Florida teacher quits job to become full-time shopper

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A Seminole County man says he’s making six figures after quitting his job as a teacher to become a professional shopper.

Ed Hennessey spent 20 years of his life teaching at Oviedo High School. He told WESH he was living his dream, except for the pay.

As a teacher, Hennessey says he never earned more than $50,000. With two kids and student loans to pay off, he struggled to make ends meet.

He took other jobs in addition to teaching to help – including jobs at Blockbuster, Old Navy, Target and Uber.

Then, Hennessey became a part-time shopper for Shipt, a service that hires people to go shopping and deliver groceries to its users.

Hennessey says he developed a system and a fanbase as a Shipt shopper back in 2015. When he realized he could actually make some real money, he started to rethink his career as a teacher.

“I don’t think there is a way to turn it around unless you’re going to offer more money,” he said.

He decided to make a bold and life-changing decision in 2017, and took a year sabbatical from teaching so he could shop full-time.

Now, Hennessey says he makes $100,000 a year delivering groceries – double his teaching salary. 

Back in June, he decided to officially retire from teaching.

“Leaving education is one of the scariest things and very sad,” he said.

Hennessey now spends his days shopping and delivering groceries to families in Seminole County. He says he works when he wants, and usually puts in about 50 to 60 hours a week.  

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

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