5 Side Hustles for Teachers to Earn Extra Money


Side hustles for teachers are prominent. Why? Because they are overworked and underpaid

How do I know? Well, I was a teacher for 5 years and worked part time during the school year and then picked up a summer job as well when school let out.

I was exhausted, and it was only me I had to worry about! 

Juggling a full time job, plus side hustles can be cumbersome, especially if you are raising a family or working on a degree.

But what if you could earn money online? What if you could earn passive income, that could allow you to not have to work so many extra jobs?

Want to learn more? Read on to see 5 side hustles for teachers to earn money online!

1. Open an Online Store

Sell Digital Products

What can you sell? Anything you want! Your digital products could be related to teaching or a passion you have always wanted to pursue! Look at some examples below:

  • Lesson plans
  • Recipes
  • Planners
  • Clip art
  • Prints
  • Fonts
  • eBooks
  • Checklists
  • Music
  • Classroom Forms
  • Photography
  • Templates

Interested in the number one side hustle for teachers?

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where educators can shop over 3 million free and paid resources for all grade and subject levels! 

I have earned over $15,000 since making my first sale on TpT in August 2019, I want to help you start your store the right way from the beginning, so that you can start earning extra income to help support yourself and your family even more!

Sell Physical Products

What can you sell? Anything you want! You can choose to sell merchandise geared toward teachers or handmade items you make in your spare time. Look at some examples below:

  • Clothes
  • Mugs
  • Art
  • Jewelery
  • Invitations
  • Vintage Items
  • Pillows
  • Crafts & Supplies
  • Wall Decor
  • Candles
  • Figurines
  • Custom Cards

Where can you sell?

Marketplace Facilitator

An online marketplace is an e-commerce site where multiple sellers post their products and transactions/product fulfillment is handled by the marketplace facilitator.


  • Teachers Pay Teachers 
  • Amazon
  • Etsy

E-Commerce Platform

An e-commerce software allows you to build your own online store with more freedom to choose which platforms to process payments and deliver products.


  • Shopify
  • Woocommerce
  • Samcart

Your Own Website

Most marketplace facilitators and e-commerce platforms charge a fee for using their services. By selling your products on your own website, you can potentially earn more per transaction!


  • Elementor
  • merce
  • Samcart


Ever saw those funny t-shirts and mugs with relatable teacher quotes on them? Well, you can make them too by using the print-on-demand drop shipping method! 

Use a company like Printiful who will handle printing your custom designs to order, stock/inventory, AND shipping the goods to the customer!

2. Affiliate Marketing

In the simplest terms, affiliate marketing is where you advertise someone elses product or service and if someone uses your affiliate link and buys the product, you receive a commission from that purchase.

So, the more you sell, the more you earn! But, how do you market this? You need an audience and consistency.

Where can you build this? You can create a blog devoted to a passion topic and incorporate affiliate links to products and services related to your blog. You have the chance to be paid per sale, lead or click!

You also want to continue to nurture the audience you are building.

You can do this through email marketing and or creating a Facebook group or other online forum to ensure you are staying connected to past customers and potential ones!

If you are comfortable, you could even leverage Youtube by doing video reviews on products, and using your affiliate links to get purchases!

3. Create an Online Course

Take your teaching experience in the classroom and become an online educator!

You can choose to teach other teachers strategies you use to excel in the classroom, or create an online course based on a personal hobby or experience!

That’s the beauty of it: you have the FREEDOM to choose what you teach about!

The more passionate you are about the topic, the better the end product will be, which will make it a great experience for your students!

Most importantly think of a problem you can solve and make the solution a course!

4. White Label Services

Imagine being able to create a successful business without having to personally create the product you are selling?

With white label services you can buy a software or product from a company, place your own branding on it and resell it to your clients!

Using this method can save time and create additional streams of revenue for a business!

Popular White Label Services and Solutions include:

  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • SMM (Social Media Management)
  • Reputation Management
  • Website services and Management
  • Content Creation
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Advertising
  • Market Research
  • eCommerce Management
  • Email Marketing

5. Kindle Publishing

Ever considered publishing your own books?

Kindle Publishing is Amazon’s e-book publishing unit that allows authors to publish their book(s) for FREE in less than 5 minutes!

You also have the option to publish in print as well, if you didn’t want to just publish in digital format.

Once published, your book will appear on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours!

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Side Hustles for Teachers

If you’re a teacher that’s ever considered using the internet to earn money, now is the time to do it! The services offered online enable you to create a website in as little as a few hours without any coding or web design knowledge. Moreover, you’ll be creating a side hustle and possibly another full-time income through a topic that you’re passionate about.

Want to learn more ways to improve your teacher life? Check out my shop of printable fun activities to help engage your students! 

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