Six ways to make extra money this summer!

by Nick on May 14, 2012

Oh man it was a N-I-C-E weekend here in Hoboken NJ.  My parents were in town after a KILLER work week that saw me working a TON of hours, zigging and zagging on a roller-coaster of assignments and emotions.  It was just nuts.  And from what I understand it’s just the beginning of a long summer.  So I had to lay low for a few days until I was able to breathe a bit.  But I’m back again.  Hopefully this week will be a little less hectic because I was really feeling it by the time I got home Friday night (which was actually early Saturday morning…).  In addition to my regular posting, I’ll also do a mid-week round-up to highlight the best posts from around the net because I’ve found a few that I really want to highlight and SAFTM made it in a few round-ups and carnivals that I need to highlight.  I hope your weeks haven’t been as hectic as mine since the sun started shining a bit more.

But all of this work got me thinking about summer gigs.  And I found a pretty cool article with six ideas on how to make some extra coin this summer… I used to love summer gigs when I was in school – a chance to earn some extra cash and learn something new.  But I never did it right.  I always worked some J-O-B and at the end of the summer I had some cash, but that was about it – no momentum – and little opportunity for growth… Anyhow, let’s dig in on six cool ideas for make-your-own summer gigs.  So for some reason every year when I get the first really warm weekend I spend time around the net looking for ways to earn some extra cash.

Go where it’s warm and keep people cold.  This one could be fun… hanging out on the beach all day selling cold water, sports drinks, hats, sunglasses and other things beach bums want to buy.  Why.  Didn’t.  I.  Think.  About.  This.  In.  College?!?!?!    And there’s potential to make $15-30 per hour (if you’re only working for yourself – get a friend or two to come in for a guaranteed $10 an hour and you can have a pretty cool summer business).  My guess is there may be a few obstacles with this one though… maybe some red tape.  But a great idea.

Lawn and yard care.  Eh… I like the idea and it could grow into a business but it’s not a ton of summer fun.  A used lawn mower and some clippers and you could be in business pretty cheap and make some decent cash.

House sitting and pet sitting.  Booooring.  Relatively easy though – especially house sitting… Not much money.  I still like selling bottled water to beach bums the best.

Mobile car detailing.  This is pretty cool, too.  Mobile anything seems like the rage these days.  So why wouldn’t someone want their car detailed while they’re working so they can free up their weekends to sell water to bikini babes?  :)  I like this a lot.  This one’s a keepeer.

Summer nanny / babysitter.  Boooorring, but could be fun, too.  Over in my corner of the world parents are so obsessed with finding ways to pay other people to take their kids for the summer that there’s probably a long list of buyers if you’ve got good references and are a hard worker.  Boring, yes.  But a keeper.

Tutoring and teaching.  Eh… this one’s OK.  Group classes or one-on-one teaching can bring some pretty good cash.  And if you’re teching something you like then it could be pretty fun work, too.  I won’t “poo poo” this but I still like heading to the beach with a cooler… :)

Bottom line.  Get creative this summer and make some money.  And see if you can do it with an eye on growing into a nice business.  If I ever get out of the office, maybe you’ll see me down the Jersey Shore with a cooler full of water :)

I think the best summer gig I had was assembling steel shelving at a warehouse with my uncle.  It was 84 hours a week in a 100 degree warehouse lifting tons of steel and climbing up 17 feet in the air to attach the crossbeams.  Looking back at it, I’m sure we violated many safety regulations, but I’m alive and made a ton of cash.  That was cool.  And I got in great shape, too.  Bartending was very cool, too.  Best overall, but it was year-round.

What was your best gig when you were in school?   And do you agree with me about the best of these six?  Which one would you pick?

Until next time, put your credit card down and slowly step away from the mall!

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