Oh, you’re a teacher? So you have the summers off then?
For those of you who are teachers, this is a loaded question. You might take offense to the implication that you are worry-free for two to three months, getting paid to relax from the moment you leave the building on the last day of school until you step foot inside again for the first day back.
Whether you’re a teacher yourself, or even just know one, you’re very much aware that such blissful freedom is far from the reality that most educators experience during the time school is not in session. Every teacher has a unique situation, of course, but few, if any, find themselves sitting idly over the summer. It goes without saying that most teachers have, at minimum, some amount of work to complete, including classroom or curriculum preparations for the next year and coursework for continuing education or professional development.
Beyond those career-related responsibilities, many teachers need or desire supplementary income and find a temporary position or bump up hours for a job worked part-time during the school year. Some of you may seek a job that provides a contrast to the rigors of teaching or an outlet for a talent or passion. Others, still, have year-long contracts for positions that require you to maintain the same schedule over the summer — such as those who teach students with severe special needs — which precludes you from any additional employment, at least during school day hours.
No matter which set of circumstances you identify with, there are tons of summer jobs for teachers. Here are various seasonal work opportunities for teachers to consider.
Jobs for Consistency:
If you believe that you might as well capitalize on your strongest skill set, or you simply can’t get enough of kids, there are plenty of ways to let the teacher in you continue to shine over the summer.
Tutoring is a worthwhile option for those of you with subject-area expertise, in addition to being a profit generator. Many parents desire one-on-one or small group sessions for their children, particularly if they struggled the previous school year or are preparing for an upcoming challenging course or standardized testing. If you would like to set your own schedule, location, and pay rate, be a freelance tutor and advertise your services to drum up clients. If you prefer a third party to coordinate the details, apply to work for a company that houses a local center or supports an online platform for domestic or international tutoring relationships.
Summer school is another logical choice for those of you who wish to keep wearing your teacher hat. You shouldn’t have to look too far for a summer school program; chances are that your own school or district or a neighboring one hosts classes and is in need of willing teachers. Depending on the requirements dictated by the administration, you can teach what you normally do during the year, or you could try branching out to a different age group or tapping into a subject that may be on your license or one you’ve been educated in but that you haven’t tackled in full before.
Buying/selling to and from other teachers
If you need a break from young people but want to stay within the realm of curriculum development, Teachers Pay Teachers is calling you. As a member of this online marketplace, you can buy from, sell to, or share for free with other teachers. The products include course materials, lesson plans, classroom decorations — pretty much anything you can think of related to teaching. Once you join the network, you can begin to build your shop and cultivate the reputation of a recognized seller with trusted content. You likely already have created countless resources for your own use, so why not make some money for all the time and originality you invested and equip fellow educators with reliable, effective tools? With a well-established identity, you can sell new products throughout the year as you make them and continue to earn without much effort. As an added bonus, the website serves as a bountiful bank when you’re the one in search of a specific item.
Jobs for Pleasure:
Some of you may have your own business or take part in a side hustle during the school year and cherish the summer weeks when you can quit your day job for a while. Use this precious time to devote yourself to that endeavor — for enjoyment, income, or both. Whether you run a company that started as a hobby or passion, consult for a direct sales enterprise, or exercise your entrepreneurial spirit in another fashion, really lean in and make the most of your time spent outside the classroom.
Leverage your experience with kids to land you less academic, more fun-oriented jobs to liven up the summer days and make a little extra cash. If you have fond memories from your own childhood of bunk bed sleeping, mess hall eating, and campfire singing, look into positions at camps in your area. Think about incorporating a proficiency or favorite pastime into your knack for teaching and give lessons or lead workshops for children or adults in that field--sports, music, art, etc. Your school or district might even hire teachers as guides for programs that provide kids with unique project or field trip-based learning experiences that could be more entertainment than work for you.
Jobs for a Change of Pace:
If you’d like to step back from the teaching scene altogether, consider a job on the opposite end of the spectrum that utilizes a different knowledge base.
Many businesses, such as restaurants, shopping centers, recreational parks, concert venues, and golf courses, hire extra staff to accommodate increased summer patronage. You might relish the opportunity to abandon your teacher persona and interact with people other than students while serving drinks, taking tickets, or directing traffic.
If you’d rather limit socialization and immerse your brain and body in more labor-intensive tasks, seek a position with a different type of company that may employ for the season, as well. Warm weather presents the need for landscaping or other outdoor home improvement projects, like deck or fence building (accompanied by the perk of soaking up the sun, of course). You might also find temporary factory work that allows you to escape the emotional pressures of the classroom — without the risk of skin damage.
Jobs for Family:
You might be surprised by the abundance of work options that keep you within your own family or in your home.
Work for a relative
Do you have a relative who has his or her own business? Maybe your spouse does photography, your sibling is a real estate agent, or your parent runs a company. Ask whether you might be able to support them in a specific task for their business or as an all-around assistant. They might jump at the chance to have an extra pair of hands or a different perspective. It could already be in their budget to hire you for the summer, or perhaps the help you provide brings in more revenue that can go, at least in part, to you as commission.
Several possible arrangements exist within the scope of childcare, too. You probably have friends or siblings who work during the summer and would love to drop their kids off with you, as an alternative to a larger daycare facility. Given a mutually agreed upon set-up and payment plan, it could be a win-win for all parties involved. If you’re ambitious enough and aren’t tired of taking care of kids who aren’t related to you, opening your own care business and marketing to families in your community is another potentially lucrative option. If nothing else (and though it won’t contribute to your finances), you can always stay home with just your own children to save on outside care costs.
You might be a teacher who takes advantage of the quiet hours during the summer months without students — maybe you spend all summer revamping lesson plans, furthering your own education, and hunting down the best deals on school supplies. You may need or wish, however, to engage in a seasonal supplement to your teaching position during your summer break. Whether your motive is money (a little extra money never hurts anyone), enjoyment, or simply the urge to mix it up with a different kind of part-time work, there is likely a summer job or some sort of part-time work out there for you. Whichever type of employment suits you, be sure to choose activities that will recharge you for another year of impacting youth!
Do you know of another part-time job or opportunities a teacher can work during the summer months to earn some extra money?