Husband-and-wife team Brenton and Hazel Borges are among the thousands of Aussies making extra money through side hustles as the cost of living soars.
The two 27-year-old teachers have managed to repurpose their skills in education and are now making $1,000 a month by creating lesson plans and other resources to help other busy teachers.
The pair are not the only Aussies looking for extra sources of income.
As many as one-third of Australians have considered a second job in response to rising inflation, according to a survey by freelancing website Fiverr, with as many as 12 of the 1,000 participants already juggling a second job.
The duo stumbled across the teaching resources idea during COVID, when schools shut down across Victoria for months at a time.
They were soon making lesson plans, worksheets, posters, printables, unit outlines, workbooks and other classroom displays for teachers, parents and students.
Demand for these resources continued after COVID, with the pair discovering the service wasn’t common in the industry.
The work varies, with teachers typically approaching the pair with a concept in mind for a lesson plan or worksheet.
One worksheet can take more than five hours to create, so can be very useful for time-strapped teachers.
The pair spend about 10 hours a week providing their services via Fiverr, although the projects vary.
“Some clients want us to do 60 lesson plans with a worksheet each,” Brenton said. “That takes weeks.
“Other times, clients just want a lesson plan and worksheet, which can take us one day.”
While the pair aren’t saving for anything in particular, having another source of income allows them to live comfortably as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies.
“It helps us achieve our goals quicker - whether that be having some side money for a holiday, or some extra cash for renovations, or possible deposits for another property,” Brenton said.