These three teacher side hustle ideas I’m going to share in this post are easy, won’t take up too much free time, and pay pretty dang well.
First things first, y’all. Teachers provide more than just an education. They listen, mentor, motivate, inspire, and empower in addition to their official job duties. School-aged children spend a third of their day in classrooms.
Yes, teachers get summers and holidays and spring breaks off for school, but a good chunk of that time is spent planning, attending professional development seminars, or even taking college courses to get their masters (for a whopping $1,500 salary pay bump and more student loan debt that will just offset it).
For all that teachers do, you’d think that they would be paid well, right? Unfortunately, in most of the United States, you would be wrong. Besides working summer school, coaching, and getting an advanced degree, there aren’t a whole lot of ways for teachers to make extra cash within their district.
So teacher side hustles to the rescue!
Teachers Pay Teachers, a passive teacher side hustle
Teachers Pay Teachers, or TpT, is an amazing website that I’m sure every teacher on the planet has used at least once. If you haven’t heard of it, TpT is like Etsy or Amazon for educators. Full to the brim with various educational resources, such as power points, lesson plans, templates, worksheets, and much, much more.
Most teachers make their own resources on some level. Maybe the worksheets that come available with your textbook aren’t advanced enough. Maybe you make incredible, engaging power points. Maybe you make snazzy worksheets.
This is probably the easiest teacher side hustle to start because it’s passive. You already have the resources made. All you have to do is post them.
It’s free to start this teacher side hustle and TpT practically sells it for you. As much as I love following all those teacher instagrams, for a purely passive side hustle, just let TpT do the marketing for you.
This teacher side hustle isn’t passive like TpT, but it can be more lucrative more quickly. Anybody can teach on Out School, but active, certified teachers tend to stand out more among parents. All you really need to get started is a laptop with a webcam and an idea for a class.
Basically, Out School is online classes for kids aged 3-18 over Zoom. You are in charge of pretty much everything. You set the rates, the format of the class, the number of students allowed in each class, the frequency and duration of the classes. Then you show up online and teach and get paid 70% of what you charge.
You can teach a class on what you teach in the classroom or try teaching a different topic entirely. You can even create a social club. I’ve seen a few weekly Among Us clubs offered on there.
My first week on Outschool, I taught for 9 hours and I was paid $164. Not too shabby for a few hours a week. There are people on there that teach all day long and make a killing.
This teacher side hustle is for the crafty teachers who have a super cute classroom. If you make decorations for your classroom, sell them on Etsy!
I have a Cricut Maker and I create a lot of my own SVG files for my projects. So I started selling some on Etsy and I’ve made a few extra bucks here and there.