The title of this post is a question I ask myself often. Though I don’t want to officially say anything until my classes have begun, it looks like I am shaping up to have a Monday-Friday morning schedule, with two days a week extending into the afternoon. I haven’t had a schedule this nice since I was working 10 hours a week at a local library.
“Wow!” you might be saying. “Look at all that room for side hustles! Girl, you’re going to make your financial independence goal in no time!”
Hey you, thanks for the vote of confidence! But even though my schedule is shaping up to allow me to work primarily from home when I am grading papers or preparing lessons, I still have to consider a few things.
How much time is this going to take up, outside of the scheduled at-work hours?
At the absolute minimum, I will have 80 students this upcoming year. This means that if each student writes me a 2 page paper, I am reading 160 pages. Double that number to the more accurate 4 pages, and I’m reading a novel every few weeks. As an English teacher, I’m sure my reading speed has developed to be quite fast — that being said, how quickly can I really read these papers while still being an accurate judge of their content and correctness?
What about my other commitments?
Last year, my Saturdays sucked. I taught dance classes from 11-2, then worked from 5-12 at the restaurant. Because I also worked until midnight or so on Friday, and then at 11am on Sunday, my entire weekend was shot. This left me no time for my family or friends who worked a traditional 9-5.
This year, as I plan the remainder of my schedule, I am hoping to leave one weekend day completely free. I am considering choosing Sunday, so that I can attend church with my family and have that relaxing, peaceful feeling that I used to get from Sundays back before I worked them (read: years and years ago).
Since it is obvious that 1) I am not sure how much time teaching will take up as I prepare for my first semester with a full teaching load, and 2) I want more free time to spend with my family than I have had over the last year, I need a side hustle that is both flexible and enjoyable. Some of my thoughts are:
- Continue tutoring. This is a flexible job, with a lot of bang for the buck. I love the idea of sitting at a table in a library or at a coffee shop on a Saturday morning, and having my students come to me. I need to work on some more advertising for this to work.
- Date night babysitting. This is a great job — if I find 2-3 families to work with, I can possibly have one sitting gig every other week. At $15 per hour, plus the probability that I will have time to grade papers while the children sleep, this is a great side hustle.
- Teaching classes at my home. I am working on creating a writing class for preteens and teens who are looking for an additional challenge outside of their schooling, to add on to a homeschooling curriculum, or to help them prepare for college. I haven’t hammered out the details, but this would jive with my plan of having tutoring students come to me: it will enable me to work from home, and to do a job I love and am good at.
What side hustles would you recommend for someone trying to keep her sanity?