Need money over the school holidays? Here are some tips for teachers who DON’T get paid over the break

by | Jun 20, 2021 | Blog, Recommendations | 3 comments

Now that school holidays are upon us, money can get a little tight. Here are some suggestions to make a little extra dough to help make ends meet.

  1. Vacation care and holiday camps. These are becoming more and more popular since families can’t afford to take such a long period off to look after their kids. Teachers are the perfect candidates since you are more than qualified to look after them in this setting. Plus it can be a welcome change to just enjoy hanging out with kids without the pressures of testing and outcomes.
  2. Teach online. This seems to be a growing avenue for teachers to diversify their teaching portfolio and make some extra $ from the comfort of your own home. Plus there is the added bonus of it being after hours meaning it won’t interfere with your day job. Here is an amazing side by side comparisons of companies you could go through.
  3. Childcare centre. Use your skills and approach your local kindergartens to do some hours over the holidays. Often the employees want a break but can’t due to being understaffed. You can relieve them and get the holiday income you need.
  4. Babysitting. A relatively easy way to make some casual cash. Many parents (myself included) would love to ditch their kids to someone. Why not you? Start by offering to people you know but if your social circles are childless, then check out some online companies to help you get started.
  5. Private tutoring. Most parents have received test results and report cards and may be freaking out at how poorly their child seems to be doing. Capitalise on this by offering tutoring over the holidays.
  6. Teachers Pay Teachers.Pull out all your resources, jazz them up in a powerpoint document (watch some youTube vids on how TpT sellers create their resources) and start making some cash! It’s really simple, something you can easily do on the holidays even if you are stuck at home with kids AND some teachers are making $50 000+ per year doing it. Get on it!
  7. Go back to your previous employer and see if they need a hand over the break. You know the job so can fit in easily and if you’re lucky they may need some casual help. Don’t feel too proud to return, as you know it is only for a short period of time.
  8. Try Uber.Uber is the hot new thing and if it is in your town or city, why not give it a go? You pick and choose your own hours so like Supply Teaching, you’ll still feel like your own boss. If you have an older car, don’t stress, you could give Uber Eats a go instead.
  9. Code Camp.These new holiday camps are all the rage. They are often looking for people with Teaching qualifications to fill their roles so what better way to use your experience while learning some new tech and STEM skills along the way.
  10. Swim Teacher.Spending weekends, after school and holidays by the pool can’t be too bad.  This job can give you some steady income throughout the year and all you need to do is a weekend course and have your CPR to qualify.
  11. Freelance. Technology has opened up a world of opportunities and people will pay good money for your expertise. Perhaps you are a grammar nazi that could be hired for proofreading and editing, or you dabble in photography in your spare time and could help others out with Photoshop. Get on Upwork or Fiverr and sell your skills. Or you could try the new kid on the block, Airtasker, which could have you making $$ for something as simple as making a delivery. You don’t have to be an expert and you could end up make a pretty penny on the side to subsidise those slow weeks of teaching.
  12. Sell your stuff.Sort through your garage, your shed and your cupboards. No doubt you will have something hoarded away, not getting used, that someone else will be willing to pay for. That food processor you never use. That dusty surfboard still waiting for the “perfect” conditions. That expensive outfit that you didn’t end up wearing to the wedding. Sell it all on Gumtree, Ebay or one of those many Facebook Garage sale groups going around. You will sleep a little easier knowing that not only have you helped contribute to the finances, but the feeling of decluttering can be oh, so cleansing!
  13. Mystery Shopper.Most of us love shopping, right? Why not get paid for it?! There are plenty of companies out there paying $15-$80 per assignment. If you are frequenting the shops anyway or hanging out online, might be worth your while! There are plenty of companies that offer both in store and online options.
  14. Surveys.You look puzzled. Did you know you can actually get paid for doing surveys? If you like giving your opinion then this could be for you. You can sign up for different survey sites then pick and choose what surveys will be worth your time and effort. Sounds like a cushy way to make some cash from home! Here is some interesting information I found-
  15. Rent a Room.If you have a spare room it could be worth renting it out to an international student or have people stay through Air BnB. You can pick and choose your availability and make money from your vacant space.
  16. Pet Sitting.Had enough of working with kids? Instead, spend some time out with the 4 legged kind. If you are an animal lover, Pet Sitting might be a handy way to make some extra cash on the side whilst getting your animal fix.
  17. Tax time. Waiting to do your tax until holidays to help you get through the breaks and tougher times can be a wise strategy to ease the financial stress.
  18. Win the lotto. Ok, I know you can’t control this one, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?!

Remember to take off some time for yourself. There is a reason that teachers get so many breaks, they DESERVE them! So, if cash is tight, give some of these ideas a go, but be sure to give yourself some downtime too!

Happy holidays!




  1. lamlamchild

    I actually sold my food processor this week! And I know there just happens to be a dusty surfboard in the garage. 🙂

  2. Daphne

    Thank you for the ideas

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