Teacher Helpline: How Can Teachers Make Extra Money?

Darcy writes: “For those teachers who take a second job, what do you do? I am looking for options.” Darcy, you’re not alone in seeking another source of income to supplement your teaching career. In fact, according to a survey […]

Teachers, looking for ways to make extra cash?Darcy writes:

“For those teachers who take a second job, what do you do? I am looking for options.”

Darcy, you’re not alone in seeking another source of income to supplement your teaching career. In fact, according to a survey from the National Center for Education Statistics, 23 percent of new teachers work multiple jobs, compared to 15 percent of non-teachers.

Our helpliners had plenty to say on the subject, so we’ll let them take it away:

  • I sell 31 Bags. They sell themselves, and I get cute new bags all the time and make extra money. —Erin P.
  • I’m a weight-loss coach at my gym and getting certified as a personal trainer. It keeps me motivated to stay healthy.
  • TeachersPayTeachers! —Gina B.
  • I teach teachers how to become contract corporate trainers. Part-time, still engaging learners and the pay is much better. —Todd R.
  • I sell Tastefully Simple products. It’s amazing food and easy to sell. —Stacey B.
  • In the summer, I do licensed day care and have loads of fun going swimming and visiting museums and zoos. —Pat V.
  • Sylvan hires teachers for after-school tutoring. —Beth C.
  • I’m a waitress on the weekends—it’s great money! —Linda C.
  • I tutor students—just a few during the school year and then over the summer to keep them fresh and prepare them for next year. —Marianne C.
  • I fill in as a babysitter or nanny. Parents love that I’m a teacher and therefore already background-checked and fingerprinted. —Siobhan T.
  • I teach adjunct courses at my community college. —Nikki L.
  • I sell Stella and Dot jewelry and scarves. —Jennifer B.
  • I’ve been an amateur photographer for years and have started turning my hobby into a few extra dollars. —Chad G.
  • I teach programs at a children’s science museum. —Colleen F.
  • I work at a church on Sundays. I provide child care during services. —April S.
  • Catering is a fun way to attend some cool events. —Jamie S.
  • I have my CNA. It allows me to work in private homes a few hours a week. —Sara S.
  • I do pet sitting. It’s great money if you love animals like I do! —Jennifer Z.
  • I do freelance proofreading and editing. —Junnie S.

Finally, many commenters echoed Lily D.’s sentiment:

“It’s a sad day when professionals have to take on a second job to cover our bills. Kudos to all teachers that take on a second job after teaching all day!”

We couldn’t agree more, Lily!

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Posted by WeAreTeachers Staff

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