Do you have a college student who needs to make money over the summer break? Summertime is prime time for college kids! Start them thinking now about how they’ll earn money this summer to spend next school year or on their own summer plans. Bonus for you? It gets them up and out of the house, and it helps them learn responsibility.
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If your college kid needs to earn money this summer, go through this list of jobs with them and see what clicks. Summertime is their chance to make memories outside of the classroom, so have them make the most of it!
Encourage your college kids to declutter their rooms (and your basement) by selling things online to make extra cash. You may not think you have much, but you would be surprised at what people will want to buy!
Alternately, there are sites like Fiverr where people are selling services like proofreading, graphic design, creating videos, and more; everything is $5.
Be a Driver
Lyft and Uber are supremely popular and it’s not hard to sign up. Drivers can make their own schedule, and if you happen to live in some high-traffic areas, drivers can earn a pretty penny by shuttling people around.
As always with jobs like these, be safe while working and always err on the side of caution. You want the summer to be memorable, but not too memorable!
Parents need sitters more than ever while school is out, and they tend to prefer older teens like college students and those who can drive. This job can be very lucrative, so be sure to be prompt, courteous, and have fun! Word-of-mouth is the best advertising when looking for additional jobs.
While college students are trying to make cash this summer, others are out on vacations. Don’t feel bad! Offer to house sit for those lucky people and earn your own money to put towards your own summer trips. To earn even more, offer to do housecleaning or pick up groceries before the family returns home from their trip.
Dog Sitting & Walking
Just like the tiny tots who are not in school, parents of dogs need sitters, too. And since dogs are such social creatures, you may be able to take on a few clients at the same time and host play dates for the furry creatures! You should probably be able to get along with dogs, just saying!
A lot of people take the summertime to fix up and beautify their homes. If your student has the skills, he or she can offer up services to help paint a fence or other handy tasks. This looks great on future resumes, too, to show how diversity of skills.
Lifeguard & Teach Swimming
Check with your neighborhood pool or rec center and spend the summer at the pool! Lifeguards require training, so plan ahead for this, but most lifeguards enjoy a flexible schedule.
If you’re an expert swimmer, consider offering swim lessons to kids and adults as well, to earn even more. Be sure to check for local rules and regulations for either job.
Does your student have a knack for landscaping or is willing to do some manual labor? He or she can offer yardwork services in your neighborhood like lawn mowing, leaves cleanup, weeding, and more. Determine an hourly rate or plan to survey the project ahead of time and provide an estimate for the whole job.
Tutoring & Teaching
If your student is an accomplished musician, he or she can offer lessons to help younger kids stay in tune over the summer. Or, go the more traditional route, and offer math and other tutoring services.
Have any other tips on ways a college student can earn money this summer? Share them with us by commenting!