While the last thing a college student may want to do is work on their summer vacation, there are plenty of benefits of getting a summer job.
You can develop new skills, potentially gain an interest in a new career field, make new friends, or relieve unnecessary stress that you’re carrying over from the school year.
Some of the best experiences I’ve ever had came from working or volunteering at a business during the summer.
Below are 15 ways you can make some extra income in the summer.
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1. Teach English online
Becoming an online English teacher is a great way to make high hourly income on a flexible schedule without having to sacrifice all of your free time in the summer. You can sign up on italki or Ligonda, and even place an ad on Craigslist.
You can also teach English abroad in the summer. There are several camps around the world that are looking for native English speakers in exchange for free housing, plus a monthly stipend, as well as other bonuses depending on the school.
Getting a TEFL certification helps with getting jobs, but so many schools are in desperate need of teachers that they might train you on the spot.
Pay: Varies between $10-$25 an hour
Qualifications: High school diploma or bachelor’s degree
2. Become a tutor
Tutoring is a great way to make good money in a short amount of time (in 30 minutes to 1 hour you can charge around $50-$75 an hour).
Science and math subjects are usually the most sought out for. Creating a circulium may be necessary, but usually the client will bring in school work and have you assist them through it.
Pay: $25-50+ an hour
Qualifications: 95% or higher in subject and/or degree in the field
3. Walk dogs on Rover
Hang out with dogs and get paid? It sounds too good to be true! Luckily, it’s not. I’ve been using Rover to make side income for months. You can set up your own hours, pay, and area of proximity you’d like to work in. There is no shortage of jobs, and even if you have no reviews, you will get contacted for a job (as long as you have a good profile, that is!).
Pay: $20+ every 30 minutes
Qualifications: Previous animal or dog-walking experience
4. Fill out surveys
Filling out surveys is one of the easiest side hustles and can be done anywhere. All you need to do is give your honest opinion, watch videos, and other tasks that are easy and quick to do.
A few survey sites are:
5. Start a blog
Blogging has become quite popular the past few years and for good reason. You have the option of being your own boss, being in control of your income and how much is coming in while talking about something you’re (hopefully) passionate about. Being a full-time blogger has allowed me to work a flexible schedule while traveling as I please. You can check out my blog tutorial here. If you’re already a blogger, but not making any affiliate income, check out my sister’s course where she talks about how she’s making 6 figures every year from affiliate marketing.
The summer time is great for babysitters and short-term nannies. You can make an awesome side-income in the summer, take the kids out on fun activities, and make decent money by doing a relatively easy job (depending on the kids, of course). Care.com and Sittercity are both user-friendly websites that host jobs and caregivers. I’ve found Care.com to be more active and user-friendly when it comes to interacting with parents and finding out necessary days of work, qualifications, and location.
Pay: $10+ an hour depending on location, # of kids, etc.
Qualifications: Previous childcare experience or N/A
7. Work at a theme park
Six Flags and other theme parks around the United States go through a hiring peak in the summer. Though the pay is low, the work can be a lot of fun, you’ll get free passes to the park, and other benefits. Making friends is really easy in this environment, and you could potentially even do some networking.
Pay: $7.25+ (Depending on state’s minimum wage)
Qualifications: None needed
8. Camp counselor
Becoming a camp counselor is an easy way to network, make friends, and even develop new skills that can help you out with your target career. You can work at a science camp, special needs camp, or even a camp abroad where you are needed for your English speaking skills.
Qualifications: None needed (usually)
9. Get rewarded for using the internet
It’s really that simple. Nielson is a company that studies consumer insights (what people listen to, watch, etc.) and is in need of people to download their app. Though the pay isn’t a lot, you will get entered into a monthly sweepstake and earn up to $50 a year just for using your phone. There is no fee, and no credit card information is necessary and will never be asked for. Sign up here.
Related: Save on groceries with Ibotta. All you have to do is scan your receipt and you can save on hundreds of items at most popular stores. Get $10 in your account by signing up here.
10. Personal trainer
Personal trainers are always needed and can do especially well in the summer time. You can freelance your work out on Craigslist or put flyers around town. Pay can be really good for working a short amount of time, which is another added bonus.
Pay: $50+ an hour (depending on years of experience, certifications, etc.)
Qualifications: Training certificate and/or previous training experience
Related: If you’re not certified as a personal trainer, you can take the NASM test and get her textbook here.
11. Au Pair
Living as an au pair allows you to travel and live in another country, explore a different culture and way of life, try new foods, and make friends from all over the world. You’ll live with another family, and basically be a babysitter for their child or children for a certain number of hours a day. Here is my how to become an au pair post that will give you the basics of what you need to know.
Pay: Varies by country, # of hours, and kids).
Qualifications: None, childcare experience and speaking English is a major plus
12. Flip items
Flipping items means you are buying an item for really cheap and trying to sell it for a profit. Although this is a fanastic option for a side hustle, flipping items has become full-time jobs for many people around the world.
Here is a great article from my sister’s blog on flipping items.
13. Sell textbooks
Many students end up donating or throwing away their textbooks. Because of this, you can offer $10 to pick it up from them and try to sell it on your own. With books in good condition going for hundreds of dollars, you can make a serious profit here.
Pay: Varies (depending on condition of textbook, age, etc.)
14. Dumpster diving
This was is a little crazy, and possibly even gross to some, but there’s serious money to be had from dumpster diving. Make sure to check if your state allows this. Several states have made it illegal, so be sure if it’s allowed in your state. I find this topic really fascinating, and love watching YouTube videos of people dumpster diving at chain stores such as Ulta or Walmart. These stores are throwing out thousands of never used goods straight into the trash.
Related: This backpack can carry all of your school items and dumpster diving finds. There’s also a USB charging port and it’s water resistant.
15. Sell your skills
Freelance your skills on Fivver, Upwork, and several other sites. Whether you’re a writer, SEO pro, or social media marketer, there are tons of job listings available for people who are willing to pay good money. My friend Chonce created a how to become a freelance post that explains the steps you need to take to freelance your skills.
Qualifications: Varies by job
Working in the summer is a great way to gain experience, add to your resume, network, and possibly even spend time at a company that you’d potentially like to work at one day. Want to design roller coasters for Six Flags one day? You’ll most likely end up getting the job versus someone has never worked for the company.
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