Teachers: How to Find Financial Success by Working a Summer Side Gig
Teachers get just as excited about summer break as their students do, and with school finally winding down for the year, you are probably looking forward to spending some time outside of the classroom. During the summer holiday, it’s typical for teachers and students alike to use this time off to get some rest and relaxation. While the importance of taking time for yourself cannot be understated, as an adult, you’ve likely got a lot on your plate. With mortgage, utilities, and credit card bills in your near future, you might wonder what you can do to help give yourself a little financial breathing room. Perhaps now is the perfect time to start looking into a side job to provide an additional stream of income during your summer holiday.
Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Put Your Skills to Work
Everyone is good at something, and if you’re smart, you can put your skills to work and make a little money for yourself. When looking for part-time summer work, you should look at what you have to offer. The most obvious choice might be to use your teaching skills and work as a private tutor or sign up for an extended school year study program.
This doesn’t have to be your only option, however, and if you enjoy activities such as crafting, woodworking, gardening, or spending time with dogs, then you might just be able to turn your passion into profit. If your passion involves making something, then you might sell the final result of your side projects online or even accept commissions from potential customers. If you’re a total dog person, you could offer to spend your free afternoons walking other people’s pooches at an hourly rate. If there’s a will, then there’s always a way to get paid
Take Your Schedule Seriously
If you plan on making your side project profitable, then you need to put in some serious time. Even though you are not bound to your typical school schedule, it’s always a good idea to keep regularity in your day-to-day routine when you plan on balancing life and family with a part-time job. No matter what you choose to do, you need to make sure you wisely put aside enough time for you to commit to your side gig so that it doesn’t take away from the rest and relaxation of the rest of your break. If you plan on going on a trip with family or friends, then you might want to hold off pursuing your side project until you get back. It’s bad for business if you’re unable to respond to clientele promptly. So, when you decide you’re ready to commit to your side gig, make sure your schedule supports it.
Create a Productive Workspace for Yourself
If you plan on being successful in your summer side gig, you’re not only going to need to have regular office hours, you’ll need to make sure you have a good workspace. When working from home, it can become difficult to separate your work life and home life. The best way to stay organized is to dedicate a space in your home, be it a room or even just a desk, solely for your side gig. This will make it easier for you to track your paperwork, serve as a staging area for any specific equipment that your side job requires, and give you an area that’s free from distractions so that you can work at your utmost efficiency.
By following these simple steps, you’ll find that it is a breeze to start your own summer side gig. After a few months of refining your side business model, you might even decide to keep the work going through the regular school year. If you stay organized with your time and in your workspace, there’s no reason why you can’t add an additional stream of income to your teaching career and give yourself some extra financial security for years to come.
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