Summer Side Hustles Are A Great Way To Earn Extra Money!
Summer is a great time to get a jumpstart on your side hustle game. By taking advantage of extended daylight hours, nice weather, and others’ parties and vacations there are many ways you can earn extra cash before the fall.
Profit from other peoples’ vacations
There are so many ways you can make money off of others’ vacations.
If you love animals, pet sitting may be for you. Some people prefer that you spend the night in their home, while others are happy to let their furry babies crash at your place. Low-maintenance animals such as guinea pigs, turtles and birds may only need to be checked on once a day. I have made around $50 per day from pet sitting.
Watching empty homes lets homeowners vacation with peace of mind. While some people may only need you to bring in the mail and change which lights are on (a job that earned me $30 per day), others may want you to live in the home for the duration of their vacation. Make sure you are very clear about what rules the homeowners have in place for you, however! A friend ended up with a nightmare situation when her house sitter threw a party; many things were stolen from the house, a hole was burned in the floor, and a window was broken.
Go on vacation and get paid! This is my favorite option. Some families with children will pay you to come along on vacation with them. In my area, this seems to be most common in the winter time with families who go on long skiing trips. However, depending on the attractions near you it is possible to get paid to lounge on a beach, so long as you are keeping Suzy and Joe safe and happy so their parents can relax!
Go to a party.
Summer time is wedding, barbeque, and just-because party season. With all of these events going on, many people will happily pay others to handle some of the nitty gritty details of a party.
Do you have an eye for detail? Offer your services as a party planner. Depending on the type of event this might include choosing and hanging decorations, coordinating the clown’s arrival around serving the cake, or renting tents for last minute rain predictions.
Are you confident and able to run a well-organized event? Couples planning outdoor weddings in family backyards will still benefit from the capable hands of someone who is able to run the behind-the-scenes work of a huge event. Make sure finger foods are being passed around evenly, intervene if the DJ and photographer are butting heads, and be sure the cake comes out at the appointed time, and you could score a pretty paycheck at the end of the day.
Love the party atmosphere, but don’t want much responsibility? Servers are always in demand for classy events – even outdoor ones! Prepare to smile, pass around food or beverages, and maintain garbage cans. While this will net you an hourly rate, doing extra jobs such as mixing drinks can earn you tips!
Get wet, and beat the heat.
If your favorite place to be during the summer is in a pool or on the beach there are plenty of options for employment near water.
Lifeguarding at a beach is a great summer job, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Although the media would have you believe it’s all sunscreen and partially dressed babes, you would be responsible for lives as you soak up the vitamin D.
Are you a great swimmer with a lot of patience? If so, teaching children how to swim is a great side hustle. While you could go the traditional route and be hired by a local YMCA or other business that offers swim classes, you could also turn this into your own side hustle by using your own pool or by offering to teach children in their own pools.
Think like a kid.
Most parents really need their children to be safe and entertained in the summer, particularly if both parents work 9-5. There are many incredible options that you can customize to meet your own interests and strengths.
Do you have a skill that kids would enjoy, like dancing, crafts, martial arts or something else? Creating a short-term day camp focused around one of these activities is a great way for kids to stay active and learn something over the summer. By charging $150 per child for the week you would make over $1,000 with as few as 7 children!
Note: Remember that certain activities truly need insurance coverage. Check to see if you can rent a space that will cover you, or factor short-term insurance into your prices.
Open your home to families needing child care during the summer. Keep kids away from the television by having water activities set up outside, and by encouraging children to take advantage of the nice weather.
Use your car to help parents manage summer time activities for their children. Children’s sports teams and camps seem to coordinate their times to be exactly the same, making it impossible for parents to attend everything. Sometimes all parents need are an extra set of wheels!
Think about the fall.
Help students prepare for the school year through one of my favorite side hustles: tutoring! Getting ahead is very important to many students, and if you have a particular skill to offer they will be happy to pay for it.
Remember: Tutoring doesn’t need to be limited to academic topics. Tutors skilled with musical instruments are also popular!
What other ways do you make money in the summer?