It’s almost summer! This means BBQs, beach days, and road trips. Yet, summer isn’t all fun and games. It’s also a great time to make more money.
Whether you decide to get a temp job or strike out on your own with a new side hustle, now is the perfect opportunity to put extra cash toward your money goals. To help get your wheels rolling, check out these eight side hustle ideas.
1. Real Estate Agent Assistant
Spring and summer are the busy seasons for real estate agents, especially if you live in a region with a hot housing market. Many agents need extra help with listings, and this includes taking photos of houses and shopping for personalized thank-you gifts for clients. At the same time, agents may not have the budget or need for a full-time employee. That’s where you come in.
Perhaps you can become a freelance personal assistant to a local real estate agent. Don’t be shy. Start pounding the pavement, meet with real estate agents, and let them know what you can bring to the table.
2. Social Media Manager
Admit it. You already spend too much time on Instagram and Snapchat. Why not get paid for your social media usage? Restaurants and stores need people with good communication skills to increase their online presence. So, create a sample account to show local businesses how you can help them gain more traction with social media.
You can charge an hourly rate or offer a flat rate package that includes a set of curated images, posting ideas and content creation. For an extra weekly charge, you can even manage the company’s social media accounts daily.
3. Manager for Airbnb Hosts
Did you know that you don’t actually have to own a rental to profit from Airbnb’s popularity? Instead, you can become a property manager for Airbnb hosts in your area.
Many Airbnb hosts rent out their home on the side but still have a busy life to maintain too. Summer months might also be the time that hosts want to do some traveling on their own, without stressing out about their own guests.
You, in turn, can be the reliable person that can fill in the gap for them. As part of the deal, you can also offer to clean the rentals between guest stays, do lawn care or welcome guests. You can even offer to improve their listings with better photos and descriptions.
4. Summer Program Instructor
Have you thought about becoming a swim instructor or teaching kids yoga classes? Perhaps you can offer children’s art or drama classes?
Summer is a great time to get your creative juices going and teach kids classes. If you haven’t taught swimming in years or you want to learn a new skill, the American RedCross offers a Water Safety Instructor’s Course in many areas. This course prepares you to teach preschoolers and children, as well as ‘Parent and Me’ aquatic classes. You can charge $25-35 for an hour of one-on-one swim lessons or charge $300 upfront for a package of 10 swim lessons.
When it comes to yoga, this may be easier than teaching swimming because you don’t need a pool and can run classes at a local park or even in a backyard. And don’t worry if you’ve never taught yoga before. You can hook up with a company like Pretzel Kids yoga, which offers an affordable online training course enabling you to start teaching children’s yoga classes immediately. Pretzel Kids teachers can earn $40 to $100 a class, depending on where you live and how many children are enrolled in your classes, says Pretzel Kids founder Robyn Parets.
“Some of our Pretzel Kids teachers also run mini-camps for a week or even three days during the summer. The best part: You can pick a summer week when you’re around and even bring along your own kids. It’s a lucrative and flexible way to earn extra cash doing something to enrich kids’ lives,” says Parets.
5. A Sitter for All Needs
Once school is out for the summer, many parents are desperate for affordable day care.
Have you considered becoming a babysitter? Even if you are only free nights and weekends, you can still pick up regular gigs when parents need a date night. If you become a child’s favorite sitter, you might even get invited on vacation.
Pet sitting and house sitting are also in-demand during the summer months. Many people prefer in-home pet sitting to boarding their animals, especially if they have more than one fur baby. For an easy way to make more money, check out Rover.com to apply for local house or pet sitting gigs.
6. Teach Kids Online
Companies like VIPKid hire online instructors to teach English to children in China. The virtual one-on-one teachings pay up to $22 an hour. To be a teacher, you need a bachelor’s degree and to pass the application process.
You can also look into other online teaching opportunities at companies like Outschool, which hires independent contractors to teach all sorts of classes for kids via video conference calls. With Outschool, you have to go through an approval process and then you can set your own hours and rates.
7. Garden and Lawn Care
We know, mowing lawns is the ultimate cliche of summer jobs, but it is for good reason. Taking care of your lawn is harder in the summer when plants and weeds grow faster.
So, try offering extra services that a regular gardener does not do, such as dog poop removal, palm tree trimming and patio power washing.
You can even skip the monthly service all together for a one-time charge. Call it the “Take a Week Off” special, offering individuals an hour of garden care for $25.
8. RV Prep and Cleaning
Hitting the open road is a summer favorite for many families. Yet, prepping the RV and cleaning it after the trip is something many wish they didn’t have to do.
You, however, can profit off of this common pain point with your own RV service business. To boot, advertising this type of business door-to-door is easy, since most of your potential customers will have their RV parked on the side of their homes.
Get Your Side Hustle On
Now that we’ve given you eight great ideas to make extra money this summer, it’s time for you to get started!
And here’s one final pro tip to level up your income: If your employer offers direct deposit, you can get paid early with Chime. Even without direct deposit, you can still manage your side hustle paychecks with Chime and automate your income. Simply transfer a percentage of your paycheck into a separate account every time you get paid. This way you can reach your money goals with ease.