While many of us dream of having the summer months off, some teachers prefer to use their vacations to earn some extra cash.
Working during the summer can help you keep your teaching skills sharp, and you may even learn a few new things — preferably with someone else footing the bill.
You will find no shortage of summer jobs for teachers or educators. Many of these opportunities will give you some summer flexibility and a modest income without a lengthy commitment. When the summer’s over, you can resume your day job without having to worry about quitting or keeping a now-second job.
Ready to find your new summer job?
Want to strengthen your teaching skills while earning some extra money? Look for opportunities to tutor english as a second language (ESL) students locally and online.
Look for large corporations in your area that may relocate foreign employees to your city, and inquire whether they need a freelance ESL tutor to help their staff brush up on their language skills. Or go online and connect with students all over the world through sites like GoFluent and I Speak U Speak.
Vernetta R. Freeney, founder of Women are Gamechangers and a teacher at a local college in Houston, found ESL tutoring was more than just making extra money.
“I was given an outside perspective on how business operated in countries around the world,” she says. “Needless to say I learned probably as much, if not more, from the students I taught than what I provided to them. Plus, the pay was great and it was a flexible schedule.”
Why limit your summer job search to the U.S.? You’ll find many great opportunities for teachers to work abroad during the summer months. “Qualified and experienced teachers are highly in demand at schools and organizations abroad (especially those in developing countries),” says Jessie from Go Overseas.
While paid short-term positions can be hard to come by, volunteer programs, especially those teaching English, are plentiful in certain regions of the world — plus, you’ll get to travel. Some programs will even pay for your expenses. Go Overseas lists a ton of volunteer teaching opportunities abroad.
I love opportunities to leverage what you already have for passive income. You’ve already done the work. Why not make the most of it?
Take those lesson plans, worksheets and printables you created during the school year and upload them to a site like Teachers Pay Teachers. You will earn 60-85% of each sale of your education resources. And this is an opportunity that can continue to bring in additional income year-round without any additional work.
“I only sell digital products, so I don’t have to mail anything,” says Meredith O’Neill, a middle-school teacher who sells her resources on the site. “The sale and the transfer of my work happens automatically. The payment goes straight to my PayPal account after TPT takes its cut. It’s extremely easy once your store is created and your work is loaded.”
If you love the great outdoors, consider getting a job at a summer camp.
Writer Amanda Simkin spent three summers working at a summer camp during her eight years of teaching. “Working at a summer camp is a great supplemental job because sometimes you just want to get away from the classroom (such as what you may encounter during summer school) and interact with kids in a more fun-focused and laid back way,” she explains.
Here’s how she recommends you find a job.
“I learned about openings through word of mouth, but nowadays you can use social media, such as Park District websites, Facebook, even Craigslist to find openings,” she says. “Another great site to find education-related jobs is School Spring.” You can also check with your local YMCA, community organizations and churches.
If you live in a popular travel destination, there are a number of ways you can profit from the summer crowds.
Some travelers prefer to walk or get a ride over renting a car. But they may still need a ride from the airport to their hotel, or home at night from a local hotspot.
Becoming a driver is a great option for those who want a flexible side job.
“If you work more hours, you can make more money, but if you want to take a break and not drive for a few days, that’s OK, too,” says Harry Campbell, The Rideshare Guy.
No one wants to worry about feeding a meter while on vacation.
If you live near an event center or stadium, rent out your driveway using sites and apps like JustPark or MonkeyParking — or go old-school and simply post a “Parking” sign in front of your house. You may only earn $20 per day, but $20 is $20!
Got an extra bedroom? Rent out a room to travelers on Airbnb — or if you’ll be out of town for a weekend or longer, rent out your whole place.
If you know all of the hot spots and hidden gems in your city or neighborhood, consider becoming a local tour guide. It’s a great way to enjoy the weather, the scenery and good company (hopefully) while earning some extra cash.
When it comes to summer jobs as a teacher, think beyond the usual babysitting and landscaping gigs.
Look for opportunities to enjoy new experiences, share your expertise and meet new people, all while making extra money.
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Angie Nelson has been a virtual assistant and serial blogger since 2007, when she took her future into her own hands and found a way to escape the corporate cubicle farm. Visit The Work at Home Wife to learn about more opportunities to earn an income while keeping your personal freedom.
“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn
Hear, hear, Audrey! I agree every woman should feel beautiful, but I also believe beauty shouldn’t break the bank.
After all, those manicures and luxury lipsticks sure add up over time, and fitting beauty into your budget shouldn’t require a miracle.
Here are a few ways I save money on hair, makeup and personal care products:
Most beauty products are made from the same types of ingredients, regardless of their manufacturers. This means many drugstore products are equivalent to department store products, and vice versa.
Paying more often only buys you a brand name -- not necessarily a superior product.
While the ingredients might be similar, packaging makes a big difference -- it has a huge impact on the product’s effectiveness over time.
For example, squeezable tubes are better than jars for insulating ingredients against harmful elements. Choose tubes instead of jars to stretch your beauty bucks.
Maximize your savings by shopping for your products online using a rebate portal like Ebates.
If your favorite companies have loyalty programs, make sure to sign up. In many cases, you will receive exclusive discounts and free store credit or bonus products as a frequent shopper.
What seems like a hair care or beauty bargain at your local salon may not be a deal at all. Do some comparison shopping and check all stylist-recommended products for customer satisfaction ratings online before purchasing from your pro.
In many cases, you’ll find something that does the same job as the product your stylist is peddling for significantly less cash.
For example, discount website Hollar stocks a ton of beauty supplies from top brands, like Revlon, Kardashian Beauty, Neutrogena, Olay and more starting at $1.
Purchasing everyday essentials like cotton balls, makeup remover pads, applicators, hair clips or bobby pins at a dollar store can save an average of 30-40% compared to buying those same items from a department or big box store.
Instead of paying high prices at your normal hair salon, consider visiting a local beauty school for your (and your family’s) routine trims. Typically, you will save up to 50% off salon prices when you opt for a beauty school hairdo.
Google “beauty school + [your town]” to find one near you.
This is also a great way to get a special occasion ‘do at a fraction of the price. I went this route for my sister’s wedding and paid only a fraction of the $60+ my regular salon charges.
Beauty Brands holds a “Liter Sale” once per year during which you can purchase liters of salon brand shampoos and conditioners for just $12.99.
This is a great deal -- in some cases, you’ll save over $40 per liter. Imagine the savings if you stocked up on enough shampoo and conditioner to last you an entire year, until the next Liter Sale.
Beauty Brands holds their big sale around July. Philosophy also holds a Summer Sale during which you can save up to 50%. During the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale, it isn’t unusual to save up to 75% when you use coupons along with the sale prices.
Almost every brand and online beauty merchant has one or two big sales each year. Mark these sales on your calendar and stock up for big savings.
Also, summer is a great time to look for local sidewalk sales in your community. Save big as your mom-and-pop shops move last season’s inventory.
If you spend less money on beauty products, you’ll have more money to spend on other things.
Shop smarter, save more and look fabulous while you do it.
Your Turn: How do you save on beauty supplies?
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Angie Nelson is a beauty product junkie who believes every woman deserves to look and feel good — regardless of your budget! Connect with her on MyBeautyBoxReview.com.