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Old 07-01-2019, 02:04 PM
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How do you earn extra money throughout the year? I want to begin saving for some big purchases and/or save money to fund my vacations. I'm just looking for some ideas.

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Old 07-01-2019, 02:20 PM
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I teach online ESL in China. I (personally) couldnít do it while teaching in school except maybe a few classes on the weekends, but lots of people do both. Iím currently contracted with VIPKID & Magic Ears.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:23 PM
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I have been teaching online for more than a year. The early hours aren't great, but the extra cash has been helpful.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:41 PM
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Even though we are some of the lowest paid teachers in the country..parents are willing to pay $50 an hour.
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:38 PM
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I tutor after school and on weekends, basically whenever the parents want to schedule as long as it doesn't conflict with DS16's swim or school stuff. It's tiring, but as Christi508 said, parents are willing to pay well for it. If I couldn't tutor, I would look at Chick-fil-A. They're paying up to $15/hour here, and they're not open on Sunday, so you'd be guaranteed the day off.


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Old 07-01-2019, 04:04 PM
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I teach piano lessons, and charge $20 per 30-minute lesson.

I have 12 students, I teach two days a week after school from 4:00-7:00, and make $960 a month.

It's perfect for me. I love teaching, love playing piano, and I don't have to even leave my house!
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:09 PM
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I teach an after school class through my public school's after school program. I get an extra hundred dollars a month, teaching one class a week. I could teach more, but I just don't want to. Some people teach 4 days a week. It's only for an extra hour, and they pay for planning time.

I also always teach some kind of summer school - the full six weeks or a one-week day camp. Something for extra money that I put into savings. Seems wrong to waste the summer not earning something. I can make anywhere from $1200-$3000 for that.
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:13 PM
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Last year I worked in an after school tutoring program for 3 hours per week. I made between $400-600 extra per month after taxes (depending on the schedule- breaks/days off greatly impacted it). I worked with about 6 kids, but the last grant coordinator let me pick them. It'll be a new person this year and I really hope she agrees. The materials were also provided and we used an intervention curriculum that required no planning and almost no prep, and I liked that I didn't have to commute anywhere else, deal with no shows or obnoxious parents, deal with getting/booking clients, or deal with collecting money myself.

Before this was an option I thought about trying to tutor on my own, but I didn't really know how to get clients. Parents at my school certainly can't afford it, and craiglist and care.com are full of hundreds of ads with teachers looking for work. If you can figure it out, it makes the most sense because you'd make so much more than any other part time job.

As far as non-teaching things go, I have a teacher friend who works at Starbucks and loves it. They treat their employees well, it tends to be more adults working there vs. teenagers, and she likes that it's so different from teaching. She actually got a job in a higher paying school and didn't need to work there anymore, but stayed on because she enjoyed it so much. I wouldn't mind doing something like that in the summer, but I can't imagine working somewhere else 15-20 hours per week during the school year!
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Old 07-01-2019, 04:19 PM
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I worked part time at a local liquor off sale for a year. It had a lot of perks.
  1. guaranteed not to see any students
  2. it was fun to see parents reaction to you ringing up their beer and wine purchases
  3. was able to try different wines without having to purchases them, management felt we could assist our customers better if we knew about the products and often had samples available
  4. everyone was happy
  5. flexible schedule
The place I worked was one of the nicer off sales in the area and specializes in wine.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:18 PM
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I coach robotics after school 2 days a week for 2 hours each time. I make about $400 doing that. This year Iíll also be doing a NASA program on 2 of the days Iím not teaching robotics. So Iíll brkng home about $800.

I sell Thirty One as well. I have good months and bad months. Right now I havenít put a lot into it because Iíve been busy with my house and getting ready to move.

I also raise Cocker Spaniels, train them and find them loving homes. I do grooming for Cockers since they can be a little difficult because of attitude .


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Old 07-01-2019, 08:12 PM
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I do our after school program 2x/week. It works out to about $300-400 a month. Iím also on a couple of committees and earn an extra $1000 or so per year. I try to attend any extra training, we get up to $100/day as a stipend. I also do summer school in the summer, probably $2000 net.
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Old 07-01-2019, 08:24 PM
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I teach college courses at night and during the summer.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:52 AM
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Wow! So many interesting options. I noticed that many people stick with sort of teaching to earn extra money. All of your ideas are great. Thank you all for sharing.
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:21 AM
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I used to do tutoring. I worked few hours and earned really good money. I live in a somewhat high income area, and parents are willing to pay $75 dollars or more an hour.
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Old 07-02-2019, 10:30 AM
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I teach English online to students in China through VIP kid. I set my own hours and work when I want. The money is good and I don't have to leave my house. The downside is that peak hours are early in the morning.
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Old 07-02-2019, 11:03 AM
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Teaches for Vipkid online to Chinese students. I will cut down my hours once school starts back up. I also proctor the SAT at my school, and this past spring I did homebound tutoring once a week.
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:03 PM
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That's great what everyone does. But, for me though, if I wanted to work another job, I'd want something totally UNRELATED to more teaching. I'd think more of you would want a break away...an outlet away from kids for your secondary jobs.

I just wish I knew what else too!
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:39 PM
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That's great what everyone does. But, for me though, if I wanted to work another job, I'd want something totally UNRELATED to more teaching. I'd think more of you would want a break away...an outlet away from kids for your secondary jobs.
I would feel like that too, except anything unrelated to teaching that is a part time/few hours is going to be minimum wage. I make $46 per hour tutoring. It doesn't make sense to go get some other job where I'd be making $11 per hour. My friend who works at Starbucks has to put in almost 15 hours per week to equal what I pull in with just 3 hours. Plus the tutoring is in my own classroom so I don't have to commute anywhere else, spend time getting ready for another job, or deal with another boss/set of workplace rules.

I've thought about looking into some random job for summer (we unfortunately don't have summer school, and no nearby district hires outsiders), but the thought of working for $11 per hour just kills me so I never follow through. I'm also not sure that anywhere would be willing to hire me for just 2 months- plus I go out of town for at least a week of that.
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:46 PM
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^ Right and I agree with you too that no kind of retail or restaurant job would pay as much as tutoring. Perhaps a clerical job, but then they'd want someone to work business hours which is when one is teaching at school.

I just couldn't and wouldn't want to teach a class for 7 hrs all day, dealing with bad kids, this and that, etc. And then what do I get to do for another 3-4 hrs that evening? Work with MORE kids. I mean when does one's mind get to finally rest?!
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Old 07-02-2019, 06:33 PM
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I don't do this, but I was talking to another teacher recently and she told me she does scoring for the PARC assessment, online, during the school year. She said she does it for a couple of hours each week. It doesn't pay that well, though, around $12 an hour. After taxes, it wouldn't come out to very much, unless you'd be able to really put the time in. And she said it is seasonal, work is available for only a couple months out of the year.
If it were summer time, I'd totally do it, but during the school year I just wouldn't have the energy to put much time in.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:04 PM
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I agree that jobs unrelated to the profession would be ideal for me (just to do something different). However I do understand how it would be more convenient to stick with something in the field.
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