Paying for College

Have A Profitable Summer Break

Whether you're a high school upperclassman or a college student, summer vacation is a great time to earn some money. Summer break used to mean fun in the sun for many students, but the extremely high cost of college (and life in general for high school students) means many must keep their noses to the grindstone after classes have ended. The problem is actually finding work when you only have three or four months to spare.

With any luck, a school-year job may transition into full-time work, but that's a rarity. So how do you keep some cash coming in when jobs are few and far between? Here are 30 ideas for places to seek income and ways to create your own income.


1. Car wash and auto-detail technician

2. Security guard

3. Summer camp counselor

4. Lifeguard

5. Peace Corps worker

6. Deck waterproofer

7. Repair bicycles

8. Poop scooper

9. Amusement park carnie

10. Mow lawns

11. Landscape

12. Ranch hand

13. Farm worker

14. Computer troubleshooter

15. Pet sitter

16. Cruise worker

17. Nanny

18. Caddy

19. Paint houses

20. Sell gift cards online

21. Intern or office temp

22. Sports stadium and event concessionaire

23. Wordpress blog creator

24. Musical accompanist

25. Music tutor

26. Clean gutters

27. Run Errands

28. Walk Dogs

29. House sit

30. Weed gardens

For those of you who may want to prospect for job opportunities, here's some good advice from Popular Summer Jobs. Here's an excerpt:

Who’s hiring during the summer months?

Job strategy.  You might think you’ve got one, but it’s not the number of hours you spend in front of your computer applying for jobs or the number of job apps you submit.  It’s more about what companies you apply to and when you’re applying.

Think about it.  Would you apply to work at a ski resort in the middle of August? Probably not. Having a job strategy is about applying that same logic to the rest of the year by helping you truly evaluate what employers are hiring no matter what time of year it is ...

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