Summer Side Hustles

It’s summertime, which means more time for relaxation, right? NOPE.

Summer is the perfect time to get going on that side gig you’ve been thinking about. Bonus points if it’s something you can do from the middle of a pool.

So have you ever been standing on a rooftop at a bar having the best time ever and then you look at the bill and realize you’ve just spent $24 on an appetizer? An appetizer that is French fries? Technically truffle fries but still…fries? For $24?
Well anyways, that was me last Friday, and it was quite the reality check. Literally in the form of a check. And reality check checks can only mean one thing: It’s time to magically pull money out of thin air to pay for magically expensive fries.

I know I’m a workaholic, but a summer side gig is seriously the best. Think about it– you have extra time, and you need extra cash. Those poolside margaritas won’t pay for themselves. Besides, the more you tap into your inner entrepreneur, the more you’ll start to figure out what you want from your normal job.


  • Manage your time in chunks. You don’t want one job to take your focus away from the other, so carve out a block of time each day that’s reserved for your side hustle
  • Don’t sell yourself short. You’ve got skills. They’re in demand. What’s fair is fair, and again…those margaritas won’t pay for themselves.
  • Make sure it’s something you enjoy. Part of the point of a side gig is to pursue a potential passion project or explore a skill you never really tapped into. Think about what you naturally enjoy doing and what you’re good at, and go from there.

Ideas to get you started:

  • Were you a cheerleader in high school? Soccer player? Give lessons to local athletes trying out for the high school team in the fall.
  • If you’re a math major, tutor students struggling with their summer college algebra class. Same goes for history, English, anything.
  • Assist with college applications and planning (okay, a lot of these suggestions are geared towards helping high schoolers, but let’s face it– high schoolers need a lot of help).
  • Edit cover letters, resumes, essays, anything
  • Adult. Lemonade. Stand. I literally just made that up and it sounds amazing so please do it and let me know how it goes.
  • Open an Etsy shop if you’re the crafty type
  • Flip garage sale items (art, clothes, etc.)
  • Become an online dating consultant. It’s like giving your friends dating advice except getting paid!
  • Start your own brewery. You might not make money. You might actually lose money. But this is a worthy pursuit.
  • Be a research participant. When you get stopped at the mall to take a survey, take the survey for once. Do focus groups.

Happy hustling!

– A

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