Teachers Can Earn Extra Money By Working One Of These 26 Summer Jobs.

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Note from the editors: This story first appeared on The Penny Hoarder.

While many of us wish we could take the summer months off, many teachers use their vacations to supplement their income.

The median income in the United StatesSAccording to Salary.com, the average salary for teachers is 58240.comIn some parts of the country, new teacher salaries start at less than $30,000.So it’s no surprise that, according to a Pew Research Center study, more than one-fifth of educators work a second job during the summer.

While working during the summer can be necessary to pay the bills, it can also help you keep your teaching skills sharp and even help you learn a few new things – preferably with someone else footing the bill.

There are plenty of summer job opportunities for teachers and educators.Many of these opportunities will pay you a small amount of money without requiring you to commit for an extended period of time.When the summer is over, you can return to your regular job without having to quit or keep a second job.

Because pandemic restrictions are loosening and even ending in some areas, the summer of 2021 offers many more opportunities than the summer of 2021.Many camps and theme parks are open, and individual families prefer face-to-face interactions like tutoring and sports.

Are you looking for a new summer job?

Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Summer is a time for some teachers to get away from their regular work.Others, on the other hand, find that teaching is what gets them up in the morning.If that’s the case, consider one of these jobs to supplement your income while allowing you to continue teaching.

If you want to improve your teaching skills while also making money, look for opportunities to tutor students in English as a second language (ESL) both locally and online.

You can inquire if large corporations in your area that relocate foreign employees to your city need a freelance ESL tutor to assist their employees.Alternatively, use sites like GoFluent and QKids to connect with students all over the world.Through VIPKID, a former public school teacher earned over $500 per week teaching English to Chinese students.

Tutoring Services

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You may be out of school for the summer, but that doesn’t mean students don’t require assistance.

To provide in-person tutoring, start by informing your students’ parents during the school year so that they know who to contact when summer arrives.And, of course, brag about your tutoring abilities to your friends and family members who have kids.Tutoring has the advantage of allowing you to set your own rates, with tutors charging between $30 and $80 per hour depending on the subject, according to Tutors.com

There are a slew of websites where you can find online tutors.Here are some of our top picks for online tutoring services.

Make a career as a test prep instructor.

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Tutoring is similar to this, but with a twist.As a test prep instructor, you can still use your teaching skills while taking a break from the same material you teach during the school year.

After many were canceled or postponed last year, standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, and GRE are back on the calendar for 2021 and 2022.

You can earn money over the summer by assisting students in preparing for these tests, depending on your area of expertise and skill level.

Again, you can simply spread the word about tutoring locally through friends and family, allowing you to set your own rates.Alternatively, you can go to places that hire on a regular basis, such as Kaplan Test Prep, where tutors earn an average of $21.According to Indeed, the hourly rate is $44.com

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Coaching youth sports during the summer is another opportunity to continue working with and instructing children, albeit in a different way than your regular job.While it isn’t the same as teaching long division, spending the summer teaching children athletic and teamwork skills can be just as challenging and rewarding.

Plus, you get to watch kids play sports, which is always entertaining.Forget about a 6-year-old wearing an oversized bobbling baseball helmet.

Look for open positions at your local YMCA recreation centers, churches, and camps.

Become a nanny or a babysitter.


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Although this is not technically a teaching position, as a nanny or babysitter, you will be working with children and informally teaching them as you go.

You can work as a full-time nanny for parents who prefer that to traditional day care, or you can babysit on the side when you need some extra cash.

Start by informing your friends and family, and be sure to mention your teaching position to give yourself an advantage over teenagers looking for a quick buck.Sites like Sittercity and Care are also worth checking out.com to look for jobs in your area

On the internet, you can sell your lesson plans.

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There are more summer gigs than ever before that don’t require you to leave the house.

I’m always looking for ways to turn what you already have into passive income.You’ve already completed the task.Why not take advantage of it?

