Many people have extra time in the summer to side hustle and generate much needed cash. Whether you’re a teacher and off for the summer or have an employer who requires you to drop down to part time during summer months, there are still many opportunities to supplement your income.
My neighbor is one of the people who has to drop to part time hours during the summer. Because of the economy and her company’s profit margins, the office where she works employs her full-time from September-May and only part time from June-August. While she said she enjoys having more time with her daughter during the summer, it can be hard for her to make ends meet as a single parent.
This got me thinking about all the unique job opportunities in the summer to help anyone earn extra money. Here are some examples:
Lots of outdoor jobs, like construction, roofing, re-covering highways and streets, mowing lawns, doing landscaping, working at a golf course, working as a pool lifeguard, and more are only available during the summer time. Some of these might not sound like your cup of tea, but they can be great ways to help you pay the bills and keep busy during the summer. Another bonus, many of these will help you spend lots of time soaking up the sun and getting fresh air. Just don’t forget to put on sunscreen!
While summer is the slow time for many business offices, there are some that actually need extra help during the summer as this is when they get busy. Check your local newspaper, job boards, and more to find these temporary positions. The good thing about these office jobs is that you will get to be inside away from the scorching heat of summer, and depending on your career goals, an office job might look more impressive for your future endeavors.
Besides outdoor work and office work, there are lots of other types of work to be found in the summertime too. Some examples include working at a restaurant, working at a retail store, or working as a nanny. A couple of girls I knew in college put themselves through school by working as a nanny during the summertime and other school breaks as the pay can be quite lucrative, with high pay and oftentimes good benefits, like housing and meals included.
No matter if you are trying to pay your way through college, pay your mortgage like my neighbor, or just earn some money for your next vacation, you should consider taking on a summer job to help you earn extra money. This is a much better way to spend your summer instead of spending all of your free time lounging around at the pool or catching up on a marathon of Netflix re-runs from the ‘90s (not like I’ve ever done that of course.)
Have you ever taken on a summer job to earn extra money? What did you do?