By Catherine Workman
According to the National Education Association, teachers make an average of $2,150 less than they did just a decade ago. They are also spending more of their own money in the classroom than ever before. If you’re a teacher, keep reading for a few side-gig ideas that can help you earn an income until your salary catches up with the times. Today, Education by Shala Books shares some tips specifically for teachers looking to generate some side income.
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Spend Time With Your Furry Friends
If you love animals and enjoy exercise, you can work as a professional dog walker on weekends, breaks, and during the summer. The only real caveat here is that you have to go out in all types of weather conditions, whether you work for an agency or for yourself. Thimble explains that you’ll also need to keep a few supplies on hand, such as extra leashes and collars, waste bags, water dishes, and treats.
As a teacher, you’re already used to instructing people on how to do things and if you also enjoy diving into creativity, teaching art is a great way to earn an income. Something important to remember here if you’re working with younger students is that you will help them refine their duplication skills; this is a valuable life lesson that will help them as they enter school.
Telecommuting is no longer only reserved for select individuals. Instead, if you have a phone and a computer, you can pick up a job from anywhere in the world answering phones, taking orders, and handling general customer service duties for different businesses. Job hunting sites, including Snagajob, Indeed, and Monster, are a valuable tool that can help you find the perfect part-time position.
Volunteer to Build a Network
Volunteering is a great way to spend your summers while creating a network that might help you find interesting work at home or even abroad. You might, for example, teach students in other countries via the Peace Corps or work with underprivileged students in your own hometown. Whatever you choose to do, remember that networking is also a great way to help you create contacts in multiple industries.
Consider What Helps You Relax
Most importantly, look for work that helps you settle down and relax. We’ve already mentioned dog walkers, but other laid-back gigs include yoga instructor, fishing guide, tour guide, and librarian. You can do any of these on your own time or as a contract worker when school is not in session. Finding a job that you love is important because you’re already under enough stress during the school day. The last thing you want is to pull your hair out on your “off” hours.
We can all use more money, and especially teachers who are already underpaid. Today’s tips can help you find a part-time position that pays but that also lets you relax and enjoy what you’re doing outside of a hectic classroom structure. Whether you head out of the country as a volunteer to build your network, or settle into life as a yoga instructor, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to build a customer base and grow your side gig income from anywhere.
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