Updated at: 27-03-2023 - By: Eden Wise


Here you will find information about summer employment opportunities for educators.

In this article, we’ll go over all the different ways you can make money this summer, and many of them can even be continued after you return to your regular job.

Teachers deserve our highest regard, and I believe they are grossly underpaid. Although I believe that teachers should receive paid summers off, this list can be used in the interim.

All of these positions are for teachers during the summer, but they are all flexible enough that you can still spend time doing other things. Some of these online teaching summer jobs don’t even require you to leave the house.

Jobs for substitute teachers during the summer are included.

This article will outline a variety of money-making opportunities, walk you through the steps necessary to get started, and, most importantly, reveal the potential earnings for each.

Keep reading to find out how some educators are making millions off of selling their lesson plans to other educators.

Best Summer Jobs For Teachers

Best summer jobs for teachers

Dogsitting/Dog Walking

Dogs could be a lot of fun to take care of, especially if you’re used to taking care of kids. Depending on your financial goals, you should adjust how often you work (and how many dogs you walk).

Apps like Wag! make it easy to locate local dog walkers and pet sitters in your area. You can avoid the app altogether and work directly for people, earning about $14 per hour, if you’re good at networking and getting your name out there.

It’s possible that you could even find a family interested in leaving their pet with you while they travel for the summer.

Private Tutor

Private Tutor

Educators make excellent tutors because they are accustomed to simplifying complex ideas for their students.

During the summer, many families choose to hire tutors for their children, particularly those whose children are struggling in school.

I’ve worked as a private tutor before and made between $30 and $50 an hour. This part-time position allowed me a lot of freedom, and I would definitely suggest it to others.

The opportunity to earn some seasonal cash was ideal. The most satisfying part was getting to collaborate with some of my former students.


During the peak summer travel season, many homeowners will renovate a basement or spare bedroom to rent out as an Airbnb. It’s a great way to bring in some extra cash, and utilities and other overhead costs can be written off as business expenses.

One of the rental sites that simplifies everything is Airbnb.

Make use of a finished basement by converting it into a bedroom for out-of-town guests. You can make more than $500 monthly by renting out a guest house or other space.

Sell On Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers can supplement their income over the summer by using sites like Teachers Pay Teachers to sell lesson plans and other resources. You might have so much fun with this that you continue doing it all through the academic year.

Setting up a TPT account is quick and painless. Simply select a business name (you can use your own) and fill out the required fields.

Remember that TPT will deduct a fee from your earnings. Sign up for a Premium Seller account at the annual rate of $59.95 to receive a higher payout.

I have used the Teachers Pay Teachers marketplace to sell classroom-related resources. If I was making it for my classroom anyway, I might as well make a nice presentation of it and sell it on TPT.

What a fantastic way to supplement your income!

Child care provider

Child care provider

There may be more openings at daycares and preschools now that school is out for the summer and more parents need child care while they work. Preschool teachers may also be called assistant teachers, day care associates, or even just preschool teachers. Throughout the day, you’ll be able to put your teaching savvy to use fostering the development of young minds and social skills.

Experience teaching young children is valuable, but a degree in early childhood education is preferred or even required by some companies. There could be a need for a background check.

Online instructor

You can find summer teaching gigs at a wide variety of institutions, companies, and online forums.

Institutional requirements vary, but teachers generally need advanced knowledge in their field.

Freelance writer

Freelance writing is an excellent summer gig for educators who have a deep knowledge of a particular field and strong writing and narrative skills. Teachers of English and writing have an easier time making the transition, but anyone with specialized knowledge can find work as a freelance writer. Publishing houses, community newspapers, marketing and PR firms, and other businesses all need writers.

To get freelance writing jobs, you usually have to take an aptitude test or show off your writing skills in a portfolio.

Data entry clerk

Data entry clerk

Some of the most common summer jobs for educators are in data entry. Organizations of all sizes have a continuous need for people who can enter data into spreadsheets for use in planning, tracking, and analysis.

The vast majority of data entry jobs are entry level and can be filled by people with little to no experience in the field. For your convenience, there are both in-person and remote data entry jobs available.

Freelance Content Creator

Most people are unaware of this market or the thousands of bloggers who regularly make purchases from freelance content creators.

