Today’s post comes from a retired school teacher who is using her decades of experience to give back to the profession. Follow her website, TeacherSpark.org, for more inspiration. Thank you, Joyce!
Upon hearing someone is a teacher, many people immediately say, “You’re so lucky! Summers off!” And while that’s true to an extent, finding a part-time or temporary job during summer break is necessary for many teachers, and it can be stressful. For some, the perfect job is one that they can continue to work at even after school starts back, but those can be hard to find.
There are lots of great options, however; you just have to know where to find them. Here are a few of the best.
Be a content creator for teachers through TeachersPayTeachers.com or TeachersNotebook.com
As an educator, you have plenty of experience with children and insight that not many others have, so make it work for you by creating a blog with earning potential from ads, or contributing to an established blogger’s site. You can write articles or create printables for other educators with sites like Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher’s Notebook.
Obviously, you’re well qualified to tutor people of just about any age, and you can set your own hours and possibly even do it from your own home. Contact parents before the school year ends and let them know you’re available, or set up a site or Facebook page that lists your fees and specialties. This is a side job you could continue throughout the school year if you wanted to earn some extra income.
Be a dog walker or dog sitter using Rover.com
Sites like Rover.com allow you to meet up with pet owners and decide if you’re a good match for their needs. If you are, you can keep a pretty flexible schedule and possibly even take on more than one job at once for maximum earning potential. Here, you’ll be able to get in exercise and maybe even work close to home.
Dog boarding is the perfect job for an animal lover, and the best part is you can do it from home. There could be dozens of pet owners nearby who need someone to take in their animal while they go away on business or vacation, and they are likely willing to pay well in order to have peace of mind about their beloved pet while they’re apart.
Share your love for learning as a program director
Museums, children’s museums, zoos, resorts, and national parks are all in need of educated, resourceful people to direct children’s programs and other events during the summer. Some places may require a certain degree, but if you have experience in teaching, you may be able to get hired based on that strength alone.
Finding a summer job doesn’t have to be a stressful event; check online for companies that hire teachers and find something that’s right for you.
Joyce Wilson is a retired teacher with decades of experience. Today, she is a proud grandmom and mentor to teachers in her local public school system. She and a fellow retired teacher created TeacherSpark.org to share creative ideas and practical resources for the classroom.