Frugal Side Hustle: Summer Side Hustles for Teachers – EP 394

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You are not just a teacher, but an all-rounder, a jack of all trades. Teachers’ honorable work in the classroom should never be undermined and should be greatly compensated. In this episode, Jen and Jill highlight the discrepancies in income and expenses for teachers that unfortunately push them to find additional work and the popular side hustles teachers can take on during the summer.

Taking inventory of what’s going to be realistic and the considerations that are needed before you jump on to try new things


  • Ms. Frizzle is one of the top-notch teachers. She had the perfect combination of being completely unhinged while still capable of watching children. If this describes your teaching style (or your parenting style) and you really just wish you had access to a magic school bus that, instead of taking you inside microscopic life, took you to exotic destinations that gave you cash to bring home, then sign up for the Friendletter! It’s the next best thing to money and vacations because we’re telling you about freebies, savings hacks, and ways to spend better. Like Ms. Frizzle says, take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

Teachers summer jobs can be fun, but that’s not why they do them

This article by Education Week shares the reason why teachers, unfortunately, do summer jobs instead of using the season as their rest.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jill emphasizes the financial need for additional income due to income-expense discrepancies. The article recognizes the issue of underpaid work by teachers and underscores the importance of considering realistic commitments and overall health levels (physical, emotional, and mental capacities) before taking on extra work. Jen suggests bookkeeping as an ideal side hustle for teachers, as there’s great potential for it to evolve into a full-time business. Explore side hustles that offer flexibility and potential for growth, considering both present financial needs and future aspirations.

What are teachers doing in the summer?

This article by Ways to Health lists down the different side hustles teachers can do anytime.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

Jen discusses the results of a Friendletter poll indicating that half of the teachers who answered the poll have summer jobs for extra income. The various side hustles commented on by Frugal Friends listeners and readers include online tutoring, part-time bookkeeping, customer service, summer school teaching, grocery shopping for Instacart and Amazon Flex, delivery services, house cleaning, creating local community musicals, dog walking, and many more! Teachers could also sell their curriculum on platforms like TeachersPayTeachers as another potential source of income.

Jill shares insights from an article by Ways to Health, highlighting side hustles for teachers. Selling printables and lesson plans on platforms like TeachersPayTeachers and Etsy could be a great digital resource for teachers, homeschool families, and parents. Opportunities such as homeschool consultants, adjunct professors, and special lecturing are worth considering.

What’s your fondest memory of a summer side hustle you’ve done?

Jen fondly remembers her time working on a foster home project, where she built meaningful relationships, while Jill treasures her experience with podcasting, considering it her favorite side hustle turned main hustle.

Bill of The Week

Thank you Christine for sharing your bill about your 2018 Toyota rav4 🙂 YouTube vids on how to change lightbulb on car $31 for less than 5 min!

Thanks so Much for Listening!

Thanks so much for listening. Many of you know we have a newsletter called The Friendletter that goes out 3x a week where we send out freebies, saving tips, and life hacks to help you save money. We want to give a shout out to this friend for replying to us this sweet email:


Love, love you gals! Jen-you helped me by my scoring this Starbucks mug at local thrift shop for $6, instead of $36 new at the store. January, I saved $75 bc I used this mug at home instead of drive-thru. Never thought it would work for me, famous last words, but it did! Thanks for all you do ladies! Also, bc of your inspiration, we started saving for this sweet girl and got her last fall. We even have an emergency fund for her. Happy Valentine's Day from a former shopaholic, who's now on a budget, still likes to shop, just very particular now-in a good way 🙂 Take care.

ps. no, she didn't get the coffee, though she did try! LOL

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