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7 Ways to Make Some Easy Money This Summer

Summer is so close, we can taste it. But, with the realization that warm weather and school-free days are fast approaching comes the realization that the clock is ticking on landing a summer job. But it’s not too late. Whether you’re looking to make some extra pocket cash to fund your summer fun, or want a full-time, paying gig to keep you occupied until you go back to school, there are plenty of options outside the standard seasonal internship or retail clerk jobs.

1. Offer traditional neighborhood services.

In the age of digital everything, it’s easy to forget that there are still some jobs that exist outside the virtual realm. Derek Szeto, CEO of job search app, Wirkn, recommends offering your services for various tasks that your neighbors will inevitably need help with. “Make it known in your neighborhood that you are available at a moment’s notice to complete jobs during the summer,” he tells Teen Vogue. “Mowing the lawn, car-detailing, and babysitting can all add up and these jobs won’t require you to travel far to earn that extra buck.”

2. Hit up your local businesses.

If you want to make some money while also logging career-related experience, consider which local businesses will give you the chance to do so. For example, if you want to work in the music business, you don’t need to land a summer job with a major recording company to get your start. Erin Dillon, account executive at Songtradr, suggests looking into opportunities at your local radio station. “This is a great way to make headway in the music business while earning cash and learning new skills,” she tells Teen Vogue.

That thinking can apply to pretty much any field. Cindy Chu, director of engineering at Polyvore, applies the same reasoning to the fashion industry. “Look for roles that might not be in the fashion industry, but are related,” she tells Teen Vogue. “Examples include publications that cover fashion among other topics, e-commerce sites, and yes, tech companies like Polyvore that emphasize fashion.”

Whatever the role, it’s likely worthwhile to take it, for the sake of both your wallet and your resume. “Don’t be afraid to be the one making coffee and answering phones, even if that isn’t your dream job,” Dillon says. “You have to start somewhere, and showing people you’re ready to work hard, whatever the task, goes a long way.”

3. Teach.

Are you good with kids? Consider what knowledge you can impart to them in the way of lessons. “If you play a musical instrument, [for example], teach lessons to kids,” Dillon says. “Put up flyers in your neighborhood... This is a great way to make extra money over the summer if you’re interested in music and have the skill set!” The same goes for plenty of other skills: Tutor kids in your best subject, or maybe help them practice a foreign language they’re learning that you’re already fluent in.

4. Look for fun seasonal jobs.

Again, Szeto recommends the traditional route, with jobs like working in an ice cream shop, a bike or boat rental company, or at a pool or beach — particularly if you live somewhere popular with tourists. “[These types of companies] have to hire really quickly in the summer to keep up with the influx of tourists,” he says. And “[these jobs] allow you to have fun and interact with customers from all walks of life.” Plus, most of them require you to spend most of your time outside, which is a major summer perk, as far as we’re concerned.

5. Get in on an on-demand gig.

If you do want to work within the comforts of technology, there is no lack of opportunities related to the many on-demand service apps. “Apps such as Task Rabbit and Fiverr are becoming increasingly more popular to find local work,” Szeto says. “Located in the palm of your hand, these mobile apps can get you a job for talents you already have.” And there are plenty other options outside of the two apps Szeto mentioned: Deliver groceries with instacart, or other necessities with Postmates, or sign up to clean homes through Handy.

6. Leverage your millennial/Gen Z skills.

Pretty much every business needs — or at least can benefit from — a social media presence. But many companies, especially smaller, local businesses, still don’t have them, and the ones who do would likely be grateful to have someone as social media savvy as you helping them out. “Social media skills of the younger generation can really help with increasing a brand’s audience,” Szeto says. “Offer to help create a social presence for some of your favorite brands and shops via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.”

7. Work your favorite summer events.

Do you live somewhere that’s home to an annual music festival, or perhaps weekly street fests? Is there a popular summer music venue in your area, or a local carnival that sets up camp for the season? Any summer events, big or small, need people to help run the show. Szeto recommends researching what events near you are in need of last minute or temporary help. Who knows, maybe you’ll get to enjoy some great experiences while you’re at it. Work perks, right?