As a teacher, you may be looking for some extra cash.
Whether you’re looking for options online or in person, there are a variety of ways to earn in your free time. Many times, these jobs allow you to work whenever you want, making it very easy to fit around your busy teaching schedule. Some are even great options if you looking for an online summer job.
From tutoring to selling lesson plans, I will try to include as many teacher-related options as possible. While there are many more side gigs than the ones I mention here, let’s focus on the education sector so that you can put your teaching experience/skills to work.
With that being said, listed below are some of my favorite options I have reviewed as well as researched personally. As always, everything I list is 100% legitimate.
20+ Online Jobs for Teachers
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I wanted to include this option as your first choice since I find it to be incredibly useful for anyone looking to work remotely, no matter your experience.
In short, FlexJobs is a job portal that only posts online jobs from reputable companies. It only costs a few dollars a month, but with this investment, they are able to hire staff to weed out the garbage you see on so many third-party job sites.
If you’re serious about your job hunt online, at least start here as they have a ton of job options in the education field. Just filter your results and browse through the job listings to see if anything is of interest. There are always hundreds of educational jobs available, and it’s constantly updated throughout the day.
Worst case, if you hate it, you can get a refund as they do offer a satisfaction guarantee.
Teach English Online
If you love teaching and feel your full/part-time job still doesn’t let you teach enough, consider teaching online to teach even more. Most of your more popular jobs include teaching English overseas, particularly to Chinese children, sometimes adults. It depends on the company you’re working with as they all vary in how they operate.
Generally, as long as you don’t mind working with children younger than 12, then you will be a fantastic candidate since most of these companies are looking for people with teaching experience and a bachelor’s degree.
I did write about the many companies that are hiring teachers like you in my 31+ best ESL online teaching jobs. I also covered the many companies that may hire you in case you’re interested but don’t have a bachelor’s degree. There are a ton of companies, so your chances of being hired are pretty good. If you don’t want to read through those guides, start with some of the more popular ones like VIPKid and DaDaABC.
Many of your online overseas teaching jobs allow you to work whenever you want, with hourly rates averaging anywhere from $11 to $25+ per hour. How much you make greatly depends on your experience and who hires you. Check out my links above to start applying if interested.
Online Teaching Jobs
If you want to simply work from home and no longer commute to a school, then let it be known that there are a plethora of online teaching options.
From teaching a virtual K-12 school to focusing on home-schooled students, the jobs there, you just need to know where to find them. I would recommend you start with Indeed and simply search for something along the lines of “online teacher.” You can also check out the more popular options like the Connections Academy, Elevate K-12 and K12.
In your hunt, browse at the job listings, while paying very close attention to the pay, what’s expected of you as well as the school’s rating. If you can, research the school a pinch more with a Google search.
Generally, your online teaching jobs won’t pay as much as a full-time government position, but it could make for a decent option if you want to plan on moving to a lower cost of living town.
Online tutoring is a great option to consider, especially if you’re you’re experienced in a certain subject/skill.
This is a topic I have covered in depth before, and it offers you the opportunity to tutor at your own pace, seeing you get to set your schedule and your pay rate. Depending on the platform you work with, online tutors, especially those with a degree/experience, can easily make $20+ per hour, teaching virtually and in person.
For now, check out the many 20+ tutoring companies hiring right now. You can also check out the many sites that pay you to help other students with their homework, too. Again, if you don’t want to sift through another guide of mine, that’s fine as you can start with the more popular options such as Tutor.com and Chegg.com.
Sell Your Lesson Plans
If you already created some lesson plans or anything education related, then why not share the love and sell it on the very popular website, Teachers Pay Teachers.
If you’re a teacher, I’m sure you have heard of the site, especially if you teach on the elementary level. If not, it’s a marketplace of sorts where you can find worksheets, lesson plans and almost anything in relation to a topic. You just search for what you want and buy anything that you feel can help you with your teaching. Most of what you find does cost money, but the proceeds go to the teacher who created it.
You probably won’t make a ton selling your lesson plans, worksheets, etc, but you could make a few hundred dollars if you build your reputation and reviews. Some make much more. As long as its educational related, you can create an account and start selling.
To learn how to maximize your earnings on this platform, consider taking this highly-rated video course on Udemy.
Check out GigEd
At GigEd, teachers can make money through paid gigs that connect your skills with opportunities. If you’re familiar with Upwork, it’s like that, only that it’s designed for teachers.
To sign up, all you need to do is create a profile and their matchmaker will connect you with a list of paid gigs you qualify for. If any of the gigs are of interest, you can apply and start working.
These jobs are only temporary and they will greatly vary depending upon your skills, but if you’re looking for smaller jobs, it’s one to consider.
TinkerEd is Another Option
TinkerEd, like GigEd, works in the same way. The company finds “small jobs for teachers,” with most similar to that of taking a survey over the phone/webcam.
