It’s summer, you’re getting invites to parties, getaways, and shows … but you’re broke.
What’s a college student to do “for a living” during the summer? You don’t have a lot of time before classes start again, and if you haven’t actively searched for a job by now you may be out of luck as most seasonal positions have been filled.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t any opportunities to earn extra income during the summer, though. You just need to be creative! Here are some simple summer job ideas to get you started.
Become a sitter
If you love pets and you have experience with your own, then offer to pet sit for people going on vacation. Similarly, if anyone you know is going away, you can offer to house-sit for them as well. If they happen to have pets, offer to do both for a higher price!
Of course, you can always babysit if you enjoy spending time with kids. Some parents might have to work full-time during the summer, and paying a babysitter to watch them can be cheaper than sending them off to camp.
Sell your old stuff
This doesn’t offer a guaranteed income stream throughout the summer, but it’s still an idea worth entertaining if you’ve accumulated valuable stuff that’s just collecting dust.
Sort through all your belongings and determine what you don’t need anymore. Is there anything you completely forgot you had while you were away at college? Stuff that hasn’t seen the light of day since you were 10? Then try selling it on Craigslist, eBay, or at local thrift shops.
For example, maybe you have a crazy movie collection that could go for $200, and you’d rather spend the money on a trip with your friends. You can probably find a store that will buy them off of you. The same goes for any name brand clothes you have that are in new condition.
Getting rid of your stuff now has another benefit: moving out when you graduate will be cheaper and a whole lot easier!
What special skills do you have?
This tip is great if you want to get some real world experience with your major. Think of special skills you’ve developed in college, and see how you can apply them.
Are you a Computer Science major? Offer to fix computers for your friends and family members.
Are you studying Journalism? Look into freelance writing gigs.
Do you enjoy graphic design? App development? Illustration? There are a number of remote gigs out there worth applying.
The bonus is that remote jobs can be done from anywhere, so if you want to continue working when the next semester rolls around, you can! Or you can choose project-based work with defined end dates so nothing interferes with your studies.
Ask friends and family how they need help
Summer is a great season for working outside. Many people implement home improvement projects during these months, and you may be able to help.
Offer to landscape, mow lawns, weed whack, plant, garden, clean pools, etc. Maybe your neighbor is moving and they’ll need help moving things into storage, cleaning up the yard, and touching up the interior of their home.
While it’s likely that many retail positions are already filled, it’s worth checking stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, pool stores and malls that extend their hours for the summer season.
Plus, if you make a good impression, they may hire you back during winter break.
Go where the tourists are
To increase your chances of getting a job specifically meant for the summer, go where the tourists are and apply at amusement parks, water parks, restaurants, and anything on a boardwalk if you live near the beach.
Additionally, check your town, city, or state website for seasonal positions at beaches or parks.
The key is to be creative and make it known that you’re looking for additional work. Keep your eyes open for opportunity, and don’t be afraid to create your own!
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