Side Hustle Spotlight: Educational Printables

Blog | January 26th, 2023

Between planning, grading, and classroom time, teachers work long hours. They're always on the lookout for lesson ideas and materials that can reduce their planning time while still meeting their benchmarks and giving their students a high-quality learning experience.

If you have a background in education and a knack for coming up with great teaching ideas, then the side hustle of creating educational printables may be a lucrative venture. Read on to learn more!

How To Get Started

To get started, you'll need to decide what types of educational printables you want to make. While you can make a little bit of everything, you'll be more likely to be successful if you choose a niche. If you are an elementary teacher, you may focus on one subject or even a particular grade.

If you teach middle or high school, you'll probably want to focus on one subject. Some teachers niche down even more, such as English teachers who create literary guides for books.

Once you've got your niche, create a list of ideas for printables. You may want to do a series of printables that you can sell separately and as a bundle to earn even more. Create several before you start to sell.

Training, Certification, and Permits

Almost anyone can benefit from creating educational printables. However, this side hustle is best suited to those in the education field. Teachers and curriculum developers likely already create these sorts of printables and can leverage those skills for a side hustle. 

Additionally, being a teacher or having a background in education will make you seem more authentic to customers. You'll also be better able to create the types of materials people want to buy.

College students studying for an education degree can also do well creating educational printables. 

Remember that the materials you create may not belong to you as a teacher or a student. Read over your school's policies before attempting to sell anything you created for a class or your job.

Aesthetically pleasing printables sell better, so if you're trained to use a program like Canva or Adobe Spark, you'll be able to create more compelling designs.

Job Opportunities

There are two many ways for you to sell educational printables. You can sign up with an established website like Teachers Pay Teachers. You'll list your items for sale. You'll earn a percentage every time an item sells.

You can also run your own website where people can make purchases. You'll get to keep all of your money, but it may take a while before people find your products.

Expected Returns

Sellers can do quite well with educational printables. Some sellers have made over $2 million. While that isn't the norm, many sellers earn a healthy side income of $1,000 or more a month.

Wrap Up

The more educational printables you make, the better your potential to earn. Pay attention to what's selling to see what type of printables will help you increase your income. As you grow, you can create even more digital products to market.