The summer holidays are all fun and games – unless you’re a teacher and you’ve got to make your pay stretch over the whole summer.
If you’re a teacher, the approaching summer may fill you with dread, but we’ve got you covered.
With the spare time that you have, the summer holidays are the perfect time to start up an extra job.
In this article, we will look at the best summer jobs for teachers, so you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay your bills.
They are part-time jobs for teachers which should hopefully suit your schedule and be great if you are looking for temporary summer work for teachers.
Best Online Summer Teaching Jobs
1. Start a Money Making Blog
This can be started at any time of the year, but it does take up a lot of time. The articles that you may read about setting up a blog don’t go into all of the extra bits!
This is one of the best online jobs for teachers in the summer in our opinion.
Also, not many people will mention the fact that you will probably get a bit obsessed (in a good way!) with your blog and want to work on it all the time.
When it comes to setting up a blog, you will want to think about a subject or a niche that you are happy to write about.
The most profitable niches tend to be ones which are in the following areas: health, wealth, or relationships.
When it comes to making money from a blog, the most popular ways to do so are:
- Affiliates (referral links for which you receive a commission)
- Sponsored posts (when a company pays you to write about them)
- Products or services
It’s really important to have an idea of how you are going to make money from your blog. A lot of people think that you just need to throw up some articles and the money will come – but that’s not the case.
The perfect time to set up a blog is during the summer when you can write in your spare time, maybe even out in the garden enjoying the sunshine.
2. Freelance Writer
If the idea of blogging appeals to you, but it’s more the writing side that you’d be interested in, you may want to consider freelance writing.
Freelance writing is a great option as a summer job for teachers because you can fit in as much as you can during the summer and then taper off if needed when school is back.
As with blogging, it is helpful if you choose a niche to write about. The reason for this is that you will be known for that subject, and people will start to search you out.
Before you are well known, there are still a lot of places that you can find writing jobs.
We recommend hanging out in Facebook groups in your niche and keep an eye out for anyone saying that they are looking for a writer.
There are sites that post freelance writing jobs as well. We love:
The amount that you are able to earn will depend on a few factors. When you’re just starting out you may be on a lower fee, but you can increase this pretty quickly.
Our friend Holly Johnson is hugely successful with freelance writing and has a freelance writing course to help you get started.
She also has a free introductory course that you can sign up to which will help you with all of the upfront questions.
This could even be something that you continue to pursue as a stay at home mom job!
3. Teach English Online
This is one of the jobs that Kelan picked up when he quit his job, and he absolutely loved it.
You can teach English online to students in other countries (typically China) and get paid a decent rate to do so.
Some companies that offer this include:
Most of these companies will require you to have a bachelor’s degree, live in the US and be a native English speaker.
You can expect to earn around $15 – $22 depending on a few factors, although some sites also offer bonuses just for turning up!
The great thing about this job is that it’s really flexible and you can pick and choose your hours. Some of the companies do ask you to try and be free during peak hours – in China.
Most lessons are around 20 – 30 minutes long, with time at the end for questions.
Kelan made almost $900 in his first month working for VIPKid – which is amazing!
When it comes to summer jobs for substitute teachers you definitely want to check this one out.
4. Online Tutor
This is one of the best online jobs for teachers, as it is something that you are used to doing.
If you pick a subject that you specialize in, this has the potential to earn you even more money.
The amount that you earn will depend on what you set your rates at, but you could earn up to $60 per hour.
A great place that you can start advertising is through word of mouth. Let your family and friends know that you are looking for work, and parents of the kids that you teach.
You could also advertise on local Facebook groups. This could either be a work from home job or online.
There are some sites on which you can get tutoring work if you want to do it online:
I’ve recently looked into local tutors and they charge around $40 in my area for an hour. If you did one lesson a week this really adds up. Tutoring is a good summer teaching job.
5. Proofreading / Editing
Have you got an eagle eye? As a teacher, you’re probably pretty good at spotting mistakes instantly – which makes you perfect as a proofreader.
Proofreading is where you review a piece of content to check for any obvious errors. These will be errors such as grammatical errors or typos.
Similarly to freelance writing, you can be paid either by word, by the hour or by the project.
An average salary of a proofreader is $36,290 according to Glassdoor. As a freelancer, you could start charging $10 an hour and gradually increase that.
Some jobs will ask that you have a relevant degree and experience in this role.
You won’t need a lot of tools to set up as a proofreader or editor – a decent computer and a fast internet connection will be the most important things.
If you are serious about becoming a proofreader as a summer teaching job, there’s a course by Caitlyn Pyle called Proofread Anywhere.
The course will teach you how to proofread, and how to set yourself up as a business.
6. Virtual Assistant
A Virtual Assistant is a great job for you in the summer if you love organizing and are a whizz on the computer.
A Virtual Assistant is someone who helps out business owners with various tasks. The tasks that you do will depend on what your boss wants in particular.
Examples of some of the things that you could be doing include:
- Answering emails
- Creating graphics
- Posting on social media
- Creating newsletters
- Booking appointments
- Writing blog posts
- Scheduling social media posts
- Data entry
If you want to deal with bloggers, hanging out in Facebook groups and adding value is a good start.
There are also sites that you can find VA work on such as Upwork, Flexjobs or Indeed.
The pay depends on what you are willing to charge, but it is typically around $15 – $35 per hour.
7. Facebook Ads Manager
This is one of the hottest side hustles out there right now because when you know what you are doing, you can make a lot of money from it.
You know when you are scrolling through Facebook, and you see some ads that look like they are exactly what you have been looking for?
Those ads have been set up by someone who is trying to target people like you specifically.
It’s not as easy as it sounds, which is why it’s a great side job – not many people know how to do it.
