9 Part-Time Jobs for Teachers (After School & In the Summer)

Teacher in a Classroom - Part Time Jobs

I used to be a high school English teacher and so I've had a lot of experience thinking about part-time jobs for teachers.

Although teaching provided me with the highest salary I'd ever earned to date, it was still a relatively low wage.

So it came as no surprise that many of my teaching colleagues worked side gigs. They did this either throughout the year after school or just during summers. Did you know…teachers are 5x more likely than the average person to have a part-time job or side hustle?

Are you a teacher looking for part-time work?

The ability to bring in extra money can help you to power through paying off student loans, to save for a down payment for a house, or simply create a robust emergency fund and retirement savings account.

Here are several part-time jobs for teachers. These can easily fold into your schedule and help you improve your bottom line.

We've separated the list by jobs that can be performed after school vs jobs that need to be reserved for summertime.

Part-Time Jobs for Teachers After School

If you've got some time after school each day (we know…you don't have much even if school may end at 3 PM or 4 PM) here are a few part-time job ideas to get you started. We like these ideas because some can grow into a full separate business one day if you're so inclined.

1. Uber or Lyft Driver

It wasn't that long ago that you had to call a taxi to get somewhere instead of searching for a ride on your phone. Now that ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are on the rise, it’s easy to make a little money during your commute or your free time.

Ride-sharing gives you the freedom to choose your exact schedule. If you enjoy being on the road and interacting with different people each day, ride sharing is a good year-round part-time job.

According to a recent survey, the average part-time ride share driver makes about $14.74 an hour.

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2. Freelance Writer or Editor

You spend years building your communication skills to become a teacher–so why not put them to use? While you have a little extra time after school during the winter evenings, you can write or edit as a freelancer.

It’s a great way to make a little extra cash or even a full-time income like these folks do, depending on the direction you decide to take.

If you are interested in becoming a freelance writer or editor, here are a few steps you can take to get started:

  • Do your homework. Start by researching what freelance writing and editing will entail so you can be sure you have the skills and the time to devote to it. Also, find out what companies may hire freelance writers.
  • Do some writing prompts. This will help you discover your writing style and where your writing or editing may need some improvement.
  • Reach out. Find blogs or brands that you would like to work for and pitch ideas or share your services. You may have to reach out to a lot of different businesses and blogs before you get your first gig.
  • Continue to learn and enhance your skills. Try to take writing or editing courses to improve your abilities.

It may take a little time to find several clients to work for, but keep trying and be persistent. According to ClearVoice, freelance writers can make anywhere from $0.01 to $1 a word, which means this can potentially be a lucrative side gig.

3. Tutor

You’re already an expert at helping people with different learning styles master your subject. Tutoring can be a great way to sharpen your skills and share your knowledge after school. You can decide to tutor online or in person, whichever suits your lifestyle better. Sites like TutorMe or Care.com can help you connect with students or parents wanting your services.

Tutors can make anywhere from $18 to $85 an hour depending on your expertise, location, and professional level.

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4. Babysitter (or Dog Sitter)

My sons' favorite babysitter in our old neighborhood was actually a 3rd-grade teacher who moonlighted as a babysitter after school. Her own children were grown, and she loved getting a chance to spend time with little ones outside of her classroom.

My husband and I loved the added benefit of knowing that an excellent teacher was spending time with our children. This made her worth every penny over what we had been paying the local 15-year-old babysitter.

Working as a babysitter can be a natural fit for teachers. You may be able to network with the parents from the school or join sites like UrbanSitter, Care.com, or Sittercity. These sites connect you with families in need of babysitters and child care. You can establish a profile and promote your services.

Before you know it, you may need to start your own babysitting business with all of the parents in need of childcare.

In a recent UrbanSitter survey, the average hourly wage for a babysitter was between $12.22 and $17.34 an hour. As a teacher, however, it's likely that you will be able to command a rate on the higher end of this scale, or possibly even more.

If you're done with kids for the day, you could always do some dog sitting instead. Plenty of people with afternoon/evening shifts are in need of someone to check on their pets and/or take them for a walk.

I like to recommend a service like Rover as a great way to get your pet sitting services going. Their platform will connect you with plenty of people looking for quality pet sitters and dog walkers.

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5. Fitness Instructor

If working out is an important part of your life, then you might consider becoming a part-time fitness instructor in addition to your teaching career.

You can either become a group fitness instructor or a personal trainer.

In either case, you will need to be certified before you can begin as a fitness instructor, and if you decide to become a personal trainer, you should carry fitness business liability insurance. This will make certain you are covered in case any of your clients are injured while exercising.

This is another part-time job that you could do year-round and may give you a lot of flexibility. You can choose where and how often you meet with your clients.

Depending on your experience, you could make between $10 and $49 per hour as a personal trainer or fitness instructor.

6. Business Owner

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to start your own business–doing anything from writing and selling lesson plans to designing t-shirts. The sky’s the limit with the number of business opportunities you have at your fingertips.

By starting your own business, you also have full control over the amount of money you make. You never know, you may even decide to make your part-time business your full-time career.

Part-Time Jobs for Teachers in the Summer

The two or three months that the summer break provides is a lot of extra time to earn some money through a part-time job or side hustle. Here are some of the better jobs for teachers during the summer months:

7. Camp Counselor

Do you love outdoor activities and team building experiences? Then camp counselor may be the perfect summer job for you. The American Camp Association can be a good place to start your research for local camps in need of counselors.

You can become a counselor for a day camp or an overnight camp, depending on what type of commitment you want to make.

Recreation centers like the YMCA or LifeTime Fitness may also have day camp opportunities. Check your local recreation center for their summer camp schedules and how to apply.

According to ZipRecruiter, camp counselors can expect to make between $8 and $11 an hour.

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8. Server or Bartender

Several of my teaching colleagues worked at a restaurant or bar during the school year and picked up extra serving work over the summer. Not only did the work offer them steady extra cash, but these colleagues also always had the best lunches in the teacher's lounge because they brought in leftovers from their restaurant gigs.

A teacher's schedule can make for a great fit with this part-time job as school breaks also tend to be the busy times at restaurants. Plus you can bring home hundreds of dollars per shift.

According to Indeed, the average server at a fine dining restaurant makes $26.30 an hour.

9. Coach

Becoming a coach can also be a very rewarding way to help you make a little extra cash. This is another part-time job that you can enjoy in the summer.

Many teachers who are also coaches do both at their home school. But don't forget that you can find paid coaching positions with local recreation leagues, community centers, and even churches or other religious organizations after school.

Not only will you make a little money but you could improve your communication and leadership skills.

On average, high school coaches make $14.97 per hour, although the pay may differ depending on what organization you are coaching with.

Living the Side-Hustle Life as a Teacher

Teaching can be an all-encompassing career, but it doesn't necessarily have the salary to match. If you have the flexibility necessary to pick up part-time work then taking on a side-hustle job can help you to improve your finances.

What part-time jobs for teachers can you add to this list?

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About Emily Guy Birken

Emily Guy Birken is a former English teacher and respected personal finance blogger. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her engineer husband and two high-energy little boys. She has written four books: The Five Years Before You Retire, Choose Your Retirement, Making Social Security Work For You, and End Financial Stress Now. Emily's thoughts on parenting and life in general are found at The SAHMnambulist.

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