So you’re looking for how to make money as a preschool teacher, right?

I feel ‘ya!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of preschool teachers in the U.S for the year 2017 was $28,990 per year!

We can do the math and assume that the current salary isn’t significantly greater than the 2017 amount.

No wonder preschool teachers like you are looking for ways to put more moolah into your pockets.

For a very brief moment in my education career, I was a preschool director. The teachers were hourly employees and not making very much.

Quite a few had side hustles to help make ends meet. 

This list is a compilation of some of the side jobs they did plus my recommendations for more lucrative choices.

So let’s dig into it!

How to Make Money As a Preschool Teacher (Minimal Investment Options)

These first side hustles arguably require the least investment of your time and efforts compared to others further down the list.

You can begin making money relatively quick.

1. Tutor.

Tutoring is a fantastic side job if you build a consistent clientele.

While your preschool little ones may not need much homework help, think about their older siblings or other children from the school in which you work.

Parents are much more willing to pay someone from an “inside circle” than a complete stranger.

To make tutoring a profitable side gig, charge what you’re worth. I’ve got a handy little tutoring pricing guide to help you do just that!

Word-of-mouth is powerful!

If you do well,  you won’t have to work so hard to get new kids to tutor because the parents will come looking for you!

If you don’t work at a school with grade-school children present, market your services to parents of the preschoolers from your childcare center.

They may have older children or know of other families who could use your services.

Build a tutoring schedule, and stick with it.

The more consistent you are, the easier it will be to keep a steady stream of income rolling in!

Working for a Tutoring Service

Another tutoring option is to work for a tutoring service, and this includes tutoring companies online.

This side gig can work fine, but the pay may not be as good as private tutoring. 

The plus is that you won’t have to find your own customers; the company will most likely do all of the marketing for you.

You’ll just need to show up.

Overall, tutoring school-aged children is a great way to earn extra money as a preschool teacher!

2. Teach English Online.

Working from home is the thing now.

Teachers love it because you can make good money while in your pajamas!

It seems as if there are 101 online English companies at any given moment in time.

One of the most popular is VipKid, but there are dozens more.

Online ESL companies’ pay ranges from $10 up to $25 an hour, give or take. There are contributing factors to each company’s pay rate. Research thoroughly each that you’re interested in.

Some of these ESL companies require a minimum of a four-year college degree while others accept any relevant experiences working with children or adults (if you’ll be teaching adult ESL students).

The application process for some of these companies is intense (VipKid) and once you’re in, you have to market yourself in order to get bookings.

That causes a bit of stress for lots of online teachers.

The good news is that some agencies book students for you.

Whichever option you choose, the money’s there and pretty easy to earn.

Here’s a list of online ESL companies to consider…

  1. VipKid
  2. DaDa
  3. Qkids
  4. 51Talk
  5. TwoSigmas
  6. EnglishFirst

There are lots more; just look around online and see what peaks your interest!

3. Provide Childcare to Families During Breaks.

You already work with small children, so why not extend your services to families during summer or holiday breaks?

When school holidays roll around, some parents get a bit stressed because there’s a possibility they won’t have as many childcare options available if needed.

That’s where you come in!

Offer your childcare services to those families so that mom and dad can continue their work schedule without a hiccup or enjoy a much-needed vacation without the kids.

You could even charge a little more for providing the family the convenience of you going to their location. I bet families would be so grateful for that offer.

Take their need and make it into a profitable opportunity!

How to Make Money As a Preschool Teacher (Medium Investment Required)

Some side hustles require a little more oomph to break into, but once you’re in, it’s game on!

Because of the greater investment of time, the income potential is generally higher.

Here’s what I’ve got…

4. Work in Public Schools or Private Schools That Pay Well.

This isn’t a side hustle, I know.

It’s a different job.

But if you’re really looking to make and save money, relocating from a daycare center to a grade-school setting will potentially increase your earnings.

The qualifications for public schools and some private schools may be higher than those required for a daycare facility, but if you have the skills they’re seeking or willing to obtain them, give it a shot.

In the preschool I worked, teachers worked a half-day schedule and made less than $15,000 a year.

This was in 2017!

Even if they had worked a full day, you can do the math. It’s still very low pay.

Compare that to preschool public school educators in the same city.

Those public school teachers were paid according to the same salary schedule as the grade-level educators. Starting pay alone, with a bachelor’s degree and no years of experience was about $48,000 a year at the time.

What a difference, right?

If you can hack it, follow the money!

Because you’re essentially doing the same job, just at a different location.

5. Open a Teachers-Pay-Teachers (TpT) Store.

Teachers are killin’ it on Teachers-Pay-Teachers!

I sometimes “window-shop” through all of the “stores” just staring at all of the amazing work teachers put into their enterprises.

