In the past, we discussed how you can make money by teaching something you’re passionate with and how it can become a full-time career.
But how about those that have been serving under the education system for years? Are there online jobs for teachers? How about retired teachers? What kinds of positions are available?
Are there part time teaching jobs for those who just need extra income from a side gig they can perform on weekends or over the summer?
This post is for any kind of educator looking for full- or part-time work.
Check out these 12 types of online jobs ideal for teachers like you:
12 Online Jobs for Teachers
We’ll start this list off with a few part-time teaching jobs.
The following jobs can easily be done in the evenings after class, during the weekend throughout the school year, or even the entire school break.
It’s ideal for teachers who have daytime jobs, but are looking for ways to earn extra money on the side, or those who are trying to dip their toes on work-from-home teaching jobs.
1. Answer Questions
If you’re naturally curious and love to research, you may want to answer questions in exchange for extra cash.
There are quite a few question-and-answer sites, such as Just Answer, Wonder, Ether, Maven, and Studypool (among others) that will allow you to earn as much as $4,000 a month, if you’re a doctor, lawyer or other professionals.
You can still earn money from this gig, even if you’re not a university-level professor.
But do check your expectations from some sites like Answeree (that pays in cents per answer).
To know more about the ones worthy of your time, check out this post on how to get paid to answer questions.
2. ESL Teaching and Second-Language Tutor
As a teacher and native English speaker, it’s easy to switch careers and teach ESL (English as a secondary language) from home.
These jobs are flexible, which teachers can do either part-time or full-time.
The requirements are ideal for teachers, since there’s a huge chance they already have a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree (two things needed for teaching students at any level).
Home-based ESL teachers teach students who may be from another country, so you need a good internet connection, webcam, and teaching tools like whiteboard.
Fees can range from $10 and $40 per hour. You can even teach students from a computer, and even from a phone. See 17 companies willing to hire you as an ESL teacher here.
If you are fluent with another language beyond English, then you can help someone master Russian, French, Chinese, or any of the 7,000 languages spoken around the world.
3. Online Tutoring
Teachers with plenty of experience teaching traditional subjects like mathematics, science, history, and more can fall perfectly in place at tutor sites.
Depending on your expertise, you’ll be paid by the hour somewhere between $15 and $100.
Most sites require you to commit the minimum hours to be an active tutor, which means you can also do this either as a side gig or full-time job.
As a tutor, you’ll be responsible for your own educational materials.
Almost all of these tutor sites require some teaching experience (no, they don’t require teaching license). A couple of the sites we’ve found even requires MBA holders, PhD professors, and others with similar level of credentials.
Find out which tutor site to join, I’ve written a comprehensive guide so you can only choose the best online tutoring jobs.
4. Homeschool Consultant
More and more parents are homeschooling their kids each year.
As a teacher with experience creating lesson plans, following a curriculum, and planning activities, you can help parents new to the homeschooling space find their footing.
Your job as a homeschool consultant can just be seasonal (usually at the start of the school year).
The good thing about this job is that you will dictate your consultation fees. However, there are no third-party sites that will give you leads for clients.
Instead, you’d have to look for clients yourself.
Kris Bales, blogger of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, uses her blog not only to share her adventures with homeschooling (they’ve been doing this since 2002), but also posts and advertises her consultation services there.
FYI, she earns $40 per 3 lengthy e-mail filled with answers to client’s homeschooling questions.
5. Test Prep and Scoring Gigs
If you love checking homework, reading and scoring student essays, evaluating exam papers, and so on, you’re in luck. Some schools are outsourcing the scoring part to third-party teachers.
The pay for scorers isn’t that big, averages around $12 to $15, but you can do this only on the side of your day job, or go full-time.
Check it out and see if it’s something you’d like doing on your down time.
The next few ideas will focus more on full-time Jobs for retired teachers.
Retired teachers and inactive teachers (former teachers who became stay-at-home moms or switched to other professions) can still continue their passion for teaching with these full-time jobs:
6. Create Lesson Plans
You probably know this too well.
You spend most of your school break creating lesson plans for the coming year, preparing for another batch of students.
If you’re interested in helping other teachers who are swamped with other work, you can work on lesson plans on their behalf.
This position can also be called curriculum developer or teaching materials provider, but the tasks are just the same: create worksheets, lesson plans, activity sheets, and other teaching materials based on specific concepts, topics or subjects.
Payment for this job varies.
