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13 Flexible Online Summer Jobs for Teachers


Teachers can earn some extra cash (and enjoy a change of pace) from the comfort of home over the summer. Here are 13 flexible online summer jobs for teachers so you can achieve that ideal work-life balance during your vacation months.

When that final bell rings on the last day of school, summer begins and offers teachers a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of the school year. The Monday through Friday routine is temporarily on hold for the next 60+ days as educators and students enjoy their time off during summer break.

But that two—to three-month break from school doesn’t necessarily consist of fun-in-the-sun and leisure-filled days. Many teachers spend the summer months prepping for the new school year or taking on a seasonal job to supplement their income.

13 Flexible Online Summer Jobs For Teachers

After 180 days in the classroom following a lesson plan, adhering to a set schedule for the summer may be a less-than-ideal working arrangement for educators on break.

Fortunately, teachers have several online summer job options that offer tons of flexibility and enough freedom to earn extra money while still having plenty of time for summer fun.

With these 13 terrific summer vacation side hustles, there are ideal summer job options for every teacher.

1. Tutor Students Online

For students who struggle in certain subjects, getting some extra help from a summer tutor can make all the difference in creating the building blocks to finding success in the new school year.

With advances in technology and the rise of platforms like Preply, teachers can use their teaching skills to become online tutors. This part-time summer job idea lets you set your own schedule and work as many or as few hours as you want.

With Preply, you can set your hourly rate (most tutors on this site earn $15-$25 per hour).

Since more than 100 subjects are offered on Preply (including foreign languages and some hobbies), you can enjoy sharing knowledge of things you love and make a difference in students’ lives.

Although Preply is a popular platform, you can find work as an online tutor with many sites, including KaplanEdmentumStudypool, and Course Hero.

2. Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) is an online marketplace built specifically for educators. This easy-to-use platform is perfect for selling your original classroom creations, such as lesson plans and worksheets. You can even sell physical products and other educational resources you no longer need.

TeachersPayTeachers is a great summer platform to work on. It’s one of those rare summer gigs that also offers the chance to earn passive income well into the fall and beyond since digital goods can be created once and sold repeatedly.

It’s free to sign up on TeachersPayTeachers, and as a seller, you’ll have two membership options:

The Basic Membership is free, but you’ll be charged $0.30 per resource purchased and a 55% royalty on each sale.

The Premium Membership has a $59.95 annual fee but offers a more significant royalty of 80% on gross sales. On orders totaling less than $3, you’ll have to pay $0.15 transaction fees for each resource.

Whether you choose Basic or Premium, teachers receive payments once a month for sales made the previous month via PayPal, direct deposit, Venmo, or wire transfer.

Now, TPT also offers a Publisher membership, allowing you to offer your products to more than 8 million teacher members with no annual fee. This option is an entirely self-service store that works just like it does for teacher-sellers with unlimited product listings. With a Publisher membership, there’s a 50/50 split on resource sales.

3. Online Test Scorer

While most student tests are graded by computer today, a significant portion still needs the human eye’s attention. Essays, written short answers, and portfolios are reviewed in person—often by a large home-based workforce. That’s where you come in!

As a work from home test scorer, you evaluate student testing online fairly and consistently using a standardized rubric. While a teaching experience is advantageous (and preferred), training will be provided.

There are several companies that hire test scorers to grade student responses in standardized testing, ranging from elementary to college-level subject matter. Pay generally ranges from $10 to $20 per hour, and many scorers set their own schedules. The availability of work is seasonal, with the highest demand in the spring and summer months as high school students prepare for college.

Here’s a look at some of the companies that hire work from home test scorers:

  • ACT – The ACT is a college readiness test that includes written short-answer questions and essays. The ACT hires readers to score essays online using specialized software. Scorers earn an average of $12 per hour.
  • ETS – Educational Testing Services (ETS) hires online test scorers for various educational institutions. At any given time, scorers could grade written answers, spoken responses, or portfolios from the AP®, GRE®, or other tests. Scorers earn anywhere from $10-$20 per hour.
  • Measurement Incorporated – Measurement Inc. (MI) hires contract readers and reviewers to score student responses in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies among all grade levels – elementary to high school.

4. Teach English as a Second Language

You don’t need to be an ESL teacher to teach students a new language when you take on a summer job as a conversational English tutor.

Join the global community of Cambly tutors and earn $0.17 ($10.20 per hour) for each minute spent talking with students on Cambly or $0.20 ($12.00 per hour) on Cambly Kids.

You can log in and work whenever you want, day or night. The Cambly dashboard will ‘ring’ when a student is ready to chat; it’s entirely up to you whether or not to answer. Receive payment via PayPal weekly. Other online ESL companies to explore include VIPKid and EF.

5. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants (or VAs) are the unsung heroes of the online world. They provide entrepreneurs, bloggers, and executives with invaluable administrative support from the comfort of their own homes.

Your skill set and experience determine the services you can offer as a VA, but the possibilities are endless. As a teacher, you already have several things you can bring to the table, such as organizational skills, research skills, data entry, editing, proofreading, and much more.

