Whether you are a teacher yourself, you’ve worked in a position where you’ve had to train employees, or you just have a knack for explaining things, there can be a number of ways to pick up some extra money on the side.
Here are some of the ways that you can make extra money teaching.
Become a Tutor
Students and their parents will pay sizable amounts of money for tutoring if they know it will help their student achieve more academically. Thus, it can be a good way to earn some extra income if you have experience teaching students. It’s also a job that typically requires only 1-2 hours of work at a time, so it can be flexible if you have a busy schedule.
If you’re looking to become a tutor, you have a number of options available to you. You can seek out a part-time job as an employee of major test-prep companies like Kaplan or The Princeton Review, or you could go the freelance route and post ads for your services on websites like Craigslist. Of course, the old-fashioned route of leaving paper fliers at local schools works, too.
Tech-savviness can help you earn a spot as a paid online tutor for companies like Skooli, Chegg, or Wyzant. This allows you the flexibility to teach students across the country (and the world) without ever having to leave your house.
Teach an Online Course
There are several websites that let you post your own online classes and sell them to potential students looking to learn new skills. If you have experience recording videos and uploading them to the web, or can learn how to do it, this could be a good way for you to pull in some extra money.
One of the largest online marketplaces for classes is Udemy. They have courses for everything ranging from technology, music, language, software, photography, and nutrition. The classes are geared towards adults that are looking to expand their knowledge for both personal and professional reasons.
Lynda.com is another option. They offer classes covering business, creative, and technological skills. Meanwhile, the website Take Lessons offers a wide variety of subject areas from crafts to mathematics to piano lessons and will accommodate both those looking to teach online or in person.
Teach English at Home or Abroad
Do you speak the English language? Well congratulations, you’ve got yourself a job skill that’s in-demand across the world and can be utilized in a variety of different teaching jobs. You can find jobs both in the United States and abroad (fill in your summer break perhaps?) on Teach Away if you are looking to teach English to non-native speakers.
There are also a variety of outlets to teach English online. Lingoda offers flexible hours for those looking to work from home and will pay based on experience. VIPKid offers lesson plans and support for teachers looking to teach Chinese children English online and can work at least 7.5 hours per week. Meanwhile, Cambly offers flexible hours, requires no experience, and offers a unique pay-per-minute pay structure.
Become an Adjunct Professor at a College
If you have a Master’s degree, or in some cases if you are pursuing one, many colleges and universities will offer teaching positions as an adjunct professor. You will work a part-time schedule and may be offered a position on a per-semester or per-year contract.
Should you have a higher education and experience in a job field that would give you expertise in intro-level coursework, being an adjunct professor might be the right part-time career path for you. Just take into consideration that adjunct professors often make less money than you would think.
Grade Tests for Money
Several companies will pay you if you grade tests from home. Grading tests isn’t always the most pleasant experience and can seem a bit daunting, but if you are already used to doing it, then why not use your expertise to make some extra money?
Some of the opportunities out there include contract work with Pearson, which require that you have a Bachelor’s degree and have experience teaching in a high school or college. ETS, or Education Testing Services, recruits scorers for a variety of major tests including the GRE and the SAT. If you are interested in evaluating younger students, Literably offers work for teachers who listen to audio of students reading. You’ll transcribe what the students read phonetically, then score their comprehension skills.
Sell Educational Materials Online
If you’ve worked as a teacher for many years, chances are you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of lesson plans, worksheets, and other activities you’ve created for your students. When you have such awesome learning materials, why not share them around with other teachers?
Teachers Pay Teachers allows you to do just that. With a free account, you can upload your lessons plans and activities to the website to sell to other teachers. Elsewhere on the web, eNotes hires stay-at-home freelance writers to develop study materials to be sold on their website.