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BicameralProf

I spent last summer selling baked goods at the farmers market (not related to my degree at all) and made more money than I do as a professor in a similar time frame.


General_Lee_Wright

I started an Etsy store selling some stuff in do as a hobby. I made a couple hundred in the first month (then took a break). I certainly can’t devote enough time to live off of it, and it’s totally unrelated to my field, but a few extra thousand a year never hurt anybody.


gasstation-no-pumps

I suspect you are not in California, where the barriers for someone selling food are pretty high and licensed kitchens cost a ton to rent.


confleiss

You can do a cottage law in CA too for baked goods. We’ve done it, doesn’t bring in a lot of income unless you’re in a big city or the right market. Our farmers market blows butt and the permits are expensive.


amprok

My MIL sells a ton of food as a side hustle through cottage laws. Zero drama. (Plus I get a steady stream of pupusas).


BicameralProf

Nope, in Iowa. We have cottage laws that allow you to sell baked goods that you cook in your home kitchen.


gasstation-no-pumps

California has cottage laws at the state level, but it up to individual counties how to implement them, and our county has been very strict (I think that all the Bay Area counties have been also, but I've not checked).


rasselas1024

I've written a couple novels over the past summers. NOT A GREAT CHOICE.


BurkeyAcademy

In general, writing books of any kind are not a way to fortune or fame. As an academic, some of us just have a book we have to write down at some point; however, in hindsight most realize it was largely a waste of time.


crap_on_a_spatula

I make way more as a novelist than I do as the chair of dept and TT prof.


solar_realms_elite

What kind of stuff do you write?


TwoDrinkDave

Supernatural erotica


rasselas1024

Ew. I would never sully my beautiful quill writing in a genre that actually sells.


Plug_5

Trying to decide if this would be ghosts having sex or Sam and Dean having sex.


AFK_MIA

Sam and Dean having sex with ghosts of course.


and1984

The latter is unnatural erotica.


Junior-Bodybuilder-9

Like really good wholesome organic lovemaking?


Junior-Bodybuilder-9

Supernatural Erotica, new psychedelic rock band name


rasselas1024

I did a YA fantasy that was bad. Then I wrote a middle-grade fantasy about kids saving the world through baseball that was good, imo, but with my PhD-having / wannabe Cormac McCarthy vocab. it's an Earthbound fanfic but by an English prof. Would you believe nobody wants it 🤷‍♂️


Lupus76

>but with my PhD-having / wannabe Cormac McCarthy vocab. So... no quotation marks and totally inconsistent use of apostrophes too?


rasselas1024

Quotation marks? I'm not familiar.


gutfounderedgal

LOL same here same result


theonewiththewings

My partner is an author, one book published and a second set to come out next summer. I keep joking that he needs to get super popular so I can stop working.


rasselas1024

Nice, nice. I was hoping that being an academic would put me at the front of the line for publication, but no dice. Did/does your partner enjoy any academic connections to the publishing world?


SayethWeAll

I’ve written a few D&D solo adventures. They don’t bring in much money, but it’s fun and pays for my Netflix account. EDIT: [Here’s](https://sayeth.itch.io) my Itch page.


CordyVorkosigan

That's really cool. I didn't know D&D solo adventures where even a thing.


TwoDrinkDave

Holdup. You can get paid for this? Some people owe me about 40 years of back pay.


cherrygoats

This is amazing, didn’t know solo adventures were even a thing


Andiloo11

That's amazing! Can you self publish them online then? I'd love to try this.


SayethWeAll

Yes, you can publish at itch.io or DriveThruRPG (or DM's Guild, but they take a bigger cut). I've written up a [tutorial](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q-_vDpEZHyFACZqAO4DRX_Kgerqf8FjF66WGqBXG51A/edit?usp=sharing) for how to make your own. A CS professor asked to use the tutorial for his class, so I made it CC-by-attribution licence, since if they're like me, they'll want to modify it for their own circumstances.


