How Teachers Can Work a Side Gig Throughout the Year by Emily Graham

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How Teachers Can Work a Side Gig Throughout the Year by Emily Graham offers advice for teachers looking to expand their income and hone their skills. This can be done at the same time you relieve some stress without short changing your family obligations. As a teacher/administrator my wife and I made money on the side writing for computer magazines. This not only brought in extra income, it also kept us on the leading edge.


  • Are you a teacher looking to supplement your income with a side gig during your breaks? Side gigs are a great way to make extra money, but there are some steps to take to make sure your gig doesn’t end up just stressing you out. Read through these tips to ensure your moonlighting position doesn’t become a nightmare.

Find Your Perfect Side Gig

  • There are tons of gigs, so make sure you find one that works for you. Here are some ways you can bring in extra cash.

Try Tutoring

  • If you love teaching, then tutoring is an easy, fulfilling way to make some extra cash. You can offer your services to your own students or look for other kids who need a little extra help with their academic pursuits. If you prefer to work remotely, you can tutor online as well. The Penny Hoarder notes online tutoring opportunities pay fairly well and allow you to teach from home or anywhere with Wi-Fi.

Transcription Services

  • Teachers who can type quickly can easily find side gigs offering transcription services. From podcasts to Zoom meetings and more, there are opportunities where you can put your skills to good use. Consider using a job board to post your profile. Ideally, you’ll want to have examples of your work to help drum up a client base.

Get Paid to Watch Pets

  • Does your busy teaching schedule keep you from having pets? Then use your time off to make money hanging out with other people’s pets. You can visit homes during the day and take dogs for walks, or watch pets overnight when their owners are out of town. Pet sitting is a fairly flexible gig and spending time with pets has some definite perks. You can even select what size/kind/breeds of animals you prefer to watch. Get paid to snuggle with some furry friends and get some stress relief in the process.

Drive Around Your Town

  • Got a comfortable car and a love of driving? Know your way around town? Then think about becoming a driver for a rideshare company like Lyft or Uber. Rideshares are increasing in popularity, making it easier than ever for people to get around. And with added features for driver safety and satisfaction, it’s a great time to get started with your driving gig. Best of all, you can pretty much pick what hours you want to work and where you prefer to drive.

Set Your New Business Up for Success

  • Once you’ve found your perfect gig(s), you’ll want to take these steps to make it a success.

Come Up With a Unique Name

  • Of course, one of the first steps to starting a business is figuring out what the name should be. You can use your own name, develop an acronym, or even find inspiration from literature or a map. Once you’ve got your business name squared away, you can also come up with a DBA name. This is a separate name you could use to sell your products and services. A DBA is beneficial for various business structures like sole proprietorships and LLCs, because it can protect your identity and/or it could be used to sell products or services that are different from what you sell under your business’s original name.

Keep Yourself Focused and Organized

  • Good organization is key to profiting from your new business. One of the simplest ways to keep yourself focused and stay organized is to set up a functional home office. You can create a space that allows you to concentrate and keeps chaos out of your new gig. Select an area in your home that has natural light and is free of distractions such as televisions and other people in your home. As you work, be sure to get up and walk around or use a standing desk because sitting can be bad for your health.

Network With Potential Clients

  • Depending on your gig, you may need to work to meet new clients. Networking is a key part of any business venture, so take some time to polish up your self-marketing skills. Talk to friends and family about your business, but don’t be afraid to promote your work to the public as well. From social media to specialized sites to local business boards, there are tons of ways to market your services to potential new clients and build better connections with current ones.

Leave Time to Relieve Stress

  • Making some extra cash when you’re on break is a definite plus, especially for underpaid teachers. But time off should also be your time to decompress and get rid of stress. Be sure to keep some flexibility in your side gig schedule for some much-needed relaxation and fun. Use that extra cash to take a vacation or book a massage. You definitely deserve it after all of your hard work.
  • (Doug: A side job can put stress on your family, but it doesn’t have to. You should always consider involving other family members and friends like I did.)
  • A side gig should be a fun way to earn extra income on a seasonal basis or year-round. Make sure yours doesn’t cause you extra stress by sticking to the tips above. Enjoy your time off and your new side gig!

Be sure to check out the Dr. Doug Green blog for a plethora of professional development resources for administrators, teachers, and parents!

Emily Graham

  • Emily is the creator of MightyMoms.Net. She believes being a mom is one of the hardest jobs around and wanted to create a support system for moms from all walks of life. On her site, she offers a wide range of info tailored for busy moms — from how to reduce stress to creative ways to spend time together as a family. You can email her at She lives in Arizona.

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