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. 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 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. 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. Poshmark is a good way to sell clothes, purses, shoes, and more. Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are good options, too.
5. Drive for Uber
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Sell your talented self
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.
10. Clean houses, weed, mow lawns, and do handyman (or handywoman) 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.
11. 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.
12. Do a medical study
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 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.
13. 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.
14. 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!
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Market your website
18. 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.
19. Recruit a fellow teacher to sell 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!
20. Sell something you believe in
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.
21. 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.
22. 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.)
23. Get certified
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.
24. 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.