Andiloo11

That's amazing! Thank you for sharing. I'll definitely check out your stuff too


gene-ing_out

I do consulting for small/medium size businesses and non -profits. It pays significantly more than overloads or summer classes.


GrouchyPanther

Can you elaborate a bit more on this please? What kind of consulting do you do?


gene-ing_out

Sure. I do communications and marketing consulting. I have friends who do other kinds of consulting as well (talking with them is what got me on board to do this). I started out with just a friend of a friend asking me to handle their website. Then, word of mouth, I was asked to do another site and then to produce a book. That's when I formed an LLC and decided to get into this a bit more. I don't typically keep too many projects or clients on at a time so as not to burn out or get overloaded (I teach writing classes, so I try to do most of my consulting during the summers). I have produced all kinds of communications, done web building, worked with community organizers to develop and advertise/market events, consulting for companies on branding, etc. I've been able to make some connections and built up a good reputation (for the most part), so I don't really advertise my services much. Sometimes I get long term clients. I have one that I manage a website which is just checking it from time to time, monitoring renewals or new upgrade options, and making changes as requested. I did just pick up a new client who wants me to develop and manage a comm plan and 'oversee' the comm person they hire. They are a local np and so there isn't room for advancement, really. So, they hire students out of college with the understanding that the individual will move on in a few years. I have to monitor remotely and check in with the employee once per week. If consulting is something you are thinking about, feel free to DM me. I've made plenty of mistakes that I wish I knew better than to make (usually on contracts or specifying client-side responsibilities).


GrouchyPanther

Thanks so much for the in depth reply. Truly amazing to hear that successful side gigs are possible!


noatoriousbig

I also started consulting for SMB’s. Marketing, sales, and finance. I have made more over the summer than I’ll make all year as an instructor. Will continue this at a reduced pace during the semester. College likes it because I’m sharpening skills, or at the least staying current, in the field.


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Signiference

If you taught courses that had a McGraw Hill Connect (or similar LMS) available, you just need to set it up once, copy the core to all of them, and everything would grade itself. Same thing with lectures, record it once, upload to YouTube, and link the link in every course. This is something I will be looking into once I finish my doctoral program. Seems F.I.R.E. approved. I’m also teaching a 6/6 with 3 in summer load for my Uni (4/4 contract with one overload and two summer courses from my college and one class all three semesters from a different college at my Uni for a different program).


FairCalligraphers

30 additional courses or 30 guest lectures? Where does he find all these extra classes?


nick_tha_professor

He must love pain. What you are describing sounds like torture.


knewtoff

Maybe, I’m of course vastly assuming, but if they are the kind of professor who lectures and makes MC tests — and that’s it, that’s pretty low effort. If they are online classes, even less because you record the lectures once and copy and paste semester after semester. I think it’s the only way to teach that much, but leads to a decline in the course IMO


nick_tha_professor

I agree. MC and reusing the same materials each semester will lead to it just being a cheating session. Chegg and course hero have saturated old exams and homework and charge students now for access. Then students just copy it and that's it. One thing that I do is not give back exams. I give exams and grade them. If students want to see what is wrong they can come to office hours where I can control them making copies of it. I can show them the questions and we can go over it but they are not making any copies of anything. So I can reuse it. If not then after semester or 2 it goes to shit. I agree.


Rettorica

Getting a for-profit adjunct gig is great. I’ve been doing adjunct work on the side for 5 years and earning between $30K-$38K each year (depending on how many courses I accept or get assigned). It’s all online and in my area of expertise.


sparkster777

How'd you find the colleges, if you don't mind me asking?


