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Summer is just around the corner and for most of us (unless you live in San Diego like me , then it’s pretty much vacation from April to December) this is when we plan our fun activities.
Thing about fun activities though ?
You need some dough to make it happen in the ways you want to make it happen.
If you listen to me log enough, you know I am not a big fan of debt and so the first thing I don’t do when I cannot afford something is put it on a credit card.
I go for one of two thing – don’t do it OR find a way to make the extra money so I CAN do it.
I am so biased to the second option.
Thankfully, for the last 20 months, I have been freelancing as a social media manager and writer alongside my job as a research scientist and it has been a total blessing to be able to have that extra cash.
In today’s post, I am going to share 25 side income ideas you can unleash this summer. You can either use this is start setting up different savings funds for your personal life or like I opened up with, it can just be “fun” money.
Some of these are stuff you can do from home with a computer while others will require you to leave the house. Nonetheless, you will make money doing either (and about half of these I have done myself !)
Let’s get started !
25 Side Income Ideas To Aid Your Summer Budget
Social Media Manager
You knew this would be first right ? And why not ? Just a little over a year and a half ago, I started as a social media manager making a four-figure income on the side on my job and yes it was a taste of the sweet life. If you know your way around social media, all you need is a few tools and a brush up on your marketing skills and you could be offering this service fairly quickly.
In fact, in my new book 30 Day Social Media Manager, one of the things I go over are the 12 different types of services you can offer just within social media management.
At the end of last year, I decided to focus my energies on freelance writing and so in January of this year, I invested in a course to help me with starting a freelance writing business. I made the money back from the course by February and have been on the up and up since then. Writing is definitely a strength of mine and being able to get paid for it makes it even better for me.
As a matter of fact, I have been tracking my earnings from freelance writing since January and this is how it has grown :
Not too bad. Turns out there is a lot you can do with $600-$700 extra a month *wink wink*.
If you would like to get a good head-start on writing, I highly recommend Holly Johnson’s course Earn More Writing. It is WORTH the investment.
And yes, there is a LOT of writing work out there so the sky really is your limit.
Even though there are a lot of drag and drop website builders these days, there are still a lot of folks who want custom websites made for them.
Start by asking within your network if anyone knows someone who needs a website and ask if you can charge them something small for it in the beginning. As you build your expertise and skill-set, you can charge more.
Caitlyn Pyle has built a very nice career for herself proof-reading. It’s inspiring actually. So yes, start proof-reading for peeps and make some money for your summer action.
If you know your way around websites, WordPress, Joomla, Squarespace etc, website maintenance and support is definitely something you can offer as a paid service.
Offer a Simple Service on Fiverr
When it comes to freelance services, you are limited by imagination. If you think I am kidding check out the depth of services offered on Fiverr.
Corey Ferreira wrote a book providing 100 Fiverr gig ideas. Although I never pursued Fiverr as a long term goal for me, his book was worth perusing to see the different services you can offer on Fiverr.
When I first met my husband, he used to help one of his friends run his car wash/car detailing business. All they did to set the business up was go to Walmart, buy a handful of car-washing supplies and spread the word that would come to YOU to offer the service.
It wasn’t a million dollars, but it was a good gig to buy the essentials with.
Yard Sale Flipping/E-commerce
E-commerce was my first foray into online business. I sold my old textbooks at first and then switched to buying items from Liquidation.com that I would then sell on eBay.
It was always so nice getting a notification that I had been paid for an item and all I needed to do was ship it.
Look around your house or go to yard sales this summer and see what items you could potentially flip on sites like eBay or Craigslist.
This the season for a test-prep.
If you are good with any of the standardized national tests like SAT, NCLEX, MCAT, PCAT and so on, you can offer your services as a tutor to help them pass.
Leveraging sites like Wyzant and Tutor.com can help you establish your tutoring business quickly.
Start a cleaning business
I remember reading this post on Side Hustle Nation and was so impressed by the creativity the writer employed in starting her own cleaning business. She made $1000 extra per month doing this.
