Summer is not only a season of relaxation and fun, but it also presents many opportunities to make some extra cash. When people leave town for summer vacation, they need people to look after their homes and pets. And with children on break from school, parents are often on the hunt for daycare options. When looking for short-term money-making opportunities, it is important that you consider the cost to start. These eight ideas have low start-up costs, low overhead, and require very little experience.
- Lawn Care
In many regions, plants and gardens grow considerably more in the summertime than during any other time of the year. Depending on where you live, an unkempt lawn can become a fire hazard and result in serious fines for violating city ordinances. To begin, all you really need is a lawn mower and a few garden tools. You might also consider offering lawn care services to any senior or disabled members of your community. Not only will this earn you some extra cash, but you will also be engaging in community service within your neighborhood.
- Pool Cleaning
Pool care is very important. Summer is a great time to have pool parties, and everyone wants theirs to be in tip-top shape. There are resources like SwimUniversity.com that provide plenty of information about pool maintenance, like preventing algae, sanitization, and proper tool use. If you have transportation and the means to acquire the necessary materials, you’re halfway there! Be creative when seeking clients. Don’t forget to look outside of your neighborhood if there aren’t many homes in your neighborhood with swimming pools.
While children are out of school on summer vacation, babysitters are in high demand. Children are eager to find fun activities to occupy their time, and parents are simultaneously searching for affordable child care. The goal is not necessarily to start a daycare in your home. But if you enjoy caring for children, this could be a great source of income. Check out a few caregiving websites, create a profile, and find some opportunities in your local area.
- Helping people move
This is very popular in college towns toward the end of spring semester. But offering your services to help people move is a great opportunity all year round. If you have a pickup truck or a large van, this can be a great way to make some money and help people finish a burdensome task.
- Pet Sitting
When pet-owners leave their homes for travel and summer vacation, they usually leave their furry friends behind. This means that they’ll need to hire someone to care for their pets. There are many websites you can use that are dedicated to helping you find pet-sitting opportunities in your neighborhood. If you’re at a point in your life where you would love to have a pet, but you can’t afford it or your housing situation doesn’t allow for it, this could be a great middle ground. You’ll get to spend some time with wonderful animals without the long-term commitment, all while making some extra money.
- Seasonal Jobs
There are a variety of unique events and opportunities during the summer that offer short-term work. You get the benefits of a part-time job without the commitment of giving up your entire summer. Some examples include working at the local county fair, a water park, or as a camp counselor.
If you haven’t completed your spring cleaning yet, summer is a great time to do it. If you live in an area that has lots of activity, taking the time to host a garage sale is a great way to get rid of old items and make some money. If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to yard sales, there are online options as well.
- Furniture Flipping
There are many success stories of people making money (and sometimes even a full-time income!) by using their artistic abilities to make-over used furniture. If you have the time to take on a project like this, flipping furniture could be a really unique way to pad your pockets this summer. With a creative mindset, flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales can turn into a gold mine.
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