Seeking a side gig this summer? Certain seasonal gigs can help you finance personal expenses while saving for a much-needed vacation. As an added bonus, most of these gigs will allow you to enjoy the good weather and soak up some sun. If you’re ready to become a summer side hustler, check out these summertime side gigs.
Hot Air Balloon Crew
Are you ready to join a hot air balloon crew? Eliav Cohen, chief pilot at Seattle Ballooning, recommends getting a side hustle as part of a hot air balloon crew.
“This is a fun gig that pays well,” said Cohen, who said hot air balloon crew gig workers earn $60 for two and a half hours plus tips. “Most crew members make $100 to $120 a flight.”
Another cool deal about a hot air balloon side gig? Cohen said the hustle starts at sunrise. You can finish before starting your day job!
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Summer camp is in session! Christopher Davis, founder of Camps Insider, recommends working a side hustle as a camp counselor.
Davis worked as a camp counselor when he was younger and was able to put the savings toward paying for college. Pay varies depending on the type of camp you work at. “I’d recommend choosing an overnight camp,” Davis said. “Camp directors can expect to be paid anywhere between $900 to $1500 per week depending on location. Camp counselors can expect salaries between $300-$800 per week.”
Another perk aside from salary is camp counselors don’t need to worry about paying for housing, and food is included with the role if you work for overnight camps. Anyone from college students to teachers to seasonal workers who have summers off may work in this role. Those who want to be a summer camp director may be asked to do some additional work before the summer arrives, but Davis said most of the work occurs while camp is in session as you make sure the experience is running smoothly for all campers.
Yes, you can get paid to clean people’s homes, decks, driveways and walkways all simply by using a pressure washing machine.
Nick Loper, chief side hustler at Side Hustle Nation, recommends getting into pressure washing as either a side hustle or a full-time business. In an interview with Loper, Scott Anderson, small-business operator at Spoon River Pressure Washing, reported earning up to $3,000 a month in pressure washing. Anderson said in the interview that the business had a low startup cost, was easy to market and was satisfying work.
Freelance Event Planning and Catering
From weddings to festivals and parades, summers seldom run short on events to plan and guests in attendance. Samantha Hawrylack, personal finance expert and co-founder of How To FIRE, recommends anyone with experience in event planning or catering look into opportunities to work as a freelance planner or caterer during the summer months.
“This can be a great way to earn some extra money while also helping others to plan and execute their perfect event,” Hawrylack said.
Rent Out Your Boat
This won’t be a fit for everyone out there, but if you have a spare boat that you’re not using, you should consider putting it onto the boat rental marketplace and get paid to rent it out.
Val Streif is the marketing manager at GetMyBoat, the world’s largest boat rental marketplace. Streif said GetMyBoat enables people who own boats and watersports equipment like kayaks, paddleboards and canoes to rent them out on the platform and earn money when they aren’t using them.
“The average owner on GetMyBoat earns over $15,000 annually, with some people earning much more and even transforming from running a side hustle on the platform to becoming a full-time boat captain, quitting their 9-to-5,” Streif said.
Landscapers are always in demand during the summer months, especially anyone who can mow lawns. Matthew Robbs, founder of Smart Saving Advice, recommends mowing grass as your side hustle.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Robbs and his family mowed grass every summer together when he was a teenager. “We mowed grass a couple of days a week for people all around our little town and made between $15,000 to $20,000 a summer!” Robbs said.
There are plenty of factors working in a side hustler’s favor if they choose to mow lawns. Robbs said you can charge a good amount per hour and won’t have large startup expenses since most of your clients are likely to already own a lawn mower. Market your services throughout the neighborhood and local areas and work your way to solid earnings, one lawn at a time.
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