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Teaching online: Turning side hustle into a full-time gig

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jan 29, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — More and more kids are turning to online courses to learn -- from traditional classes to hobbies.

Now a valley woman is using the popularity of these out of school classes to earn extra money on her own schedule.

After two years, Tina Hugall turned her side hustle of teaching online into a full-time gig.

"The kids are absolutely amazing."

Working as a cashier, this was just her side hustle 2 years ago.

"And it kind of grew and grew."

Now the tables have turned.

She's teaching 27 classes and only handles registers on the side.

"I get to develop my own classes. I get to teach what I'm passionate about. And I get to set my own schedule."

Tina is one of many online instructors on Outschool -- an online platform offering live video classes for ages 3 to 18.

So how does it work?

"You design your first class. You design your syllabus, you describe what you're going to teach. You're pretty much creating a listing."

Instructors offer a wide variety of topics,

Tina, for example, teaches women's history and biographies.

But, you can also find classes for pet trick training, architecture with Minecraft and even wilderness survival skills.

Outschool selects those who have teaching experience or an expertise or passion they want to share with learners.

"They interview you. They walk through your history and kinda get to know you for your personality. What your experience is"

Instructors set prices per student.

Prices vary by topic and course length.

Classes typically start at $5.

Instructors must also pass a background check.

She has some advice though if you're looking to do the same.

"You're 100% on your own. Making sure that you're juggling your time wisely and making sure that you give yourself time for a break."