Start and grow your side hustle

Lesson plan overview

This lesson is great for intermediate students and it’s largely focused on conversation. It will get your students talking about future job market trends, the advantages and disadvantages of side hustles and will provide useful information on how to start a side gig. You can combine this lesson with the following lessons: “Changing careers” and “Idioms: entrepreneurship”.

Vocabulary:  After and initial discussion, in which useful vocabulary is revised (9-to-5 job, job market), students learn different ways to say “earn extra money” (make money on the side, side hustle, side gig, earn extra cash, have an additional income stream) by completing a few sentences with 1 word. As a speaking practice, students are given 4 questions. They need to choose the correct option and then use the questions to speak with a partner.
Next students look at different opinions about side hustles and match a few words and expressions to their definitions (take off, take up time, scale up a business). After that they discuss the opinions and say which ones are true for them.

Video: students watch a video: How to start and grow your side hustle and complete 2 activities. In the first one, they write down the examples of side hustles given by the speaker. Next, they look at the tips from the video and write down more details for each one.

Speaking: After that students use the tips from the video to talk about potential side hustles they can start. A few questions are given to guide them. Lastly, students discuss 2 questions about turning your hobby into your job.
The conversation cards provide additional speaking practice or an opportunity to revise the target vocabulary from this class in the future.
To keep learning outside of the classroom, 3 research topics are suggested as homework. Students are also encouraged to follow-up this lesson with the additional materials provided on

This lesson will work great in combination with the following lessons: The gig economy, The great resignation, as well as the worksheets: Idioms: Ambition, Idioms: challenges and Idioms: entrepreneurship and Phrasal verbs: time management

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

So you can perhaps start a coaching business as a side gig and build and develop these key skills.
When you start your side gig, you are essentially diversifying your employment.
At the time of developing this course, Thomas Cook, Britain’s oldest travel agent, went bust with no notice.
For many people, starting their first side gig is a first taste of entrepreneurship.

Comprehension questions

In-class activities

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