade items. Here’s a complete guide on how to sell on Etsy, as well as what you need to know upfront to decide if selling on Etsy is the right side gig for you.
11. Start a Blog
If you’re like the M$M himself, you could also start a blog about one of your passions. While blogging isn’t going to make you rich overnight, there is incredible potential for earning serious cash if you can find ways to help people solve problems. Bloggers that succeed are either educational, entertaining, or both. And unlike salaried positions, there’s no limit to how much you can earn.
If you're a teacher who wants to increase their income through side hustling - you're in luck. Any of the options above are great ways to make more money while also being able to stay at the top of your game in the classroom. My best advice is to just get started and see where it takes you. You never know - you might even be able to take one of these side hustles full-time someday!