When the temperature starts to rise and suntan lotion hits the market shelves, you know summer’s on the way. It’s all too tempting to blow through your savings with travel and parties, but there are ways to enjoy the warm weather while earning cash at the same time. The following are five of the top opportunities to make money during the summer, both at home and on the road.
1.Become a Temporary Landlord
If you have a spare room or plan on leaving town for a few weeks, you could think about renting out your abode to travellers. You can do this informally through websites like Craigslist, Gumtree, and AirBnB, which combines social networking with rentals. They allow you to see your potential renter’s profile and vice versa, which helps with peace of mind on both ends. If you rent your spare room or entire flat out at a nightly rate, you can expect to make a tidy sum while you’re away.
2. Start an Online Shop
Starting an online business is far easier than you might think. The first step is to find a product that you’d like to sell, and then set up a website to sell it. You don’t even have to leave your house, allowing you to relax while you earn. Working with a drop shipping company can be helpful if you don’t want to deal with storing inventory at home. With an eCommerce website builder, you can choose from various templates and customizable designs to create a site for your wares.
3. Work the Festivals
Are you a music lover? The summer season is all about international music festivals for fans of all ages, from Glastonbury to Primavera Sound. Many of these festivals require seasonal temporary staff to help pass out maps, check tickets, direct concert-goers, and other basic tasks. As compensation, you can expect a free pass to the event along with your usual financial reward. You can follow the festivals in your area and work events nearly every weekend if you plan ahead.
4. Document your Travels
Most of us take photos, keep a journal, or update our friends online with our latest travel exploits when on the road. These are all ways to make money at the same time. Stock photography sites are always looking for new panoramic vistas to purchase, while you could try turning your travel notes into articles to sell to travel blogs. Better yet, you could keep a travel blog of your own and make money by partnering with advertisers through free affiliate marketing programs.
5. Take Care of Man’s Best Friend
With so many other people going away on holiday, there is a sharp rise in the need for pet sitters during the dog days of summer. You can make money playing with other people’s pets, and may even make extra for watching their house during their absence. Becoming a dog-walker is another good way to spend quality time with furry friends, while soaking up the sun as a bonus.