20 of the Best Summer Jobs for Teachers

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 Online Summer Jobs for Teachers

If you’re looking for summer jobs for teachers then you’re in the right place.

In this article, we will show you all the ways you can make money over the summer and if you want, many of the jobs on this list can carry over when you’re back to work full-time and be done on the side if you choose.

I have the utmost respect for teachers and I think they are severely underpaid. I think summertime should be considered a paid vacation, but until that happens you can use this list for temporary summer work for teachers.

These are all part-time summer jobs for teachers so you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy your freedom. You won’t even need to leave home for some of these online summer jobs for teachers.

This list also includes summer jobs for substitute teachers.

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In this article, I will show you a number of different ways you can make money, how to get started, and most importantly, how much money you can earn.

Read to the end to see how some teachers are making millions selling their lesson plans.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.

20 of the Best Summer Jobs for Teachers

1. Freelance Content Creator

freelance content creator looking down

This is one of the best summer jobs for teachers because of the flexibility and income! Most people have no idea that this niche exists or that there are thousands of bloggers that regularly purchase from freelance content creators working behind the scenes.

See how this mom was able to retire her husband and stay as a stay-at-home mom working around her own schedule.

You have to see how this works as another mom that I interviewed who does this made $4,000 her first month after she got the proper training! It’s insane, and no one talks about this.

How to get started: Check out the article on How to become a Freelance Content Creator

2. Start a Blog

laptop showing online summer jobs for teachers

If you don’t want to create packages for other bloggers, what about creating your own blog? I feel like teachers see so much in the classroom and have so much to say. Even if you don’t want to write about teaching there are so many other things you can write about.

I’m earning over $5,000/month with the blog you’re on right now and working VERY, VERY Part-time.

Blogging is one of my favorite forms of passive income because I make money just by people visiting my website from ads.

I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.

When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from the other day.

chart showing how commissions make money

I made $400 in one day just from ads. I also make money by partnering with companies and becoming an “Affiliate”.

However, I didn’t start earning this much in the beginning (I’ve been blogging for about 15 months).

Blogging takes A LOT of work in the beginning and the summertime would be a perfect time to immerse yourself in starting a blog.

AND you DO NOT need to be an excellent writer to become a blogger, you just write like you talk.

You can see how I make money blogging and check out my Step-by-Step Guide to starting a blog along with the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.

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3. Freelance Writer

A mom writing in a notebook while drinking orange juice.

If you don’t want to start a blog but like to write, you should consider becoming a Freelance Writer.

I interviewed Holly Johnson who makes OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer (I didn’t even know that was possible).

Freelance writing is a great way to make money from home as a teacher because you get to work when you want and can continue doing this even when you go back to school.

Holly Johnson found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career and I highly recommend taking her course if you want to work from home writing and follow her path to success.

You can check out the interview here and at the end of the article I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs.

4. Make money putting babies to sleep

This one is for the mamas. Jayne Havens is a stay-at-home mom and she was always getting asked if she could help others get their kids to sleep through the night since she had early success.

She started charging people, and in her first month in business she made $2,400! By the end of her first year in business, she was having $10,000 months!!! And mostly everything is done by email or text.

You can definitely start this in the summer and carry it on even when you go back to school. You create your own schedule.

Check out our interview with her on how to become a sleep consultant to see how to get started.

5. Proofreader

A mom proofreading on her tablet.

Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If this is you, you’d make a great Proofreader.

This is a great summer part-time job for teachers because I interviewed Caitlin Pyle who earned $43,000 per year part-time while studying abroad.

You can read about it in my How to Become a Proofreader article.

To get started I recommend taking this FREE introductory workshop to help you learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle.

6. Property Preservation Contractor

Ever heard of this? We didn’t either until we met Danielle Pierce at a conference. She told us she was in Real Estate but didn’t buy or sell anything, so then we were like, then what do you do?

She explained it like this, if you look around just about every neighborhood you’ll notice abandon houses. These houses are either in the foreclosure process or they are forclosed and now owned by the bank.

Banks don’t like to get into real estate so they outsource services to preserve the property until they can sell it. This does not mean any major renovations, just preserving the property until the bank can sell it. So this includes keep up with the landscaping and things like that.

