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7 Part-Time Summer Jobs That You Can Do In Your Spare Time
For plenty of people, summer is a time to kick back, relax, and book a weekend or two at the beach.
Then there’s the rest of us—teachers, students, and hustlers—who use the summer to make some extra cash.
Maybe you’re saving up for a big goal—like putting a down payment on a house or car—or maybe you’re simply trying to get out of credit card debt.
According to a Bankrate survey, more than 44 million Americans take on part-time work in order to supplement their income. Most of them are under the age of 26, says Bankrate staff writer Sarah Berger.
"Younger Millennials are more likely to have a side hustle," Berger told CNN. “[They] know how to use the gig economy and turn their mobile phone into a money making machine.”
And they make decent money, too. “The survey found that Millennials make a median of $200 monthly from their side jobs, and 25 percent of younger millennials make more than $500 a month,” reports Berger at Bankrate.
That’s enough to make a sizable dent in your student loan payments, eliminate credit card debt, or pull ahead in your retirement savings.
No matter your reason for needing a side hustle, there’s a part-time summer job you can do in your spare moments that’ll help you get where you need to go.
Here are 7 ideas for part-time jobs to help you make bank this summer:
Hourly rate: $50 - $100
Gone are the days of cheap homework help. Tutors who really know their stuff—and can help prep students for high-stress exams, like the SATs—can make big bucks.
If you’re good at math and science, this is especially true, says Megan O’Connor, the CEO of HiClark, an online tutoring service.
“Current trends in the economy have parents putting an emphasis on their children's science, math, and general technology learning outside the classroom,” O’Connor told Forbes, “meaning that educators with this expertise are likely to command higher hourly rates.”
Tutoring is the perfect part-time job for a teacher who might want to make a little extra during the summer break—but who also has a career, tons of experience, and a positive reputation in the field to back up their side hustle.
College kids looking to amp up their resumés might also consider this job. Advertise your services on sites like Care.com or HiClark, put up fliers in your local library or community center, and make yourself a simple website to attract potential clients.
Daily rate: $60
As vacations and wedding invitations start to pile up on everyone’s calendar, pet owners will look for inexpensive alternatives to boarding their furry friends for a week or two.
Consider signing up on Rover or Dogvacay as a pet-sitter. Or make yourself available on evenings and weekends to walk dogs or check in on lonely pets so their owners can head out of town guilt-free.
If you live in a city, you could even pull in major dough. Jen Tserng, a pet sitter in New York, currently makes about $80,000 house sitting and caring for pets.
"I really enjoy the flexibility and the freedom of being able to live in New York without having to work the crazy hours that I would have to work to be able to afford actually living in New York," Tserng told CNBC.
That’s not too shabby—especially if you’re only looking for some extra income during the summer months.
3. Personal stylist
Hourly rate: $15
Love putting together outfits? Always getting asked where you bought your latest jacket or pair of platform sneakers?
As services like Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, and Bombfell continue to grow, their need for capable, at-home stylists does, too.
Stitch Fix, and other remote personal stylists, work from home and need an eye for fashion—but they’re also tech-savvy and good communicators.
“I love being able to connect with so many different women on a daily basis!” Stitch Fix stylist Michelle told the company’s blog. “No two clients are exactly the same, and I love being able to develop relationships with them. Whether it be for a job interview, family vacation or an upcoming wedding, it’s an amazing feeling knowing that I get to help them look and feel their best for those special moments.”
Learn more about whether personal styling would be a good fit for you here.
Hourly rate: $30
Whether you have a green thumb or simply prefer working out-of-doors, gardening and landscaping could keep you busy all summer long.
The work is hard, but there’s money in it—especially if you partner up with a local landscaping company that needs extra hands during the summer.
One of Chicago’s most successful landscapers, Christy Webber, “started off with a mower, weed whip, leaf blower and a truck,” writes Yoni Blumberg at CNBC.
“Now, as the president of Christy Webber Landscapes, one of the biggest landscaping operations in Chicago, she has $6 million worth of equipment, $20 million in payroll and employs over 400 people,” Blumberg adds.
Reach out to your local nursery, gardening club, or community center to see who might need summer help getting their gardens into shape.
5. Sports coach
Hourly rate: $60 - $70, for private lessons
School might be out for the summer, but fall sports teams will hold tryouts and conditioning practice all summer long.
Coaching football, soccer, or lacrosse is an ideal way for an athletic educator to make some extra cash. But parents are always looking for sports camps, trainers, and coaches to keep their kids busy during the summer months, too.
Plus, you may only need past experience—and an updated coaching certificate—to get in on the action, reports Jolene Latimer.
“You don’t have to be a college-level athlete to become a sports coach,” Latimer explains at the Student Loan Hero blog. “Many sports organizations offer coaching certifications that anyone with knowledge in the sport can take.”
Check with U.S. Soccer, U.S. Tennis, and USA Football to learn more.
Hourly rate: $40 - $70
Handy with a hammer? Love hanging pictures or putting together furniture?
Then you might make a bundle—and have lots of fun—knocking tasks off someone else’s to-do list through services like Taskrabbit and Fiverr.
“Taskers in Chicago, for example, often command more than $40 per hour to assemble furniture, and some charge as much as $70 per hour,” reports Kelsey Sheehy at NerdWallet.
“Unless otherwise specified, you’re expected to bring your own tools to complete assembly,” she adds.
Don’t be afraid to advertise your services on social media to drum up regular clientele, too!
Hourly rate: $150 - $300
If you have a hidden talent—or a set of skills going stale at your current job—why not brush that expertise off and set up your own consulting business?
A new platform, Clarity, now makes the process even easier, according to Thomas Smale, founder of FE International.
“Clarity gathers together a community of vetted experts and entrepreneurs with proven track records who are building, or working on, successful startups,” writes Smale at Entrepreneur.
“Clarity allows you to get a real live human expert on the phone to answer questions about your business, making it best for users with a specific solution they want to achieve,” he adds.
Just because kids are out of school for the summer doesn’t mean that companies aren’t still investing in communicating more effectively with their customers—or training their staff to be better leaders.
A good consulting business can cash in when a company’s workload is lighter—and when everyone’s thinking about scheduling the perfect professional development seminar.
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