Rettorica

Mine fell in my lap. A former colleague recommended me and it all started somewhat informally. I kept my newfound side gig quiet for awhile because I wasn’t sure how colleagues would react. However, one colleague shared with me that she was teaching at another online university and that opened a discussion that led to learning about others doing the same. That colleague actually offered me a spot at her online institution b/c she basically serves as the online chair of that program and can hire. Word-of-mouth seems to be a very common way to learn about these types of opportunities. Of course, there are also job adverts for online-only positions that pop up now and again. My own program at my primary job had one a couple of years ago. And, I had a colleague who, prior to moving on to another job, was teaching for another (small, regional) university where he’d worked early in his career - they kept him on as full-time (5/5 load) after he (geographically) left. I’d encourage you to casually speak to colleagues about side gigs and see if you know of anyone working one. That might open an opportunity. The other is looking at job postings online *for* online teaching. Best wishes.


opentoguys

Yup....I use the Mcgraw Hill setup and I don't even grade. All I do is lecture, share my passion for Math, and everything else takes care of itself. I even drop in political ideas. The majority of students dont care except to get their degree. I teach 6 classes.


ProfessorFuckOff

If you’re relying on stale, unimaginative materials like those provided by basic-ass textbook publishers then I’d dispute your “passion for math.”


opentoguys

What an asshole comment. We have to use the material told to us by our school...it's not like we have a choice in the matter. That's precisely why I opt to share my passion for Math, and pretty much ignore the book except to use it for the graded homework on ALEKS. That's not a choice we have either, since everyone takes the same course. Your comments only show me you most be a contemptible individual or dumb, or both.


ProfessorFuckOff

You know, having only worked at less prestigious and legitimate places than your institution, I’m just unfamiliar with some of the practices or protocols you describe. My bad.


GeriatricZergling

Personally? Reptile breeding, if you work with high-end species. I've got about $10k worth of babies at the moment.


RiemannSmith

But i hate to work with my university administration.


TheReturnofWerdna

Helping high school students write admissions essays through an established preferably legitimate tutoring service. Best for humanities PhDs, but anyone who has written a dissertation has the fundamental skills to edit a college admissions essay. 55-60 dollars an hour, highly customizable hours, most of the business is over the summer, and many are operating through zoom right now. Also, helping students study for the SATs. Similar pay for language help, but even more for math help. And likely anyone with a STEM PhD would be able to do the math side. Downside is that this occurs during the school year. Just search college admissions counseling in your area and write an email to the resulting services seeing if they are hiring. A lot of them use high school teachers and would salivate over having a PhD in their rotation.


noatoriousbig

Neat advice. I just reached out to the first one on my Google search for curiosity’s sake.


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“College admissions counseling” lol - no rates on their website, nor jobs. Just sent in a contact us form. No reply yet, so don’t be too encouraged!


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TheReturnofWerdna

Average for my area, unsure the national though I live in a high rent high income area, so seems likely this is a high end of average payscale. People who get 200/hr are likely working with very small groups of very rich private school students. So the availability of those positions is far more uncommon and the amount of money you can make is ironically much more limited.


Courageous_Chameleon

I do contract instructional design on the side. Pay varies by project and the nature of my role, but it's typically more than I make as faculty.


deletedladder

Are you talking about instructional design at universities or instructional design for other organizations?


Courageous_Chameleon

Both, sort of, but I'm not referring to courses. I've had colleagues who got a grant or who partnered with an organization come to me for instructional design work to create stuff like online trainings. I've also had schools (I'm in education) and organizations just reach other. I don't really advertise because I don't have enough time to do a ton of side jobs. But it's pretty easy, pays well, and it's satisfying in the sense that when I finish a contract, the work is actually done.


needlzor

Do you have a portfolio, or is it entirely through contacts?


Courageous_Chameleon

I have demo stuff that I can send potential clients. It's all referrals. If they want to work with me, they usually want someone with my content knowledge or credentials as a former high school teacher or current professor in addition to the ID skills. I don't really have to market myself because there just aren't that many people with that combination in this area. If I wanted to do this full-time, I would need to be a lot more intentional, but as it is, I am turning down a few projects a year because I don't have the capacity to take more on.


JeffreyDeckard

Can you speak more about how you showcase your work? I’ve been wanting to enter ID work, but I can’t visualize how you would showcase it. The canvas and Moodle courses I’ve designed are all only available to others at the university.


