In the fall of 2019, there were 3.2 million public school teachers in the U.S., according to the Department of Education. That doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands of private school teachers around the country.
Still, many teachers are open to or looking for a side hustle. And there are several simple gigs you could take on. “The thing I always think about” in approaching these opportunities, says side hustle expert Michelle Jackson, “is just optimizing their time.”
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Here are four possible side hustles for teachers.
House or pet sit
A teacher who’s flexible about where they do their lesson plans and grade papers, or who has some free time on the weekends, could consider picking up some house or pet sitting. House sitting could include watering plants or maybe light cleaning, and pet sitting could include walks and ensuring a pet is fed and cared for.
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“Clearly you’re responsible, clearly you can be trusted,” says Jen Glantz, founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the Odd Jobs Newsletter, about teachers. She adds that, “if you can get paid to watch someone’s house or water their plants or even watch their dog” and you don’t find those tasks overly taxing, you could double up on them even as you do your other work.
Sign up to offer your house or pet sitting services on sites like Rover or Care.com or offer your services on local Facebook or Nextdoor groups.
Keep in mind fees: Rover sitters pay a 25% fee on each booking, and Care.com charges sitters for background checks and monthly memberships, which vary in price.
Overnight house sitting can bring in $50 to $100, and pet sitters can make $25 to $30 per day, according to Thumbtack.
“I like online tutoring specifically because they can always find clients,” says Jackson.
Given these fraught last few years, “one of the things that my parent friends are very concerned about is the impact on their kids’ schooling,” she says. That’s especially true of STEM subjects. “And they are paying money to have people assist them with that.”
You can also sign up on Chelsea International Education, where tutors must be certified and make as much as $140 per hour, according to Sidehusl.com.
Sell lesson plans or resources
If you have lesson plans you found particularly successful and know teachers in similar subject matters could benefit from using them, consider selling them on Teachers Pay Teachers. The site features resources like a unit plan for “The Kill a Mockingbird,” going for about $15, a back to school activity for $2.50, and an AP U.S. government lesson for $45.