10 summer side hustles that can help you earn extra cash

Try these in-demand seasonal side hustles that can help you make money this summer.


Summer months have a different rhythm: Schools are out, workflow slows down, and the days are longer. And, if you're savvy about it, you can take advantage of the season to make some extra cash.

The average monthly income from a side hustle is $1,122, according to a recent survey from Bankrate.com, which also reports that nearly half of American workers participate in the gig economy.

"A lot of people during the summer are taking vacation out of normal 9-to-5, but it's also a great time to learn a new skill. For example, you could learn to code this summer and build websites," Grant Sabatier, creator of Millennial Money, tells Grow. Sabatier is no stranger to side hustles: At one point, to maximize his earnings, he was juggling about a dozen of them.

These 10 side gigs could help you boost your income this summer.

1. Rent out your ride

If you have a bike or surfboard you're not currently using, you can rent it out for some extra cash on Spinlister, a peer-to-peer app, says Philip Taylor of PTmoney.com. For instance, you can list your bike for $7 an hour, $20 per day, and $100 for a week. In addition, Spinlister will cover damages on your items for up to $5,000.

2. Become a lifeguard

Sitting by the pool or beach while getting paid feels like the ultimate summer gig. It does take some work to become a lifeguard, though: For example, you'll be expected to learn CPR and how to respond to emergency situations. If you don't mind the extra work and are a strong swimmer, you can earn $12 an hour, according to ManpowerGroup North America.

3. Help people get organized

The summer is a hot time for moving homes and shedding last season's clothes, but not everyone can channel their inner Marie Kondo, or at least not without help. Personal organizers are in demand right now, says Sabatier. Whether you're putting other people's stuff in the right place after a move or decluttering their closets, you can earn between $30 and $80 an hour depending on your experience and references.

4. Host guests via Airbnb

Summer vacationers can boost Airbnb activity, creating more opportunity for you to host, if you have some extra space. Taylor suggests hosts create an entertainment guide for the immediate area, including personal tours, private photo shoots, or Instagram-friendly spots. Providing extra activities can warrant more cash from visiting guests.

Just to be sure, check your state Airbnb laws before using the site. And remember that, though nearly half of Airbnb hosts earn more than $500 per month, what you take home will depend on your costs and the perks you offer.

5. Staff festivals or amusement parks

Several festivals and amusement parks pop up and remain busy throughout the summer, says Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America. There are 4,530 festival employers hiring for more than 60,000 jobs this summer. Festival assistants, like food and beverage servers or carnival employees, on average make $14.51 per hour nationwide. There a couple of perks that come with this gig, too, like free entry to festivals—just remember to stay professional while on duty.

6. Drive

Beach towns and major cities experience a heightened number of tourists during the summer with destinations to get to. Ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber have the most job openings for seasonal work, according to ManpowerGroup. On average, you can make between $13.70 to $25.38 an hour, depending on the tier of service.

If you don't have time to do the actual driving yourself, you can rent out your car on Turo. Rates vary depending on the car, but each vehicle is insured for up to $1 million.

7. Take photos for an app

You can make an additional $30 a month taking pictures of job postings with Job Spotter, an app from Indeed that pays you in Amazon credit. Job Spotter will pay you to take and upload pictures of job postings to the app. The more detailed the posting, the more you'll get paid, because the idea is to make postings as accessible as possible for job seekers.

8. Care for pets, homes, or kids

Warm weather makes many of us more inclined to attend an impromptu happy hour or take a spontaneous trip, so that increases the need for someone to take care of pets, homes, and children. On average, you can earn $16 an hour babysitting, $25 a night dog-sitting, and $38 per day as a housesitter. If you sign up for a site like Care.com, Rover, and Wag, be prepared for a standard background check.

9. Tutor

Summer is a great time to get hired to tutor kids who are out of school but whose parents don't want them to fall behind. Parents will typically look for educational experience or expertise in a field, so that gives teachers a significant edge.

There are a couple of routes to becoming a tutor, like working with an agency that will match you with students, or networking within your community and advertising yourself as an independent agent.

Without a background in education, you can earn $30 to $40 an hour, and teachers can earn up to $85. Tutors can charge more for multiple subjects and extra testing.

10. Help a garden grow

If you have a green thumb, you can help others develop their vegetable patches and get them to thrive for money: Sabatier says garden organizers are in demand these days. And if you're good at setting up gardens as well as getting them to grow, you can further monetize your plant-related skills by creating a website or social media page, he says.

Depending on the size of the garden, you can make up to $18 per square foot.

"It's always going to be better to build a side hustle that you like and enjoy doing," he says. "If you like to be outside and are able to align your side hustle with spending time outside—it's a win-win."

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