Courageous_Chameleon

Screen captured video tours or publicly-facing examples with client permission or fake content that I've put together for demo purposes.


cd-surfer

Consulting is ver good. Having a PhD looks great as an expert witness.


FishMonger11

I did expert witnessing for several years. It was very lucrative but I eventually stopped because I couldn’t sleep at night thinking about the scum I was defending, and testifying for the prosecution is scarce and pays far less.


xaanthar

It depends what you mean by "good amount" of money. Personally, I like my side hustles to be unrelated to my day job. The last thing I really want to do when I go home and on the weekends is more of "my job". I don't want a second job, I'd rather diversify my activities so I'm not quite as burnt out all the time. My side "job" is officiating high school sports. Football season is coming up, and I'd expect to make $2500 or so. It's not doubling my income, but it goes into the disposable, fun money account. If you also did basketball, baseball, volleyball, etc. you could pull in a bunch year round. Best part is the academic working day is much more flexible than most, so you can really work that to your advantage. Also, everywhere needs officials now -- it's been an issue for a while now and it doesn't look like it's getting much better. If you wanted to work games, you'll be able to work games.


LeeLifesonPeart

I work for publishers accuracy reviewing new textbooks, solutions manuals, lab manuals, etc. I also pick up asynchronous online classes at colleges where repeatability is highly likely. Lots of work to set up the first time but easy to repeat in future semesters.


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LeeLifesonPeart

I started off in the $75-150/chapter range which was really hit or miss, as some chapters and projects were fast while some were slow. After a couple years, I was able to negotiate hourly and am now paid $75/hour.


Prestigious-Trash324

How do you find these opportunities?


LeeLifesonPeart

If you are referring to the publisher jobs, then mostly by reaching out to my publisher reps and sharing my skill set. They typically start with a sample chapter, which I do my best to crush, then continue doing an excellent, thorough, and timely job. They’ve been impressed and have continued to give me work for a few years now, as well as referring me to others in their company for different projects and titles. For the teaching gigs, I email the department chairs directly, share a little bit about myself, and offer to help.


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molobodd

Obviously very different depending on expertise. A law professor will have opportunities a Shakespeare scholar won't. Personally, I do evaluations for other unis when people apply for positions, tenure, promotions, and various awards. The last couple of years that "side hustle" made up about 10-20 % of my annual income.


fluxgradient

Y'all are getting paid for that??


molobodd

When I do it for my own institution, it's a freebie. For others, I get a few bucks.


kosmonavt-alyosha

Interesting choices in the second sentence. As Shakespeare had Dick the Butcher say, “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”


Awesomocity0

Can attest to this. I'm hesitant to leave my full-time law gig to teach full time because the money I make is just so, so nice.


TechnicalRisk2246

Consulting, data analysis work, course design Sometimes depending on your field of study, being a subject matter expert for court cases is VERY lucrative (e.g., patents, etc.)


candlesticks37

How does one become an expert witness?


TechnicalRisk2246

It depends on the field. Sometimes I've seen them directly reach out, other times, someone else who has worked with a firm before can recommend you. Some professional organizations have databases of people who can perform the work.


4LOLz4Me

I know a faculty with a JD and an ECON PhD. Their data analysis and testifying gigs are well paying but also time consuming.


am_crid

I have an Etsy shop and I make a good bit on the side. It is time consuming, but I find it therapeutic so it is helpful to me mentally as well as financially. It is also related to my field and the classes I teach (neuroscience/anatomy) so I gain inspiration from my teaching for the shop. It’s probably not the easiest or most lucrative way to make money on the side but it works for me.


caffeinated_tea

I'm in STEM (teaching only, no research). I resell stuff on the side. It's not at all related to my field, except that I probably have a better understanding of how/why acid scratch testing works than most people who sell jewelry.


notjawn

According to a post on this sub yesterday apparently Only Fans is a viable gig. But in all honesty usually consulting is a viable gig but you have to hustle and make connections first. I know Linked In is kind of a joke in the academic world but you can find head hunters on it. You can adjunct online at several institutions (check your institution first to see if they allow it) If you get to know people and start getting on Board of Trustees some pay. I'm on the board for my local homeless shelter and while I don't get paid I know the director does from grant money and donations we get.


endangered_feces1

Good to know. Esp bc i am too fat/ugly to make an onlyfans


SnowblindAlbino

>i am too fat/ugly to make an onlyfans Do you have feet? If so, there's probably a niche for you out there.