When you sign up as an educator, the company will notify you anytime there’s a new opportunity. If you’re accepted, you are paid for sharing your time and expertise, with jobs starting at $20 per hour. You can also browse the most current jobs here without even signing up.
Most jobs will net you $20 to $50, not much, but it’s a nice way to make a few dollars on the side.
Become a Part-Time Online Adjunct Professor
Online adjunct professor jobs are out there, but you just need to know where to look. Indeed is a great place to start, specific job sites, such as HigherEdJobs.com, can help you find a position as well.
To become an adjunct professor online, it really depends on the school you’re looking at. Most do require at least a master’s degree, but some colleges may hire you with only a bachelor’s degree and some related experience. This is rare, however. Again, it depends on the school you’re applying to.
To find an adjunct professor job, start with the job portals mentioned as well as take a look at some of the more popular online colleges as they are almost always hiring.
This one could take some work as you won’t make money overnight, but if you’re passionate about teaching, then why not share your expertise online in the form of a website. This is one of the best ways to make money, all while making a passive income.
Talking about the many ways to make money blogging can take some work. In fact, it would take me at least a million words to tell you how it works. Maybe, in the future, I will create a guide. For now, I will leave you with a snippet.
In short, you will want to research your keywords, essentially finding what other people are searching for. With these keywords, create a very detailed guide, making it one of the best ones in the search results. This is where your passion can come into the picture. In these writings, you will affiliate links or maybe even create your own course to make money. There are a million ways to make money It just depends on what you’re looking to sell.
If you’re interested in blogging, I recommend some of these free resources:
These sites will keep you busy for days, helping you succeed in the online world. Again, it will take some work and you won’t see money right away, but if you stick with it, you will be blown away at what you can earn years from now.
Create a YouTube Channel
Like creating a blog, a YouTube channel can be an idea to consider as well, where you can express your thoughts out loud rather than in writing.
Whether it’s teaching other teachers how to succeed in the classroom or even bringing your lesson plans online, educational videos, especially for younger children, do incredibly well on YouTube. Like blogging, it can take some time to see the money roll in, but with determination and the right attitude, your income can soar years from now.
If interested, I highly recommend you start with YouTube, searching for ways to edit/create videos as well as learning about the YouTube platform. A quick Google search can yield some results as well. There are a ton of channels that can help you in doing so. While I don’t have much experience with YouTube, I do know that you can make a nice sum. I don’t think that can be denied.
Write an e-Book
You don’t need a publisher nowadays to become an author. In fact, you don’t even need the experience as anyone can upload a book to the very popular Kindle self publishing platform.
Like blogging and YouTube, writing an e-Book can earn you a nice passive income, but it’s going to take time to develop your book as well as market it once it’s live on the marketplace.
Think of something you’re passionate about in the education world and put it into book form. You never know where it can take you.
By definition, a curriculum developer is just that, developing a curriculum for a particular course. This could be an option to consider if you feel you have spent significant time in the classroom and have taught your own materials and feel comfortable designing a course for someone else.
Take this expertise and put it to work by searching for these gigs on Indeed and the many education-related job sites. For instance, when I searched for this position on Indeed, I found more than 1,500 remote positions, paying anywhere from $125 a day to more than $90,000+ per year! In some cases, you may find a full-time job that pays much more than your full-time teaching gig.
Online Test Scorer
An online test scorer could make for a wonderful part-time position, paying up to $20+ per hour. This position, as the name implies, requires you to grade tests online, such as for the GRE, TOEFUL, etc., and only requires an educational background.
Keep in mind that you may have to commit to a schedule if choosing this position, but some companies do give you more freedom than others. The average workday seems to be four hours on average.
Corporations as a Trainer/Instructional Designer
As more and more corporations support a telecommuting workforce, virtual training is more popular than ever. So, you may be wondering what that means for you.
Well, as a teacher, these corporations are often seeking teachers with experience who cannot only create the course but train the employees as well. Many times, this can be done virtually, saving you the headache of going to a physical location.
While this job could be tough to do on top of your full-time teaching gig if you’re still working, it’s one to consider if you want to try a different industry and still want to teach.
If interested, search Indeed for job titles such as corporate trainers, corporate teachers or instructional designers to see what kind of opportunities are available at the moment.
If you’re a teacher, there are a few ways you make your living online, whether it be part-time, full-time or whenever you please.
Whether you want to make $20 a week or $2,000 a month, it is possible. You just need to know what you want to do as all of these jobs vary.
For now, take a gander at all of the ideas I have researched. If you think one suits your needs, then proceed to Indeed and/or FlexJobs to see what’s out there. You can also follow through to the companies mentioned to see if there are any job openings at the time. You may be surprised at the results.
Now, I turn the tables to you.
Do you make money online as a teacher? If so, how?
Am I missing any ideas?
As always, feel free to sound off in the comments below. Your comments could help another teacher succeed online!
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