But get this, Danielle doesn’t do any of the work. She outsouces 100% of the work and only does the admin work at home part time AND homeschools her 3 kids AND makes over $400,000 a year!

We said, we have to interview you and tell us how we can do it. So, we did, check it out in our How to Become a Property Preservation Contractor article. 

7. Online Tutor

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If you’re passionate about teaching, why stop? You can make up to $60 per hour tutoring kids online.

Check out the best tutoring jobs online and see if you can find something that works for you.

8. Freelance

A mom working as a freelance teacher while taking care of her kids

Freelancing is one of the best ways to earn money as a teacher because you work around your own schedule. Your skill set may be one of the following:

  • Virtual Assistant
  • Social media
  • Design tech
  • Pinterest
  • Copywriting
  • Customer Service, etc.

If you’ve ever had an interest in one of these it’s time to pursue it! My friend Micala does this and is doing very well AND she’s a lot like most teachers that are moms.

She was a teacher working 50-60 hours a week earning $2300 a month. Pre-tax & absolutely miserable dropping her baby off at daycare every day. She needed to work. And, wanted to work but on her own terms. She didn’t want to give up extra long morning snuggles or afternoons playing at the park. She wanted it all, do you?

Within a few months of freelancing, she was working 15-20 hours a week, earning double her old paycheck with her baby beside her every step of the way. Now she teaches moms how to do the same.

I had an AMAZING interview with her on How to Become a Freelancer Online and she created a free workshop to show you how she did it and how you can too. Check it out here and see if freelancing is right for you.

I’ve also found many freelance jobs using Upwork. I sift through the available work options to see which project suits me the best.

I only apply to the jobs I KNOW I can do well because after the project is over its important that I get a good review so I can continue to get more jobs.

I suggest the following when applying to jobs on Upwork:

  • Focus on the projects with only 5-10 proposals or less submitted (less competition)
  • Check that the client has the “blue verified payment check” before applying
  • When you see a job that fits you, apply for it immediately!
  • If you live in the U.S., make sure to check “U.S. Only.”
  • If you are pitching your first job, try to offer your services for free for one week to ease the client’s mind since you have no references or reviews. If the client likes you move on with the “paid service” the following week. That’s how I won my first job, and the client still paid me for my first week.

For a full list of freelance services you can provide on Upwork click here

9. Transcribe

A mom working on online transcription from home

Transcription is a great summer job for teachers. Transcribers listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. If you have patience and the ability to sit for long periods of time and an eye for detail, you should consider transcribing.

You can make $7-$21 per hour or more if you start your own business. I recommend taking this Free Mini-Course for a full overview of transcribing and how to get started.

I also have 4 companies hiring along with a work at home success story on transcribing in my article on How to Work from Home Transcribing.

10. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops

Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper and this is the perfect summer job for teachers. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME.

And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.

Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up.

Related: 18 Best Online Jobs for Students

11. Start a dog bakery business

dog eating a treat

This is a perfect business to start this summer. If you have a dog, you like to bake, why not make a business out of it? We know this can be done because we interviewed Kristen Larsen and she is making a killing in her business.

See how she got started and how you can too in our how to start a dog bakery from home article. 

12. Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

A woman walking a dog

Well, what about walking dogs? Get some exercise and make some extra money walking dogs or even pet sitting.

To find clients you can sign-up through Rover or Care.com and charge $20-$30 per 30-minute walk. Care.com also posts listings for being a nanny during the summer, senior care, and housekeeping.

13. Sell low content books on Amazon 

This is one of the best summer jobs for teachers because this is something you can do while watching tv and make a great passive income each month.

You create a cover of a book and one interior page (no graphic design experience needed). Post it to Amazon KDP and let your work sell. 

This may not make a lot of sense but we break it down in our article How to make 1000s selling low content books, or you can just watch as we show you how to do this in minutes.

14. Food Delivery Driver

A person driving a car for a delivery service

You may have some free time so have you ever thought about making some extra money delivering food? I have an entire article on the only food delivery driver jobs I recommend signing up for and they can earn you up to $25 per hour.

Choose when and if you want to work and get paid. It’s really that simple.

Check out the best food delivery driver jobs in your area.

15. Virtual Receptionist

Answer calls and web chats for a variety of businesses and professionals for Smith.ai, working alongside a close-knit team from around the country.

