As a teen, I never really had “conventional” summer jobs. I would do things like help sort computer files for my relatives, or clean out my grandpa’s attic. They sound weird, but honestly, it was a lot better than having to work at a department store or as a cashier (I did both and quit both after a week). I never really saw the appeal of a “regular” job. I mean, you do what you can to make money and that’s important. But, you shouldn’t be expected to do super hard work all summer, since you’ve been working really hard in school for the past 10 months. You deserve to have some time off! I mean, you shouldn’t sit on your couch all day and watch TV, but you deserve to have a semi-easy summer job. It can be hard to find that, though! But, as someone who has found many weird and random ways to make money, I can tell you it’s not impossible.
When it comes to summer jobs, you have to think outside the box a little bit. You have a ton of time and energy, so you should channel it into something good, like making money. You don’t want to do something you hate, since you really should enjoy your summer as much as you can. So, if you’re looking to make some money this summer, why don’t you try these easy ways to make money that don’t involve getting hired at a real business. And don’t forget to save!
Sell Clothes OnlineDid you do a spring closet cleanout and now are stuck with piles of old clothes that don't fit you anymore? If they are in good condition, you should try and sell them on Depop or Poshmark. You won't be able to get 100 percent of your funds back, but you can make a little cash that can get you through the summer. Image Source: iStock
Sell Your Clothes to A StoreIf you aren't very tech savy, you can visit your local thrift store and see if you can sell your clothes there, like at Buffalo Exchange. They will take your old trendy pieces and give you store credit or cash in exchange for them. Image Source: iStock
Offer To Help OthersThe best and worst part about summer is how hot it is, which means that a lot of people (specifically, older people) don't spend a lot of time outside. If you have older neighbors, offer to do some household tasks, like washing windows or watering the plants. It's not huge, but they will appreciate it and probably give you some money. Image Source: iStock
Make And Sell ThingsIf you're creative and like to make things, you should get money for them! If you like to embroider or make pins, try selling them on Etsy. People love to support other young artists, and you can probably make a decent amount of money if you're good at what you do! Image Source: iStock
BabysitThis is probably the easiest way to make money as a teen. Little kids need someone to watch them when their parents are at work, and most of the time, all you need to do is hang out with some kids for a few hours. Obviously, some kids are harder than others, but it's worth a shot. Image Source: iStock
Walk DogsThis is the FUn job: pet sit. As long as you like pets, you'll be good at this one. Pets need love while their owners are out at work on on vacation! Offer your pet sitting services to a neighbor or relatives if you want to pick up some money AND hang with a furry friend. Image Source: iStock
LifeguardIf you have a lifeguard's certificate, this is probably the best option for you. Depending on where you decide to work, lifeguards can make a lot of money, specifically at beaches. It's a bit of an intense job, but most of the time they pay pretty well. Plus, you get to work on your tan. Image Source: iStock
Sell Your TextbooksIf you, like me, made the mistake of buying some very expensive school books instead of renting them, try and sell them! Most of the time, those super expensive textbooks can be sold for what they are worth, which is a lot, so you can make some good money off of them. Image Source: iStock
Borrow MoneyOkay, if you've tried everything and still can't find a job, you just might have to borrow some from your parents. I'm not telling you to ask them for $500, but if you are really stuck and need some cash, you should talk to your parents about it. Maybe you can help them with little things in order to get money, or offer to pay them back when you do get a job. Image Source: iStock
Are you going to do any of these summer jobs? Tell us in the comments!