Offices, business locations and home owners are always looking for people to clean. Marketing yourself could be as easy as hanging up flyers within your community with a contact number for people to reach you on.
If you like to cook, why not get paid for it ? Weddings, baby showers, graduation parties and events like this abound during the summer and people don’t always want to cook. Do the cooking for them and get that money.
Of course, if you want to do this at a commercial level and make sure you have your bases covered, you will need a license from your local government and certifications that show that the kitchen where you are cooking your food is clean and safe.
Pet parents don’t always have the opportunity to take the pets away with them and sometimes pets simply thrive better at home than anywhere else.
Same idea and this has been a proven side-income model that has been used for years.
This gal turned her love for San Francisco into a profitable hiking tour business. You can do the same.
If your city allows Uber and Lyft to operate and you have a car, you should totally get on this bandwagon.
A few weeks ago when my car broke down, I needed to take Lyft to get to work at a decent time. I remember chatting with a drive who told me she makes more than $200 per day driving and drove 7 days a week. $1400 a week before taxes is not bad PLUS you set your own schedule so if you just want to drive 4 hours for 3 days, you can do that if it satisfies your financial goals.
Have a spare room or couch you wouldn’t mind sharing with someone else ? Turn it into dollars with AirBnB
This is one of those side income streams I am beginning to enjoy.
If you enjoy writing and have ideas for niche topics or for fiction books you can become like Steve Scott and Joanna Penn who have turned those skills into full writing businesses. Or you could do it on a smaller scale and make the amounts of money you would like.
It’s up to you.
Sell online courses
If you are just starting out, hosting courses on your own may not be very lucrative.
People who are making a KILLING with self-hosted online courses typically have big lists or a very targeted topic they can charge really high for.
If you don’t have a huge list however, it does not mean you cannot sell online courses. Leveraging platforms like Udemy and Skillshare can be worth it.
Become a Mystery Shopper
I used to be a mystery shopper in grad school ! It turns out that a lot of big businesses are always collecting data on how their products are being sold in stores and how salespeople are selling them. One of the ways these businesses collect that data is to use mystery shoppers.
It requires a bit of acting so if you are good at role-playing, this might be a good one for you. It does not pay much. But I am a big believer in “little drops of water make a mighty ocean”. When I mystery shopped I would make between $10-$20 per shop. If combined 3 or 4 of these shops, I could earn $40-$80 per day just for going out posing as a shopper.
Most mystery shops don’t require you to purchase anything. A few might ask you to purchase a low dollar item for which you wil be reimbursed.
People are always trying to get fit. Help people get fit this summer and get paid for it.
Photography is such an excellent side gig for the summer because of all the events going on. If you invest in a good DSLR camera ($200-$400 for a used one typically), you could start booking gigs pretty quickly if you market yourself well.
Same idea here as photography. People have events they want to capture on video. You know how to work a video camera and set up the lighting like a pro. Plus you are a ninja at video editing software.
Those are skills you can get paid for.
Remember what I said about events this summer ? The people going to these events – weddings/prom especially – are going to need to slay.
You my friend are going to help them do that with your make up artistry.
I saw this one on Craigslist while I was researching/gathering ideas for this post. Now, I have to say that the ones on Craigslist sounded so incredibly shady. However, there is a whole entertainment industry out there that is constantly looking for talent.
If this is something that is up your alley, it could become a side situation or who knows ? You could become the next Jennifer Lawrence.
If you do take this idea and run with it and become famous, please don’t forget to mention me when you receive your Oscar ! Haha !
The elderly and people with disabilities are sometimes in need of people to be a companion or caregiver to them for a few hours a day. If you can manage it, it could become a respectable source of income while you help other people navigate through life little easier.
So those are my 25. It is not an exhaustive list but at least one of these should have your idea juices flowing for side income generation during the summer.
If you want an massive list of side gigs that could eventually become your main gig, I highly recommend Buy Buttons by Nick Loper.
I will be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments !
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