Upload your lesson plans and worksheets from the previous school year to a website like Teachers Pay Teachers.On each sale of your educational resources, you will earn 60% to 85% of the profit.And it’s an opportunity that can generate additional income all year long without requiring any additional effort.

Meredith ONeill, a middle school teacher who sells her resources on the site, told us in May 2017 that she only sells digital products because she doesn’t have to mail anything.My work is automatically sold and transferred from one person to another.After TPT deducts its cut, the money is sent directly to my PayPal account.Once your store is set up and your work is loaded, it’s a breeze.

Resume Writing and Editing

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If you have writing skills, you can supplement your income by writing and editing resumes.For some (read: a lot) of us, putting together a resume is like pulling teeth, and people are willing to pay money for a finished product that they believe will help them land a job.

If you’re looking for part-time work that you can do on your own time, this is a good summer job to look into.

Start with your personal network, and your teaching experience will give you an advantage.You can also advertise your services on sites like Upwork, Thumbtack, and Fiverr.

Charmaine Pocek, a Fiverr user, began writing resumes and cover letters for $5 each.Within six years, she was charging $30 to $800 for her services, and the site has since earned her over $2 million.

Check out this step-by-step guide if you’re interested but need a refresher on resume writing.

Working as a Website Tester is a rewarding experience.

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Companies want to know how users interact with their websites and what can be done to make them more user-friendly. You probably already spend a lot of time browsing the internet and using phone apps, so why not get paid for it?

You simply need to browse and navigate websites before providing honest feedback.You won’t get rich testing websites; each test will pay between $5 and $10.

UserTesting pays ten dollars for every twenty-minute test, UserFeel pays ten dollars for every ten to twenty-minute test, and Userbrain pays three dollars for each five to fifteen-minute test.

Look into work-at-home opportunities.

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You spend the school year in a classroom, so consider working from home this summer to supplement your income.You’d be surprised at how many companies regularly hire work-from-home employees, and with such a diverse range of options, you’re sure to find something that suits your skillset.

Customer service, copy editing, travel consulting, and coding are all part-time or seasonal freelance opportunities.

Also, if you’ve never worked from home before, take a look at our work-from-home guide.It includes information on insurance scams, taxes, and how to find a job that fits your needs.

Counselor at Camp

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You’ll probably be cooped up in a classroom for the rest of the year.Why not spend your vacation months in the great outdoors while also earning some extra cash?

Consider working at a summer camp if you enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

During her eight years as a teacher, Amanda Simkin worked at a summer camp for three summers.Working at a summer camp is a great way to supplement your income when you just want to relax.She explains how to interact with children in a more playful and relaxed manner.

Here’s how she suggests you look for work.I found out about job openings through word of mouth, but nowadays you can use social media to find them, such as park district websites, Facebook, and Craigslist, she says.You can also contact YMCA community organizations and churches in your area.

Tour Guide from the Area

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People are starting to travel again, and they want to see new places.Consider becoming a local tour guide if you know all of the hot spots and hidden gems in your city or neighborhood.It’s a great way to enjoy the weather, scenery, and (hopefully) good company while earning some extra cash.

Theme parks are a type of amusement park.

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Theme parks are reopening, and there are a lot of seasonal positions available, which are ideal for teachers.You don’t have to drive a small boat through a prehistoric lagoon or wear an oversized animal head.They require customer service representatives, ushers, salespeople, and food service personnel, among other things.Consider larger parks such as Seaworld, Busch Gardens, and Disney World, as well as smaller parks across the country.

Guide to Whitewater Rafting

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Families are eager to get out of town and enjoy the great outdoors, so rafting trips are filling up quickly.If you want to work outside but also want to have an adventure, this is the job for you.However, be aware that the job is strenuous and physically demanding.It also necessitates long hours and, depending on your state, specific qualifications.

River guide hiring spikes in June and July, and recreational hiring in general increases by 68% on average in the United States.SAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this was around this time.Let’s see what the summer of 2021 has in store for us.

The river rafting season typically lasts from June to September, making this an ideal summer job for teachers looking to supplement their income.In fact, according to Idaho river guide Hardy Bender, many guides seek out teaching jobs solely so they can spend their summers on the river.

