“When we become a really mature, grown-up, wise society, we will put teachers at the center of the community where they belong. We don’t honor them enough, we don’t pay them enough”
We all know for a fact that teachers don’t do their job for the money, because obviously they don’t get paid enough, they’re doing it because it’s in their heart.
And if we would really weigh the significance of the teaching profession, it should be the highest paying job because without them there wouldn’t be a foundation for our society.
It can be dispiriting to open up your teacher’s paycheck and see that the income that’s supposed to support you and your family is not enough.
You have so many skills as a teacher that you don’t even realize that you are already a creative, a skilled writer, an instructional designer, a graphics designer, and so much more that I could go on and on listing down your many talents as an educator!
That’s why you should let this be a sign for you to open up new pathways for you to earn and supplement your income on the side.
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5 Great Ways Teachers Can Earn On The Side!
1.) Resell your resources
Teaching is one of the most versatile occupations making teachers natural side hustlers.
And one of the best ways you can earn on the side is by reselling your resources such as your lesson plans, quizzes, worksheets, and other teaching materials is a sure-fire way to get yourself earning additional income.
Take note that this is without putting too much effort into it because you create resource materials all the time so you might as well get paid for what you’re already doing, right? It just makes sense.
It doesn’t matter what grade level you teach because there are great platforms like Teacherspayteachers.com and Studypool.com, where you can start listing your lesson plans, activities, printables, and just about everything that teachers make on a regular basis.
You can also opt to sell your own resources on your own website if you already have one.
Who would’ve thought that you can make extra money from the thing that you love doing and are already doing? So head on out and organize your best resources and start selling them like pancakes!
2.) Tutor in person or online
Another way you can put your teaching skills to use is by tutoring, and this can be done in person or online. And the best part about this is that you’re already good at it!
The great thing about tutoring is that you have the freedom to set the date and time that works around your schedule, you can set your tutoring schedules once or twice a week and you can even do this in groups! Which adds more moolah for you!
You can also do tutoring services in your local area by connecting with students and parents who are in need of your expertise. The only requirement you’ll need is your desire to teach and your knowledge about the tutoring subject you would like to venture in.
Becoming an ESL teacher on the side is also a great option for you especially if English is your native language, you can start earning by teaching non-English speakers online.
3.) Start your social media presence
Teachers are everywhere online, you’ll always find teachers sharing tip and tricks here and there, and some would share their revision guides and how they support their students to share with fellow teachers online.
And you’ll see that they already have a massive amount of following because most teachers are always online nowadays too and this is because they want to gather new ideas and tips that will help them enrich the learning experience in their own class.
So if you have a few tricks up your sleeve that you know many teachers would warmly welcome and you love sharing new ideas with your co-teachers, why not share them with the teaching nation as well?
You’ll be surprised as to how many people will resonate with your sentiments as a teacher and the best part is you’ll get to earn by doing it! You’ll be surprised that some teachers are earning double or triple their paycheck with this side hustle alone.
4.) Sell courses online
It’s high time you start monetizing your teaching genius! And you can do this by selling mini-courses online.
If you have a passion topic in the classroom like math workshops or science workshops that your co-teachers would always ask you about. Take those topics that you would make a writing center on or one that you would teach a Professional Development on.
You’ll be surprised by the huge market in the online education space demanding this type of digital resource that will help you supplement your income greatly. And you already have a headstart over everyone else because you’re already a teacher easily making these courses like your favorite pie!
Freelancing might sound obnoxious at first, but you’ll be surprised with how it can load up your bank account with what you can earn with it!
If you perhaps have a secret skill that you’ve earned before becoming a teacher or you have a money-making hobby that you haven’t put to the test yet, then don’t be scared to test the water and start your freelancing journey!
There are a lot of freelancing sites like Fiverr, Contra, and Upwork where you get freelancing projects that can either be short-term or long-term. And the best part about it is that since you are a freelancer, you’ll get to manage your own time and schedule to work with your current day job which is teaching.
You can also opt for virtual assisting or social media managing which I know teachers like you will be good at because of your top-notch organization skills from all the training you’ve had managing grade schoolers or high schoolers, right?
What Side Hustle Do You Have In Mind?
Starting a side hustle to help supplement your income is not an easy task, you have to be fully committed and think of the reason why you are starting it.
My advice for you is to start somewhere where you are currently good at, and where you already have the tools you need to kick off your side hustle journey.
Start where you’re heart is happy, and you’ll be surprised with how it can broaden your horizon and ultimately help you have the financial freedom that you’re dreaming of!
Here’s a little inspiring message from Monica Bassi’s Ted talk about how a side hustle can change your life for the good! Until our next one, keep on hustlin’!