Looking to earn some extra money on the side? Want to switch to part-time teaching but worried about a pay cut? Check out these side hustles for teachers!
I think the best decision I ever made was to reduce my teaching hours and take up a part-time contract!
The reduction in stress, workload and, let’s face it, early mornings, was truly a blessing. I was able to combine working with having a family and was able to pursue other interests.
One thing that is obviously not so great about working part-time though is the fact that you will obviously be taking a big pay cut! The effect this will have will vary depending on your personal circumstances of course and for some people it may well be a perfectly acceptable compromise.
For myself though I needed (and wanted!) some extra income. I also wanted to be in charge of when I worked and what I did. So, I found other ways that I could generate income and now work just one day a week teaching (yes-I know I’m very lucky!) and earn the rest of my pennies through writing books, tutoring and, of course, blogging.
If you are looking for some side hustles for teachers that you can get started with straight away then check out the list below and see if there is something that appeals!
Side hustles for teachers: Tutoring
This is probably the most common side-hustle for teachers and it’s easy to see why. Tutoring mirrors the actual job of teaching, as a teacher you have access to resources that would be helpful for tutoring and parents/students are always keen to have an actual teacher as a tutor.
Tutoring can take up as much or as little of your time as you desire and there is relatively little financial outlay. Most tutors charge between £25-50 per hour depending on location, subject and experience.
To start out as a tutor you can join online websites such as My Tutor. These are free for tutors to use and act as a gateway between parents and tutors.
Bare in mind that most tutoring will need to take place in the evenings and/or weekends as children will be at school during the day. There are possibilities for some A Level or adult level tutoring to take place during the day.
You can also consider online tutoring. Some tutoring companies will have portals for delivering online tutoring.
If you are very serious about tutoring and want to turn this into a full-time job then consider setting up your own website. You could even branch out into a tutoring company after some time. (If this option interests you then keep an eye out for my upcoming course ‘Start your Tutoring Business’ This will take you step-by-step through everything you need to successfully set yourself up as a tutor! Sign-up for my newsletter for updates).
Side hustles for teachers: Writing
I have had two books published so far (and am working on an idea for my next one!) and receiving a cheque for the royalties is genuinely one of the highlights of my year!
If you write books aimed at the teaching/education market (such as ‘how to guides’, subject guides, lesson planning, resources etc), it is unlikely that you will make huge amounts of money overnight (most academic publishers take a BIG percentage of sales, leaving the author with about 7%…) but if you write consistently and build up a catalogue of books then those sales will start to add up.
Writing also helps to build your credibility and your brand, which will help with any other side hustles you take-up. There are also additional income streams you can generate from writing such as signing-up for the ALCS, which collects royalties on behalf of authors for when their books are used by other people.
If you would like to have a go at writing an education based book but are not sure where to start then keep an eye out for my upcoming course ‘How to Write a Non-Fiction Book and get it Published!’ This will take you step-by-step through everything you need to successfully write a book proposal, approach publishers and complete your manuscript! Sign-up for my newsletter for updates).
Side hustles for teachers: Educational franchise
Education is a growing business sector and there are a number of educational franchises that are becoming available. Buying a franchise is sort of like buying an already established business. You will receive everything you need to start running your business straight away including any training required.
The downside with franchises is that they can be expensive to start and, because you are buying an established brand, they offer less scope for putting your own mark on the business.
That being said, there are some smaller, education based franchises that might appeal to you. These tend to be focused on running classes with small groups of children or ‘mother-and-baby’ type groups. The advantage with these is that they tend to offer more opportunities for working part-time.
Websites like Franchise Direct have lists of franchises in different sectors and you can contact the businesses directly for more information.
Before taking on any franchise, make sure you look at all the details including up-front costs, any monthly costs, the percentage that the franchise takes from any income you make, required hours and whether you have to use certain suppliers. Try to speak directly to franchise holders as well before you sign-up for anything.
Side hustles for teachers: Creating and selling resources
If you enjoy creating beautiful and unique resources for your own classes then how about selling them online to other teachers?
There is a big market for ready-made educational resources for teachers. These can include lesson plans, worksheets, PowerPoints, schemes of work, ebooks, printables, student resources-in fact, anything that a teacher might use!
There is quite a lot of competition in this area so it’s important to make sure that your resources are spot on educationally and it can certainly help if they look good as well. I recommend using Canva to help you create your printable resources.
There are different ways to go about selling the resources you make. If you have a website of your own you can obviously add them there but there are also dedicated ‘market places’ for educational resources. Some of the biggest are Teachers Pay Teachers (this has a more America audience) and TES (this has a more UK audience).
You could also consider setting up an Etsy shop and selling on there. This takes a bit more work but you can have a whole dedicated ‘shop’ devoted to your creations and you can drive traffic there using social media.
If you are interested in setting up an Etsy shop then use this link and get 40 FREE listings for your shop!
Side hustles for teachers: Blogging
A great option if you like writing and have a lot to say (what teacher doesn’t??!) is to start a teacher/education based blog.
Blogging can be a great way to generate extra income as there are many ways that you can monetise a blog, from advertising to affiliate marketing to selling your own products.
The key though is to make sure you set your blog up correctly and follow some simple principles to help bring traffic to your site. Think about who you want your target audience to be? Will you be blogging for parents, other teachers, students?
Try to narrow down into a particular niche to help you stand-out from all the other education blogs out there. What do you enjoy writing about? Do you have a unique perspective on a particular area of education? What are your expertise? (If you want to start a blog but are not sure where to begin and want some guidance then keep an eye out for my upcoming course ‘Start your Teacher Blog’ This will take you step-by-step through everything you need to successfully start your teacher blog! Sign-up for my newsletter for updates).
Side hustles for teachers: Exam marking
I’ll be honest, this is not the most fun side hustle out there. It does though pay well (though not perhaps for the actual hours it takes to do everything) and tends to come at ‘quieter times’ in a teacher life.
All exams need marking-including SATS, G.C.S.E, A Levels and some vocational courses. The exam boards themselves hire the exam markers and they tend to do this quite a bit in advance. Visit the websites of the exam boards and search for marker job vacancies to see what is available.
Most exam boards prefer you to have experience in teaching the subject you will be marking. You will also have to attend a training day to make sure that all the exam markers are marking consistently. You may have to mark a test paper to ensure that your marking is correct.
Most exam marking these days is recorded electronically so you will need to have a computer and reasonably good internet access. Exam moderators (the people who check that the exams have been marked correctly!) are usually seasoned exam markers, so after a few years of exam marking you may be able to move up the ranks!
I hope you found this guide to side hustles for teachers useful! If you have any advice for teachers looking to start a side hustle then share them in the comments below. Remember to share this post before you leave to help other teachers!0