Smith.ai operates Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

You must be available 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (minimum of 20 hours per week, 40 hours max). Shifts are broken into 2- to 5-hour blocks. Applicants will need to be from the US, Canada, or Mexico.


Pay is hourly and starts at $10 per hour, with raises based on performance and longevity with the company.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Cash bonuses
  • Weekly pay

How do I get started?  Apply Here

16. Make Money by Losing Weight

Do you have some unwanted pounds you want to drop? Need a little motivation?

Jaclyn won $5,294.12 for losing 132 lbs and Anastasia won $10,000 for losing 41 lbs. You can see how they did it in this weight loss challenge.

HealthyWage is a company supported by the Government to incentivize people to lose weight by putting their own money at risk with the potential to earn up to $10,000!

Here’s How it Works:

  • Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose, how long you’ll take to lose it, and how much you want to bet a month for that period of time.
  • You can play around with the calculator until you get your desired prize amount. (up to $10,000)
  • Sign up and agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
  • Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!

If you don’t hit your goal, your money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals.

Click here to See How Much Money You Can Make

17. Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator

Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator rate social media ads and search engine results for relevancy.

This job is great because it does not require getting on the phone, you make your own schedule, and it does not require any training.

You can make $12.50 – $14 per hour by applying to the only two Web Search Evaluators I recommend.

18. Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study

You can make easy money quickly by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for:

19. Create and Sell Printables

You can make $500-$8,000 per month! Seriously. The best part about printables is that the income is mostly passive. You make them once and can earn money from them forever!

I interviewed two women who do this successfully and they share with us how to get started and how to make the most money. Check it out in my article How to make printables to sell on Etsy. This is definitely something you can do while teaching no matter the season.

20. Get Paid Taking Surveys Online ($50-$100 a month or more)

This may not be the most exciting way to make money, but it is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make money online. To make decent money with surveys, you’ll need to join many survey sites.

Before you start applying I highly recommend opening a new email account to direct all surveys to that account because you’ll be inundated with daily survey emails.

I only recommend signing up for the following survey sites:

21. Get Paid to Test Apps and Websites

Companies need feedback on the user experience of their websites, and they’ll pay you to get it.

This is a fast and easy way to make money online.

Here is a reputable list of companies to work with that will give you $10 per test and they take around 15-20 minutes. Up to $60 with User Testing.

Extra Ways to Make Money for Teachers

Sell Your Lesson Plans

You know the lesson plans you work so hard to create for your students? Well, why not sell them and help other students and teachers. What makes this even cooler is that teachers are making MILLIONS like Miss Kindergarten, Lovin Lit, and The Moffat Girls.

Interested? Check out these sites where you can sell your lesson plans and make a nice profit Teachers Pay Teachers and Amazon.

Rakuten – Get cash back for things you’re going to buy anyway as long as you do it through their App. How? Stores pay Rakuten a commission for sending customers to their store. Rakuten splits that commission with you, so you both win.

I’ve made over $500 from shopping online through Rakuten and referring friends.

When I know I want to purchase something and I don’t need it right away, I buy it online (if shipping is free) to take advantage of my Rakuten perks.

Click here and earn $10 if you spend at least $25.

Dosh – Must-have cash back app, I absolutely LOVE it. It’s all “passive income” and all you need to do is link your credit/debit card and it will automatically give you cash back when you shop, eat, travel, and more at participating local and national merchants.

I forgot I had this app, and I keep getting emails like this when I eat or shop at participating merchants.

Screenshot of cash rewards using Dosh app

Click here to start earning with Dosh

Ibotta is another app that allows you to get cash back for items you buy anyway. I LOVE this app.

Here’s How It Works:

  • Download the Ibotta App and before you shop, add offers on products you normally purchase anyway.
  • Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don’t forget your receipt!
  • Redeem your offers by taking a photo of your receipt. Ibotta will match the items you bought to the offers you selected and give you the cash!

Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

Click here to start earning with Ibotta and get a $20 Sign up Bonus

Summer Teaching Jobs are Not The Only Option

Just because you’re a teacher, doesn’t mean you have to teach all summer long. I hope one of the ideas on this list has inspired you to try new ways to make money while school is out for summer.

Did you find anything on this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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