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6 Ways to Supplement Your Income as a School Teacher


A teacher is simply someone who teaches. In the informal sense, anyone can be a teacher - a grandparent teaching their grandchild a rhyme, a parent teaching a child the multiplication tables, or even an older sibling teaching their younger counterpart a magic trick. However, a school teacher has a narrower definition - a school teacher is someone who teaches at the primary, secondary, or higher secondary level. Just like the categories, the salaries of teachers are also different according to their experience, which level they are teaching at, and depending on the school at which they teach. This is not to say that one set of teachers will be paid more, while another will be paid less, it is just that it varies a lot.

In such a situation, teachers need to know what they can do to supplement their income. Different things have different ways of getting you money, and the pay scale also differs. The only difference here is that the teacher will get to decide what they can do to earn it and have an estimate as to how much they can make doing it.

So given below are a few ways a school teacher can make an extra buck or two by using their experience as a teacher.

Private Tuition

This is the most obvious and easy-to-setup way to earn supplementary income as a school teacher. Teachers can take online or offline classes for students, either at home or at a separate institution. There are a lot of teachers who do this all over the country and with good reason - it really helps them with having a backup plan in case they need to shift schools. Private tuitions can be for a group of students of the same age group or different age groups, and they can also be for a single student. Some teachers go out of their way to teach only teach one student at a time because they can focus on them specifically, and also because it pays more. However, in that case, the parent or student might demand that the teacher come to the place that the student wants them to because they are paying more.

Sell Lesson Plans

A lesson plan is a set of instructions that teachers create for themselves so that they can teach a particular class. Lesson plans are usually very personal since they are written by and therefore created specifically for that particular teacher’s lesson. They are also subject-specific because more often than not, a school teacher teaches only one particular subject. However, if a school teacher feels that their lesson plans can be used effectively by other teachers teaching the same subject, they can sell it in the form of an e-book. Teachers can also create templates for lesson plans that are more generic and earn more by selling them together as a bundle. Here is a comprehensive guide to creating your lesson plan if you need help yourself.

Become a Teacher Coach

There are a lot of newbie teachers out there who do not have an idea about how to manage a classroom, how to plan their lessons, how to make the class interactive, or how to deal with the different problems that arise in a classroom. If you have several years of experience as a teacher and know the dynamics of a classroom like the back of your hand, you can use that to your advantage and become a teacher coach. Coaching like that is admittedly more strenuous so it is okay to charge more for it.

Be a Curriculum Designer

If you have a way with your pen, then becoming a curriculum designer is something you should definitely look into. A curriculum designer translates student training and development needs into educational courses. The responsibilities of a curriculum designer include selecting the right instructional methods, defining apt time frames, and preparing training materials in either or both physical as well as digital formats. If you have experience in structuring educational programs and are familiar with classroom-style as well as web-based courses, this job might suit you.

Getting Paid to Grade Papers

Yes, this is a legitimate way of making some extra money as a school teacher. Teachers are obviously fully qualified and might have experience in grading answer papers in the subjects that they teach, so this job will not seem like anything out of the ordinary. There are companies that outsource the job of grading answer sheets to school teachers by making use of standardized tests as a guide. The teachers can make up to 10 to 12 dollars per hour for this job, which is not bad considering that there is no need for any skill acquisition for this. All the teacher would need is a reliable internet connection and a decently performing personal computer to get cracking, and of course, the time to commit to weekly hours.

Admin Support Jobs

This kind of job is best suited for school teachers who are interested in planning activities. A typical admin support role will include working with an individual or company to manage their calendar, make arrangements in schedules, book engagements, and might also include tasks like drafting emails. A school teacher who plans their lessons very early and always stays well ahead of deadlines will find a perfect supplementary income generating option in admin support roles. There are several websites that offer long-term executive assistant roles to school teachers who are willing to work from home, which will be the ideal setup.


So, if you are a teacher who is looking for ways to make some extra money, these can definitely help you. It is important to note that the work you take up should be something you enjoy, because otherwise you will eventually hate it and find it a burden. Make the decision with care and after much thought and planning.

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