Our long-awaited summer break is upon us – family, sun, relaxing and recuperating before the new school year starts in September. Being a supply teacher sometimes means that summers can be stressful as you have no income over these 6-8 long weeks. Check out these creative ways you could earn some extra income over the holidays.
1. Sell your lesson plans
Chances are, you have downloaded a lesson from other teachers at some point and you may have even paid for it. You can benefit from this too! You have nothing to lose by taking your fantastic lessons and putting them online for sale on websites like Teachers Pay Teachers, Teacher Lingo or teacher Facebook pages. Get creative so that not only the content is great, but the look of your lessons are too – this will help to push up the number of sales!
2. Become a tutor
Many students use the summer break to take some extra lessons or to try to get ahead in their learning. There are multiple ways you can get involved with tutoring, either in person or online. There are multiple online tutoring companies that connect you with students, however one we cannot recommend enough is Tutorfair. For tutoring in person, put an ad in your local newspaper or put up a post on social media. I bet you will be surprised at the interest this generates – someone is bound to know someone else who is looking for a tutor for their child. Tutoring is not only great for the students, but you too! It helps to keep your head in the game so to speak, and can lead on to tutoring work once school goes back as well.
3. Sell your things
Summer holidays provide a great opportunity to have a tidy up around the house, getting rid of things you no longer need. Rather than throwing them away, find them a new home and make some money at the same time! Gather up your unwanted things and head off to your local car boot sale, hold your own yard sale or take some pictures of the items and put them online. Sites like Gumtree have great success and there are bound to be buy, sell and exchange Facebook pages specific to your local area.
4. Rent out your house on Airbnb
Planning on going away this summer? Rather than leave your house empty, rent it out on Airbnb! Alternatively, if you are staying close to home and have a spare room or 2, there is the option to rent out rooms too. Airbnb is a highly successful and trusted company where insurances cover you should anything go wrong – it’s a fantastic way to make some extra money to put towards your own holiday!
5. Get creative
The summer break is a perfect time to get out your arts and crafts. Candles, wall hangings, and artwork sell amazingly well on sites like Etsy, Gumtree, Pinterest or even Facebook pages. Take advantage of all those other teachers surfing the internet in their spare time too and make some teacher or classroom specific items! Doing this with a friend can be lots of fun and 2 minds are better than 1 when it comes to creativity! You could even head down to your local farmers market and set up a stall there too.
6. Nannying or Summer Holiday Programmes
Summer holidays can leave working parents scrambling to find people to look after their children, or holiday programmes to keep them occupied. For nannying, sign up with a nannying company online or put the word out that you’re available with friends and family. Summer camps and holiday programmes are often looking for experienced teachers who are already qualified and have the required background checks. Look for local programmes in your area and get in touch with them.
Many child care centres see a spike in the number of kids during the summer and sometimes hire extra help over this time too. Teachers are a perfect fit and already know how to effectively handle group learning situations. These fun environments might be just what you need after a school year of planning and marking!
7. House and pet sitting
Many families head away over the summer holidays, leaving both their precious houses and much-loved pets behind. There are many websites for each but put the word out locally too! House sitting can be a nice break away from your own home and pet sitting is an easy way for animal lovers to make a few extra bucks doing something they love.
8. Become a driver
Companies like Uber and Lyft are ideal companies to work for. You can earn money on your own schedule while driving and meet interesting people along the way! Talk to your next Uber driver about how to get involved and do some research to check the need for drivers in your area.
9. Odd jobs
Summer is a great time to be outdoors! If you like getting your hands dirty whilst getting some exercise at the same time, put an ad up online for handyman or handywoman work. People are always screaming out for someone else to mow their lawns, weed gardens, clean their windows or house and more. Perhaps your elderly neighbour may need a hand too! Be sure to carefully screen people before accepting a job at their place.
10. Special events and concerts
Summers always see a huge increase in the number of special events, shows and concerts around the country! Search job boards or Craigslist for local events in your area. A great way to not only make some extra money, but have fun and see something you may not have seen before whilst doing so!