You need to check this out because another mother I spoke with who does this made $4,000 in her first month after receiving the necessary training. It’s completely insane, but nobody ever talks about it.


Do you have a knack for spotting typos when you’re reading? Do you wince whenever you come across poor grammar? You would excel as a Proofreader if this describes you.

I interviewed Caitlin Pyle, a teacher who worked this job during the summers to supplement her salary while studying abroad, and she made $43,000 in a year.

Property Preservation Contractor

Do you know what this is? Before meeting Danielle Pierce at a conference, we didn’t either. We were confused when she said she worked in real estate but didn’t buy or sell properties.

She gave the example that one can find foreclosed homes in almost any area. The bank has either started the foreclosure process on these homes or has already completed the process.

In order to maintain the property until it can be sold, banks often hire third-party companies. Nothing fancy, just keeping the property in good shape until the bank can sell it. Maintenance of the landscaping and similar tasks fall under this category.

But here’s the kicker: Danielle doesn’t put in any effort whatsoever. She earns over $400,000 annually while homeschooling her three children and outsourcing all of the work herself.



Teachers can make good money during the summer by transcribing. Transcribers are people who listen to audio files and transcribe (write down) the content. If you have the attention to detail, patience, and ability to sit for long periods of time required for transcription, you may want to look into it.

Starting your own business can increase your hourly wage by $7 to $21. To learn the fundamentals of transcribing and how to get started, I suggest you take this Free Mini-Course.

Teach English Online

This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to earn additional income, even if they do this work full-time during the regular school year. Many learners are in need of supplementary instruction, and second language learning is no exception.

Opportunities to teach English as a second language are plentiful because many nations actively promote it.

The best part is that there is a lot of leeway in terms of time commitment when you work as an English teacher.

Pay ranges from $15.50 to $22.50 per hour, with some sites even offering attendance bonuses on top of that.

It’s great to be able to set your own schedule, but you still might have commitments from time to time. Many businesses in China ask that you avoid scheduling meetings during their busiest times.

One potential consideration for a summer job is the impact of time zones.

Lessons typically last between twenty and thirty minutes, with questions encouraged at the end. It’s not unlike test preparation classes, in that you give a quick overview and then field questions from your students.

You should look into this opportunity if you’re interested in working as a substitute teacher over the summer.

Virtual Assistant Work

If you are a natural organizer and have a knack for the computer, a position as a Virtual Assistant may be the ideal summer job for you.

For those seeking a change of pace from the classroom, this work-from-home opportunity has become increasingly popular.

A Virtual Assistant is a person who provides assistance to business owners online. The specific requests of your superiors will determine your daily work schedule.

Bookkeeping Business

You don’t need any experience to get started, and you can do it from pretty much anywhere.

Because so many companies are expanding, this type of side hustle has become increasingly common.

You’ll be in charge of your schedule, so you can work around your other obligations by choosing the number of clients you take on and the hours you put in.

There’s a lot of money to be made in this, since few people enjoy dealing with their own finances. You can find out everything you need to know at the Bookkeeper Launch workshop.

First, let your personal and professional networks know that you’re entering this field.

Depending on how much work you’ll be doing for each client, you may be able to charge anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 per month.

Search Engine Evaluator

This is a rare opportunity for educators to earn some extra money during the summer months.

A search engine evaluator’s job is to verify the accuracy and applicability of search engine results.

This is a fantastic choice for people who want to earn some extra money on the side but don’t have the time to commit to a full-time position.

You can make up to $14 an hour doing this, and no prior experience is required.

Lionbridge and Appen are the best options for such work at the moment.

Take Paid Online Surveys

You may spend all day as a teacher fielding student inquiries; if so, you should be compensated for your time. You can make some extra cash here and there by filling out short surveys on sites like Survey Junkie.

There are easier and faster ways to make money, but this won’t be one of them.

It’s comparable to the studies we discussed in the previous section. There are businesses that rely on survey websites to gather product-specific market data.

In order to receive money or gift cards, you will be asked to answer a series of questions.

Paid surveys aren’t the best way to make money, but they can be a lifesaver during the summer.


We hope this article has alleviated some of your concerns about making it through the summer on significantly less money than usual.

Teachers have a lot of options for making extra money during the summer months. You should have some good ideas after looking at the examples of the top summer jobs for teachers.