Best Side Activities for Teachers

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Teachers tend to love what they do – even if they don’t like their paycheck. Therefore, many teachers work a second job to earn more money.

Whether you could use the extra income to pay off your student loans or credit card debt, or want to start saving for retirement, there are plenty of side activities you can do during the school year or as a summer job.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the best side jobs for teachers… and anyone looking to make extra money.

What are the best side activities for teachers?

Some people are content to use survey sites like Survey Junkie to earn gift cards or some extra cash here and there. But in this side-hustle list, we’re going to focus on lucrative side-hustle ideas that make the best use of your talents.

1. Go freelance writing or editing

If you are a teacher with experience in word writing, freelance writing can be a great option to earn money.

Businesses are always looking for help building content on their websites or social media accounts. And highly skilled writers can charge a high premium for freelance writing

And if you have a lot of knowledge of grammar and content structure, your editing might be a great perk for you.

Freelance writing and editing are popular ideas for educators because you can often do these tasks on your own time and anywhere. You can write or edit on weekends, after school, or even when you’re on vacation with your family.

A great way to find gigs as a freelance writer or editor is through online platforms like Fiverr or Upwork.

2. Become adjunct professor

When I got my master’s degree in business administration, many of my adjunct professors were full-time school teachers who worked part-time for the university.

Being an adjunct professor is even easier these days as there are options for teaching as an online course instructor. These jobs generally pay quite well, and you can still enjoy your free weekends and vacations!

Check with your local college or university to see what part-time opportunities are available to you.

3. Get hired as a virtual assistant

If you’re good at organizing other people (and let’s face it, that’s a big part of teaching!), a virtual assistant could be the perfect side-effect for you.

Many small businesses are often looking for a virtual assistant. This usually involves doing chores like answering emails and scheduling appointments.

Virtual assistants can also be hired to manage a company’s social media presence.

This is a good choice if you are looking for a work from home job. Please note, however, that you may be expected to work during normal business hours when you may be teaching.

4. Sell lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is a platform that allows teachers to sell their original lesson plans and teaching materials to other teachers and homeschooling parents.

This is a great way to earn passive income. Just upload your lesson plan, activity instructions, bulletin board designs, etc. – and get paid when someone makes a purchase. Since you’re selling digital files, you don’t need to send anything.

5. Teach Summer School

During the summer months, why not continue doing what you love and teach summer school? Many public school systems and private schools offer classes year-round for students who need extra time in class.

6. Return to Summer Camp

That sounds like a cheap horror movie, right? But in reality, you can have a lot of fun working at a summer camp or other outdoor program.

Working at a YMCA summer camp, serving as a lifeguard, and leading kids into the wilderness with Outward Bound are popular summer jobs for teachers.

You might also consider becoming a local guide and teaching visiting youngsters what your area has to offer.

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7. Coach sports

When I was in high school, many of the teachers taught sports all year round. The science teachers coached tennis and football. My English teacher also coached softball. A friend of mine’s father was a high school driver and soccer coach.

8. After School and Online Tutorials

There are plenty of online teaching jobs you can look into. There are options for after school tutoring, public and private online or offline tutoring. A quick Google search yields over 471 million results for tutoring.

Often times, students and parents of students will seek out tutoring for test preparation. Higher test scores can be a competitive advantage for college admissions, as well as potential job opportunities. This means that parents or students may be willing to pay a premium to work towards achieving a higher test score. lists 23 online tutoring services for $20-$100+ per hour. Some tutoring assignments are specific to English, but other options vary from different subjects. The article suggests tutoring as a Kaplan Test Prep Instructor or using PrepNow. states that the average pay for tutoring is about $25 per hour, but can be as high as $7,500 per month.

On the other hand, you can become an online teacher with a platform like Outschool. I know a number of teachers who use this site to make a lot of money doing what they love to do.

But hurry… the most successful online educators like to promote themselves on social media.

9. Learn English as a Second Language

Many people earn extra money learning English online. Some of the online services they use are VIPKid, EF Teach Online, Qkids and others.

If you prefer to teach English in person, some churches and other resources nearby offer English as a second language classes.

However, these may be volunteer services. But there may also be opportunities to offer private ESL lessons for those who want more help.

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10. Fundraising on is not exactly a site for teachers to make extra money. It is a fundraising site that allows you to raise money to purchase materials and cover other educational costs. sends the funding directly to the teachers without imposing a waiting period like some other crowdfunding sites.

According to’s June 2021 survey, teachers spend an average of $750 of their own money to buy school supplies for their students. And 30% spend $1,000 or more on school supplies each year.

By raising money through, you can keep more of your income in your pocket. In fact, it can become as lucrative as any other sideline business mentioned in this article.

It comes down to

No matter which side-hustle idea you decide to run with, there are plenty of ways teachers can make extra money when they’re not in class. Teachers tend to have a variety of in-demand skills that clients and employers want.

If you are not stressed about money, you can give 110% to your students – after all, they are the reason you chose this profession!

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