You can be selling a worksheet for $1 a pop, but if over 5,000 people has bought it off the shelves, then you’ll be paid a huge chunk.
Interested? Here’s a more comprehensive guide of earning six figure incomes selling lesson plans online.
7. Textbook Writer
Writing a textbook takes a lot of research, knowledge of the topic, and experience.
As an educator, you’d know how textbooks are made (you’ve been using one or more of these books for years).
Publishers open up writing positions regularly (and these are often remote or work-from-home set-ups).
In some rare cases, such as popular bloggers with an education background, publishers may find you and offer you the job.
Cengage (formerly Thomson Learning), Jones and Bartlett Learning, MacMillan Learning. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Oxford University Press, Pearson Publishing, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, John Wiley and Sons, and W. Norton Company are some of the college textbook publishers you might want to check out for work openings.
8. Educational Consulting
Education consultants can work for schools, universities, individuals, families, or textbook publishers.
Their job is a mix between a tutor and homeschool consultant.
As an education consultant, you assess a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses, develop student’s new talents, create tests to evaluate aptitude, and find the most appropriate school for a student’s preference, potential and best match.
When hired by a school, educational consultants assess how students learn, find problems with existing policies, and create solutions to improve school programs, student learning and so on.
Educational consultants for publishers review existing and pre-published textbooks and determine flaws or whether it’s time for revisions.
Requirements for this job is high – you’d have to have either a Master’s or PhD, and extensive experience in the educational system. The job can be completed remotely and it could earn you up to $95,000 annually.
9. Writing Coach
Writing skills are one of the most underrated, but highly valuable hard skills you can get.
This is particularly true if you’re eyeing a managerial position.
As a writing coach, you’d be highly experienced in writing (corporate writing, legal writing, basics of writing a letter, and so on).
Your job is to help clients develop and master their writing skills.
Much like online tutoring, you can become a full-time writing coach from the comforts of your own home. Use a webcam, Skype, and your personally-developed activities to perform this job.
10. Copywriter, Proofreader, And/Or Translator
Teachers are trained with advanced writing skills, so it’s easy to transition into another profession that involves writing and translating.
You’d be surprised at how many people and businesses are looking for good writers.
Those Facebook and Twitter posts you see brands publish every day?
It’s most likely the person behind those accounts are copywriters paid to do so. Interested? Here’s a list of over 150 ways you can get paid to write.
If you’re new to freelance writing, I compiled a list of resources to help you find the best writing jobs online.
List down your strengths, preferred topics, and specializations.
You might be lucky enough to land a high-paying writing job with your set of skills.
Fees for copywriters, proofreaders and translators vary significantly based on your experience, quality of work, size of project, your location, and other factors. Some are paid hourly, per word, as a project, and so on.
The rest of the ideas focus more on fun, passive ways teachers can make money.
Blogging and eBook writing can be done by both active and retired teachers.
Unlike the jobs listed above wherein you are paid for services rendered right after completion or within a month, “jobs” that allow you to earn passive income don’t work that way.
Instead, you’ll have to do the work for weeks, months, or even years without pay and implement various monetization techniques for blogging or ebook writing and only if you succeed can you earn some cash.
The upside to these kinds of jobs is that once money starts pouring in, there’s a good chance it won’t stop anymore.
Blogging can be a business, if you want it to be. I’ve written extensively on how you can monetize your blog posts and earn passively, even if it involves your daily cooking and family recipes.
As a teacher, your blog can be all about your specialization, adventures of teaching kindergarten, funny stories you’ve accumulated teaching teenagers, and so on.
You are your own boss here, so every decision from the look of your blog to advertising and marketing will totally rest on your shoulders.
If done blogging right, this can lead to a supplemental monthly income that you can add to your day job salary or pension.
12. eBook Writing
Writing ebooks is very similar to blogging.
The only difference is that instead of publishing one page or chapter on your blog daily or weekly, you’d publish your entire content in one book and sell it for cash.
There’s money to be made with ebook writing, especially if you have a unique voice, story to tell, or specialization to share. You can even expand your earnings by turning this ebook into an audiobook, or taking part in speaking engagements.
Don’t want to publish under your name?
You can also ghost-write an ebook for someone else and earn around 2 to 10 cents per word.
The Bottom Line
Teaching has always been thought of as a noble profession, but it doesn’t mean you’d say no to making bank if possible.
These online teaching positions can pave the way to the freedom you’ve been looking for to get out of the 8-to-5 rat race, enable you to work completely from home, or bulk up your retirement fund significantly.