Teachers are embracing the gig economy as a way to earn a little extra money during summer vacation. But which side hustles are best for teachers, given their well-earned need for some down time over the summer months?
We took a look at ideal summer sharing-economy jobs for teachers. To make the cut these gigs had to pay reasonably well, or allow for a lot of schedule flexibility, and be fun–or at least occasionally fun. Even teachers get to let their hair down for some summertime fun.
Here are our five favorite summertime side gigs for teachers:
Babierge (baby + concierge) connects traveling families with “Trusted Partners” at their vacation destination who rent, deliver and set up baby equipment that helps families enjoy all the comforts of home while on vacation. Think Airbnb, but for baby gear.
As a Trusted Partner you’ll load gear like portable cribs, strollers, car seats and bins full of toys into the back of your car and then deliver it to families at local hotels, vacation rentals and private homes. You select the gear you want to rent and set your own rental prices and delivery fees. Babierge builds your Web site, drives business to it and handles your rental transactions and payments. Trusted Partners earn, on average, about $1,000/month.
This is fun and rewarding work. Customers love you. Expect an occasional hug too. Best of all is to see the smiling faces on babies who are super excited to see you show up with toys. Oh happy day!
If you apply to Babierge in early June, you can have your first baby gear orders by the last day of school. Your baby gear career doesn’t need to end in September either. Teachers can rent gear year round by setting delivery hours for before or after the school day.
Rover is another fun, flexible sharing economy platform, connecting dog families with dog lovers who can make a side income as dog sitters. Think about it, boarding dogs overnight, pet sitting during the day or taking groups of playful dogs out for walks around the neighborhood–if you love dogs, it doesn’t get much better than this! You actually can get paid to play with adorable dogs.
Dog sitting can be a great side gig for teachers. While earning a little extra cash hosting dogs in your home you can still catch up on summer reading, or accomplish all the other tasks on your to-do list that were simply impossible to get to during the hectic school year. Dogs can have a calming effect on you too. We all want our teachers cool, calm and collected when that first school bell rings in September. Signing up for Rover is easy peasy. You can earn more than $1,000/month.
Some teachers might want their summer plans to keep them far from the classroom, but if you’re the kind of teacher who can’t get enough instructional time with students, online tutoring is a good work-from-home option. Teachers are great tutors, which is sort of stating the obvious.
It’s easy to get started at Tutor.com. Fill out the application and take a test to demonstrate your mastery of any of the wide-ranging subjects offered, including Physics, Calculus, Foreign Languages, Statistics, Sociology, Essay Writing and ESL. The money isn’t great, but there’s a lot of flexibility. According to Glassdoor Tutors are making somewhere between $11 and $14/hr. More challenging subjects tend to pay a little more.
Got a car sitting idle in your driveway? Flying away on a well-earned vacation? Turn your auto into extra cash by renting it out through Getaround, or any of several personal car rental services. Getaround currently offers rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Jersey, Boston, D.C.,Chicago and Portland, with more locations likely to go live soon. Expect more locations soon.
Getaround uses safe and smart technology to unlock your car for the customer through a smartphone. Drivers are screened for safe driving records and have access to 24/7 roadside assistance. Renters can earn up to $10,000 year and are insured for up to $1 million. Get started by listing your car.
Teachers are skilled at more than just, well, teaching. TaskRabbit connects helpers with customers who need assistance with varying tasks like restyling a home, moving furniture, running errands or delivering items.
As part of the signup process, Taskers must undergo a background and identity check. As long as you weren’t robbing banks last year as your summer side gig, this can’t be any harder than the background checks required to be a teacher.
Meet Two Gig Economy Teachers
Joe and Debra Moreno are retired teachers earning a side income renting out baby gear on the Babierge platform in Phoenix. Like so many teachers, Debra and Joe are bright, highly motivated and incredibly empathetic to families dealing with the stress of travel. They’re naturals for a side career in the hospitality industry. They once brought a hungry family a pizza along with their baby gear! Check out their Babierge website to learn more about Joe and Debra.
Whether renting baby gear or running errands, the gig economy offers great options for teachers (and really just about anyone) to change it up, earn a summer side income, and sometimes even have a little fun.