A Starter's Guide to Teacher Side Hustles

June 24, 2019

A Starter's Guide to Teacher Side Hustles

The teacher side hustle is a very real thing. For many, a second job has become necessary as teacher salaries struggle to keep up with the cost of living. As these frustrations have become more publicly voiced, the discussion around side jobs has increased, bringing to light just how many teachers are working outside the classroom.

Whether you work a side hustle or not, it’s become part of what it means to be an educator in the U.S., which is why we’ve created a guide to help you learn more. From low-key ways to ease yourself into working a second job to links featuring fascinating teacher profiles, we’ll catch you up on what you need to know.

Easy Side Gigs to Get You Started

  • Blogging – There are many educator websites that are constantly looking for teachers to create content. Writing articles, taking photos and piloting products in your classroom can bring home a nice paycheck each month depending on how many projects you take on. To get started, reach out to sites that match your expertise and interests with a few writing samples prepared.
  • Babysitting – Working parents are always in need of childcare, especially during the summer months when their kids are out of school. You could be the one that provides that service. Start your own “mini-camp” where you plan group activities for kids and have themed days. This will allow you to charge a bit more than traditional babysitting and will be something the kids look forward to.
  • Sell your teacher resources – Websites like Teachers Pay Teachers allow teachers to sell resources they’ve created. This is a great way to make extra money and also share your great ideas with other educators.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of American College of Education.

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