If the idea of digging in your car seats for money leaves you feeling less than thrilled about your summer plans (or lack thereof), you’re not alone.
The good news: with a little bit of ambition and a whole lot of creativity you can make some serious bank over the summer — and we’re not talking about slinging burgers or folding and refolding sweaters at the mall.
There are a ton of side-hustle gigs you can pursue that allow you to cash in and have fun at the same time (and yes, we’re talking about totally legit jobs).
Here are eight gigs that can help you make bank this summer.
Parents of school-aged children (K-12) often hire tutors for their kids over the summer to work on skills such as writing and math. If your town has a Facebook page, you can post about your services there. Or, you can put up flyers at local stores or community center.
Also, check with your local college about tutors for summer classes and tutoring labs.
2. Sports trainer/coach
Along the same lines as a tutor, many parents hire students to train their child for a specific sport. If you have an area you excel in (or have a good foundation), this could be a fun and lucrative summer job.
If you know families looking for a youth trainer, seek them out and offer to help. Otherwise, talk to the local pee-wee associations (soccer, basketball, softball/baseball), middle and high school athletic directors, golf course pros, or swim coaches to find out how you can advertise your services.
3. Online seller
Sites like eBay and Etsy are a great way to make money if you have items to sell. There is an initial time and creativity investment with Etsy, but if you can come up with a product that is easy to produce and yields a high return, this could be an easy source of (mostly) passive income. eBay is another go-to site for making money with very little time commitment.
4. Senior helper
Another idea is to be an errand runner for senior citizens who can’t drive. This may entail driving them to appointments, the grocery store, or a friend's house.
Ask the director of your local senior citizen home, assisted living center, or senior center if you can post flyers in their lobby advertising your services.
5. Human guinea pig (aka: study participant)
If you’re willing to subject yourself to different tests, answer a lot of questions, and undergo some scientific testing, you may want to consider becoming a study participant. Supplement companies (think: vitamins), college research labs, and consumer groups are just a few examples of companies that hire study participants.
The pay varies, but it’s often hourly or by the job. You can Google “clinical trials,” check with the college psychology department, or research and contact supplement companies.
In case you haven’t noticed, Uber is all the rage lately. Driving for a company like Uber gives you the flexibility to have a life during the summer and still make money. But you do need to be 21 years of age.
7. Mystery shopper
Yes, it’s a real thing. Companies hire and pay you to shop at their store and report back on your experience. You can also dine at restaurants and share your feedback with management. If getting paid to eat or shop sounds like a great way to spend your summer, check online for companies that hire mystery shoppers.
8. Dog walker and playmate
If you like dogs and being outdoors, dog walking and sitting can keep you quite busy in the summer. In addition to walking a dog several times a day, you can also make money keeping them company while their owner is at work. Hit up your neighbors or use a site like rover.com to look for jobs.
If you want to keep the money coming in after you return to school, be sure to read 6 Ways to Make (Mostly) Passive Income While in College.