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.
Though VIPKID requires a college degree, you can simply get a TEFL certification online and teach English abroad during 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 $18-$22 an hour
Qualifications: High school diploma or bachelor’s degree
2. Flipping Items
Melissa makes $133,000 a year flipping items.
These are a few of the things she’s flipped for profit:
- An item that they bought for $10 and flipped for $200 just 6 minutes later.
- A security tower they bought for $6,200 and flipped for $25,000 just one month later.
- A prosthetic leg that they bought for $30 at a flea market and sold for $1,000 on eBay the next day.
She even created a course called Flipper University that teaches students how to become a successful flipper. Melissa says her students can expect to make $500-$2,500 per month in their first year.
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.
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Are you already a blogger? Below are the courses I absolutely LOVE and would recommend to my friends!
1. The Blogging Blueprint is the one course I wish I had when I started blogging.
The Blogging Blueprint lays out everything you need to know about blogging in detail, one step at a time. If you have dreams of becoming a full-time blogger, this is the course to take! You can even sign up for a FREE preview of the course. I can’t say enough good things about this course!
2. Make Money Blogging is the perfect course for a beginner blogger who does not know how to make money from their blog. The course is incredibly in-depth and will teach you everything you need to know to make your first $1,000 from your blog. The creators of the blog made over 100k their first year blogging, so they know what they’re talkin’ about!
3. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. You’ll learn absolutely everything you need to know about affiliate marketing from a 7 figure blogger. Find out how to become an affiliate legally without breaking any laws, strategies you must implement to make six figures, and soooo much more!
The course also gives you access to a private Facebook group, which in my opinion, is worth the cost of the course alone.
4. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – Pinterest is an absolute MUST if you’re a blogger. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche taught me strategies that actually work. My reach has been 2+ million for the past year and continues to grow. You’ll learn how to successfully drive 100,000+ monthly visitors to your blog, which means more readers which equals more money!
4. Sell on Amazon
The first year that Jessica’s family ran their Amazon FBA business together, working less than 20 hours a week total, they made over 6 figures profit.
If you’re interested in learning more about this side hustle (or full-time job), Jessica has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to get started selling on Amazon.
The course includes:
- Understand WHY Amazon is the perfect platform for building a business
- How leveraging the fulfillment power of Amazon leaves your home free from piles of inventory
- The way we buy inventory that built over six figures in profit our first full year
- How to choose the perfect items to sell that people want and will make you money
- What tools we use to save time and be the most efficient in our business
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
6. 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:
A transcriptionist practices the art of turning audio and video recordings into text documents.
These can be legal proceedings, medical, and general. All industries, besides medical and legal, fall under the general umbrella. These might be writers, podcasters, bloggers, trainers, academicians, anyone with audio or video content that needs to be turned into text.
You can learn more about becoming a transcriptionist and making money from it in this FREE 7-day mini-course.
Pay: $35-$50k per year
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 monthly sweepstakes 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.
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10. Personal trainer
Personal trainers are always needed and can do especially well in the summertime. 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. 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
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.
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