Inside: 6 part-time jobs that are perfect for teaching moms
Finding the balance between being a full-time teacher and a full-time mom can be tough. Sometimes, maintaining balance means leaving the classroom full-time.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of part-time classroom jobs for teaching moms. However, there are many non-traditional part-time teaching mom options that still allow you to work with kids and/or education professionals without putting in a 40-hour (or more!) work week with hours spent in the classroom, meetings, and grading. Here are a few ideas for part-time jobs for moms during school hours to keep the cash flow coming but spend time at home with your kids.
Is substitute teaching a good side job?
Yes! Being a substitute is a great part-time option for teaching moms!
Working as a sub allows you the flexibility to work whenever you choose. Have a field trip at your child’s school? No worries. You don’t have to take a sub job that day. Taking a family vacation? There’s no one to call to take the day off, no plans to write, and no sick days to take. You get to make your own schedule.
If you live in a larger city or area with multiple school districts, you may want to apply to multiple districts to substitute teach. This will give you greater variety and allow you to work as much as you’d like since there will constantly be jobs.
One benefit of subbing is the variety of curriculums, grade levels, schools, students, and teachers you’ll encounter. Every day will be different when you are a guest teacher! If you find yourself interested in subbing, you may be interested in my post about how to be a prepared substitute teacher.
How much money do substitute teachers make?
According to Indeed.com, substitute teachers make an average of $129 per day in the United States. Many districts pay more to substitute teachers who have teaching licenses so that they have quality substitutes in the classroom. Check with your local school district(s) to find out about their compensation.
Teaching moms can teach English online
VIPKID is an online platform where you will provide one on one instruction for English Language Learners in China. This is not your ordinary online tutoring. In fact, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and go through an interview process.
Teachers typically make anywhere from $14-22 with VipKid to teach the provided curriculum materials to one student. Expect to work a minimum of 7.5 hours per week, but you can certainly book more classes.
Part-time jobs for moms during school hours- become a paraprofessional.
Many full-time teachers transition to paraprofessional positions in order to allow more time with their families. Although some paraprofessionals do work full-time schedules at schools, they are not required to participate in conferences, grade papers, lesson plans, and other off-contract hour duties that take a lot of time away from family.
Sometimes there are part-time options available, too! Duties range from working with students with special needs to assisting with office or secretarial duties, and more.
Try job sharing with another teacher
Maybe your school district or building allows for two teachers to share the duties of one full-time teacher. Although these positions are rare, you may want to ask if there are some part-time job share positions available in your district. Being able to stay in the classroom and spend time at home with your family may be the perfect job for you!
Help students by tutoring.
Another great option as a teaching mom is to start tutoring! This is a great part-time job for new moms because you can set your own schedule with the kids you are tutoring.
Ask your teacher friends or create & post online a video utilizing a video editor your announcement and become an after-school tutor. Parents are always looking for certified teachers to help their children with specific content or study skills. During teacher contract hours, students may have sports practices or simply be in need of longer tutoring sessions than the school can provide.
Working as a tutor will still give you a chance to use your teaching and planning skills while having the flexibility to be at home with your family. If you have school-aged children, you could even use this as study group time or group tutoring.
Tutors make an average of $17-$35 per hour according to Indeed.
Sell products on Teachers Pay Teachers.
All those amazing ideas and gorgeous lessons you have swimming in your head don’t have to sit idle after you leave the classroom. Selling lessons, printables, clip art, and presentations on Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent way to earn a little extra money on the side. While selling on TpT requires a lot of work and patience to get started, it is a great opportunity to share your ideas.
Edutopia says, “According to TpT, the top seller has made over $2 million, 164 teachers have earned over $50,000, and thousands more bring in a few hundred dollars a month, which can make a big difference when you’re living on a teacher’s salary.”