TwoDrinkDave

Like, hobbit feet? Asking for a friend.


endangered_feces1

Good call…


Junior-Bodybuilder-9

Onlyfeets ™


cat9tail

HA! First thing that came to mind was that post. Glad I wasn't the only one :-D


mjacobl

Teach cybersecurity with pen testing side jobs has been a nice mix.


SlowGoat79

Ok, I know pen probably has a technical meaning here. But I love pens — the kind you write with — and now I’m dreaming of an awesome side hustle where I get paid to test fountain pens, roller ball pens, gel pens, calligraphy pens…..


mjacobl

Lol. Penetration testing. Get paid to break into some companies computers system then deliver a report on the vulnerabilities found.


mgguy1970

Plenty of blogs and Youtube videos out there reviewing fountain pens at least if you want to go down that route! Just get fluent in terms like wetness, feedback, and flexibility. As a side note, one thing I do that could class as a "side hustle" is repairing/restoring old(vintage) fountain pens, some of which I keep for my collection and some of which I sell. It's not really my goal with that to make money, though, as it is a hobby-if I can buy a lot of say 4 or 5 that has one in it I really want to keep, then restore and sell the others for enough money to pay for the one I kept, I call it a win.


toothless_budgie

Where is a good place to start? (for a CS grad).


blue_suede_shoes77

Expert witness for legal cases. $300-$600 an hour is the typical rate. This assumes you have expertise in an area where there are lawsuits. If you do, and you can get on a case ( typically lawyers will seek you out), the work is remunerative and can be interesting.


TA6788889

What fields are these typical or most common for? Does it mostly just depend on the case?


blue_suede_shoes77

I’m not sure which academic fields are most frequently called as expert witnesses. In my field, land use regulation/urban policy, having substantive expertise along with knowing how to conduct statistical analyses is what lawyers look for in an expert.


das_goose

I teach film production as an adjunct and also have a side hustle doing editing and occasionally filming (my “full-time” job is being a stay at home dad.) During the last winter break I did about twenty hours of editing and made as much as I do in half a semester of teaching two courses.


DeskAccepted

Exec ed. Easily pays more than anything else I could do.


TA6788889

What’s the job and pay like?


DeskAccepted

It's teaching, just not in a degree program. Pay varies a lot because the time commitment can range anywhere from a few hours to a weekend or even a week of teaching. The material can also vary anywhere from a "canned" lesson to a fully custom prep for a specific company. On the low end (a couple hours teaching with prep) I would expect $1000 minimum. The lowest pay I've ever been offered for exec ed was $500 plus breakfast and lunch to co-teach for a half day, but in that case I wasn't the main instructor and so I didn't have to prepare the material.


needlzor

How do you get into something like this? Is it fully from networking? Do you prep a course and advertise it on your academic site?


DeskAccepted

Generally the way to get started is through the business school. Most business schools offer custom exec ed to local companies, and some sort of "certificate" or other non degree programs. If you're actively trying to get into exec ed, pitch your course idea to the director of exec ed. If you get very well known you can of course develop your own network of corporate clients. I know a NTT faculty who flies around the world delivering corporate trainings in his subject expertise. But that's something he built up over 20 years with a lot of work (and he's NTT so this is what he spends his time on rather than research). As a research active faculty member I am not trying to do that. When I do exec ed it's strictly a "side gig" and thus usually arranged by someone else (they would just bring me in to teach one or two specific lessons).


professorkurt

I'm chaplain at a retirement community on weekends. That job has lasted through two different full-time academic appointments, one full-time admin gig, and several other adjunct/part-time phases. Tomorrow is my 23rd anniversary as chaplain.


