Let’s get a sad fact out of the way first: while summer is a good time to have fun, it’s an even better time to get out and get working. And who couldn’t use a little extra cash in their wallet? Maybe you’re in high school. That means you’ve got four years of tuition in front of you. Or maybe you’re already in college. That means you’ve got several more semesters of textbooks to buy. And maybe you college grads out there need the money most. After all, you’ve got student loans.
So for the unemployed-but-looking types who are on the prowl for summer savings, here’s where to start:
Why? Because you already want to spend your days in the sun. You might as well get paid for it. Plus you can go swimming. And later you can tell stories about all the lives you saved. The downside here, of course, is all the sunburns. The best way to land a job doing this is to take a CPR course before you even apply for the job. It shows initiative. Check locals hospitals or a YMCA for opportunities. Then start calling all the country clubs, municipal pools, water parks, and summer camps you can find.
It’s just one more way to spend your summer in the sun while making money. The virtue of landscaping, however, is that it can be more physical, keeping you healthy, and there’s potential for a higher income, especially if you do an outstanding job and get tipped. The entrepreneurial types can actually go this route alone: post signs around the neighborhood, go door to door, call up your grandparents’ friends–whatever it takes, organize your own clients and you could make some serious cash. Alternatively you could search for hourly work at local park services. The work will be more reliable but it won’t pay as well.
The highlights here: depending on the camp, you could actually spend your summer having fun. You know, kayaking, swimming in a lake, playing baseball, whatever. The pay is not always the best, but if it’s a sleepaway camp, your food and housing is usually free. Another virtue: you’ll have few places to spend your money, meaning most of it will go straight to the bank. You could make several thousand dollars in one summer. For leads, check with schools, churches, and community organizations.
At the library.
Your best bet: apply at any local colleges or any public libraries. The pay isn’t the best but the environment more than makes up for it. It’s quiet, it’s air conditioned, and it’s filled with smart people and good books. Plus it may come with some cool perks, like no library fines. That could pay off when classes start up again…
This can be one of the better ways to make money, especially if you’re working at a seasonally-popular restaurant, which may see a huge influx of customers. Many of those may also be tourists. And if there’s one thing we know about people, it’s that they tip better while they’re on vacation. Artisan ice cream shops, brick-oven pizza joints on the river bank, hotel restaurants–you get the idea. How do you get a job in a nice restaurant? Charm. And combing your hair also helps.