Summer can be a great time to make some extra money. With school out, longer days, and people going on vacation, the summer months can be a great time to find side gigs. If you know where to look, you might even be surprised to find plenty of ways to earn extra months this summer – whether you’re looking to work for just a couple of weeks or a couple of months.
To help out, we’ve put together seven ways you can start making extra money in your spare time this summer season:
1) Dog sitting
During the summer months, travel is at an all time high. And for some of those travelers, that means leaving their pets alone for extended periods of time. As a result, this opens the door to some great opportunities for you to make some extra money as a dog sitter! You can open an account on websites such as DogVacay or Rover to help you connect with owners looking for dog sitters. Or, simply make business cards and spread the word among your dog-owning friends, and you may have a lucrative side business as a dog sitter sooner than you think!
2) Rent out your home
By now, almost everyone has heard of services like Airbnb or other vacation rental sites like VRBO. Today, more and more people are opting to use these services when traveling. If you have a spare bedroom, this is a great way for you to make some extra money. Even if you have a one-bedroom home, you can rent out your place when you go on vacation or out of town. After all, why leave your home just sitting there when it could be making money for you?
3) Drive around
If your car is in good shape and you don’t mind spending some time behind the wheel, consider signing up to drive for a service like Uber or Lyft. Signing up is relatively easy, and once your profile is complete, you can pick your own hours.
4) Run errands for others
Are you one of those people who goes to the grocery store, knows exactly where everything is and is out the door in no time? If you know your way around retail stores, then running errands for people might be right up your alley. Services like Instacart give you the opportunity to earn money while shopping for other people. This is a great way to get out, move around and experience places you might otherwise never step into.
5) Sell via consignment
Somewhere between upscale vintage wear and bins of used clothing at thrift stores are consignment shops. In recent years, these have become hot shopping destinations for shoppers of all ages on a budget. The reason for their success is largely due to the fact that they benefit both the sellers and buyers. Fashion-conscious consumers have realized they can find premium brands at a fraction of the cost. Sellers looking to make some money off their slightly used clothing have found they can make more through selling at a consignment store than many other places. So if you have some clothes you haven’t worn for a while, take them down to your local consignment store for a few extra easy bucks!
6) Deal hunting
If you know where to look, you can find some truly great deals. Of course, the point is not to just find great deals, the point is to make money off these deals. Scour the “free” Craigslist listings, shop around at estate sales and find things that are clearly worth money. Then, either purchase them for a low price or, if you’re lucky enough, get them for free. When you turn around and sell them on eBay or through consignment, you’ll be surprised by how easy it can be to turn a profit off things people don’t want!
7) Set up shop at a farmers market
Do you bake some truly unique cookies? Have you been cooking up and canning your family’s homemade salsa recipe for years? Do neighbors ask to buy the scones you make? If you have a knack for making some outstanding food, why not sell it? In most urban areas around the country, farmers markets and similar venues are extremely popular. People can’t get enough of locally produced food. And while it can be competitive to get a stall, you can contract out with a stall owner. Simply approach them with an idea for the food you want to sell (say, for example, you want to make your famous vegan brownies) and ask if they want to be partners. You make the brownies, they sell them and you split the profits!
As you can see, there are numerous ways to make some extra cash on the side. So go forward, be confident, and you’ll start to see this supplemental income giving your bank account a boost in no time.