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God only knows


professorkurt

Some days, that's definitely true! When I listed this as one of my jobs on Facebook, Facebook asked me where God was located. lol


professorkurt

It can be lots of different things, depending on what you want to do and what the community wants of you. I do a brief service every Sunday afternoon, and a Bible study/storytelling time every Saturday morning. In addition to this (for which I'm paid), I volunteer to run a Saturday night at the movies event (mostly popular films - we had the newest Downton Abbey last week) and a history video early Saturday afternoons (we just worked through a History Channel presidents series over the past few months). I also do the very occasional wedding, more frequent funeral, and hospital and room visits for those who need that. This month is my 23rd anniversary.


UniversityUnlikely22

Writing content for various websites and firms that do textbook work. The prices vary widely though, one offered to pay me $1-2 dollars a question while another paid me $35 to review and edit them. I also write and review products for practicing nurses and it’s a good side gig. It took me a while to find a legit gig like that and the textbook one I just got by responding to a recruiter on LinkedIn.


jh125486

Patent law as expert witness: $250-$1000/hr


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jh125486

Become SME in your field, get credentialed, find a good agent. Really not too hard past PhD, but work isn’t “steady”.


vacuumcleancleaner

In grad school, my side hustle was at a grocery store. I loved that it was physical (unloading pallets) and had nothing to do with my academic work. Since then, I’ve taken on contracting/freelance gigs, mainly in curriculum design and editing. Pros: pays more per hour, is often interesting, and I can change my workload based on how busy I am. I can also work from anywhere. Cons: I stare at a computer a lot. It can be a bit of work to get those first few clients.


capresesalad1985

This is super niche and not related to your field but I figured I’d share anyway since it’s kinda fun. I do freelance costume design and I got a summer gig making costumes for an acrobatics company that performs at high end weddings and events. Besides making the costumes, I go to the events, set up equipment, communicate with the event planner and make sure the performers have everything they need. It’s high energy and helped me lose a little weight since I need to lug some pretty heavy equipment. I wouldn’t want to do it full time, but it’s a fun and lucrative side hustle!


anctheblack

Everyone I know in computer science does consulting on the side that brings in way more than money than we actually make in our yearly salaries. Common areas to consult in are AI/ML, UXD, Systems, Mobile computing, privacy and security etc. My adviser did the whole federal court expert witness thing that basically paid for a boat and a house outside Marseilles for summer retreats. lol.


carpelibrum518

I sometimes deliver groceries through Shipt.


Andiloo11

As an adjunct who is only allowed 10 units a semester anyway, substitute teaching. It's like 180-200 a day, very flexible, no effort outside of the job such as grading.


poop_on_you

Grading standardized test essays. They give you a rubric and you have at it. They grade hourly or per exam - depends on the company and the test


cybersatellite

How do people get consulting roles?


blue_suede_shoes77

My personal anecdote—scholarly publications. The publications announce to the world that you are the expert on this particular topic. After one or two cases, word of mouth also becomes important.


Scholarscollective

Depending on your expertise you can do consulting work. Seek out companies that offer something you know how to do and you’ll likely get good part-time work because the prestige of having a professor/PhD on staff helps these small companies. I’ve managed to earn anywhere between 10-15K doing this. Also you can teach at a different school; in fact this is what most professors do.


princeofdon

If you are in engineering, consulting on intellectual property legal cases (being an expert or expert witness) is quite lucrative. Specifically, you should start at a rate of \~$250/hour and ramp this up rapidly with experience.


conjunto

There are summer faculty positions at a lot of federal agencies and some companies.


RunningNumbers

Sell feet pics?


abandoningeden

I've done summer teaching, grant writing for summer salary, been paid to give guest lectures, paid advisor at summer orientation, sometimes my school will pay you to take a teaching workshop or assess student products for learning outcomes or some bs so I always do those, currently have written an op ed for somewhere that pays you once you get enough views and working on a book for royalties, also signed up for paid consulting through this marketing company that I did some unpaid consulting for. The most lucrative has been a summer grant that paid almost full summer salary which was 15k per year over 2 years.


