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The 22 Best Side Hustle Teaching Platforms

There has never been a better time to venture into the world of online education.

An online teaching platform provides teachers with another opportunity to make money in their time outside of the traditional classroom.

For example, according to Forbes, the online teacher platform VIPKid employs 65,000 American teachers to teach English to Chinese students. 

Even before the current pandemic drastically changed the 2020-2021 school year, online education had been growing at a steady pace.

EdSurge reports, “About 375,000 students in 32 states are enrolled in statewide online schools, many of which are operated as charter schools or run by Education Service Provider companies such as K12 Inc. and Pearson […] Enrollments in these schools have been growing about 6 percent per year.”

They also claim “that about 420,000 students in more than 20 states participate in state ‘virtual schools.’”

And all of these online schools need teachers.

Then, when you factor in how the virus has forced many parents to choose virtual schooling for the 2020-2021 school year, there are many more digital opportunities for teachers.

According to Business Wire, “With increasing uncertainty about what the new school year will bring for America’s nearly 51 million public school students and their 3.7 million teachers, K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) expects to hire more than 1,300 educators to support grades K-12 nationwide for the 2020-2021 academic year.”

You don’t necessarily have to work as a virtual teacher. 

Many other side hustles allow you to use your skills as a teacher in a virtual classroom-like setting with less of a time commitment. 

If you are a full-time school teacher, you can find work as a part-time online teacher, tutor, and ESL instructor.

Additionally, you can use the teacher courses platform to create and sell your own digital courses and materials.

If you have ever considered using an online teacher platform to gain a steady income, now is the time. 

[Related Read: Why You Need to Start Your Teacher Side Hustle Now]


Teacher Platforms for Full- and-Part Time Teaching

Full- and-Part Time Teaching

With more and more students choosing to attend virtual schools, there are many opportunities for teachers to teach virtually, including part-time.

Connections Academy

Connections Academy works with public school districts across the U.S. to provide online educational courses for students in grades K-12. They employ certified teachers for part-time positions. Additionally, they work with Pearson Online Academy to provide online private school courses.


K12 is a popular online public school platform that is utilized in school districts across the country. K12 hires teachers certified by the states where K12 is offered. Additionally, they offer online private school programs, independent courses, and career readiness programs. 

States & Local School Districts

With the high number of schools offering students a virtual school option for 2020-2021, there are abundant virtual teaching opportunities available. Find these opportunities by searching your state and local school district hiring pages. 

Teacher Platforms for Tutoring


If you’d rather not take on another class of students, then consider using a teacher platform for tutoring. 

Tutoring is soaring in popularity – especially during this time of unusual distance learning experiences.

Chegg Tutors

This online teacher platform provides opportunities for students to connect with tutors in Math, Humanities, Science, Languages, and Programming. Tutor rates on Chegg Tutors start at $20 an hour with the top tutors earning $1,000 a month.


This tutoring company specifically hires teachers as tutors to cover math, science, and English. Also, Aim-for-A hires tutors to help tutor students for GED, PSAT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and AP test prep. Tutors earn between $10-15 an hour.

Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning Centers primarily offered in-person tutoring, but with the pandemic, they are now offering online tutoring services for clients. They hire certified teachers as tutors in reading, math, writing, homework, study skills, and test prep. Tutors can earn between $9-26 an hour.


Tutapoint calls itself “a place for passionate teaching professionals.” They hire certified teachers as high school level tutors who can work a minimum of 5 hours a week between 2 p.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern. Tutors can earn between $15-17 an hour.


In order to become a tutor with Tutor.com, teachers will need to apply and pass a subject area test. Once accepted, their online tutoring platform makes it easy for teacher tutors to connect with students. The company offers tutoring for students in all grades, as well as tutoring for college students and adult learners. Tutors earn around $14 an hour.


EduWizards is a tutoring platform that is based in India that provides tutoring opportunities for teachers in the U.S. Tutors pay a fee to be listed on their online teacher platform and then set their own hourly rates for online tutoring. 


Smarthinking hires teachers with a master’s, Ph.D., or other advanced certification and several years of experience. With Smarthinking, you are paid a $12 hourly rate to tutor students through their online platform. 

Teacher Platforms for Teaching ESL

Teaching ESL

Another popular side hustle for teachers is teaching English to students in other countries.

This often works well as a side hustle because the time zone differences allow teachers to work as part-time ESL teachers on their off hours. 


According to Forbes, “VIPKid is rated as one of the top three remote working platforms and as one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies in the world in both 2018 and 2019. Glassdoor named VIPKid one of the Best Places to Work in 2019.” With VIPKid, you set your own hours, so you can work as much or as little as you like. The base pay rate is between $7-9 per class, which is 25 minutes. This means you can make between $14-18 per hour.

Magic Ears

Teachers are asked to make a six-month commitment with Magic Ears, where they will use the provided curriculum to teach 25-minute English classes for kids 4-12 years old. Teachers can earn between $15-26 an hour.


If you have a minimum of one-year teaching experience and a bachelor’s degree, you can apply to be an English tutor with SayABC. They do prefer a TEFL/TESOL certificate, but it is not required. You’ll work with only 1 to 4 students at a time. Teachers earn an average of $17 an hour. 


Teachers can earn up to $20 an hour teaching elementary-aged Chinese students English with QKids. Teachers work between 10 – 20 hours a week. Classes are held in the early morning hours (in the U.S.) and weekends.


DadaABC partners with respected educational institutions, such as the American TESOL Institute, Pearson, Highlights, and National Geographic Learning. Teachers get to set their own hours and are expected to work at least 10 hours a month. ESL teachers can earn between $13-21 an hour.


Cambly is different from any other teacher courses platform. Instead of having a set curriculum or a class of students, Native English speakers are simply hired to chat with English learners. There are no minimum hours. You will make $0.17/min ($10.20/hour) on Cambly and $0.20/min ($12.00/hour) on Cambly Kids.


You can earn $3000 a month working as a tutor with iTutor. They require teachers to be certified, have relevant teaching experience, and be able to commit to peak course hours. 


Rather than applying to all the different teacher platforms listed above, you can apply to Oakary. They will then forward your application to all the matching online ESL teaching platforms, including many of the ones we listed. 


Teacher Platforms for Selling Courses 

Sell Online courses

Teachers can also use their skills, education, and classroom experience to design and sell their own courses on a teacher courses platform.

Essentially, if you have an idea for a teachable course, you can use a teacher courses platform to build and design your course.

Then, you earn money either by teaching students who enroll in your course or by selling course materials. 


Udemy is one of the most popular online platforms. Anyone can design a course on Udemy, but the course must “have at least 30 minutes of video content and at least 5 lectures or learning modules.” It is free, but Udemy will take 50% of the revenue from your class. 


With Teachable, you pay a monthly fee to access this platform and create and sell your online courses.


Podia is different from other teacher courses platforms. In addition to allowing teachers to create courses, Podia also provides the ability to host webinars.


Another popular online course platform is Thinkific. This platform allows teachers to create courses easily, as well as market their courses effectively. 


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