You’ve probably seen those professional shoppers at your grocery store.
For one Florida man, the move from teaching to shopping not only changed his life, but his bank account… He’s now making six-figures.
“It’s kind of emotional. I’m trying to fight back tears because it was the best time of my life,” said Ed Hennessey is seeing his old classroom for the first time in a year.
It’s where he spent 20 years of his life, teaching thousands of kids at Oviedo High School.
As a teacher Ed says he never earned more than $50,000 a year.
He says he struggled to make ends meet with two kids and his old college loans.
That’s why he always worked another job too like Blockbuster, Old Navy, Target, Uber and then Shipt.
Ed became a shopper for Shipt part time in 2015, developed a fan base and two years later realized he could make some real money which made him reflect on his time in the classroom.
So in 2017 he made a bold life changing decision: he took a year sabbatical from teaching to shop full time.
And now: “I make over a $100,000 a year,” he said.
That’s right, double his teaching salary.
So at 45 years old last month, he officially retired from his passion.
Hennessey said, “Leaving education is one of the scariest things and very sad.”
So these days, Ed Hennessey spends his time here in his car and scouring the aisles of supermarkets.
Every day, he picks up groceries and delivers them.
Ed says life is different now.
He works when he wants mostly 50 to 60 hour weeks.
He no longer gets summers off…
But instead of grading tests and making lesson plans at home he’s glued to his phone, his lifeline which he says he doesn’t even mind.
“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,” he said.