Make Extra Money With These 5 Summer Side Gigs

Boost your income this summer with these income-producing side gigs.

Summertime is here again. The weather is hotter, life is a little more relaxed, and you may have more free time in your schedule. (Summer Fridays, anyone?) It’s the perfect time to try something new and make some extra money to pay off debt, meet a savings goal, or foot the bill for the summer vacation you’re dreaming of.

The summer season — full of weddings, vacations, and outdoor activities — offers a number of options for income-producing side gigs.

Here are five ideas for boosting your income during the warm weather months.

Take Photos

Warm weather brings graduations, weddings, and many other opportunities for outdoor photos of children and families. If you’re good with a camera, think about offering your photography services for a fee.

Create a brochure or free website featuring some of your best photos and start peddling your services. If you have friends or relatives who are getting married, they may appreciate the opportunity to get quality wedding photos at a discount — and they can help spread the word about your services.

Clean Swimming Pools

If you have neighbors with backyard pools who are pressed for time, consider charging a fee to maintain their pools. Swimming pools need to be cleaned regularly throughout the summer months, so you can charge a recurring fee for weekly maintenance. Pool owners who use professional maintenance services usually pay $100 or more per month, so it can be a lucrative gig if you clean several pools a week.

Tutor Schoolchildren

All the kids are out of school for the summer, and many of their parents are worried about the “summer slide,” a drop in grades that often happens when students fall behind in reading and math over the summer.

If you’re good with kids and up to date on your reading, writing, and arithmetic, consider starting a tutoring business on the side. Ask neighbors, local teachers, and friends for referrals to get you started. Parents will pay $20 to $75 per hour for a tutor who gets results.

Maintain Lawns

If you own a lawn mower and enjoy working outdoors, consider starting your own lawn care business. Start by asking your neighbors, relatives, and friends if they’re interested in a lawn service.

If you want to grow your customer base, consider using an app such as Greenpal, which can connect you with customers in your area. With regular weekly customers, you can make a profitable side income cutting grass, trimming shrubs, and maintaining lawns.

Become a Lifeguard

Summertime is swimming time, and local pools, lakes, summer camps, and recreation areas need lifeguards to ensure that guests can swim safely.

If you are a strong swimmer, consider taking a course to become a certified lifeguard and apply for a job at a nearby pool, lake, or beach. Most lifeguard positions pay about $10 to $16 per hour, so you can earn a decent part-time income and get a tan at the same time.

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3 Responses to “Make Extra Money With These 5 Summer Side Gigs”

  1. Mal

    Wedding photography is a serious responsibility and professionals deserve every cent they are paid. You only get one shot to capture those moments… you have a huge risk of ruining your friendship if you do a poor job. Start with graduation portraits if you’d like to build photography skills.

  2. Lena

    ^ Yup, starting a photography business should not be on the same list as cleaning pools. Irresponsible. Not anything to take lightly, ESPECIALLY someone’s wedding day. SMH!!!!

  3. loyalreader

    Apologies for the negativity, but this list is nonsense. None of these are feasible for someone with a ‘day’ job. It seems more appropriate to a college student home from school.