HR Side Hustle #1 — Teach classes at a local university or college.

by Alan Collins 

For years, my buddies Larry Pearlman and  Steve Merkin taught a Change Management class to graduate students in Human Resouces. 

They did this at the University of Illinois in their School of Labor & Employment Relations.

The class was one day a week, for three hours, and they taught it as partners.

Both did this while holding down
their full-time HR day jobs in Chicago.

Every Wednesday morning, they drove from Chicago to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois, two hours away. 

After class, they drove back home that same Wednesday evening, just in time to get a good night’s sleep and arrive at work on Thursday.

They were so great as adjunct instructors that they were voted in the top 10% of the professors and instructors at this Big Ten university for four straight years!

Later, when the pandemic hit, they continued
doing the course remotely via Zoom.

And here is what’s so terrific about all this…

There’s nothing stopping YOU from
following in their footsteps. 

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What you should know: 

There are thousands of opportunities nationally.

It doesn’t have to be a major university in the Big Ten like University of Illinois, either.

Local universities, junior colleges or their extension campuses are always looking for part time adjunct instructors to teach courses who have real-life, in the trenches work experience like Larry and Steve.

However, in most cases, this requires a master’s degree and relevant work experience.

Some schools are even open to you proposing a brand new course.

And, if it fits their needs, it can be added to their curriculum with you as the instructor!

Also, with the growth of online learning and remote work, many institutions are moving many classes online allowing you to teach from home.

On average, adjunct instructors earn $2,000 to $5000+ per course. 

Yes, I know you won’t get wealthy teaching.

However, besides the cash, there are other benefits you’ll gain: 

#1:  Landing a side teaching gig can help you polish up your presentation skills and your confidence — while you’re molding young minds and future leaders.

#2:  What should intrigue you also is that a lot of colleges allow you to record your lectures and use the content for whatever purposes as you see fit. 

This can become content that you can further monetize using some of the additional ideas on this website. Hint, Hint.

Too many people put their hands on their hips and say “Ok, smart guy, what do I teach?”

It’s simple.

Teach your 9-5 skills in HR.

For example:

If you work in Talent Acquisition, Compmpensation,
Organization Development, Labor Relations,
all of these are potential opportunities
for you to share your expertise
with students.

If your 9–5 skills currently earn you a salary, they can earn you a side hustle income too.

You just have to be willing to sell those skills twice.

To capitalize on your HR experience, reach out to the business school or psychology department for all the universities and colleges in your area.

Every year, each school determines how many adjuncts it needs and for what courses. Ask about their current openings or propose a new course.

The pool of available talent changes from semester to semester.

So, if you strike out the first time, don’t give up. 

Be persistent. 

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Resources to get started successfully:

Adjunct Teaching Online & On-Campus: How to Make Up To 6-Figures and More as an Adjunct Professor.
The system outlined in this book reveals the exact system used by all the top-earning adjunct professors in the field. This book will take you from your first teaching assignment all the way up through making 6-figures a year or more as an adjunct! In this book Dr. Rubin will also outline the new developments in the adjunct field that YOU can exploit for your benefit. Check it out here.


The Adjunct Professor’s Complete Guide to Teaching College.
There are more than 700,000 adjunct professors in over 4,200 institutions of higher education. In this book, you’ll be provided with an illuminating look into collegiate instruction, how to actively engage students and the proven techniques that enhance learning. This book is for everyone who has ever wanted to teach a college course, but were unsure of where and how to start. Check it out here.


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