Top 10 Best Side Jobs For Teachers: A teacher in this context is a person who is officially employed in an academic institution for the purpose of teaching and performing duties which enhances student’s knowledge and academic performance.
This definition is broad in scope and sees “teachers” to include academic teachers and academics facilitating staff.
Academic teachers here squarely perform the job of teaching lessons in classrooms and other functions incidental to the employment, while academics facilitating teachers are persons whose job is not squarely teaching in classrooms but performing procedural functions incidental to his or her employment which completes, regularizes the studentship of the students and facilitate learning processes; such as registrars, secretaries, ICT personnel, etc.
This category can be distinguished from persons who are strictly non-academic staff; personnel such as drivers, security personnel, cleaners, gardeners, etc. This distinction is necessary in order to ascertain the category of teachers this article is targeted at.
Teachers here includes those employed at whether federal level or state level, primary and secondary school teachers, lecturers at various higher institution; College of Educations, Polytechnics, Universities, Technological Institutions, Health Colleges and other special training institutions.
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The Top 10 Best Side Jobs for Teachers
Firstly, it is important to establish that side job opportunity for a teacher most times depends on his or her field of study, area of expertise and skill. Professionals may be more likely to have available opportunities for side jobs as a teacher. Professionals such as Engineers, Accountants, Lawyers, Doctors and other health specialists, Surveyors, etc, can aside their teaching job, practice their profession and area of expertise.
Generally, these are the top 10 side jobs for teachers:
1. Private Tutoring: This appears to be the most common and practicable side job for teachers. Teachers can aside their teaching job, organize a private lessons for students, both for students within the school and outside the school.
Students will always be willing to participate, and parents are readily to pay the fees as it gives the participants edges over other students. There are also sites where teachers can apply to tutor registered students online at a determined remuneration.
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2. Online Tutorials: Technology and invention has made it possible for students to learn at their comfort zone. Teachers may want to seize this opportunity to generate more income aside their salary, by hosting online classes for students worldwide.
This is at its advantages because distant location of participants would no longer be a barrier. Teachers can own and host application software and sites, undergo the necessary verification and certification processes and prepare a curriculum on ranges of course to be studied online.
3. Graphic Designing: This is for teachers who knows their way around designing tools. S/he can get attached to a designing or printing press company and work from the office or home at a free or leisure time. Perfect time management skill is needed in order that the demands would not interfere with the person’s actual job as a teacher.
This is an advantage to computer and ICT teachers, although not necessarily. They can also own a business center and cyber café.
4. Writing and Publishing: It is an addendum advantage for a person who is into academics to extend his or her scope of operation. A teacher can engage in writing and publishing books, e-books, articles, journal, etc. This is in fact, an integral part of a person’s teaching profession, although it takes entrepreneurial skill in order to personalize this opportunity.
Writing and publishing is a two way power; it facilitate one’s recommendation as an author and a teacher, boosts one’s authority and relevance as an academia, and of course yields monetary profit for a teacher. Publications can as well be sold via online platforms like Amazon, Jumia etc.
5. Agricultural Industry: Agriculture is a fast growing and indispensable sector of the economy. Teachers whose area of expertise is agriculture can also be employed as a researcher, planning manager, agricultural consultant or any working position in an agricultural industry at the federal or state level. An accounting teacher here can be contracted for preparing or scrutinizing budgets and financial records.
Teachers who are botanists, microbiologist, crop and soil scientist, veterinarian and other related or acquired expertise are at advantage here. An Economics or Commerce teacher can as well be engaged for commercial awareness, developing marketing strategy, mapping sustainable business plan and development and for economy boosting strategies.
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6. Translator: Translator converts written material from one or more languages to another. A teacher can also be engaged as an interpreter. This is at the advantage of teachers who are abreast with languages. French, English and other Language teachers may be at advantage. A teacher who engages in side job as a translator can still specialize on the field of his or her expertise as a translator.
They can be engaged to perform the job of accurately translating text, film, and other materials and still convey its original meaning. Translator can also be extended to translation of machine languages. Basic knowledge of computer and ICT devices here is an added advantage.
7. Freelance: A freelancer is an independent contractor who provide services for individuals, educational and commercial institutions, companies, government and non-governmental organizations and other variety of clients. It is a contract for employment as opposed to contract of employment where a person is employed as an integral part of the company. Freelance is flexible in its nature.
A teacher can engage in freelancing jobs and get wages aside his teaching profession. Freelancing job may include web designing, programming, writing, photography, arts, medial and publicity, educationist, project manager, etc. It is broad in scope and includes any service which a skilled person can get contracted to perform.
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8. Proofreading and Editing: A teacher can get engaged as a proofreader. This is an advantage for English teachers as they have more opportunities and since most writings are written in English, and every writer needs a proofreader and editor. Although a proofreader need not have studied English, grounded knowledge and understanding of English is necessary.
There are book proofreading, academic proofreading, novel proofreading, and thesis proof reading. The job of a proofreader is to crosscheck and scrutinize a written work by another for the purpose of correcting grammatical, typographical and structural errors. Editing extends and focuses on the readability and comprehensibility of a written work.
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9. Podcast and YouTube: A teacher can launch a podcast and discuss topics of interest on air. Podcast is an online platform for delivering information in audio format via the internet. Podcast can be likened to a radio station, although podcast is more flexible; internet based and the audio files can be downloaded to a device.
One can make money via podcast by doing advertisements, affiliate marketing, running Ads, crowd funding, sponsorship, etc. YouTube is also an online platform which is audio and visual based. A teacher can aside his or her field of study, create and own a YouTube page, and make educative videos.
10. Virtual Assistant: A virtual assistant assists companies, corporate bodies, government bodies, individuals and other categories of clients in handling virtual/online responsibilities.
Such responsibilities may include composing e-mails, official letters, business proposals etc, attending and responding to the client’s online activities, scheduling meetings, booking travel accommodations, keeping online records and performing other functions that are incidental to the employment.
Familiarity with ICT devices and software for spreadsheet, word processing and internet is an added advantage. Communication and time management skill is of paramount necessity. Teachers can get engaged as a virtual assistant and still multi-task it with their teaching job.
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Being a teacher makes one flexible to an extent. Teachers may find fun and profit in extending their means of income by engaging in and expanding their areas of interest and expertise. This article has therefore suggested practicable side paying jobs for teachers. In all, effective skill in time management is required.
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ChMC, is a Law Student and a Certified Mediator/Conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a Developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and React Native. Samuel is bent on changing the legal profession by building Web and Mobile Apps that will make legal research a lot easier.