Best Summer Side Hustles for Teachers

By Chelsea Brennan
July 23, 2018
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School’s out for summer. Families are enjoying warm weather, fresh watermelon, and fun activities with the kids. But summer also leaves many hard-working teachers worrying about their bank account until they return to school in the fall.

Are you a teacher looking for ways to keep cash flowing in the summer? We’ve rounded up our favorite summer side hustles that don’t include babysitting your neighbor’s kids. Read on to learn more.

1. Tutor

If you love your job, continuing to teach in the summer may be the best option for you. There are numerous ways for teachers to continue educating children in the summer. Some options include teaching at a summer school in your district and one-on-one tutoring with struggling students.

Companies like Varsity Tutors, focused on teaching online with a flexible schedule, pay $20 an hour on average. Alternatively, companies like Catapult Learning work with at-risk students to improve educational outcomes. According to Glassdoor, the company pays teachers $24 an hour or more.

2. Sell lesson plans online

Do you spend hours coming up with perfect lesson plans and activities for your students? Why not save your fellow teachers time and make money by selling those plans to other teachers?

Marketplaces exist for teachers to sell educational resources across grade levels, including Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher’s Notebook. You can also reach out to local homeschool groups, where parents are often looking for high-quality lesson plans. Tools like Canva can help you make your ideas even more professional, without a need for design skills.

3. Freelance writing and editing

Every business needs a website and social media presence. This means that there will always be a demand for high-quality written content. If you have solid writing or editing skills, consider putting them to use. Freelance writing, proofreading, or editing can be a lucrative side hustle.

To get started, try joining sites like UpWork and PitchWhiz to find writing jobs. Or, reach out to publications you read anyway and pitch your article ideas. For editors and proofreaders, Gramlee and Kibin are free platforms to list your services and get matched with clients.

4. Work as a camp counselor

If you love being outside and spending time with kids, working as a camp counselor can be the best of both worlds. While you’ll still be working with kids, the environment is more fun and laid back than school.

For teachers who want to travel the world, consider counselor positions for outdoor adventure programs like Outward Bound, NOLS, and Wilderness Adventures. While the pay isn’t great (assistant leaders at Outward Bound start at just $64 a day), these companies cover travel, accommodations, meals and activity expenses for trip leaders. Besides: you’ll get to experience something new.

5. Teach English online

Have you ever thought about leaning on your teaching expertise by helping kids in foreign countries learn English? Many programs have popped up in recent years that pay educated, native English speakers to tutor online.

While teaching via webcam may seem awkward, there are benefits to these programs. The pay is reasonable, ranging from $15 to more than $25 an hour depending on experience and the company. You set your schedule, taking time off as needed for vacation or family. And, your daytime hours remain free so that you enjoy the summer. Why? Tutors often teach in the early morning or late at night – which is daytime in China.

Popular platforms include VIPKID, Qkids, and Cambly, all of which have higher starting pay rates for certified teachers.

6. Offer house sitting services

If you are craving those summer months to recover from the busy school year, you can prioritize relaxation while still bringing in some cash. One idea is to offer house sitting services in your local area for families heading out on vacation. Among the typical house sitting tasks: bringing in the mail, watering the plants, and feeding the cat. It’s a cushy gig that gives homeowners peace of mind.

If you live in a destination area, also consider providing rental management services. Owners of vacation rentals pay a decent fee, on average 28% of the rental price, according to Rental managers meet new renters to hand off the keys and instructions, coordinate with a cleaning service and remain on call for any issues with the property.

Take time to re-energize

As a teacher, you’re doing important work all year. But you also deserve to get ahead on your savings. Luckily for you, these side hustle opportunities will help you earn and save money in the summer months. Before you dive in, however, don’t forget to take the time you need to read a good book, relax, and take care of yourself. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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