33 Legit Ways Teachers Can Make Extra Money (Newsletter)

33 Legit Ways Teachers Can Make Extra Money

It’s time to get your side hustle on.
WeAreTeachers Staff

Whether you have bills to pay or are just looking for some additional funds, we have legit and creatives ideas for teachers on how to earn extra money. Our article on companies that hire teachers over the summer can be a great start if you’re looking for summer gigs, but we also wanted to offer these one-off ideas. Wondering which opportunities are most profitable? Check out this Priceonomics article that helps explain good teacher side hustle opportunities. They show driving for Lyft can be more fruitful than driving for Uber, and they identify other companies you might want to be on the lookout for.

1. Sell your lesson plans.

Teacher Pay Teachers has changed the way teachers get and share content. Chances are, you’ve downloaded something from it yourself. So why not take your great lessons and put them on there, too? Here’s a tip: If you have great material but you aren’t a designer, ask a friend or hire someone to make it look good. This can go a LONG way in helping sales.

2. Try tutoring online or in-person.

Check out local tutoring places to see if they’re looking to hire, or post on your own on social media or parent/neighborhood groups. You can also take your search online. A couple of sites we know about include Wyzant and VIPKID. We have a pretty fabulous VIPKID review article here.

3. Write an eBook.

Do you have amazing curriculum that people are always asking you for? Maybe it’s time to write an eBook and share your wealth of knowledge while increasing your wealth a bit. Kindle Direct Publishing is a good way to do this because then it’s available on Amazon, but there are other programs out there, too.

4. Make money by flipping furniture.

Have you ever been to a thrift shop and come across a gorgeous piece of old furniture that needs a little (or a lot) of love? Well, with the right redo, this piece could earn you $1,000! This is a legit teacher side hustle, and we love this article with great tips on how to flip furniture.

5. Sell your stuff.

Chances are, most of us can stand to clean up and clean out. You can go the traditional route and hold a rummage sale. Or get it listed online using sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

6. Buy and sell designers brands.

Do you love the hunt of finding amazing vintage clothing items or name brand items for a good deal? Turn around and sell those on apps like Poshmark, which is popular for clothes, purses, shoes, and more. There are people who have a serious teacher side hustle on here once they figure out which vintage items to look for and then sell.

7. Become a picker.

No not playing the banjo or guitar, though that’s not a bad teacher side hustle either! This idea is to do what the American Pickers do by finding hidden treasures and then reselling them. It could be a great way to justify your love of rummage sales or antiquing.

8. Drive for Uber or Lyft.

Whether you prefer Uber, Lyft, or one of the other “earn money on your own schedule while driving” services, this is an easy gig to try this summer. Be aware that some cities are being inundated with drivers, so make sure to do a little research on which one to sign up for in your area.

9. Run a deliver service.

If you like driving but don’t want to drive people, here’s another idea. We’re in an age where you can get almost anything delivered to your front door. There are several services you can sign up to be a delivery driver, using your own car. Door Dash is one of them, but there are many others, too.

10. Get paid to shop.

Similarly to delivery services, you can earn money while shopping for others. Grocery delivery is very popular these days, and they need shoppers. Shipt is one option, and Instacart is another.

11. Rent out your house on Airbnb.

If you’re feeling brave and have the space, offer to rent out a room on Airbnb. Another option is to rent out your entire place. This is especially a good idea if you’re traveling this summer. You could be making money while you’re off somewhere else spending it! With Airbnb offering insurance and charging guests taxes directly, it really is easy.

12. Be a local tour guide.

Teachers make great leaders and speakers in front of crowds. Take a look to see what local tour companies exist in your city or neighborhood. You might be able to make a few extra bucks while leading a brewery tour, foodie event, or historical walk.

13. Sell your own talents.

Experiences are the next big thing with people offering their expertise directly to consumers. Airbnb offers an option to book experiences in your area. You can also look into a site like Skillshare to offer a class online. Dabble is another one we love.

14. Start an organizational business.

Remember when professional organizers were all the rage? Well, it’s still a thing, and there are plenty of people that are looking for people to organize. So start up a side business for those looking to add a little more structure to their lives. For this one, focus on taking on just a few clients to start with. Post in your own neighborhood groups or professional networks for starters.

15. Become a ref or ump.

If you love sports, then this one is for you. It’s also a great option if you need some flexibility because you can take on gigs around your schedule.

