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Why substitute teaching is the future of gig work

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When it comes to working, more and more people are motivated by increased flexibility and a work-life balance. As a result, people are opting into the gig economy, where they can work jobs that offer temporary, flexible, or project-based roles that allow for the autonomy to choose when, where, and how much they work.

With the freedom to accept or decline assignments at countless schools and districts, substitute teaching epitomizes the essence of gig work.

Maximize your skills

Substitute teaching allows you to gain valuable experience that can be used both in and out of the classroom. By working in various educational settings, substitutes develop adaptability, versatility, and problem-solving skills. The exposure to different age groups, subjects, and teaching styles will help you succeed in the classroom, as well as molding you into a well-rounded and adaptable participant in the gig economy.

Job stability

Schools always need reliable substitute teachers. Unlike other gig work, which can be dependent on fluctuating demand, you’ll have consistent opportunities to work. Additionally, many schools offer long-term or permanent substitute positions, giving you the chance to establish yourself in a specific school community and build lasting relationships.

Networking opportunities

Like many gig jobs, substitute teaching offers ample opportunities to create new relationships and expand professional connections. By working alongside teachers, administrators, and school staff, substitutes build relationships that can lead to future job opportunities. In order to succeed in the gig economy, strong connections are crucial to continuous work and success.


With freedom to choose when, where, and how much you work, substitute teaching offers unbeatable flexibility. As a result, you are simultaneously able to pursue other gig jobs (like freelance writing, graphic design, or ride sharing!) The ability to balance multiple gigs allows individuals to diversify their income, accommodate personal commitments, and achieve work-life balance.

If you value flexibility and autonomy in a career, but aren’t too keen on the uncertainty some gig work brings, substitute teaching may be a great fit. With opportunities for relationship building, long term (or permanent!) positions, and the chance to make an impact, substitute teaching may be just what you’re looking for!

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