The Best Side Hustles for Teachers

Who knew teaching could be so costly? You’ve bought classroom supplies, teaching materials, and your TEFL certificate. Your wallet has become lighter. Many teachers work on the side or part-time. 

Here are the Best Side Hustles for Teachers –

1. Selling Lesson Plans

Selling your teaching materials is a familiar and everyday side hustle. Lesson plans, activities, worksheets, and other materials may be included. Educents, TeachersPayTeachers, Teachers Notebook, and other sites are excellent places to sell your lessons. Selling lesson plans can earn teachers up to six figures, but it will be difficult. It, like any good lesson, must be thoroughly planned and organized. Canva and Adobe are two websites that can assist you in creating and promoting your content. Teachers can sell their lessons by establishing Etsy accounts or websites. This is an excellent way to meet other teachers and share your enthusiasm for education.

2. Selling Stock Photos

If you are passionate about photography, consider selling your images as stock photos. This is an excellent side hustle for foreign teachers or teachers who enjoy traveling because you will take many pictures. Photography has grown in popularity as a hobby in recent years, making the market for selling stock photos more competitive. Don’t be alarmed! Stock photos can be sold on various websites, including Shutterstock, Getty Images, Unsplash, Pexel, and others. Selling your stock photos can earn you anywhere from $0.30 to $99.50 (USD) per sale (royalty-free). The more pictures you sell and the greater their popularity, the more money you’ll make.

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3. Selling Crafts Locally

Consider selling a quirky hobby if you know your way around a flea market. A flea market, also called a swap meet, is a street market where vendors sell their wares. First, you must decide what to sell at a flea market. If you teach abroad, selling something small will keep you from packing an entire craft store in your suitcase. The following step is to create a business plan. Because every business is different, consider how your location will affect your business. The third step is to register your flea market business. If you intend to teach in another country, you must first become acquainted with the country’s protocols.

The fourth step is to create a brand for your business. The fifth step is to determine how you will accept payment, which should be confirmed with the country you are in. Opening a business checking account is the sixth step. Everything takes a lot of time, especially when combined with teaching. As a flea market owner, you have complete control over when and how much you sell for. This is an easy way to supplement your income while giving back to the community. Many teachers start small businesses online, selling on Etsy and building websites.

4. Self-Publishing 

If you enjoy writing and storytelling, think about self-publishing your work. One advantage of self-publishing is that you can do it when and where you want. Many teachers require additional time and resources to consult a publishing agency or hire an editor.

Kindle Direct Publishing is a popular method for quickly publishing books. It only takes five minutes to publish, and your text will be available on the Kindle store worldwide in less than two days! You can earn up to 70% of royalties on sales to customers in over a dozen countries using Kindle Direct Publishing. As the author, you have complete control over your work, pricing, and publishing. You have the potential to become the next international best-selling author!

5. Tutoring 

Tutoring, both in-person and online, is another typical side hustle for teachers. It can benefit foreign teachers because the market for English tutors is larger. Tutoring is a great way to work one-on-one with a student and can be scheduled around your schedule. Tutoring fees range from $25 to $75 per hour (USD). The price varies according to grade level and subject and your tutor can also have an impact on the price.

Because of the currency difference, you would charge a different amount in the UK than in the United States. You would feel more obligated to charge more for tutoring because you teach English as a profession. On the other hand, you cannot charge exorbitant prices because you will lose business. Consider lowering your costs to attract more students if you teach in a low-income neighbourhood. You should consider joining a tutoring website or advertising your tutoring services to your students and their parents. Once you have a few customers, you can expect more to come as word spreads about how good your tutoring skills are. 

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The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate is one of the most accepted certificates worldwide. This certificate lets you teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main requirement to get a TEFL certificate is the ability to speak native-level English and then you complete a TEFL course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to finish.

As a TEFL qualified teacher, the world is your oyster. With a TEFL certificate you can live and teach abroad, teach online while travelling the world or set your own hours working from the comfort of your own home. 

Our 120 hour TEFL certificate is accredited and internationally recognised, so you can teach online or around the world. If you’re looking to teach in your home country at a language centre or would like to go to the UAE, we would suggest you do a higher level qualification, such as the 180 Hour Level 5 TEFL Diploma. This is the requirement in such competitive countries. 

First and foremost, an aspiring TEFL teacher must be a native or fluent English speaker. We suggest people who are at least 16 years old with a C1 level of English or higher. A TEFL course and teaching English is perfect for you if you:

  • Are passionate about teaching and helping others to learn
  • Have a good knowledge of the English language including sentence structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • Are open and willing to adapt to other cultures and languages
  • Want to travel and see the world
  • Are looking for an exciting and flexible career path
  • Are outgoing and confident speaking in front of a class or ready to build your classroom confidence.

You do not have to have prior teaching experience or a degree to do a TEFL course. However, the ability to work using your initiative is important. Our TEFL courses are online, so you will need to be well motivated. 

Non-native speakers often find the Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL courses quite challenging. As a guide, we recommend that non-native speakers have a minimum IELTS 6.5 score. 

The great news is your lifetime TEFL certification never expires. However, if you gained your TEFL qualification a few years ago, you may want to take a new TEFL course to refresh your training. We offer a range of specialist TEFL courses, such as Teaching Business English, Teaching English Online and a Virtual TEFL Course that can enhance your skills. 

The TEFL job market is very competitive, so having specialist TEFL qualifications gives you a stronger TEFL CV and shows professional development since the date of your original certification.

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