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This summer job for teachers gives you the benefits of getting paid to enjoy the water and sunshine in a more controlled environment, similar to river guiding.

Summer is a busy season, so look for seasonal lifeguarding jobs at city-operated pools, recreation centers, water parks, and country clubs.Alternatively, if you live near the water, you can spend the summer working on the beach.

Lifeguard pay varies depending on location, skill level, and employer, but according to Glassdoor salaries, lifeguards can earn anywhere from $9 to $25 per hour.Just keep in mind that you’ll need to complete certain certifications and training before you can get your hands on that red suit and whistle.

Walker of Dogs

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Who wouldn’t want to be paid to spend their free time hanging out with dogs? Well, maybe cat people.They do not, however, count.

Begin by offering your services to friends and family members who do not have summer vacations.On long workdays, they might jump at the chance to have someone take their beloved dogs for a walk.

You can also register at Rover.com.Through its four platforms, the online network connects dog walkers and sitters with local dog owners.You won’t have to staple flyers to every utility pole in town with this 9-star-rated app.According to Rover, sitters can earn up to $1,000 per month.

Rover’s dog-sitting requirements differ depending on where you are.You must, in general,

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Have the Rover app on your phone (iOS or Android)

Here’s how it works: You’ll create an online sitter profile and answer questions about your dog-sitting experience and availability.

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You can provide a variety of services, such as dog walking, overnight boarding at your home or theirs, and daycare.Because boarding is the most popular service on the app, offering it can help you land more gigs.You choose your own prices.(A small percentage is kept by Rover as a service fee.))

Dog owners will contact you.Accept the gigs you want, and then start cuddling puppies.You will be paid within two days after completing a service.

Another dog walking service that works in a similar way is Wag.

If you don’t want to limit yourself to dog walking, you can expand your services and become a full-fledged pet sitter – find out more here.

Work as a driver for Uber or Lyft.

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Perhaps you’re looking for a summer job that isn’t your typical tutoring job.Here are some options from all over the place, with the hope that at least one will catch your eye.

If you want to supplement your income without taking on a full-time job, driving for Uber or Lyft is a viable option.After a pandemic-induced slump, demand for ride-sharing has risen again.To qualify, you must be at least 21 years old, have one year of driving experience, pass a background check, and own a car manufactured after 2007.

Paul Pruce, who had been driving full-time for Lyft for over a year and earning $750 per week as a driver, spoke with us.

He could do it on his own time, which was the best part.You have the option of working days, nights, or weekends.

Lyft drivers frequently drive for Uber because switching between apps is simple.

Your Driveway Can Be Rented

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While on vacation, no one wants to be concerned about feeding a meter.Rent out your driveway if you live near an event center or stadium using sites and apps like JustPark or MonkeyParking, or go old school and simply post a Parking sign in front of your house.Even if you only make $20 per day, $20 is still $20.

Make a list of any extra space in your home.


Have a spare room? Airbnb is paying top dollar for them.There are less than 10% of rentals available in some cities.Now is the time to list that extra room and make some extra cash.With Airbnb, you could add hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to your savings account if you’re a good host with a desirable space.

A few simple steps can make the difference between a wonderful and a less-than-pleasant experience.Terence Michael, an Airbnb superhost based in Los Angeles, spoke with us.

Here are a few of his suggestions.

  • Get the label maker out.Michael says, “I have labels all over the house.”They appear to be modern and appealing.People will feel less helpless as a result of this.
  • Be a gracious host and provide the toiletries you’d find in a hotel room, such as toilet paper, soap, and towels.Here’s a tip from Michael: I order things on Amazon and have them delivered when my guests arrive.
  • Treat your neighbors with respect.Michael explains, “I say I’m not going to put anyone here who I don’t think will be good for you.”And, especially in Nashville, I turn away a lot of large groups.I don’t want anyone reporting me to the cops or the police department.

(Housing laws differ from one city to the next.)Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations that apply to your city and listing.)

