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.
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. A great option to teach English online is VIPKID. VIPKID is rated in the top 10 list of Forbes best companies to work for, which says a lot!
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. 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:
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3. 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.
- How I Made $5,047 in August 2017 From Blogging
- 6 Educational Tools That Helped Me Become A Full-Time Blogger
- 5 Things I Did That Exploded My Traffic From Pinterest
If you already have a blog, here are a few courses to help you earn money on your website:
1. The Blogging Blueprint is the one course I wish I had when I started blogging. If you haven’t started a blog yet, or you’re a beginner or not making money from your blog, this is the course to take. The course lays out everything you need to know about blogging in detail.
“The most important thing I’ve learned about blogging is that there is no magical technique that will grow your blog fast. There are, however, tried-and-true strategies that when implemented, will allow you to grow your blog the right way.” – Tiffany (the creator)
2. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. You’ll learn absolutely everything you need to know about affiliate marketing from a 7 figure blogger (also my sister!). What’s included:
- 6 modules, 30+ lessons, best tips to succeed at affiliate marketing
- How my sister has received $300,000 from one single blog post
- Access to a private Facebook group, where you can ask questions, learn valuable information from others
- How to pick the right affiliate products to promote
- Required disclosures that need to be talked about
- Strategies to use in your marketing
- How to succeed on Pinterest
- PDF forms that will help you succeed
- How to never get rejected from a company, written by an affiliate manager
- + information is added regularly to stay updated and help you get the best education
3. Strategies Worth Sharing – In 70 pages, Brittany gives all the information to know to gain traffic on your Facebook page. She went from 2,000 fans to over 100,000 in 5 months. Having a large following on Facebook can be tremendously beneficial to blogs, as it sends readers to your blog, which means more page views (more ad income), higher sales in affiliate marketing, and more.
4. Six-Figure Blogger – CreateandGo bloggers Alex and Lauren share in a detailed course how they went from 0 to $50,000 a month with selling digital products and services. I’m in the beginning stages of planning a digital product on my blog, and I wanted to make sure I was learning from the pros.
5. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – I’ve taken several courses and have read many ebooks on gaining traffic on Pinterest, and this is still the only course I recommend. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche goes over things I’ve never even heard of or thought about. After using the tactics of the course, my reach went up to 2.3 million in 1 month.
6. How I Went From 17k to 350k Monthly Page Views in 9 Months – The last ebook I recommend is by Lena, one of my favorite bloggers. She explains how she went from 17k to 350,000 views in 9 months, which is no small feat.
4. 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 curriculum 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 the subject and/or degree in the field
5. 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 is preferred
The summertime 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
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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 monthlysweepstakese 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 and start earning rewards 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. You can get certified through NASM or another certified online school.
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 fantastic option for a side hustle, flipping items have 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 byjob
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.
If you’re a newbie here, let me fill you in. FITnancials is all about saving and making money. Here is a list of my favorite ways to save and make money.
- Start blogging. Blogging can be difficult because you can’t go to college for it, but you can enroll in courses that tell you everything you need to know. I personally went through and recommend The Blogging Blueprint, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, Pinterest Traffic Avalanche, and Six Figure Blogger. You can check out full details here of all of the courses. You can also read my monthly income report here.
- Answer surveys. I use the following surveys, and my readers use these too: Pinecone Research, Survey Voices, Click Perks and isurvey World.
- Keep track of your credit score. Using Credit Sesame to get your credit score information won’t impact your score. They’ll also tell you in detail what to do to increase your credit score, which gives you a better interest rate when you purchase a car, house, credit card, or any loan.
- Save money on glasses. Use GlassesShop.com to save on prescription glasses and sunglasses, as well as regular frames. I’ve gotten 3 pairs from this store. Each prescription + frame is usually less than $70. All you need to do is type in your prescription, which is super easy to do. GlassesShop.com also gave me this code for my readers for 50% off: GSHOT50
- Save on food, especially fruits and veggies. Ibotta is a super user-friendly app. All you have to do is choose the items you want to get cash back on, buy them at the store, and then take a photo of your receipt on the Ibotta app. (You get $10 for signing up through my link here). $5 Meal Plan is a $5 monthly meal plan (2 first weeks are free) that sends you meal plans and shopping lists to your email. Every single meal costs an average of $2 to make, and sometimes less.
- Save on travel. I use and recommend Couchsurfing for free accommodations, Airbnb (get $40 when you use my link here) when I prefer to have my own place for an affordable price, and always make sure to bring my Discount Travel Card that gives me access to over 160,000 discounts around the world.
- Save money at college. Scholarships are crucial when saving money in college. Using Scholarship Owl will apply to hundreds of scholarships for you with just one registration.
- Save on books. Use Scribd to get 3 books and 1 audiobook a month for $8.99 from a huge library. Read for free for 30 days by clicking here.
- If you’re an online shopper, get cash back with Ebates just for shopping like you regularly do. Ebates is free, and you get $10 when you sign up through my link.
- Do you have pets? Getting your furry friends on pet insurance sooner than later ensures they get an affordable premium, as well as as save a lot of money on vet bills. Embrace Pet Insurance is highly reviewed and rated. We also use Rover for our dog sitting needs, as well as making money on the side. I made an average of $25 per 30 minute walk. Get $25 toward your first walk here.
- Interested in learning a second language? Use italki. The classes range from $5-$40 per hour (my Korean class costs $12 per session). If you enjoy teaching languages, you can also use italki to use as a teaching platform.
- Are you a freelancer? Use Fiverr to display your services.
- Want to exercise at home and ditch the costly gym membership? Use Beachbody on Demand and get unlimited access to workout programs like P90X, Insanity, T25, 21 Day Fix, and more. I also use my Fitbit to track my daily steps. The challenges in the Fitbit app help me keep my steps up, especially since I work at home.
- If you buy protein powder, vitamins, etc., I recommend using Vitamin Shoppe. I’ve been buying my products through them since 2011 because they’re the most affordable, and always have a sale going on. If you buy “health” food often, use Thrive Market since their products are significantly cheaper since they cut out the middle man (supermarket or store).
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