What more worthwhile job is there than educating the young and teaching them the skills they need to live happy, successful lives?
If there is another job which has such a positive impact on our planet, I have yet to meet it. And yet, teachers around the world are often underpaid and undervalued by society.
How ridiculous is it that someone who works on the telephone selling useless junk which ruins our planet ..
.. whose qualifications for the work they do are minimal, and whose impact on the world is largely negative - can more than survive on their monthly wage ..
.. and yet a highly qualified teacher - charged with guiding the development of our precious children - has to get an evening or weekend job to support their family?
Don’t get me wrong, I used to be that telephone salesperson .. I have nothing against the job or those that do it.
But how did our society get so messed up that something as impactful as education is valued so little?
Personally I fear the rise of corporate greed and big business has much to do with it - but let’s leave that for another day.
Suffice to say, that I hope we can create a world where future generations look back on our current madness with shock and surprise.
Sadly, for underpaid teachers struggling to support their families - the question isn’t what caused this crazy situation ..
.. but what else can I do to earn an additional wage?
This post has 113 suggestions ..
Teaching Opportunities Outside of School
It makes sense to use the skills you have to earn an additional income. Your training and experience might give you a number of ways to do this.
Try the following on for starters - and see what other ideas they give you:
- Teaching English online
- Extra tuition to pass standardised tests or to raise achievement level
- Marking/grading exam papers
- Summer school teacher
- Camp counsellor
- After school clubs
- Music tuition
- Language tuition
- Teacher training / Trainee support
- Technical / computer trainer
Is there something else which your professional experience qualifies you to help people understand, or do?
This is often a good place to start when considering an additional job or income to supplement your teaching wage.
Using your Transferable Skills in Different Ways
The next best place to look for income generating opportunities, is to take what you know how to do - and look for companies, publications, websites or other businesses who might buy what you can create.
Examples might include:
- Writing for educational publications or websites
- Creating resources for online schools
- Contributing to exam practise or test creation resources
- Write educational content for sites like WeAreTeachers
- Or write customer requested content as a freelance writer at sites like Freelancewriting.com
Can you write? Create artwork? Create anything digitally?
Companies and publications are always looking for content to satisfy their customers constant need for 'more' - you could be part of that solution.
Creating Something to Sell
Some initial ideas include:
- Eatables (cakes, biscuits etc) in local shops
- Self publishing
- Buying and selling almost anything
- Seasonal creations
Do you make anything? .. Selling what you create could be an enjoyable second job for teachers who can.
Creating Educational Resources to Sell
You might be able to sell the educational resources that you can (or have ready) created.
Check out these ideas for doing that:
Selling Your Stuff
Going through your attic or garage to de-junk and find things to sell online or at boot sales, is also an option for many people.
Keep an eye open for things neighbours might have cluttering up their houses which you can offer to ‘dispose of’ too.
If you shop anywhere and think you have found a bargain, you can use apps like this one to check the amazon selling price for the item - instantly giving you an idea on the profit that might be made selling it online.
I know several teachers who make a comfortable additional income sourcing products cheaply from local suppliers and then selling them for profit online.
Offering your Skills as a Service
You might have skills which you can offer for sale, to help someone do something they can’t do themselves.
Some service based, second jobs for teachers include:
- Website development / design
- Graphic design
- Narration / voiceover work
- Freelance writing
- Video creation / editing
- Photography (birthdays, weddings etc)
- Dog walking
- House sitting
- Baby sitting / childcare
- Pet sitter
- Caregiving / social care
- Make up artist
- Driver education training
- Litter collection
- Personal chef
- Investment adviser
- Make meals for others
- Personal trainer
- Life coach
- Weekend tour guide
- Virtual assistant
- Temp agency work
- Out of hours customer service
- Estate agent / realtor
- Courier services
- Proof reading
- Tax or accountancy services
Many subject or skill specific marketplaces also exist online, which rank highly in Google searches for customers looking to outsource specific tasks or skills.
Using these ready made marketplaces can solve the problem of finding customers for the service you want to offer.
Offer to Fix Things for People in your Local Area
- Cars / motorbikes
- Electrical equipment
- Computer problems
- General Handyman / Handywoman
When offering a service your biggest challenge is to let prospective customers know you exist.
For a local service, look in local shops for opportunities to place advertisements .. but you might live in an area with an online marketplace to advertise in too.
Jobs with out of school hours opportunities
- Working at special events or concerts
- Bar work
- Waiting tables
- Call centre worker
- Security guard
- Packing / sorting for delivery companies like Amazon
Any job that offers evening or weekend work will be a possible second job for teachers.
Just be careful as you fill your time with employment opportunities, that you can still enjoy time with your family - and have a 'life' too.
If the grind of working several jobs becomes too much, then looking for better paid employment out of teaching might be a better solution.
This free PDF I created might help you consider these other options:
PDF: 373 Alternative Job Ideas for Teachers
- Discover just how employable you really are!
- Reveals the jobs best suited to your role, and existing experience level
- 373 ideas and inspirations for teachers seeking a fresh challenge
Do you have an Asset to make an Additional Income with?
Do you have access of a share in an asset which could work for you? .. Here are a few ways you might use that asset to create an income:
In some places there are opportunities to make money by recycling certain things.
When I was young we were paid to return glass lemonade bottles .. these days opportunities are more likely to include:
- Printer toner cartridges
- Scrap metal
- Bottles and food containers
Franchise Opportunities for Teachers
Although these can require an upfront investment, franchise opportunities can be a good way to kickstart a mini-business outside of school time.
The advantage of doing things with a franchise to support you is most everything will be done for you - you just need to advertise and let people know about the opportunity you have created for them.
Companies that offer this kind of opportunity that suits teachers include:
Consumer Research or Brand Support Opportunities
Some possibilities in this area include:
Selling Reputable Company Products from Home
If you have a large group of friends or acquaintances you could make an addition wage by recommending products from reputable companies.
Many companies offer this kind of networking sales opportunity, including:
Saving Money / Spending Less to Solve the Problem
An important part of creating more financial freedom in your life, is to control what you spend.
Alongside looking for additional income opportunities - consider the following:
- Look critically at monthly bills
- Use comparison sites to find cheaper household bills
- Downgrading your phone contract
- Selling your car
- Eating / shopping differently
- Shopping at cheaper stores
- Reusing and recycling things rather than buying new
- Reducing waste (e.g. food)
- Using less water, electricity and gas
The MoneySavingExpert website is full of strategies and motivation to help you reduce spending and find better prices for what you buy.
Internet Based Second Jobs for Teachers
These days there are new opportunities to earn an income using your classroom skills online.
Some teachers choose to become virtual coaches, or teach online lessons - others sell their teaching resources on websites like TeachersPayTeachers.
Personally I have created a lot more money creating an online course and then selling it 24/7 through platforms like Teachable. And once the course is complete you can sell access to new purchasers, completely on autopilot.
I love getting sale notifications while I am shopping, or when I wake up in the morning.
It's the perfect application of what I know - and the market for self development products is huge.
If you want to find out more about what I do - how to begin, and why teachers are the PERFECT people to be doing this .. watch the video series below:
It has been the best thing I have ever done professionally, I would love to share what I know.