Renting Out Your Vehicle

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When you combine Uber and Airbnb, the result is that you can earn money by renting out your car.You’re earning extra money from your car while also renting out an extra room in a passive manner – all you have to do is be okay with strangers driving your car around.

Consider using a service like Turo or Get Around.You’ll list your car and its availability when you sign up, and all Getaround cars come with primary insurance during rentals.

Organize Trivia Nights

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Consider yourself a Jeopardy aficionado? Combine your passion for trivia, teaching experience, and ability to command a room to work as a part-time trivia contest host.After all, creating a set of trivia questions isn’t that dissimilar to creating a quiz for your students.

Check with your neighborhood restaurants and bars to see if they need a trivia host.Sure, you’ll only be working one night a week, but it’ll be a fun way to exercise your brain and earn some extra cash.

This Florida math teacher told us he makes $125 per week hosting trivia.

Renting Out Baby Equipment


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What will they think of next, renting out baby supplies? There seems to be a rental service for just about everything these days, and this one is great for making some extra money off of that unused baby stuff taking up storage space.

Traveling families can rent strollers, car seats, cribs, and other baby items from companies like BabyQuip rather than lugging their own gear.So, if you have any baby equipment that you aren’t using, you can rent it out.

Manuela Madrid, a stay-at-home mom in Brandon, Florida, works less than 12 hours per month and earns between 120 and 180 dollars per fulfillment through BabyQuip.Users of BabyQuip keep 80% of the reservation fee, but 100% of the delivery fee.

You can join BabyQuip here, or check out Traveling Baby Company.

Take part in youth sports games as a referee.

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Apart from coaching, officiating games is another way to get involved in youth sports during the summer.Plus, officiating allows you to participate in local youth sports without having to commit as much time as coaching would.

Working as a youth baseball umpire is one option, with pay ranging from $50 to $100 per game that lasts less than two hours.In addition to contacting youth sports programs directly, contact your local umpire association to inquire about available positions.

Write reviews for books

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Look, we don’t blame you if you want to spend your summer months catching up on some much-needed alone time.But that doesn’t rule out the possibility of making some extra cash along the way.

Here’s a fantasy scenario: you get paid to spend your summer months curled up with a good book.You won’t get J if you work as a freelance book reviewer.KIt’s not exactly J.K. Rowling-level wealth, but it’s a great way to supplement your income while doing something you enjoy – and were probably going to do all summer anyway.

The amount you can earn varies depending on the publisher and your level of expertise, but you can expect to make anywhere from $5 to $100 per review.Plus, you’ll almost certainly receive the book for free.Result

Here are some reputable websites and publishers that will pay you to review books.

sitter for the house

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If you’re planning on doing odd jobs and side hustles over the summer, house sitting will fit nicely into your schedule – and it’ll give you some much-needed alone time.

Whether you spend the night in the house or just come in for a few minutes each day to bring in the mail, house sitting is a simple way to make some extra cash.

Sure, you can go through friends and family, but the chances of finding paid work through that route are slim.Look into professional sites like HouseSitter that can connect you with potential clients in your area.com

a stenographer

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A transcription job is ideal for teachers who simply want to put on a pair of noise-canceling headphones and tune out the rest of the world for a few hours.

Transcription jobs are typically divided into three categories: general medical, legal, and technical.It’s worth noting that the latter two may necessitate additional training or requirements, depending on the employer.

Because most transcription jobs are freelance, you can set your own hours and work whenever you want.Because transcriptionists are typically paid by the audio hour, the amount you earn in relation to the number of hours you work will be determined by your transcription fee.

Food should be delivered

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We previously discussed driving for Uber and Lyft, and this is a similar situation.except you don’t have to talk to anyone after the “Here’s your food,” “You’re welcome,” and “Bye.”

Working for a food delivery service allows you to pick up side jobs whenever you want to earn some extra cash while spending most of your time alone.Uber Eats, Instacart, GrubHub, and Shipt all have hours that are flexible.

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