16. Clean houses, weed, mow lawns, and do handy work.

If you can do any of the above, you can quickly put up a Craigslist ad for free. You can also use a nifty service called TaskRabbit! If you’re a little unsure about putting up a Craigslist ad, just remember that you don’t have to say “yes” to anyone. Carefully screen people first.

17. Check out a temp agency.

If you truly have nothing to do and you’re looking for a little work, go into a local temp agency for a seasonal gig. It’s a low-risk option for making some extra money.

18. Do a medical study or focus group.

Search “medical study in __________” (fill in your city), and you’ll likely get leads on places that offer money in exchange for testing on your body. (Not all are as scary as it sounds.) You can also find studies or focus groups listed on Craigslist a lot of the times. Some of these might just pay a couple hundred bucks for your time, but if you get in a big one, you could make a few thousand bucks over the course of a week.

19. Work special events and concerts.

You might see one of your students working the same gig, but who cares! You can often find work like this to work concerts, events, and shows. Again, checking Craigslist might be a good way to start. Look under the “gigs” area vs. the “jobs” board.

20. Write for WeAreTeachers.

Yes please. We are looking for writers, and we actually pay! Here’s a free freelancing tip: Pitch a strong article, and get familiar with the site. For instance, you don’t wan’t to pitch an article on amazing teacher podcasts because we have that already!

21. Write for School Leaders Now.

We have a second site you can also write for called School Leaders Now. You might be thinking … “Well I’m not a principal, so I can’t write for you.” No way! A school leader is defined in so many ways, so put together an article idea, and send it our way.

22. Write for “other” educational websites.

We say “other” in a loving way. There are lots of freelance websites out there and companies looking for curriculum writers. Check out the jobs page on eNotes to learn about their freelance opportunities or eLance, which is a general freelance website. Warning: Not all of these opportunities pay the greatest, but they could be a good way to get your foot in the door.

23. Market your own website.

If you have an existing website, you can check out affiliate programs like ShareASalethat allow you to earn money from ads and other affiliate offers. Another similar one is MaxBounty.

24. Open up an Etsy shop.

Are you that teacher that has a perfect Pinterest classroom and is just naturally crafty or artsy? Take that talent to Etsy. We recommend specializing in a craft to start with. This way you can build up your reputation and search up in Etsy search. We also recommend doing a little research first so that you’re not offering something with high competition.

25. Sell your craft locally.

Lacking motivation for that Etsy shop? Grab a crafty teacher friend and start up your own local shop, testing the waters by offering items at a local store or farmers’ market. Maybe the two of you will come up with a brilliant idea that sells like crazy!

26. Try a home party business.

There are all kinds of home-party businesses out there, and there’s a LOT of controversy around them. See our article on teachers and network marketing. But if you have one that you truly believe in and there aren’t a lot of people selling it, then go for it.

27. Be a pet sitter.

You can find pet sitting gigs locally, but Rover is really where it’s at. Sign up, create a profile, and then make yourself available to pet sit! You can either sit at someone’s house or host at yours. It’s an easy way for an animal lover to make a few extra bucks for something you’d love anyway.

28. Be a nanny or camp instructor.

For those of you who don’t need a break from kids, look into being a summer nanny or camp instructor. You can sign up for an online company to get matched with a family, or put the word out on your own that you’re available. Camp instructors might not make much money, but if you do one you love, it might be worth the experience more than anything. (Example: STEM camp, nature camp, etc.)

29. Donate platelets.

This one has been around for a while, and it’s still valid today. Take a look at why platelets are so important, and then look for a place in your area to donate. Typically, you can earn up to $50 per donation.

30. Get certified in a fitness specialty.

Are you a fitness guru? Take the summer to finally get certified in yoga, pilates, or another area. It might be an upfront investment, but this way you can stay fit and earn year-round while teaching evening or early morning classes during the school year.

31. Start a social media business.

Nearly every brand or company needs social media these days. If you’re savvy at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or others, market yourself as a social media guru. Now this is a legit, full-time job for some. But if you’re looking to get started, go to local brands that you already follow or are a customer of. Ask them if they need help on social media. It might only be a small amount or earnings (or just free stuff instead), but it can be a nice start!

32. Use your vehicle to advertise for others.

This one is a little out there, and it’s not for everyone. But you can turn your car into a billboard of sorts. Wrapify is one company that offers this. (If you do this, you should probably make sure to get a G-Rated wrap. You do work with kids after all.)

33. Be a bartender.

Patio season offers more opportunities to pick up bartender gigs. Ask around with friends that are in the service industry. This is an area where a recommendation can go a long way.