Catastrophic. Usually, that word is reserved for floods, wildfires, and earthquakes. Now, it’s the only way to describe our nation’s teacher shortage. The post-pandemic economy and classroom are, well, different. Teachers learned a lot while working remotely. They experienced a lot when they returned to unsafe conditions. Now they are quickly opting for their scheduled and even early retirement. They are also leaving the profession for jobs that have healthier environments and better pay.  

There’s a lot to unpack in the Post article, but we want to focus on one piece this week, and that’s teacher pay. Not pay, income. Teacher pay is a state and district battle. But for income, we have some valuable leads for you. It’s work that can reflect your true talents and interests and provide you with the extra income that allows you to live comfortably with your teacher pay and remain in the classroom.

We are talking about the gig economy. It’s a large market where people earn money from on-demand, short-term projects. Gen Zs and Millenials know gig work, a term borrowed from musicians and other performers. In fact, four in ten Americans engage in some form of gig work, the highest is among Millenials, in part due to student debt. 

Educators are well suited for gig work. They have a subject-area expertise, understand the nature of projects through PBL, and often take on leadership roles at the school or central office. Our friends in the tech and business world can follow the same processes you see here.

Here are some of Setser Group’s favorite gigs. 

Ed-tech Jobs

Use your skills for an ed-tech company.

See Jeff Patterson's list here. Jeff updates this list regularly. 

Remote Jobs

Use your expertise. Apply to be a virtual assessor, designer, or reviewer.

Machine Learning

Use your expertise to inform AI and Machine Learning design with your skills.

Simulation Work

Companies like Mursion create simulations and need teacher expertise. 

Sell Your Expertise

Teachers are using PatreonEtsy, and YouTube to sell their expertise.

They are not just selling to other teachers or students, but to anyone who wants to learn.

Work for a micro-school like Great Hearts

Use Your Voice

Platforms like or hire teachers regularly for voice-over work.


Where do you find gig work? We have two obvious places to start, but both have features that many people do not know about. This approach works for k12, higher education, and the workforce in general. 


We use LinkedIn for so many reasons other than job seeking, which is its primary function. It’s like forgetting our smartphone has a phone feature. Likewise, there are a few job search strategies that users might not be aware of on LinkedIn. First, let recruiters know you are open to work (see screenshot below).

Click the Get started link, and LinkedIn will take you through the set-up steps. That will bring recruiters to you.

Now, let’s go find work on LinkedIn.

To find remote gigs, click on the Jobs icon at the top of your LinkedIn page. Then do the following:

  • Search: In the search field, enter your expertise, like “science teacher” or “art instruction.”
  • Location: United States - keep it broad because we are going to look for remote jobs.
  • Then click enter. Now you will see some filters.
  • For Job Type, choose part-time, contract, and temporary if you’re seeking gig work.
  • For Onsite/Remote, choose remote. 

LinkedIn will generate a great list of available remote jobs in your area of expertise.


Indeed and LinkedIn have different functions. LinkedIn is built as an employment-related social network, while Indeed is a metasearch engine for job listings. Indeed is a great platform to find gig work based on your interests and expertise. In the job search feature, enter the type of work you’re looking for in the What field and enter “remote” into the Where field. 

Gig Work Apps

Are there apps for gig work? We think this gig worker’s phone answers that.


Speaking of opportunity and career advancement, let’s give a big shoutout to Morgan State University’s partnership with Amazon’s Career Choice program, which now allows Amazon hourly employees located throughout Maryland and neighboring states to select Morgan as a destination to pursue a degree or learn new skills, with pre-paid tuition covered by Amazon. Morgan State is one of three Maryland universities to be designated an Amazon Career Choice institution and the first 4-year HBCU in the program’s network.

Want to share Setser Group on social media?

The gig economy is here. See how you can leverage it here:


#GigWork #GigEconomy #Innovation #SetserGroup #Setsernation

Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin  Instagram