You, too, can build your own TpT empire!

It does take time and a lot of effort to start making money; that’s why I have it listed as a medium investment.

There’s also a significant learning curve involved.

The earnings potential from TpT depends on the hard work, time, and effort you put into producing and marketing your products.

Primary school teachers do very well on the platform.

To get your foot in the door, find a subject area or niche on Teachers-Pay-Teachers with less competition but decent demand, and create your heart out!

How to Make Money As a Preschool Teacher (High Investment But Great Financial Return)

Are you really gung-ho serious about earning the most coins possible?

If you’re ready and willing to put in the work, you’ve got some incredible opportunities at your feet which will supplement your preschool teacher income nicely.

Let’s take a look!

6. Freelance as a Writer.

In the past, when I read online that someone was a freelance writer full-time, I’d scratch my head wondering what the heck they were actually doing to earn money.

Like exactly how.

Then a fellow blogger friend led me to Jorden Roper of the website Creative Revolt. She is absolutely amazing and inspiring. (Be forewarned, however, that she has a potty mouth ~ which I love ~. If that’s not your thing, avoid.)

She runs a highly successful online business, teaching others step-by-step through her online course, how to have a profitable freelancing career. 

No, I’m not getting paid to advertise her services.

I’m telling you about her because it’s a great opportunity to make more money (good good money) as a preschool teacher. 

After taking one of her freelancing mini-courses, I was blown away by her hustle and drive to make a decent living for herself!

And reading the success stories of some of her students was so motivational.

If you have a knack for writing, some extra time, and an understanding that this gig takes some time to turn a profit, I recommend that you check out what she’s offering.

Realistically, you could potentially bring in more income than what you make at your day job.

7. Start a Profitable Blog.

Like freelance writing, starting a blog can be profitable if you monetize it correctly.

But this side hustle takes time, effort, and a HUGE learning curve.

Starting a blog is not for the faint of heart nor for those not willing to get down in the trenches and do the heavy lifting. It’s really a ton of work!

Spend any time online or on Pinterest, and you’ll undoubtedly come across a, “I Made X amount of money online in X amount of months!”, and so on and so forth.

Those type of blog posts are everywhere, and they’re real accounts of regular folks just like me and you making a living from their laptops!

Crazy, right?

Do some research first to see if this side hustle (potentially a full-time career, too!) is right for for you.

If you do it well and consistently, it’ll no doubt help to fill your wallet.

But really ask yourself if this is something you could see yourself doing.

Do you have a desire to help and teach others about something you love or something you see as a need?

If so, blogging may be for you!

To get started, take a look at this helpful article targeted to beginner bloggers.

8. Work Towards Owning a Preschool.

Again, this isn’t a side hustle, but an entirely new endeavor.

But it’s a role that will grant you more earning potential, and like blogging, it gives you a level of autonomy that can’t be beat.

Owning your own preschool is the ultimate investment of time, effort, and money.

If you have lots of experience in the childcare industry, this is a natural progression.

From conversations I’ve had with directors who have owned their own preschools for years, they speak about how much work it is.

However, they also boast of how rewarding it is and also of the ability to be able to control the amount of revenue brought in.

Each state has it’s own licensing guidelines, so research what’s needed in your state.

You could hire a preschool director or manager to take care of this paperwork and process for you.

9. Become an Educational Consultant.

In the brief time I was director of a preschool, one of teachers’ biggest concerns was getting enough continuing education hours.

It was always a hassle trying to find hours that were eligible, and it was almost just as hard finding people who offered quality professional development sessions that were affordable.

It’s time for someone to fill that need!

You already have expertise in childcare, preschool curriculum, and child development. Why not leverage that knowledge and be a valuable resource to other preschools in your community?

Here’s the one downfall to starting a career as an educational consultant…

There’s no clear and direct path to becoming a preschool curriculum specialist or educational consultant for early childhood.

So you’ll be creating the path along the way (which really isn’t a bad thing in my opinion 😋).

If you’re interested in this option, check out this guide, written by an educator who has had great success as an educational consultant.

It’s a great starting point.

One thing I will say is that the more relevant credentials and degrees you have, the more marketable you’ll be.

And of course your years of experience working directly with preschool children, their families, and staff will speak volumes!

Go for it!

Wrapping Up

So now that you know how to make money as a preschool teacher, what are your next steps?

Choose one or two side hustles and get started.

The work won’t be easy (you already knew that of course 😋), but there’s real money to be made for sure!

I can’t wait to hear what you’ve decided to take on as a side hustle or potential business venture.

All the best to earning (and saving) more coins!

Got any other ways of earning more money as a preschool teacher?

Tell us about ’em!

Happy Hustling,




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