If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, supplement your income, or a little bit of both, consider substitute teaching. While full-time teaching may not provide the work-life balance you’re looking for, going into the classroom as a sub can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience. And there are positives for everyone involved: talented members of the community get to share their unique skill sets with students while benefiting from reliable pay, full control over a flexible schedule, and supplemental income. In turn, student learning stays on track with an uninterrupted school day.
Here are five reasons substitute teaching is the ideal side hustle:
1. You can continue other work
The viability of a side hustle entirely depends on having the time and energy to continue your other profession. If you are looking to supplement part-time employment and still want a “day job” so that your evenings are free, you can easily slot a sub position into your existing schedule. Or if your availability fluctuates due to seasonal work, you can sub on your off-seasons without giving up a career you enjoy.
2. You can choose your own schedule
Since this is a side hustle, flexibility is key. Unlike many positions, substitute teaching allows you to set your own schedule. You can work as often or as little as you want, pick the days you want to be available, and fit subbing into your life — instead of the other way around. This makes it a great option for a wide variety of individuals, such as stay-at-home parents, retirees, and artists.
3. You can make a difference in students’ lives
Whether you’re a musician, accountant, chef, or somewhere in between, you have a unique perspective to offer that will benefit students. If you have something that you are passionate about—a profession or a hobby—that energy can translate in the classroom in a powerful way. Regardless of your career outside the classroom, you can create a positive learning environment by sharing your knowledge, providing support, and offering encouragement.
4. You can give back to your community where the needs are greatest
It’s no secret that the past several years have been challenging for students and teachers on many fronts. Schools are grappling with teacher shortages and looking to substitute teachers for help. When a teacher is on leave or a school is transitioning between educators, it can be a confusing time for kids. A talented member of the community that’s ready to step in as a sub helps to fill the gap and keep students engaged. That’s where you come in! Subs help relieve existing staff and ensure that learning continues for all students.
5. You can explore new interests and aspects of your identity
It’s not just the kids who get an education. As a substitute teacher, you’ll learn a lot about yourself — what subjects you are interested in, how you respond to unexpected or challenging situations, and how much fun you can have connecting with the students in your community. You will teach your students and learn from them, too.
Ready to head to the classroom? Get started as a sub today!