Florida Teacher Quits to Become a Full-Time Personal Shopper, Doubles Salary

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
July 31, 2018US News
Florida Teacher Quits to Become a Full-Time Personal Shopper, Doubles Salary
Produce in a Target store in a file photo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A man teaching in Florida quit his job to become a full-time shopper and says he doubled his salary.

Ed Hennessey taught at Oviedo High School, never making more than $50,000 a year. He said he now makes over $100,000 a year shopping for groceries.

Hennessey said that it was tough to leave his job teaching students during a visit to his old classroom where he taught for 20 years.

“It’s kind of emotional. I’m trying to fight back tears because it was the best time of my life,” he told WESH. Other than money, he said it was his dream job. “Leaving education is one of the scariest things and very sad,” he told NBC.

Hennessey said that paying off his student loans and supporting two children forced him to always have a second job besides teaching.

It was the last second job that led to his career switch. Working for Shipt for several years part-time, he realized he could easily turn it into a full-time gig and make a lot more money. He took a sabbatical from teaching to make sure, and after a year of full-time shopping, he retired from teaching at age 45.

According to Shipt, customers order whatever they want from a grocery store and the shoppers go to pick it up. Customers connect with shoppers via text and can make adjustments to their orders as the shopper shops.

“It’s so relaxing. I get to go out and I’m outside all the time. I see people and I’m my own boss. I am who I want to be,” Hennessey told WESH.

The Shipt website tells prospective shoppers that they can make an average of $22 an hour or more. Shoppers need to submit applications and be interviewed before potentially being approved as a shopper.

Hennessey said he typically works 50 to 60 hours a week and doesn’t get summers off any longer, though the Shipt site notes that some shoppers do work part-time, as Hennessey did for several years.

Shipt was acquired by Target in December 2017 for $550 million.

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