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Summer Jobs for Teachers: How to Make Extra Money

Updated on June 2, 2012

As a former educator, I have experienced the drop in work (and drop in pay!) that comes with the end of the school year. Even if you don't need the additional income, you may just want something interesting to do with your time!

When school is not in session, there are many ways for teachers to make extra money. Whether using teaching skills or not, there are a lot of fun ways to earn cash and stay busy!



There are many ways to use your teaching skills to earn extra money when school is not in session.Tutoring is a great option to fill that need.

Many people search for tutors when school is out to help keep their children from losing valuable skills over the summer. To find tutoring positions, consider asking your fellow teachers and school administrators if they know of anyone looking for a tutor.

There are also many web sites that bring tutors and students together. is an excellent source for advertising tutoring services.

Tutoring services are also an option, if you don't want to have to find your own students., Educate Online, and can help you get started.

Freelance Education Work

If you want a job that is slightly different from teaching or tutoring, there are many that will use your skills in a different capacity. There are many education-related freelance opportunities in writing that will earn extra cash.

Writing for the Education Market is a blog devoted to opportunities for educators outside of the classroom. Subscribe to this blog and you will find opportunities for writing educational content for publishers, writing test items, and aligning content to academic standards. Most opportunities are freelance, meaning you would work on your own, when you want to work, as long as you meet the established deadlines and quality of work.

Teaching test preparation is also a great way to earn extra money. Course providers such as The Princeton Review hire educators to teach their test preparation classes. There may be other providers in your area. Test preparation courses include SAT, ACT, GRE, and many other exams. is another site for freelance opportunities. While not restricted to education-related jobs, this site has a wealth of information about opportunities that can fit your school schedule.

Child care can be a very rewarding summer job!
Child care can be a very rewarding summer job! | Source

Child Care

Many parents are looking for summertime child care for their school aged children. You can spend your days or evenings caring for children and engaging in fun activities with them while their parents work. While filling a great need for temporary child care, you can also really have some fun!

You can find child care opportunities in the local newspaper or through word of mouth (tell your fellow teachers and friends that you are interested). There are also some web sites that are great resources, such as and

Check Local Attractions

If you are looking for something totally different, use your people skills to work at a local attraction! Many attractions hire additional staff for the summer, and if you are experienced in working with children, it could be a fun way to use your skills and have some fun! Check the following attractions in your area:

  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Baseball Fields
  • Amusement Parks
  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Swimming Pools

From ticket sales to working outdoors to life guarding, your experience working with kids will help you find a jot at an attraction.

Selling tickets at a ball park or stadium is a great summer job!
Selling tickets at a ball park or stadium is a great summer job! | Source

There are many summer opportunities for teachers to fill days off from school. Earn some extra money and have a great time with these ideas.


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