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Summer is a great time to head to the beach, fire up the grill or go camping. But it’s also a terrific time to earn a little extra cash.
You can make money year round, of course. But summer offers some unique opportunities to cash in on long days, warm weather and, for some, flexible schedules.
Here are seven great gigs for padding your bank account as the temperature rises:
1. House and pet sitter
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People often travel throughout the summer, and many need someone to look after their homes or pets. The work is relatively easy and can be fun, especially if you love animals.
Kimbirly Orr of Denver, who house sits on the side, told U.S. News & World Report that she charges $50 a night for up to two small pets.
Websites like Rover.com connect potential pet and house sitters with people in need of pet or house sitting — or simply dog walking or a drop-in check on a pet.
To learn more about Rover, check out the video below. For pointers to help you get started working as a pet sitter or dog walker, check out “Making Extra Money: 7 Steps to Start a Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Business.”
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You probably won’t get rich doing this job. The median pay for a lifeguard is $9.76 an hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. However, you will soak up the rays and have fun, and you may even save somebody’s life.
And maybe you will get rich after all. Several years ago, CNBC reported that lifeguards on some high-profile California beaches were making six figures.
The American Red Cross offers lifeguarding training and certification courses.
3. House painter
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Summer’s great weather makes the season prime time for house painting. Consider a volunteer stint at Habitat for Humanity if you feel you need to brush up on your skills, although most painters learn the trade on the job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Painters earn a median pay of $18.06 an hour. Not a bad gig if you can get it.
4. Ice cream truck driver
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Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of hearing the familiar chimes of the ice cream truck on a summer day? Now, you can create those idyllic moments for a new generation of kiddos.
Ice cream truck drivers almost always earn their money on a commission basis but can expect to bring in about $300 to $600 weekly during the summer, according to JobMonkey, a website devoted to jobs with opportunities for travel. JobMonkey notes:
“If it’s rainy and nasty out, you may not make much money, but if the sun is blazing and it’s the Fourth of July you may pull in big bucks.”
5. Lawn and yard care servicer
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During the dead of winter, people don’t typically worry much about their yards aside from the occasional need to shovel. But by summer, lawns, weeds and bushes are growing every day.
Some folks are simply too busy to keep up with the trimming. Others may be too old or ill. Regardless of the reason, you can help out and pad your pockets at the same time. Plus, it can be a great — and free — workout.
According to Angie’s List, some professionals charge $35 to $50 for lawn mowing.
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Kids who struggled during the school year often use the summer to sharpen their skills in time for the coming school year. That means a plethora of parents may be searching for a private tutor.
If tutoring sounds interesting, you can find clients by posting fliers or advertising on Craigslist. Or, you could work for a local tutoring agency to build your credentials before starting out on your own.
Care.com says high school students who tutor can expect to earn $10 to $15 an hour. Certified teachers can earn as much as $75 an hour — that’s big bank during their usual off-season.
7. Bottled water seller
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When investing legend Warren Buffett was a kid, he would buy chewing gum from his grandfather’s store, then turn around and sell it door-to-door at a markup.
You can follow in the footsteps of the Oracle of Omaha by selling bottled water on hot summer days at parks and outdoor events. Buy it in bulk at a warehouse club like Costco or Sam’s Club.
Just check with local ordinances to make sure you are not running afoul of the law.
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