30+ Ways You Can Make Extra Money This Summer

June 22, 2018

30+ Ways You Can Make Extra Money This Summer

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If you could use some extra cash this summer (really when could we not use extra cash?), you may be wondering how to go about it.

Between working your regular gig, taking care of the kids, and wanting to just enjoy the weather, you might be doubting it’s possible to make extra money this summer.

Well, it is! Depending on how much time you have on your hands, there are several ways, both online and offline, to add a little extra dough to your bank account.

And if you’re looking to make extra more money because you’re paying off debt or working on a savings goal, then using the summer as your timeframe is an excellent approach. Working more isn’t exactly fun if it’s not something you really want to do, but when we know an uncomfortable situation is temporary or for a specific season, suddenly it’s more bearable.

Here’s a look at some ways to make extra money this summer.

Leverage Your Current Job / Career

A good way to earn more money this summer is to start with your existing career or job. There are ways you can make more money doing what you are already doing.

1. Work Overtime at Your Existing Job

If working overtime at your job is an option (or an increase in hours if you work under 40 hours), ask for it and commit to a specific number of OT hours per week.

2. Coach or Consult

Use your professional skills and expertise to coach or train others in your field.

Sell Some Stuff

An excellent way to make extra money this summer is by selling your stuff — because people are often in a buying mood. Sell whatever you can: items you have and no longer need; items you collect; or items you make.

3. Have a Garage Sale

Scour your house for unneeded items and have a yard sale. Maximize your potential proceeds by presenting everything in an organized way that plays up their value. And don’t forget clear, easy-to-read directional signage in your neighborhood. There’s always stuff left over after a garage sale, so bonus points for having two sales during the summer.

4. Sell Your Stuff Online

Take a look at what you have that is of higher value than typical garage sale items and sell them online on eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp, or Facebook. Look at sites like Gazelle, or NextWorth to sell your electronics.

5. Sell Used Books

Sell used books for profit on eBay, Amazon, or BookScouter.Com.

6. Sell a Product, Craft, Photography, etc.

If you are crafty, paint, draw, etc., open up an Etsy shop, sell at a local craft fair, or sell your services on an online marketplace like Fiverr or Creative Market.

7. Sell From Your Garden

Do you grow your own vegetables, herbs, or flowers? Set up a stand right in your front yard or sell at a local farmer’s market.

8. Become a Flea Market Flipper

If you have an eye for bargains, learn how to turn that gift into some cash. The summer is an excellent time to scour garage and tag sales and turn a profit.

Use Your Hobbies & Skills

Make extra money this summer by playing up a hobby, talent, or skill you have. These are just a few things you could do.

9. Photography

Love taking pictures of family and friends? Put yourself out there and start getting paid for your excellent work! Put together an ad showing your work and email to friends and family or share on social media. You could also sell your photographs to stock photography services.

10. Handyman

The summer is prime time for homeowners to make repairs and updates on their homes. If you are skilled at making minor repairs, you can make some decent money on the side right in your own neighborhood.

11. Gardening

Use your gardening expertise to help out those who weren’t born with a green thumb, and make some money in the process.

12. Organizing

Many people use the summer to get their homes in order. Put your amazing organizational skills to use and get paid to teach others how to streamline and organize.

13. D.J.

Do you still have your turntables from college? Dust them off and become a weekend D.J. at parties and weddings.


These traditional and not-so-traditional ways to earn money are go-to’s and are a perfect way to make extra money this summer.

14. Babysit

Offer to babysit for friends, neighbors, and family. Be sure to check Craigslist, the newspaper, and community bulletin boards for people in search of childcare.

15. Pet Sit or Dog Walk

If you love caring for animals, offer to pet sit or walk dogs in your neighborhood. A quick search online can point you to people looking for this service.

16. House Sit

It’s vacation season, so you could earn a little money by keeping an eye on a neighbor’s home while they’re away. Checkout TrustedHousesitters for listings near you.

17. Drive Around

Drive for Uber or Lyft on the evenings and weekends. Don’t have a car? Both services provide rental options.

18. Help People Move

The summer months are busy in terms of people relocating. Use your truck or van to help them! You can sign up with a service like GoShare.

19. Become a Tutor

School may be out, but plenty of kids and adults still plan to study during the summer. Show off your proficiency in a subject by tutoring students in your neighborhood or online with Studypool or Tutor.com. You could also tutor ESL students or professionals looking to pass exams that you have aced.

20. Mow Lawns

You don’t need an official landscaping business to mow lawns and perform basic lawn maintenance around your neighborhood. Grab your own equipment (or invest in some) and make some extra cash.

21. Work in Retail

Many retailers look for seasonal help during the summer only. Check out your local stores or apply to national chains. Ikea, REI, Lowes, and these other retailers are known for their above-average wages.

22. Get a Job in Food Services

Like retail, restaurants and bars hire for the summer season. Bartend, wait tables, or host at a local restaurant, etc.

23. Become a Delivery Driver

Delivering pizzas or other food items on the weekends or evenings is a good way to earn some cash.

Online Jobs

If you need more flexibility in when you work, go online to make extra money this summer. Between brick-and-mortar businesses looking for remote workers to online business needing assistance, there are a number of things you could do online.

24. Virtual Assistant

Tasks for virtual assistants can range from responding to emails, to managing social media accounts, to many others, and pay can be higher than doing the same tasks in traditional positions. Do a quick search online for available virtual assistant jobs

25. Transcription Jobs

Excellent typing skills? Get paid to transcribe audio files for a variety of companies.

26. Proofreading

Put your eye for spelling, grammar, and punctuation to use by proofreading for authors, bloggers, businesses, etc.

27. Review Websites

Sign up with companies like User Testing and make money by reviewing websites or apps. The jobs are sporadic, but they pay well for the amount of time you spend.

28. Customer Service

Field calls for a variety of companies from retail, to tech, to travel services, among others.

29. Bookkeeping or Accounting

Provide bookkeeping or accounting services remotely for various businesses.

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Other Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer

There are many random ways you can make money. Here are a few.

30. Take Surveys Online

The income is sporadic, but you can earn some extra money by taking surveys for companies like Swagbucks, Survey Junkie, and others.

31. Rent Out Available Space in Your Home

If you have a spare room or will be away from your home, rent it out through Airbnb, HomeAway, or others.

32. Participate in Studies

Medical studies, shave studies, weight loss studies, etc. Earn some extra cash by taking part in research.

33. Donate Plasma

You can make some decent money by donating plasma. Also, check out these other (legal) ways to earn income with your body.

34. Get Cash Back on Your Purchases

Make money when buying items you usually would purchase by using sites and apps like Ebates, Ibotta, SavingStar, Checkout51, and MobiSave.

Leverage Your Summer

Again, if you’re dumping debt or saving up for a future vacation or large purchase, the long summer days are a perfect time to put a little extra effort in meeting your goals.

Depending on how much time you have, when you’re able to work, and what your skills are, there are a ton of ways you can make extra money this summer.

Let this list be a guide to get you thinking about what you can do. Brainstorm other ideas and pursue as many as you can. Maybe you’ll even want to keep the side-hustle or extra job beyond the summer!

What other ways can you think of to make more money while working full-time?

30+ Ways You Can Make Extra Money This Summer


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