The summer months are great for many people because it usually means that there is more free time. You may be on your Summer vacation, you may be out of school, it may be the slow time at your job, or something else.
Many people have extra time in the Summer and look for ways to make extra money to fill up this time. If you are looking to make extra money this Summer, read below!
1. Lawn care.
Of course I would include this side hustle in this article. Summer usually means that there is grass, and grass needs to be cut.
You could try starting your own lawn care business and start with your family, friends’ and neighbors’ yards. If you like it enough then you may even look for other customers by placing flyers on doors and bulletin boards.
We have a lawn person and we pay him around $28 (for both the front and backyard altogether) each time he mows. We found him because he placed a flyer on our door and after we called him we found out that he lived on the same street as us.
He mows around twice a month (our grass grows veerrrrryyyy slowly) and he only lives two houses away from us, so it’s relatively easy money for him.
What you may need: A good mower (you might want a riding one if you can budget for that), clippers, leaf blower (our lawn guy also does Fall cleanups which are a lifesaver), and more depending on what the lawn care services that you are wanting to offer.
When I was younger, I almost always tried to babysit full-time during the Summer. It was a great way to make money (when I was 14, I was making $10 an hour to babysit my neighbors child full-time) and it can be a lot of fun as well.
There are many websites out there that allow you to advertise your services, or you can also ask those that you know to spread the word that you are looking to provide babysitting services.
What you may need: A car. A car may be needed because you may have to drive the child somewhere, pick them up, or the person’s home may not be within walking distance to your home. Many parents also ask that you have a car in case an emergency arises.
3. House sitting.
Since it’s the Summer, many people leave for vacations. Many people look for house sitters to make sure that their home, pets, and plants are kept alive and well. Rates can vary greatly for this, depending on the size of the home, distance to the home, services needed, and more.
House sitting can be especially great if you are looking to travel somewhere and want a fun place to stay as well. There are websites out there for vacation house sitters, but the wait is usually somewhat long for vacation destinations.
What you may need: Nothing that I can think of. A car probably if you are not staying at the home full-time and it is not within walking or public transportation distance.
4. Sell stuff.
I know of someone who goes to as many garage sales as she can go to during the Summer months.
She tries to find things that she knows that she can sell for more and then puts the time and effort into putting the items for sale on websites such as eBay and Craigslist.
Also, if your college semester is done for, sell your textbooks! I always made sure to sell mine and often made a few hundred dollars back each semester from selling back my books.
Since selling things can sometimes be difficult, especially with larger items, you might consider donating them in exchange for a tax deduction. If you have an old boat, for example, you can give it to an organization that accepts boat donations and it will be sold at auction.
The proceeds from this auction are then given to a children’s charity. In exchange for your generosity, you are given a tax receipt in the amount for which the boat sold. This has become popular in many states, such as New Jersey, where the tax benefits for donating such items make it well worth the effort.
While donating a boat will not provide you with an immediate influx of cash, it will help keep money in your pocket during tax season.
What you may need: For this, you may need some cash upfront to buy the actual items.
5. Become a lifeguard.
Of course, only become a lifeguard if you think that you have what it takes to save a life. This is an important role!
Many places are looking for lifeguards in the Summer months because it’s their peak season and the pools have finally opened in many places. Becoming a lifeguard can be a great way to make some extra money in the Summer months and to also enjoy the Summer time since you will be near water.
What you may need: You may need qualifications and certifications in order to be hired. You may have to take a few courses in order to receive those. Lifeguard pay can vary greatly, but you may be able to find some community swimming pools in your area that will hire you for somewhere around $10 to $15 an hour.
Are you trying to make any extra money right now? What are you doing as a side hustle, and why?
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