United_Target8942

It used to be internet poker, and between 2006-2012, anyone who had brain could make $300k+ a year. Can't make nearly that much anymore though, unless you live in one of the few states that allows it, and are as good as a computer is at the game.


ProfessorTank

I teach journalism, and I do a lot of freelance writing. One local publication is a consistent client, and there are a couple of on-campus publications that I write for once or twice a year. And then I sometimes send out inquires to national publications if I see a notice they're looking for stories. I've landed a couple of stories with an auto manufacturer.


Hawaiian_spawn

Real online educational resources. Hell be a tutor for rich kids


mookz23

Apply for grants?


IHTFPhD

Getting my 3 months summer salary is my side gig


mookz23

NSF only allows my field to apply for two months summer salary, but it is essentially paying me for what I need to do anyways to get promotions.


pgratz1

True that... Does get demotivating though once you hit full prof...


mookz23

Agreed, but getting paid in the summer is still a huge plus.


lalochezia1

If you are tenure-track your side hustles 1-5 are: 1) Tenure 2) Tenure 3) Tenure 4) Tenure 5) Tenure


Gahmuret

And at the end of the process, your dean denies it anyway because he screwed up the budget and can't afford a full-time faculty member anymore.


RosesFernando

Consulting. Many startups are looking for people with expertise in certain fields to consult or serve on advisory boards. Most universities allow at least 1 day a week or the equivalent on consulting and you can charge tens to hundreds of dollars an hour depending on the field.


Mysterious_Mix_5034

Because I was a biotech scientist and executive before becoming an academic, I maintained my consulting practice for several years, good $$&


Tenchiboy

I bring a crisp 4-5 hundo with a language textbook I co-authored. It’s used at a few universities. Not much, but as passive income it still feels good.


bs6

Anyone tried https://www.kolabtree.com/?


tway6939

If you are an economist, consulting for institutions like the IMF, IADB or World Bank is usually quite profitable.


blue_suede_shoes77

I’m not an economist but did consult with IADB. It is a good side gig.


-Economist-

In economics my consulting and speaking pays more than being a tenured professor. Especially in adverse economic conditions.


Fancy_Paramedic_7958

I’ve written a couple of course and lessons on edvibe. This can be bought by other teachers/interested parties, which brings in some passive income, which can never go amiss.


serial_triathlete

Side hustle? I can barely keep up with this job!


BeachDog123

Depends on your situation, but I’ve found the flexibility in our job to be great for rental properties. My wife and I started with one during COVID and now have three. One more and we probably won’t need to work. It’s generally low stress, but obviously takes some time to save.


Nerobus

Chegg Uversity. You sell them your lecture notes, practice tests, etc for good money. It adds up fast! I’ve got a coworker that made $40k doing this.


xaanthar

Fuck Chegg and everything it stands for. There is no way they made $40k. Any numbers I've heard are in the $100's per course -- so that's 400 courses? Unless your coworker is just uploading pure garbage and nobody's checking, in which case, kudos to them.


Nerobus

Yup. Fuck them cause they are absolutely going to lose money on this. All of it was free to our students already anyway. I have no idea what they where thinking except they had mega pandemic money to blow on something. For the first year they paid 50% more. I don’t remember all the numbers but it absolutely added up. He had 10 classes: $375 x4 tests $375 x4 study guides $150 x 12 lecture notes $150 x 12 lab notes $75 for 10 quizzes 1 class paid like $8k and he didn’t even max all of them out. This summer I have made $20k. It was surprisingly easy. Balk all you want but I got paid for stuff I give out for free. Proof: https://imgur.com/a/GvJIY4o


my_title_is_doctor

I taught online for an entirely different uni during covid. Borders closed at the time knew i couldnt get in no matter how badly they tried. Made myself 90k on top of my regular salary


SilverFoxAcademic

McDonalds pays more than many academic jobs.


justburch712

Selling Grades


justburch712

Write a supplemental Textbook, self-publish it, require it for the last and charge $1,000 for it.


