If you’re a student, you’ve probably discovered that summer jobs and internships aren’t as easy to come by as they once were. Many businesses are hiring less summer help than ever before, as they are unable to afford such luxury in this economy. This creates a dilemma for students who are left unemployed for the summer, or stuck working fewer hours than they’d like—how do you go about making money to keep paying for tuition if the summer jobs just aren’t there?
Fortunately, there are many opportunities that are available that you can find right in your own neighborhood. Here are some of the top alternative ways you can make money this summer.
- Babysitting. It’s not glamorous, and it’s not always fun. But with school out for the summer, it’s a great
option. Many working parents may prefer to hire a full-time babysitter, because it’s often a cheaper option than a day care and allows for their children to stay in the comfort of their own home. Check advertisements in newspapers and local campus job postings or ask around to see if families in your neighborhood would like your services.
- Lawn care. I’ve had friends who have made extremely good money simply by mowing lawns and doing gardening
work for a summer. Elderly people or people who work a lot are less likely to want to do this work themselves, so if you offer your services to them, chances are they’ll pay you well for it. If you gather up enough
clients, you’ll find yourself doing just as well as you would with a traditional summer job.
- Dog walking. People want their pets to get a chance to stretch their legs during the nice summer weather,
but many people don’t have time to do it themselves. If you like dogs, starting your own summer dog walking service may be for you.
- Painting/other house work. Many people would love to make improvements to their home, such as painting,
roofing, and much more, but don’t have the time to do it themselves or the money to hire professionals. If you have the know-how, you can easily find people willing to pay you to do such work during the summer months.
- Check for alternate opportunities with your school. Many schools offer work-abroad opportunities, or trips to help build homes in impoverished areas. These might not always be paid positions, but they will look great on your résumé
when applying for jobs in the future.
What other sorts of alternative summer jobs would you recommend?