Being a virtual assistant affords the opportunity to work as much or as little as you like on your schedule. Depending on your skills and experience and where you work, you can expect to make about $18-$25 per hour as a VA. Find virtual assistant jobs at BELAYMy VA Rocks, and Delegated.

6. Pet Sitter and Dog Walker

If you love animals, you can earn some side income as a pet sitter or a dog walker. These services are super helpful to professionals who are gone all day or people who go on vacation and don’t want to take their pets to a kennel.

Some people even combine pet sitter and house sitter services to earn more.

Dog walking is a great summer job opportunity that lets you socialize, get some exercise, and earn a bit of extra money.

Be aware that pay can vary quite a bit based on the services you offer, where you live, and where you do pet sitting (in the client’s home or your own). Check out on-demand sites like Rover or Wag to connect with potential clients.

7. Freelance Writer

If you love working with the written word, consider becoming a freelance writer in your free time. Whether you specialize in an area of expertise or can write about nearly anything with some research, there are freelance writing opportunities for you.

Search sites such as UpworkGuru, and Freelancer to find openings for writing jobs and be prepared to respond quickly because competition can be fierce. Also, you can set your pay, but be ready to back up your asking price with a killer writing sample.

8. Proofreader

As a teacher, you probably can’t help yourself from catching grammatical and spelling errors as you read. If that’s the case, proofreading may be the perfect online part-time job for you.

Entrepreneurs, bloggers, small companies, and large ones, too, all need proofreaders for a large variety of materials (including blog posts). You can set your pay rate and accept clients on a case-by-case basis. Find work on many different sites, including Proofreadingservices.com and Guru.

9. Study.com

If you’re looking for a flexible summer job that you can do anytime, check out the freelance jobs with Study.com. They hire independent contractors to work on writing, editing, proofreading, lesson writing, researching, content creation, sales, and more. New jobs are added all the time, but at the time of writing this article, they had openings for content editors, content creators, test writers, sales development reps, and others. With these part-time online gigs, you’ll get paid twice a month, and you can pick when you work, making them the perfect summer job for teachers!

10. Help Kids Improve Their Reading Skills

Summer is the perfect time for kids to catch up and keep their reading skills sharp, and this is where you come in. Your teaching skills can help make reading easier and more enjoyable for kids. Companies like BookNook and the Institute of Reading Development hire teachers to work online and help children better their reading skills. With BookNook, you can earn $18 per hour and you can work up to 30 hours per week. With the Institute of Reading Development, teachers can earn $600-$700 per week during the summer. 

11. Train AI Tools

As a teacher, you have excellent writing, communication, and research skills, which companies like TELUS InternationalData Annotation Tech, and Welocalize are looking for to help train their AI tools. The great thing about these summer jobs for teachers is they are work-when-want and wherever you want, so you can earn a little extra cash on vacation, too! Tasks include online rating, social media evaluation, data annotation, data collection, and online research. Besides the aforementioned skills, you should also be tech-savvy, detail-oriented, and up-to-date on current affairs. Pay varies based on the task and hiring company, but you can expect to make anywhere from $12-$20 per hour. 

12. Test Websites and Apps

If you’re looking to add a little extra money to your bank account, consider doing website and app testing. With these sporadic side gigs, you’ll evaluate websites and apps for user-friendliness, navigation, and understanding. Your feedback helps companies improve their digital presence with better website designs and applications. Most tests take about 10-15 minutes and pay an average of $10 per test. Sometimes, you’ll be invited to complete more in-depth testing, which these gigs can pay around $65 for an hour of your time. If this sounds appealing, check out UserTestingUser InterviewsGigwalk, and Respondent for online opportunities. 

A teacher's home office desk with a lamp and basket of notebooks and school supplies.

13. Start Your Own Side Hustle

As a teacher, you have so many valuable skills and talents that you can easily turn your experience into a profitable side hustle. Whether it be a money-making blog, joining a direct sales company selling educational toys, selling handmade jewelry on Etsy, or turning your math skills into a bookkeeping business, it has never been easier or more affordable to start an online business. 

First, do a little brainstorming by downloading our free business plan template. This will help you pick a business idea, figure out where to sell, pricing, marketing, and all the other details that go into starting a business. Once you have your plan in hand, start executing it with action steps. Your idea, website, and marketing don’t have to be perfect; just get started. 

As you go, you can flex your business hours as your school or summer vacation schedule demands. Or maybe you put more and more time into your business and make it into your full-time job. The options are endless! If you need some inspiration to get started, check out this list of small business ideas you can do from home. 

Online Summer Jobs for Teachers Wrapup

During the summer months, when plenty of activities are happening, the last thing you want is to be completely tied up with a seasonal job like being a lifeguard, summer camp counselor, or summer school teacher. 

With these online summer jobs for teachers, you can easily prepare for the school year ahead and earn extra money, all while leaving enough time to enjoy the summer season. In fact, these jobs are flexible enough that, who knows, maybe you’ll hold onto your summer job year-round as a way to supplement your income—even when school is in session.

How do you earn extra money during the summer months? Do you know of any other online summer jobs for teachers? Drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you!

Originally published on June 10, 2016. Updated and republished in May 2024.



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