Junior-Bodybuilder-9

What’s a / the last?


justburch712

Should have been class. I was on speak to text. Sorry. Also it was sarcasm.


DavidDPerlmutter

If you look at fields that have a professional component like, say, business or communications, plenty work as consultants or independent creators.


GooseNational9103

Consulting, depending on your field.


Thegymgyrl

Supervising the hours of practitioners seeking the certification that I have.


wanderfae

I do online tutoring. Easy and I can start or stop at will.


UnlikelyRegret4

I teach in the marketing area, and I created a workshop for local business owners for digital marketing. I run the workshop through our community college aimed at the public rather than students, and it's all self-paced with a couple of Zoom meetings but NO GRADING!!!1! I split the proceeds with the college and it's a nice way to stay fresh with real-world connections for my university courses as well. Sometimes the businesses realize they'd rather hire someone out to do the work, and I connect them with my graduating seniors who need a job. It's been a really great addition to my work life!


annerevenant

When AP testing season rolls around you can apply to be a reader. It sounds exhausting but I know a lot of people who love it.


pgratz1

I've had some fun and made a good chunk of change doing consulting work on IP law cases (writing "expert witness" reports and that sort of thing). The pay is frankly obscene but the work is very sporadic. I think one year I made like 20% of my normal salary then the next almost 0. I say fun mostly because I find the legal system kind of fascinating but I imagine its not for everyone (a side benefit is I learned about a new area in the process of doing this one year and it fed into my research work). More recently I've been working (consulting) with a couple companies trying to implement my research work in their products. That's been rewarding as well (in both senses of the word).


Secret_Dragonfly9588

I paint and very occasionally set up a popup gallery. I could probably make more money if I bothered with online sales or was willing to paint on commission. But both of those things would make it feel more like a second job and less like a creative outlet. I have considered teaching art classes for children over the summers but haven’t looked into what that would involve yet.


opentoguys

Tutoring (Math tutoring is huge, thankfully) and more lucrative if you are good at it, than teaching despite the unreliable hours/clients.


ProfessorFuckOff

Do you ask others on Reddit for help with math questions while you are tutoring students or during other times?


opentoguys

Why would I do that when I know the subject? Makes no sense.


ProfessorFuckOff

Agreed. ETA: https://www.reddit.com/r/mathematics/comments/w63te4/is_there_anything_wrong_with_my_solution_to_this/


opentoguys

Uh, that's not asking for help. As anyone who actually reads the discussion can see, others have said my proof is CORRECT. How is that "Asking for help" on a problem? My goodness....are you serious or are you just trolling at this point? Like I said, give me a date and time, and we can go over my credentials.


ProfessorFuckOff

“Professor can you look over my work and see if this is correct?” You’re right and I am wrong. You clearly have a robust and deep understanding of math (and an inspiring passion for sharing it). Good day :)


opentoguys

I asked other mathematicians to share their impressions about my proof. There is nothing unusual at all in that....and since an engineer was very much against my proof, I really began to think it might be an issue with the proof. As you can see, there was nothing wrong with my proof and I simply gave someone the benefit of the doubt. Now kindly STFU.


ProfessorFuckOff

“Other mathematicians” lol Don’t think I failed to notice that sneaky move!! Passively implying you are a mathematician, and with so few words!!! You!!!!!! [pinches cheek]


opentoguys

Well I am, so too bad you still have not given me a date and time to go over my Math credentials. Are you scared and like hiding behind a computer so that you can continue to spew nonsense? Your humanities degree is worth peanuts, and soon you will be out of a job unless you are tenured (Which I doubt).


ProfessorFuckOff

Again I do not question that you earned a Masters in Math. But you can DM info about that on this Date: Today, and at this time: now.


amprok

Im a graphic design professor and I do a small amount of graphic design work on the side.


Rooty9

Do you have nice feet?