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10 Summer Gigs That Could Make You Rich

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You can drive for Uber, deliver errands, or start a blog any time of year, but some of the best and most profitable side businesses come and go in just a few months — and those months are almost here.

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Many of the highest-paying summer gigs involve working outside in the hot sun during the long days of the season, but many others have nothing to do with the weather.

GOBankingRates spoke to experts from various industries to get an idea of ​​which summer jobs pay the most money most people can do, with earnings estimates for each.
Here are 10 summer activities that can boost your budget for the whole year.

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Sling Coffee at Festivals

Before the pandemic, summer was festival season. In 2022, all those multi-day mass gatherings are finally back on schedule – and they’re filled with people willing to pay for a pick-me-up.

“A coffee truck for the festival circuit can be a very lucrative side business,” said Oli Baise, founder and editor of coffee blog Drinky Coffee. “In my early twenties, I rented a food truck and sold coffee at music and art festivals in my county.”

He said he typically makes around $20,000 in profit between the months of June and September — but beware, there are significant start-up costs.

“Although you need to put some money in to do this – around $4,000 to hire a suitable vehicle for three months plus $1,500 for all relevant licenses and festival booking fees – if you can find this money, I don’t know if there’s a more lucrative summer business,” Baise said.

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Turn your pressure washer into profits

Anyone who owns a pressure washer knows the satisfaction of watching dirt disappear in perfect strips from the deck, sidewalk and driveway as you go – earning money doing it, however, is even more satisfying. .

“One of the best summer hustles is becoming a professional pressure washer,” said Kieran MacRae, who blogs about projects and self-improvement. “All you need to get started is the pressure washer, which will cost around $500, and then you can charge people $50 an hour to clean their driveways.”

Just about anyone with a pressure washer can start making money with almost no other investment or skill.

“Very little technique is involved, but the value you bring is that they only have to pay $50 instead of $500 for their own machine,” MacRae said. “A little practice at home and maybe a few neighbors as a freebie and you’re good to go.”

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Help freshmen prepare for college

Many high school graduates heading to college have their acceptance letters in hand before summer even begins, but not all do. According to US News and World Report, many colleges are now accepting applications throughout the summer as the fall semester approaches, and it’s precisely these kids who need the help the most.

“Helping high school students succeed with college admissions is a growing side business — and it can take many forms,” said Mila Garcia, finance consultant and co-founder of iPaydayLoans. “For example, you can offer ACT tutoring, coach students on good interview techniques, how to write their admissions essays, how to create an attractive college application, etc. If you can build a reputation, a profitable business can easily earn you up to $150 an hour.”

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Help prepare high school students as a tutor

Incoming students aren’t the only ones who need a little academic help before the fall school year arrives — high school students need tutors, too.

“Hour after hour, the most profitable side business is online tutoring,” said Anna Caldwell, personal finance expert at TopDollar Financial Insights Hub. “Tutors are in high demand during the summer month for standardized test prep, math, science, foreign languages, English as a second language (ESL), music lessons and more. You can work in as a freelancer or work for an established tutoring company. Depending on your market and area of ​​expertise, you can earn between $40 and $150 per hour.”

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House-Sit for Summer Travelers

For many people, this is the first summer with a vacation going since 2019 or before – and you can take advantage of it by keeping an eye on their homes while they’re away.

“During the summer months, a lot of people leave town on vacation,” said Emilia Flores, personal finance coach and co-founder of UkBadCreditLoans. “And when they do, house sitting is the perfect opportunity for you to earn some extra cash. On average, you can expect to charge $25 to $75 a day, depending on the size of the home.”

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Pet-Sit for Traveling Owners

Just as summer travelers pay people to watch over their homes while they’re away, they also pay people to watch over family members they can’t take with them on their travels.

“It could be considered a passive side hustle as it doesn’t require hard work and would be a treat if you love animals,” said Werner Jorgensen, Heatxperts Sales and Marketing Manager. “This can be your ideal day job, where you can watch someone’s pet for a few hours and earn quite well. You can get paid up to $14 an hour and you won’t be required to work only on certain days.

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Keep Summer Safe and Fun as a Camp Counselor

Although things rarely end well for them in horror movies, real-life camp counselors can have a lifelong impact on the kids they oversee — and get paid for the fun.

“A camp counselor’s primary duty is to oversee campers to provide a fun, healthy, and safe summer camp environment,” said Steven Walker, CEO of Spylix. “They are generally responsible for planning and implementing camp activities and programs and providing leadership and development opportunities for campers.”

Walker says the average salary is $12.67 per hour, which is confirmed by a few leading salary sites – ZipRecruiter says it’s $10.43 and Indeed quotes the hourly salary of an advisor from camp at $14.36, which puts Walker’s estimate right in the middle.

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Inform and entertain as a tour guide

If you don’t mind talking to groups, love people, and have a passion for history and culture, working as a tour guide might just be the ultimate seasonal hustle.

“A tour guide’s main duty is to provide information about the history of religious and historical sites, museums and other important places to travelers,” Walker said. “They are also responsible for memorizing information, speaking confidently to small and large groups, and having great interpersonal skills.”

Walker cites $14.19 as the average hourly wage, which Payscale backs up to almost a penny. Several pay sites say you can also expect to earn tips.

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Keep your neighborhood yards neat and tidy

Mowing and maintaining the yard has been a classic summer activity in virtually every part of the country for generations.

“Mowing the grass is something anyone can do, but a lot of people hate doing it themselves,” said Smart Money Advice founder Matthew Robbs, who made $15,000-20,000 in working with his family every summer to help pay for his education in the late 1990s and early years. 2000s.

“This means you can charge a good amount per hour – often 50-100% more than minimum wage – and it won’t incur significant start-up costs either, as most people already own a lawn mower. You can also expand on mowing grass and doing general landscaping – things like pulling weeds, laying mulch, trimming bushes, etc.”

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Make your best “Baywatch” impression

OK, so you won’t get rich in money working as a lifeguard, but you can earn a decent income while gaining skills, experience, and physical training that can lend themselves to many future career paths, including first responder jobs. But beware, you might end up having fun along the way, and that’s a different kind of rich!

“Not only do you spend your days swimming and hanging out at the pool or the beach, but you can also earn a pretty decent salary,” said Luke Lee, co-founder and interior designer of Ever Wallpaper. “In fact, according to some reports, the average hourly wage for a lifeguard is $11. Depending on where you work, you might even be able to take advantage of some great perks, like free park passes. pool or discounts on food and merchandise. Plus, what’s better than spending your summer days in the sun and getting paid for it?”

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