School’s out, and that means free time and adventures to be had (and senior pictures to be taken!). But it also means a sudden need for some cash that you didn’t have during the school year. Maybe you’ve got your summer job life on lockdown, but if you don’t, here are a few summer money tips to make some quick cash so you can finally go to that concert or take that road trip with your friends you’ve been dreaming about.
Maybe it’s lifeguarding, or working at your local grocery store, coffee shop, or pizza place. There are plenty of part-time job opportunities for teens, especially once you hit 16, so if you’re looking for a more steady flow of cash, one that you might even be able to continue earning when the school year starts again, consider searching for a part-time job. Consider what you like to do and where you like to spend your time, and try to find a job that fits accordingly. If you’re a movie buff, apply at your local movie theater. If you can’t stop sipping on that cold brew, Starbucks might be your best choice.
We know, we know. It sounds kind of old school, but we like to believe these things are making a comeback. Especially if you’re not quite old enough to land a part-time job, but you’re still looking for a little cash to burn this summer, doing a lemonade stand can help you not only earn some spending money, but learn important lessons about supply and demand, business ethics, and more. Plus, you’ll put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces if you mix up the best lemonade the neighborhood has ever seen.
Lawns need to be mowed, trees need to be trimmed, gardens need to be watered and weeded, and plants need to be tended to. If you’re willing to take some of this work off your parents’ or neighbors’ plates, you might just be able to talk them into sparing a few bucks in exchange for your services.
Maybe lemonade or manual labor aren’t really your thing, but you make some great art or know how to knit like a rockstar. Consider having a craft or art sale, or look into whether or not there are craft/art walks or showcases in your community where you might be able to get involved and sell some of your wares. If you’re artistically inclined, and wouldn’t mind pursuing it as a career someday, why not get started early?
Or, if you’re a whiz in the kitchen and know you can cook up sweet confections the whole neighborhood would love, forego the lemonade stand in favor of a bake sale. Bake up your best recipes and sell them individually in your neighborhood. Set up a table or take them door to door! If you’re going door to door, you could even take orders.
These are just a few suggestions, but if you’re looking for a unique way to earn some extra cash, just get a little entrepreneurial! There are countless ways to earn cash in the summer, and if you can key into a way that combines your passions with something your community needs, you never know – you might just have the next big thing on your hands!