To get started, we recommend checking out Bobby Hoyt’s Facebook Ad Side Hustle course which will teach you how to do it and get started.
They recommend reaching out to local businesses who need some help with their marketing.
There is a huge potential to make thousands per month doing this.
You don’t need to have any previous experience to do bookkeeping as a job, and it is really flexible.
You will determine how many clients you take on and how many hours you work, so you can fit this around any other commitments.
The earning potential with this is big – not many people like to do their finances!
You can start off letting family and friends know that you will be doing this and get work via word of mouth.
The amount that you charge will vary depending on how much you will be doing for each client.
9. Dog Walker / Sitter
This is one of the most fun side jobs out there that you could do! If you’re looking for something that you will enjoy and won’t feel like ‘work’ this is the one for you.
It will obviously help if you love dogs and have previous experience looking after them, but as long as you are enthusiastic then that’s all that matters.
This is a great way to get you out of the house and enjoy the summer weather as well.
You can charge around $20 – $30 per 30-minute walk – and the more dogs that you walk or look after, the more you can make!
10. Flip Items on eBay and Amazon
You don’t need to have a lot of money to start doing this, and you can in fact start with items that you already have lying around your home.
Flipping items is where you buy something for a very low price (or for free) and then sell it on at a higher price. This means that your profit margin will be really high.
There are all kinds of places that you can find items to sell, such as flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores, etc.
We recommend you check out our friends Rob and Melissa over at Flea Market Flipper for inspiration. They do this as their full-time job and make a ton of money doing so!
They also have a course on flipping items that will teach you all about how to do this to your best potential. I think the teachings about how to ship large items are well worth knowing. They are pros at shipping huge things!
11. Delivery Driver
With all of the options out there now to order pretty much anything online and have it shipped to you straight away, this has opened up lots of delivery jobs.
There are companies that you could deliver parcels with such as Amazon Flex, or you may want to look into doing food delivery.
This is a good summer job for teachers as you can pick your hours and it should be low stress.
They will ask that you have your own vehicle, insurance, driving license, etc.
The best food delivery jobs are:
You can make up to $25 per hour with a good delivery job, and make a lot of extra money on the tips.
12. Make Money Losing Weight
HealthyWage is the place that you can sign up to earn money just for losing weight!
This is a government idea to try and help motivate people to lose weight and become healthy by providing a financial incentive.
The idea is that you will place a bet of your own money on how well you think that you will do.
Head on over to the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. You will then enter how much weight you want to lose and how long you think that you will take to lose it. You then enter how much you want to bet on this.
If you hit your goal you will win your prize money, which goes up to $10,000!
13. Search Engine Evaluator
As a search engine evaluator, you will be looking at search engine results and check that they are correct/relevant.
You don’t need any experience to do this, and you can earn up to $14 per hour.
14. Sign up for Research Studies
These are surprisingly well paid, and anyone can do them.
Signing up to research studies means that you will be participating in market research. This is what companies use to get feedback on their products or services.
The best companies out there for research studies work are:
15. Take Online Surveys
This isn’t going to make you a ton of money but it’s still a way that you can make some money quickly and easily.
It’s similar to the research studies that we mentioned. There are companies who need to do market research on particular things and do so via survey sites.
You will be permitted to answer a series of questions in exchange for cash or gift cards.
The surveys aren’t very well paid – but it’s a good option when you need some spare cash over the summer holidays.
We recommend signing up to the following survey sites:
You usually collect points which you can then convert into cash once you have reached the cashout amount.
16. Website and App Tester
This is another one where you can help companies test their stuff. In particular, their websites or apps.
It is really important to them that they provide a good customer experience, so they ask people to test them out for a fee.
They will let you know specifically what they want you to do beforehand and then you will get paid for doing so.
Are you a fast typist? If so, this is one of the best summer jobs for teachers.
Transcription is where you listen to an audio file and type out what they are saying on it. This can be difficult because you may have several different voices and strong accents to decipher.
You will need a computer with high-speed internet access and headphones.
The pay is around $7 – $21 per hour for transcribing work.
Other Ways Teachers Can Make Money?
There are lots of other ways that teachers can make money other than what we have run through above.
Let’s take a look at some more options now:
Teachers Pay Teachers
This is one of the best ways that teachers can make money. If you haven’t heard of it before, Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where you can sell resources to other teachers.
Popular things to sell on there include lesson plans or printables. You know how it is as a busy teacher – there’s so much to do, but you can get a helping hand from this site.
The great thing about selling on here is that it’s quite passive. You only need to do the work once and then you can put it up for sale.
Even better, you could already have the resources available, so it’s minimal work on your part.
Have a look at what other people are selling their work on there for when it comes to setting your prices. It’s worth knowing though that there are teachers selling on there who have made millions!
Sell on Etsy
This can be another passive source of income because you can do the work upfront and then list it.
Etsy is an online marketplace that sells homemade products. There’s a wide range of things that you can sell on there such as:
You can get cash back for purchases that you were going to make anyway with Rakuten (formerly Ebates).
Simply sign up for the app and select the things that you are going to be buying. Then purchase them and upload your receipt to the app. That’s it!
This works in the same way as Rakuten. You can earn cashback from items that you are going to be purchasing anyway.
They also have team rebates where you can work with others to earn even more cashback.
Join the Savvy Spenders Team to start earning some serious cashback!
Final Thoughts on Teachers Making Money During The Summer
If you were worrying about how you are going to get through the summer with a lot less income than normal, we hope that we have made you feel a bit better.
There are so many ways that teachers can make money in the summer. Looking through the examples of the best summer jobs for teachers should have given you some great ideas.
We would love to know which jobs you do over the summer, or are there any on this list that you’d like to try? Let us know in the comment section below!