How Substitute Teachers Can Make Money from Home During COVID-19

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Few jobs are more satisfying than teaching. As a substitute teacher, you understand the direct impact your day-to-day work has on the future of students. Your work is essential to kids’ growth and development!

Now that schools are closed and classes are canceled nationwide due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you may be strapped for cash. 

We’re here to help you discover extra ways to make money. Here are 5 opportunities for substitute teachers to earn some extra cash during COVID-19.

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1. Tutor Remotely 

Consider signing up to teach English on VIPKid. VIPKid teaches kids from China how to learn English in one-on-one online settings. 

How does VIPKid work? The platform matches you to students in China based on their assessment of your creative skills as a teacher, as well as scheduling preferences that parents are looking for.

How much can you make? VIPKid tutors earn an average of $22 per hour. Overall, the money breaks down to anywhere from $7 to $9 for each 25-minute class you teach. A major benefit is that you can set your own tutoring hours.

VIPKid is a tried-and-true marketplace for both teachers and students. Glassdoor ranks VIPKid as one of its Top 10 Places to Work in 2020. 

2. Deliver Groceries 

What’s 1 thing that remains constant, regardless of COVID-19’s pervasive nature? Homes in America are in need of groceries and general household supplies, which darn-near makes delivering groceries via Shipt a no-brainer. Shipt is the world leader in online grocery for a reason. Over 200,000 shoppers have joined its shopping partner program.

Did you know the platform also offers a fast, easy way to earn cash, too?

It’s possible to stay safe if you work for Shipt. “Contactless delivery” means that instead of handing bags off to customers upon delivery, you leave items at the front door.  

What about tipping? Don’t feel bad if you feel more comfortable asking folks to send tips via the Shipt app!

3. Trade Stocks 

Taking advantage of slight gains in the stock market is a great way to make money. Never traded stocks before? That’s okay! As a teacher, you know learning starts from the ground up. Learn the ropes through our favorite resources and courses on stock trading: 


Session: Apr 21, 2021 4:00 pm – Apr 22, 2021 11:23 am
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
Aenza SAA
1.56 2.19 0.63 40.26% 5.66M
Takung Art
20.49 28.11 7.62 37.18% 7.93M
39.88 52.94 13.06 32.74% 16.38M
20.05 25.39 5.34 26.61% 3.85M
Qualtrics International
33.82 41.20 7.38 21.82% 3.21M


Session: Apr 21, 2021 4:00 pm – Apr 22, 2021 11:23 am
Symbol Open Close Change Change % Volume
11.72 9.63 -2.09 -17.84% 3.25M
Danimer Scientific
25.00 21.84 -3.17 -12.66% 5.36M
Sleep Number
124.93 109.60 -15.33 -12.28% 95.32K
14.22 12.78 -1.44 -10.13% 96.28K
1.97 1.79 -0.18 -9.14% 83.76K

4. Get in Touch with a Financial Advisor

Tired of watching your investments take a nosedive? Give yourself a break — know that you don’t need to answer all of your money questions on your own. Get in touch with a financial advisor through SmartAsset

Here are some questions you may be asking yourself with COVID-19 at large: 

  • What are some great ways to invest some extra money I have for the future? 
  • How should I use my emergency fund right now to make it last? (Who knows when schools will be back in session.)

Financial advisors not only give you support and guidance for your financial goals, but they also give you a plan of action tailored to your current and future financial goals. Check out our list of top-rated financial advisors in your area today!

5. Sell Your Old Stuff

Look to your left. Now look to your right. What do you see? That’s right! Clutter. Why not solve your clutter problem by selling your extra odds and ends?

Decluttr is the best place to put your extra items up for sale. Here’s why. As the seller, you pay no listing fees to get cash for cellphones, tech, CDs, DVDs, games and books. 

You’ll get an instant valuation of what you’re selling, can ship for free and get paid. You’ll have money in your pocket as quickly as the next business day!

Decluttr is doing its part to keep you safe from the virus. The platform offers contactless shipping methods on any and all products sold during the outbreak.

6. Be Creative

Be creative! How can you leverage your other talents? You may think up a new way to replace your lost income that nobody’s ever considered before. This is a great time to become an entrepreneur because you can see where new gaps in needs exist. (Leave it to a pandemic to show everyone what the world needs.)

Teach Yourself a New Way to Make Money

You are the principal of your own life! Even though you must spend time away from the classroom, remember not to fall behind your financial goals for today and tomorrow.

No different than creating and finetuning your coursework and lesson plans, use the resources we’ve listed here to help you get a better understanding of planning ahead for the brightest future possible.