Looking to make some extra money this summer? Warmer weather opens up some great opportunities. These 25 side gigs could help you earn hundreds outside of your regular job. (Just make sure you don’t fall into common side-gigger tax traps next April.)
1. Lawn Care Pro
Own the right equipment, and you can advertise your lawn mowing and edging services to people in your area via word of mouth, local bulletin boards, email lists and social media. Angie’s List says you can charge at least $35 per lawn—and more if you add on services like weed pulling, watering and applying chemicals.
2. Pool Cleaner
If you know how to manage a swimming pool, try providing pool care. PayScale says this could get you nearly $17 an hour. Bonus if you can set up weekly arrangements or even a seasonal package for those interested in summer-long maintenance.
3. Event Waiter or Bartender
Catering companies are often on the hunt for summer workers to help staff weddings, corporate parties, outdoor festivals and other events. According to PayScale, cater waiters earn an average of $10.34 per hour, and event bartenders make up to $25 per hour—plus tips. Google “catering jobs + [your city or zip code]” to see local options.
4. Pet Sitter
Rather than boarding their pets, many vacationers prefer in-home services to minimize disruptions. According to CostHelper.com, you could make $50 to $75, depending on where you live. Find these gigs at PetSitter, SitterCity or Care.com.
5. House Sitter
Pet-free vacationers may still want someone to watch their home, fetch their mail and water plants. HouseSitter.com suggests most house sitters charge $24 to $45 per day. Check out listings there or TrustedHousesitters.com.
According to American Moving and Storage Association, around half of all moves happen between June and September—meaning there are plenty of opportunities to make around $30 per hour as a mover this summer. Advertise online, or look for gigs on Thumbtack, Fiverr and Craigslist.
7. Furniture Assembler
Furniture-assembling definitely isn’t everyone’s strong point, so it’s a great side hustle for the detail-oriented. You can charge hourly or by piece—either independently or using services like TaskRabbit and Thumbtack to connect you with clients. TaskRabbit suggests you can charge $25 to $65 an hour, depending on how complex the assembly is.
If you’re a certified lifeguard—or willing to get certified by the Red Cross or a municipal program—summer is the perfect time to work at your local pool, beach or club. Get paid around $9 an hour, and work on your tan at the same time.
9. Tennis Coach
Glassdoor estimates that a tennis pro at a major health club chain earns $11 to $12 per hour. Teach private lessons, and that can shoot up to $60 an hour. Just don’t forget to factor in court fees if applicable. Contact local clubs and players’ associations for leads.
10. Golf Caddy
Caddies make the most from tips, which could be as much as $125 per game, depending on the duties involved. For example, you’ll earn more if you can advise the player, rather than simply carrying clubs. Contact golf courses directly to learn about opportunities.
11. Car Washer
PayScale says you can earn nearly $10 per hour as an attendant at a professional car wash. Washes near beaches, campsites and national parks may be looking for seasonal workers to help with the influx of summer visitors.
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