Working beyond regular teaching hours

Teaching is more than a noble profession. It is a vocation, a calling. And after working long hours some teachers are still eager to take on additional job to earn some extra money. But when and how?

What’s teachers’ typical working day like?

Scenario 1

The working day starts in the morning. The teacher is in work (e.g. school, university) from 7:30am – 6:00 pm, having lessons, doing paperwork, marking homework and tests, preparing for the lessons next day.  

Scenario 2

The working day of the teacher, who works at language school or as a private tutor, starts after lunch with getting ready for lessons. The first lesson is in the evening or the afternoon at best. They often have to work at the weekends as well.

How can a teacher make extra money?

Start private tutoring? Accept more new students. But when? Just think about it for a second: when are people in your town/city available for the lessons?  

Scenario 1

The teacher can conduct private lessons straight after work or in the evening. It is quiet easy to find students available to study in the evening.  

Scenario 2

Late evening after the full-time job or early morning before it, at the weekends.

When I just started teaching I finished working late evening, sometimes even at 11pm. There was a time when I had to work without weekends as some of my students couldn’t have lesson during the week, only at the weekends. There was a time when my working day began at 9 am and finished after 9 pm, but, of course, I had gaps in the afternoon, which, to be honest, were useless as it took about two hours (almost the whole break) to commute from work to home. Sounds familiar? After a few years like this I just wanted to be a usual person working until 5 pm and having evening just for myself. That’s how I started teaching online.

The virtual teaching business is booming. For teachers, this means that there are increasing opportunities to teach beyond the traditional classroom setting, outside of their regular workday. Teaching online is a fun way for teachers to earn extra money while doing what they do best, all from the comfort of their home.

When you teach online you can:

  • Gain more control and flexibility for your schedule.
  • Find students overseas. Due to the time zones differences, you can pick your own hours which are still convenient for your students. I have a student from the USA, she can study only late evening (at 11pm!!!), we start a lesson at my 10 am. That time works perfectly for both of us. Also, I have a students from China (by the way, it turned out to be a great opportunity to practise my Chinese and Skyeng is currently looking for more teachers speaking both English and Chinese), he has some spare time for studying only in the evening, at my place it is afternoon. That’s exactly what I need – to work in the morning and afternoon. Moreover, you can learn more about other cultures from you students, at Skyeng we have students from all over the world!
  • Working at Skyeng I also save a lot of time on preparing to the lessons as all lesson materials are provided and the homework of students is marked automatically by the platform.  


Do you want to earn some extra money but can’t teach the hours students are available at your area?
Start teaching online! That’s a perfect solution!


Мария Цедрик

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