Ideas for making money on the side (besides tutoring)

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  1. linswin23

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    Do you do anything on the side to supplement your income? I'm looking for ideas.
     
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    My best teacher friend waitresses.
     
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    I used to teach community college on the side. I also fill out surveys on iPoll in my free-time, but that money is barely anything (like $25 a week, to fuel my Dunkin Donuts addiction). I also often sell my old crap on Amazon to make a few bucks, and occasionally proctor for SATs. None of these things come even close to the amount I make tutoring, but every bit counts.

    There was a guy subbing in my building today who is a real estate agent subbing on the side. I guess everyone has to do what they can to get by.
     
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    I do write the tests for a state math competition each year...outside of that, I use Swagbucks and a couple other little-earning sites that end up getting me about $25-$35 in extra Amazon money to spend each month (which I funnel into buying more books...hence why I rarely spend out of pocket for books, even though I've gone from almost none to 1,500 books the past few years).
     
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    How much are you talking about needing? What seems like a great idea for less than a $100/month is useless if the shortfall is significantly more than that.
     
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    I have a crafting business on the side. I love crafting as I find it relaxing, and then I sell on Etsy and at shows.
     
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    Why not tutoring? You will most likely be able to make the most money while working the fewest hours.
     
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    I know teachers who were waitresses/servers, and their recommendation was to serve where liquor was being served. The bill goes up quicker and higher, and apparently after consuming alcoholic beverages, people are more generous. The other advantage was that they usually got to eat for free during their shift, and they could often work evening/night shifts Friday-Sunday, which worked with teaching. The other recommendation was to work outside of your immediate work locate, just to answer fewer questions. A couple worked as bartenders, if that is in you skill set.
     
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    A teacher I worked with for several years worked as a bartender/server at a local chain restaurant. She worked Friday and Saturday nights and her tips were a nice supplement to her salary. She also really enjoyed the "adult only" interactions which made a nice change from the school day.
     
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    I'm seriously considering looking into Teachers Pay Teachers. I create my own curriculum. I have 5 years worth of lessons I have created and a lot of them are really good if I say so my self. Why not turn them into money? It would take a little tweaking, like fixing typos and look over everything, and they could be bringing money in without me doing anything.
    I know you're supposed to offer things for free and I have no problem doing that.
    However, for example I have created a huge guide to reading I am Malala, months and months and work and for what? I won't be teaching this book for at least 4 years, because we have the same kids over and over again.
     
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    I think you should definitely post in on TpT -- especially for a newer, nonfiction title like that, there probably isn't a lot out there yet. I think some people will offer a small "teaser" for free to get people to look at their stuff, but then charge for the whole unit.
     
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    We have a teacher in my district who drives for Lyft!
     
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    Mrs B and I do online surveys. Sit with laptops out in the evening going through several different sites. In 2016 we made £1700 ($2200) In 2017 we made £2175 ($2830). The majority of this was in Amazon vouchers which we used to buy most of our Christmas presents. A few sites pay cash other pay with shopping vouchers. In addition we a microwave oven, slow cooker and DAB radio from one site. We also get chances to test products. A lot are food, drink or toiletries but we also got to road test and keep a cordless vacuum cleaner, a juicer and a hairdryer.
    Mrs B has also discovered that she can do crafts. Currently she is turning old paperback books into hedgehogs. Face flannels bought from budget stores into fake cupcakes and swiss rolls. She is planning to sell these at craft fayres.
     
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    Great idea! Where do you find these surveys, and how do you know if they're legit?
     
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    I make over $500 per week tutoring
    I also do dismissal duty-about $250 per month
     
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    Thanks for all the ideas everyone. I asked for ideas other than tutoring because I am already looking into doing online tutoring lessons. I was just looking for other ideas that I haven't thought of, yet. My husband and I are thinking of starting a family, but want to crush our student loan debt before doing so. Any extra money would help.
     
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    In the UK we have a money making website set up by a guy off the TV called Martin Lewis. On there he and other contributors put links to these sites.
    Many of the companies are actually American. Companies such as Toluna and Swagbucks to name 2 but there are many others. Others I use are called Onepoll, Valued opinions and mysurvey. Mrs B also does a shopping survey with a company called Nielsen. She has a barcode scanner and she scans the shopping each week as she puts it away. It was then that provided the microwave and radio last year. The year before we had matching luggage from them.
     
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    The TES teachers website (which has an American section) will host and sell your resources for you.
     
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    Either teach summer school or temp/work full time for the summer in a different sector. The summer between college and my first teaching job, I worked 40 hours a week at a factory.

    If you are interested in working from home, find something you are good at making (and that people will generally buy) and set up an Etsy shop. I have often thought about doing this with wood burning or wood carving but have never taken the leap to dive into it as anything more than just a hobby.
     
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    I don't like to fill a lot of my time with extra stuff, but I do a few random things for extra money, I sew and make projects with my cricut. A lot of people ask for vinyl initials. I do small sewing projects like repairs and hemming. I also make labels. Coworkers buy quite a few things for me.
     
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