“You only work nine months out of the year.” “You get the entire summer off.” There’s a lot of misinformation floating around the universe in terms of what teachers do during their time off. So, I thought maybe I’d set the record straight, at least partially.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have any vacations planned. In fact, we’re dashing off to Vegas for a few short days right before summer school starts. Costa Rica is also on the horizon. In addition to travel, I’ll spend countless hours preparing for next school year. In the past, I’ve never clocked the hours, but this summer, I think I will. In addition to traveling and lesson planning, a big chunk of my summer will be spent hustling.
This summer, I’m working with two students at the library near my house. By car, it’s a three-minute commute. My plan, however, is to walk most days. I figure I’ll get in some steps, enjoy the sunshine, and save a few drops of gasoline. While I am already certain that this will be my least consistent and reliable side hustle, I can theoretically earn an extra $80 a week.
I’m only working a half day of summer school each day. Partly because I need to spend time prepping lessons and technology for the fall and partly because I have all sorts of other plans. I’ll be able to catch up with friends, spend time with Mr. P, garden, hike, and more. Depending on how we are able to time sheet the work this summer, I could potentially earn about $100 a day. Granted I’ll lose a hunk of that to taxes–just like any side hustle–but I’ll also have money diverted into my pension.
Some of the meetings that I facilitate and attend this summer will actually be paid. The vast majority of teacher trainings that happen over the summer are for personal betterment and to plan ahead for the school year (read: unpaid). But I’m fortunate to work in a district that also offers a few paid trainings. I won’t get rich from any of this, but an extra $20 here and an extra $50 here has the potential to add up.
Freelancing — Sort Of
Because I’m so excited about this opportunity, I’ll definitely devote an entire blog post to it soon. Still, I am officially hired on to be part of the Tip Yourself team. I’ve waxed poetic about the app before, and I’ve been a long-time user. The stars aligned in all the right ways, and about a month ago, I was asked to come on board and help with some social media and email work.
So Tell Me…Do you have any side hustles lined up? Are you traveling at all this summer?