Make Your Skills Pay: Side Gigs And Long-Term Business Opportunities For Teachers

From August through May, teachers work extra hard to help their students grasp new concepts and develop effective study habits. It’s demanding work and by the end of the school year everyone’s ready for a break. But for many teachers, the need to continue generating income continues. Teaching is a calling, a personally rewarding profession but it isn’t the most rewarding in terms of pay. Fortunately, teachers no longer have to sacrifice a healthy income to pursue their professional inclination. 

The diversity and flexibility of the gig economy has made it easier than ever to find work that enables teachers to augment their salaries throughout the year and investigate new and promising business ideas.  

Use your expertise
Many online businesses look for teachers to help them develop academic content that students can use as learning aids. eNotes pays for teachers and other professional academics to produce content by answering specific questions. You can write as much as you like in response to each question, and earn nearly $40 per question. Best of all, you have the flexibility to work from home all year round and according to your schedule. 

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As a teacher, you create lesson plans, homework assignment templates, worksheets and other learning tools for your students. Did you know you could sell the work you don’t need anymore on sites like Two different membership options allow you to choose the gross pay you can expect for each item you’ve created. You can reap the residual benefits of your work well past the summer months since your work is downloaded digitally and can be resold multiple times.

Online tutoring 
Tutoring is another excellent way to parlay your experience and knowledge into a secondary income. There are several sites that enable you to tutor school-age children or young adults preparing to take the SAT, ACT or PSAT. helps high school-age students prepare for their college prep tests by preparing teachers with individuals who need assistance. The flexibility of working with young people online makes it easy to work around your teaching schedule during the school year. And it’s a convenient setup because you’re paid by direct deposit.

Grade tests
If you find grading tests a pain during the school year, here’s your chance to make that experience pay as a secondary income source. Summer tends to be the busiest time as students are busy preparing for college. You can make up to $20 an hour evaluating the results of student essays, written answers/assignments and student portfolios based on a standard rubric. Best of all, you can set your own work schedule. ACT, Pearson, and Measurement Inc., are just a few of the testing services that hire at-home graders.   

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Teachers are attractive candidates for many online writing services that need freelancers. Your writing and communications skills are in high demand, and there are many ways to make a steady income as a freelance writer. You can develop online marketing content, assist college students through academic writing services, write or edit job online job descriptions, among many others. As a freelance writer, you can set your own schedule and make a steady second income year-round. 

Start your own business
Sometimes the tried and true sales model can be a great way to boost your income. Especially if you can easily do it on the side once school is back in session. Maybe you can make some money off a hobby, whether it’s jewelry, art, or vintage furniture.  Alternatively, there are many innovative business ideas that have become popular. For example, wireless earphones, phone cases, and dashcams are in high demand these days and offer a chance to establish your own side business for the long-term. 

Teachers have skills that are in demand in the gig economy. You’re expert communicators, writers and assessors of academic achievement. This summer, take advantage of the opportunity to make good money online in your own way and based on your own schedule and explore the possibility of setting up a long-term business venture.
Posted by Joyce Wilson on Jul 14, 2018 12:53 PM America/Chicago


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